I read those reviews and I wouldn't call them "virulently negative" at all. Their authors were frustrated by the soapy aspects of the show, and how those romantic cliches sometimes overpower the primary narrative. Something with which most of us agree, I'm guessing. But you could tell they were all fans, to one degree or another. There's a reason most of us picked "Red Team III" as the season's best episode and not the finale. That was a brilliant hour of television - Sorkin at his best.
In the final analysis, you either like Sorkin's style or you don't. In my case, his style & substance trump his sometimes deaf ear for romantic comedy. But he clearly likes
to write romantic comedy. And if that's the price to get the rest of the stuff in his head, so be it. Maybe next season he'll farm the romance out and play dramaturge, punching up the "will Will or won't he" type dialog where he can best apply his witty wordsmithing. Maybe pigs will fly, too. Aaron don't farm. Edited by archiguy - 9/17/13 at 11:59am