Cast of "Mad Men"I am a "Mad Men" devotee. I watch it every week, without fail; have since the beginning. If I can't watch it, I record and watch it later. Sometimes I'll even watch the new show and it's encore (back-to-back) to better understand the ins and outs of the characters. There are many layers in these shows; if I'm concentrating too much on one plot line, I may become confused by another. I haven't had this much fun since "West Wing" my all time favorite series television.
I was initially drawn to "Mad Men" for several reasons:
- I have been in advertising for 30+ years.
- My father wore a fedora relentlessly. He was in advertising in Chicago, Canada & LA.
- Takes place in the Sixties, my childhood.
Betty and Don DraperBut over the past few seasons, the writers have sought to flesh out the characters, explain some of their behaviours and make them more human, more likable and identifiable.
Last night's season finale tied up a number of loose ends while moving forward with new plots, new options and a wonderful promise for the next season. For a well-written review, go here.
Joan HollowayI am super happy to see Joan Holloway back. She's way too smart for her husband and the rest of the "boys" in the agency. It will be interesting to see where they take her. She's been under-utilized this season and she was always too good to be Roger Sterling's plaything. She's a dramatic foil to Betty Draper's picture perfect but deeply unhappy suburbanite and Peggy Olson's passive aggressive not-quite-but- almost-feminist.
Last night's show was one surprise after another, the biggest (in my opinion) being the agency principals risking their way out of a planned scenario orchestrated by their British owners who've surrepetitiously sold the agency to one of Madison Avenue's most fabled firms, McCann Ericson. I wonder what the folk at McCann think of that angle?
One of my favorite aspects to the show are the costumes and set decor. The shows' creator, Matthew Weiner, is reported perfectionist when it comes to details. For those of us who grew up in the Fifties and Sixties, it's a true blast from the past. The costumes are beautiful too. I love to see the fitted bodices over flowing skirts of billowing fabric, the sheaths, the gloves, the hats.
I just wish the show were on air for a longer season. I've no idea why the producers keep it so short. I
thought it began as a mid season replacement for something else (can't remember what) but now, it's so wildly popular, one wonders at the limited amount of production. Perhaps that is all about wanting what we cannot have? Kinda like in the show...
all photos by Frank Ockenfels 3 from amctv.com