Monday, April 14, 2014

The show

  • The long goodbye: And for me, except for sweet Megan Draper — someone whom many other viewers absolutely detest — the entire "Mad Men" crew has become so much less likable over six seasons that I've almost detached from their fates. I care about them but have said something similar. Except sweet Megan and Trudy, every main character belongs in a circle of Dante's hell. Entertainment: it's a soap opera for people who don't think they watch soap operas, plus Madison Avenue was insane then. This could have happened.
  • “The Don” still has his hat; all’s still right with the world, barely. Matthew Weiner is smart enough to know that the ’60s weren’t the Sixties to most people. The Sixties were there but didn’t become mainstream until a couple of years later. The show’s alphas have changed little if at all; the opposite, insecure trend follower Harry Crane, has looked ridiculous the past few seasons.
  • Who else found the symbolism a little pretentious? Self-congratulatory stuff for the “yuppies” who are the show’s main viewers? SWPL overthinking?
  • Forbes commentary. Someone's said I'm a Man Out of Time. Thank you.
  • Neve Campbell’s still beautiful after all these years.

1 comment:

  1. it's a soap opera for people who don't think they watch soap operas

    Like Downton Abbey.

    Alas, I've never seen Mad men. We don't have cable or the dish. Waaaah.

    I would like to see the first few seasons, at least, partly because I was alive back then, and I remember the fashions well.

    There was also the point where Doyle Dane Bernbach made advertising art-director-driven rather than copywriter-driven, which -- for better or worse -- changed the industry's creative output completely and initiated Madison Avenue's Golden Age. Does Mad Men kinda-sorta allude to that at all? Just curious, because it's quite legendary in the Biz.


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