extended review: Mad Men (S6E07) “Man with a Plan”

Just finished watching this week’s Mad Men. the most striking thing which came near the end of the episode was the twist of fate and how everyone’s position seemed to have flipped from the beginning of the show to the end. Don’s over Ted by drinking him asleep; Ted’s over Don by piloting. Don over Peggy as the boss; Peggy telling Don to move on. Don dominating Sylvia; Sylvia mothering Don. Burt walking in with a job, and leaving Roger’s office without one. Pete, partner in the office, helpless son in his apartment with his Mom.  Even the Joan and Bob dynamic flipped. 

It was the extreme limit of Don’s emptiness to dominate Sylvia. He put her in a room, limited her being, bought her a red dress, kept her in bed, told her not to answer the phone. Everything he thought about women from growing up in the whorehouse. But in the end, it wasn’t enough. Life’s different when you are dealing with real life women. Sylvia put on her motherly/wifely pastel dress (and coat) and told Don that it was over, everything was over. Don knew it was over, he knows where he has to go. It’s funny that we always think we know where Don is going to go in a season but yet still goes through so many changes and ends up a little (just a little) better than how he started the year. but oh, how he tuned out Megan while sitting with her on the couch. How he got dressed and framed the scene while Megan was falling apart on the bed with the Bobby’s death on the TV. There’s a death and finality that Don is heading towards and has to face that being the image or persona of Don Draper won’t help him.

 

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Mad Men: S05 Ep04 – To Have and to Hold

Look, everybody does Mad Men. So i’m going to throw some links and simplify the episode to the most basic things.

This weeks episode: Power is hard to grasp and this is the day we stop liking Don.

Links:

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tom & Lorenzo: summary & fashion

Alyssa Rosenberg

YAY! THE NEW TV SEASON IS HERE!

Having proudly slogged through the latest GoT book, caught up on UK time travelling with Ashes to Ashes, and drunk enough scotch like a 60’s ad exec, I am now ready for the new TV season:

Doctor Who – March 30

Game of Thrones – March 31

Mad Men – April 7

But let’s not forget the ones who are done, the ones still run, and the ones yet to come:

  • Banshee – season 1 done
  • Girls – season 2 done
  • House of Lies – still running
  • The Walking Dead – still running
  • Strikeback – season 3 coming
  • True Blood – coming

Some Mad Men humor

What if the Mad Men created a fantasy TV series for women?.