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Mad Men’s “Megan Problem” (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jessica Paré)

Posted by therebelprince on April 1, 2013

The sixth season of critical darling/reviewers’ bugbear Mad Men is but one scant week away and, as usual, creator Matthew Weiner is keeping his cards close to his chest. In turn, wary fans are already tearing each promotional photo to pieces while having all-caps forum debates on such subjects as “MATTHEW IS A GENIUS AND YOU LEAVE HIM ALONE!” or – more likely, it seems – “THIS GUY IS RUINING TELEVISION BY LYING TO US WHEN WE ASK ABOUT PLOT DETAILS!”

Jessica Pare as Megan and Jon Hamm as Don in "Mad Men"

Jessica Pare as Megan and Jon Hamm as Don in “Mad Men”

Now, it’s risky business to throw oneself into the world of internet fandom but as I’ve rewatched the end of the show’s ball-breaking fifth season, part of my research has involved visiting forums and keeping up to date with what fans (and detractors) of the show are saying. A large part of this discussion – the part not centering around the anatomy of certain other  cast  members – seems to involve fandom’s dislike for one character: Megan Draper, nee Calvet. And it’s intrigued me so much, I just had to throw my thoughts into the ring.

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Mad Men: “A Little Kiss”

Posted by therebelprince on March 28, 2012

Rich Sommer as Harry Crane

Well, folks, it’s been a while, but Mad Men is at last back on the air. Let’s take a look at the two-hour season premiere, A Little Kiss.

“Men hate surprises. Didn’t you have ‘Lucy’ in Canada?” – Peggy

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Mad Men: “Tomorrowland”

Posted by therebelprince on March 22, 2012

Jon Hamm as Don, and Jessica Pare as Megan.

 Mad Men wraps its fourth season, with an odd but beautiful episode that offers no closure, but seems to be equal parts endings and beginnings.

13. Tomorrowland

“There is no fresh start. Lives carry on. ”

– Henry Francis

 

After a season that was so devoted to the narrative through-line of Don’s need for change, it seems only fitting that the fourth season finale focuses its energy almost entirely upon the big man himself. SCDP are still reeling from the gradual loss of their clients, and Don’s big risk publicly turning against tobacco, but the company’s fate will have to wait for season five. Don is preparing for a vacation to California with the kids, which is where his life takes a surprising turn.

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Mad Men: “Blowing Smoke”

Posted by therebelprince on March 3, 2012

Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper

With mere weeks until Mad Men returns to our screens, I’m continuing my season 4 rewatch with the penultimate episode, Blowing Smoke.

“When I think about forever I get upset. Like the Land of Lakes butter has that Indian girl, sitting holding a box, and it has a picture of her on it, holding a box, with a picture of her on it, holding a box. Have you ever noticed that?”

— Sally Draper

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Mad Men Season 4 Rewatch: Episodes 6 – 11

Posted by therebelprince on February 15, 2012

Cara Buono as Dr. Faye Miller

Today, we continue to revisit the fourth season of Mad Men, in anticipation of next month’s fifth season premiere.

“We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what he had.”

 – Don Draper

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Mad Men Season 4 Rewatch: Episodes 1 – 5

Posted by therebelprince on February 2, 2012

 Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men – my favourite drama currently on the air – is returning for a fifth season in March, so it seemed timely to revisit the show’s fourth. When it first aired in 2010, season 4 certainly proved a divisive one amongst fans and critics: the changed dynamics at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce; the growth of World’s Worst Mother Betty Draper; Don’s endlessly incorrect romantic decisions; the existence of Miss Blankenship; and so on. In fact, was there anything that all of us could agree on, other than the awesomeness of young Kiernan Shipka?

Today, I’m going to look at the season’s first five episodes:

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Mad Men: “Chinese Wall”

Posted by therebelprince on October 5, 2010

There are only two episodes of Mad Men left this year. I say this not as a forlorn fanboy (well…), but as someone intrigued by the meaning of this season. Perhaps fittingly, given Don’s own life status, this has been a year of flux. For many – Joan, Roger, Harry – it has just confirmed the path they were on before. For those who have been forced to change – Pete, Peggy, Don – the year’s been a bewildering journey. Events slow down in “Chinese Wall” after the drama overload of last week, and yet strangely it seems as if a lot more happened.

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Mad Men: “Hands and Knees”

Posted by therebelprince on September 29, 2010

Lies, lies, lies. I wasn’t a huge fan of Don’s “secret life” back when it served as the foundation for season one, but by now it is surely representative of the series as a whole. Everyone’s leading double lives these days at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but some are better at hiding them than others.

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Mad Men: “The Beautiful Girls”

Posted by therebelprince on September 21, 2010

“She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She’s an astronaut.”
– – Bert Cooper

What a difference 67 years make. Like its thematic predecessor, The Sopranos, before it, Mad Men has evolved from a first season which gave us a beautiful and absorbing look at an era into a meditation on self-deception, the loss of a so-called Golden Age, and change – personal or otherwise. This week’s episode, “The Beautiful Girls” continues the almost-unbroken winning streak of Mad Men’s fourth season. (The only setback was last week’s, “The Summer Man” which – while characteristically well-acted and produced – chose to eschew the series’ trademark subtlety in favour of… something else entirely.)

But on to “The Beautiful Girls”. As the title suggests, we focus tonight on four of the show’s five women – Peggy, Joan, Faye and Sally – with a brief but memorable detour via one Ida Blankenship.

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Mad Men: “Out of Town”

Posted by therebelprince on August 18, 2009

From About.com

“Limit your exposure…”

– Don Draper

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