Posts Tagged: mad men
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Mad Men Season Finale: "The Best Things in Life Are Free"

Caution: spoilers.

Sunday night’s Mad Men marked the last episode before we start back up again in 2015—2015!—with the final seven episodes of the last season. It was called “Waterloo” and yes, there were Napoleon references. But more than Napoleonic wars, the threads I saw in this episode were the same we’ve been noticing all season: In the show (and in life) there are those who work for money, and those who work for love. Figuring out which one of those types you are, and aligning yourself with the right team, is important. Alliances bring us back to Napoleon a bit, and there are most definitely some cleared-up, redefined [...]

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Mad Men: In the Land of the Lost

One of the recurring themes in Mad Men involves lost children, children who have lost their parents, parents who have lost their kids. We see characters who were abandoned, orphaned, or simply didn’t get enough love (Don Draper included) who go on to pathologically treat their own offspring the own way, often without much awareness or self-reflection about doing so. Don was a lost kid who became a lost adult, though he's kept it covered it up with bravado and a good sell over the years, albeit with a few cracks emerging.

This “lost” storyline goes well beyond Don, though. Pete lost his mother, in part because of Bob Benson. [...]

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Mad Men, Season 7 Premiere: Is This Where the Fire Starts?

Mad Men is back! I’ll be writing about the show all season. Though we don’t get a glimpse of Sally or Betty in the last night’s season premiere—an episode called “Time Zones” set in January, 1969, in which Don travels to L.A. to see Megan and back—there is plenty to talk about with regard to Megan, Peggy, Margaret, and Joan. Oh, and then there’s the appearance of a woman played by Neve Campbell—where has she been lately?

Also back in the rotation is Freddie Rumsen, the guy who was forced to take a leave of absence from an earlier iteration of Sterling Cooper due to drinking too much. [...]

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Mad Men as The O.C.

Don is Ryan, of course, and Ted is Seth. Peggy is Marissa Cooper? [brain explodes.]

[Vulture]

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Mad Men: “It’s Nice to See Family Happiness Again”

You can choose your friends but not your family, wrote Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird; it’s a sentiment that carries through last night’s Mad Men, though it has a twist, because in a time in which the standard definitions of family begin to fluctuate and expand, the boundaries between families and friends and even coworkers blur as well. And, with family, to some extent, you do choose—you can choose your wife or your husband; you can choose to leave (like Roger’s daughter); you can choose to suppress (like Peggy, like Roger) or even recreate (like Don).

Last night’s show, the second to last we’re getting in the first [...]

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Mad Men: “I Know How I Want You to See Me”

If we know one thing, it’s that Mad Men episode titles are not subtle, and they usually apply to not just one character, but many of them in slightly different ways. “Field Trip,” episode 3, is about things that go beyond the everyday. Sometimes they’re just fun, or seemingly fun, like a trip to a farm, and sometimes they’re a disaster, like showing up to work without any (metaphoric) clothes on. Field trips have a lot of potential, but they are full of unknowns. They don’t happen every day.

We begin with Don in a nearly empty theater, smoking. He flicks his ashes to the side and I’m reminded of [...]

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Poetry with Don Draper

Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014). As a poetry subject, perhaps not surprisingly, Don is rife with possibility; more surprisingly, he's a little bit like poetry himself. In "In My Next Life, I Want to Be an Ad Man," Umansky writes, "Make me look good; the world is dangerous"; in "The Times," she explains, "I thought I'd hate Don, like everyone else, but I don't. I long for him the way kids long for the turning of the Ice Cream Man." Season 7 premieres this Sunday night. Here's a little aperitif with which to whet [...]

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Mad Men: This Comes With All the Strings

Last night, something very gross and surprising — unless you were watching while you watched Twitter, which I tend to do, in which case it was still surprising but at least allowed for a little prep time — happened on Mad Men. Spoiler: This is a recap, and therefore, there will be spoilers. But before we get to all that, let’s talk briefly about the episode was about. While last week’s show was about lost children, “The Runaways,” the fifth of 7 episodes we’re getting this year, involved, in my view, property. Ownership. Who is in charge of whom, who tells who else what to do, in relationships, in work, [...]

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Mad Men: When Pretending Is Your Job

Watching Mad Men feels a bit like refinishing a wooden chair, sometimes. You’re methodically working away with sandpaper at the arms and legs of this thing, which has been this way for as long as you can remember, and you’re up close and it seems like work, but it’s also strangely soothing, and suddenly you step back after an hour and the whole chair has a different appearance.

At least, that’s how I felt about it last night. Not all that much seemed to happen, because after all, it's Mad Men; with some surprises the pacing tends to be slow and steady. Yet, by the end of the episode everyone [...]

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A Hug for Sally Draper

Sally, Sally, Sally, Sally. Sally. Oh, Sally. Our Sally. Little Sally Draper, or Sally Draper Who Once Was Little but now is, well, On the Verge of Grownup, 13 Going on 14 Going on 28.5, Sally Draper as played by the wonderful Kiernan Shipka, aged 14 herself: I would like to salute you, Sally Draper. Before you cross your arms and slouch away, just listen for a second. I really mean it! Your sassiness this last season has been a balm to my aging soul.

I know your years—1967 to 1968, to you, several months of 2013 to those of us watching at home—were not great, and I'm sorry [...]