Monday, April 14, 2014
In Which I Review Mad Men (7x1)
Welcome to 1969. And, at the same time, welcome to the end of Mad Men. About a year ago, I started this little blog with no direction, no idea what I wanted it to become. Now it's basically a full fledged TV blog and mostly because I decided to talk about an episode of Mad Men early on. I've missed this show. I've missed Don Draper's mountain of never ending emotional problems; I've missed the entire SC&P office; I've missed Peggy's gritted determination to fight for her career over personal life. And I've missed the crazy outfits! Oh 1969--year of color and life and war and death and counterculture and hippies and bell bottoms and the love movement. And then there's Don Draper, skinny tie, monochromatic Don Draper who is fighting with his whole being to stay in the late 1950s/early 1960s because if there is one lesson or axiom of Mad Men, it's that people can't change. Welcome to 1969--sit down, have a drink, and get ready for a terribly depressing but somehow familiar episode of Mad Men entitled "Time Zones."
And Roger Sterling continues his descent into counterculture: drugs, orgies, drinking, late nights. It's no longer about enlightenment for him. I think it's about self-loathing at this point. Even when Margaret is giving a pretty speech about forgiveness and love over hate, Roger is thinking about his next drink. Will Roger make it to 1970? After this little talk, I don't think so. No one seems to care about him anymore. He is even more in the past than Don, despite his attempts to remain abreast of it all. His daughter has granted forgiveness, his partners don't care where he is, his former best friend Don hasn't been around for him and even the hippie sharing his bed brings another man into it, not caring if Roger was with someone else or not.
--All in all, I thought this was a great start to the final season.
--I wonder what Betty and co. have been up to, especially little Sally. Sally's relationship with Don is one of the cornerstones of this show. What happened after Don took his children to see where he grew up?
--"She knows, I'm not a good husband."
"If she doesn't know you, keep it that way. It's what people do."
--Peter hugged Don. I don't know if I'm freaked out by this or not.