Posts Tagged: recaps

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 [...]


My True Detective Season Recap

[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?]

Roll credits.


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 [...]


Well, Things Continue to Suck

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 [...]


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 [...]


The NYC Hairpin Meetup Was a Disaster

Just kidding, it was incredible! Thank you to everyone who came out looking so beautiful (all of you!), and to … everyone! Yes! So good. What was your favorite part? Wait, no, what was the worst part?

Plus: Boston!


Did Anybody Watch Off the Map?

Off the Map, ABC's Shonda Rhimes-produced tropical doctor show, premiered on Wednesday night and was aired again last night following Grey's Anatomy to try to pull in some viewers from that show, and also because the official premiere Wednesday was interrupted by President Obama's memorial speech for the victims of the Tucson shooting. Did anybody watch it either time? This first episode seemed like an overly dramatic scene-setting labor of love, but then, premieres have to go big, so if you forget its self-consciousness for a minute, was it any good?


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. [...]


A Few Backward Smiling Glances Before You Go

Here we are again. Friday. Ah. This week, MTV ruined Skins, the USDA killed some birds, Rep. Giffords moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility, American Idol returned in a small yet still large way, and many other possibly more important things whose significance is subjective anyway, so what's the point in even mentioning them. Instead, here are some things that will inspire smiles, perhaps laughter, maybe even a little knowledge, as you embark on your 60 upcoming hours of freedom. Sixty sounds like a lot! We'll see, we'll see.


Happy New Weekend!

It's Friday! The first Friday of this crazy New Year full of new and improved resolutions, possibility, and everywhere, death. Since 2011 has already broken its own built-in resolution by making us think the world is ending, we'll have to take this one day at a time from now on. It being Friday, you should move your activity from the device you're reading this on to, at the very least, a different device. Try to have some experiences this weekend, rather than just record them. Sit down and read this article about porn. And if you've been too busy on other browser tabs this week, [...]