Monday, May 18, 2015

"Person to Person"

I thought the previous episode, the penultimate, was a great sendoff for "Mad Men." Roger was the only main character whose story was left unresolved. The real ending didn't knock my socks off but I'm satisfied. Roger et Marie: perfect. Not trying to be deep like with the other main characters but naughty and funny, perfect for him. Glad he does right by his son (by the way, the son and I are the same age). The romantic ending for Peggy seemed tacked on, and I thought things were resolved long ago with Stan, but considering her job is her life, it makes sense she'd find love there (even though she got burned by Pete, Ted, and arguably Duck there). I don't hate her so good for her. Joan turning women's-lib? For the viewers who bought Matthew Weiner's intent. Hooray for Pete and Trudy (she's still looking golden-era good at the end). Glad Don didn't come home. He's free for his journey. He's a Beat, not a hippie, thank God. A lot of fans predicted he'd end up at someplace like Esalen. His last scene is enigmatically cool as I wanted. The commercial ending the show is Weiner being wonderfully ironic about advertising, as it's very much not the real thing (McCann, a real agency and the show's bad guys, invented it).

I was afraid Weiner would do an end-zone dance over the fall of the golden era. Arguably Don getting all touchy-feely was that; still, that has its place. The show's art as well as a superior soap opera; an all-American answer to "Masterpiece Theatre."

Update: A New Yorker critic has this great take on the ending to the ending. Don didn't hippie out, as his hair shows. He took from the Sixties (found inner peace) but it didn't take him over. He went back to McCann refreshed and created that hit commercial. Man's gotta make a living.

As a Catholic I saw parallels at Don's California retreat. Spiritual conferences, confession (to Peggy on the phone), and a monastic routine, even a meal in silence; natural stuff that religion uses.

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