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 [...]
[N.B. I have never seen True Detective.]
Camera pans over a bayou or maybe a wooden shack. There's a dead body inside the shack. Still warm.
WOODY HARRELSON: It's incredible that they got us two mega stars to be in this TV show.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: All right all right all right all right.
HARRELSON: We also look alike.
[VOICEOVER: But which one of them will be—the TRUE detective?]
Camera pans over a wooden shack or a diner. There’s a dead body still inside the shack, less warm. The diner has good grits.
HARRELSON: I am better at this job because [...]
We returned from a weekend of mourning birds and fish to mourn people who went to talk about issues with a politician only to be killed or injured by or traumatically proximate to a person who we then spent the next five days reading all kinds of speculative articles about. The Tucson shootings did cause certain areas of the media to wake up a little, but it also caused Sarah Palin—who, by the way, isn't even a politician anymore…so…?—to take things too far, her specialty, and now it's Friday and it's tempting to say, What the fuck next? while hoping no one or thing responds. Monday is the [...]