Who watched Mad Men last night? Were you as excited as I was by its return?
Since I mainlined the first six seasons not too long ago, this will be
my first foray into watching it as it airs. I wonder what my end
reaction is going to be about the entire season (or first half anyway
since it's getting divided in two) with having to wait a week in between
episodes instead of drinking it all down in one gulp.
the symbolism seems knock you over the head heavy once you're looking
for it, I'm still so in love with how smart this show is. Everything
ties into each other, nothing is left to chance, almost everything has
some kind of meaning. The fun is trying to find what it is.
keeping my fingers crossed that the as low as you can go feeling
permeating most of the characters is equivalent to that moment before
the climax of the story where it seems like all is lost, right before
the big payoff happens. It's that juxtaposition of dragging the viewer
as far away from release as possible and then slingshotting them up to
the climax. It's called that for a reason, after all, and the best way
to make that as effective as possible is to make the difference as
marked as you can. I want to believe Don can find a way to be happy,
though it certainly won't be with Megan. At some point, Peggy needs that
too, because right now, they are both utterly alone. At least in the
past, Peggy's had her work to help make up for her sucky personal life,
but with Lou as her boss, she doesn't even have that anymore.
everybody's alone. When Roger gets back after his disastrous brunch,
he's got two people in his bed who curl up on their side and don't even
touch him. Ken feels like he's on his own (which he most likely was
before recruiting Joan's help). Joan does everything she can to survive,
just like she's always done, but it's still her against the
establishment and expectation. Megan's mostly alone in LA since Don is
living bi-coastal. Even Pete's alone, but at least he's happy about it
The question becomes...who will figure out how to change
enough with the world around them to survive? And how ironic is it that
Pete is the first who seems to have done so?
Discovering it was Don's pitch, not Freddy's. It seems obvious in
hindsight. The whole speech reeked of Don and the fact that Peggy was so
surprised to hear it from him should've been a huge tip-off.
fave: Peggy's attitude with Stan when she calls him a hack for not
caring. It's not out of character at all for either of them, and I'm
glad he just walked out on her rather than engaging a pointless battle,
but it still made my Peggy/Stan heart wish for better. Peggy needs to
open her eyes and see what a find she has in her friend and stop
treating him like crap. He came to her rescue when she couldn't be in
the same space with Ted. She relies on him. Now she has to stop acting
like Don and appreciate it.
What did you think?