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Mad Men: Season 7 (AMC)

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by joshEH, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. joshEH

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    Still pissed that AMC is splitting this season like they have with other shows, but whatever -- it's what they're doing, and I have to wait a whole freaking year during the mid-season break for it to finish up. Don's life was going down the shitter in S6, so where do we go with him from here?

    It seems to have been met with less enthusiasm by viewers -- I think that may be partly because the show is even more heavily-analyzed now than it used to be. Plus, many people are now accustomed to binge-viewing.

    This is a show that unfolds slowly, and Season 6, as I had anticipated even when it was airing, fares much better on a rewatch when the whole trajectory is clear. But that's true with each season of this show, and many other serialized shows as well. It's just that Mad Men is so unusually densely-packed, and moves at such a glacial pace.Anyway, psyched.
     
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    I didn't understand people's criticism of last season when it ran and having now rewatched it, I understand it even less. Last season was slow but so were the first 5 seasons. I guess if you watch 65 episodes inside of a month, watching week to week will seem really slow but the pacing remained exactly the same so a viewer can't blame the show for that. Anyway, I can't wait to see the new episodes and where Don goes.

    The only thing I can find to complain about with Mad Men is that AMC trying to make two seasons out of one.
     
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    So they are going to run some of season 7 this spring and the rest in the fall, is that it? Eh. I'll live. The show is good enough I'm not going anywhere ;)
     
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    ^ The second half of the season will run next year. I'd hope for January/February but I'm sure it'll be after The Walking Dead is finished in April 2015.
     
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    Also, let's not forget that ROBERT FREAKIN' TOWNE was added to the writing staff for this final season. I can't wait.

    Don Draper, circa 1996:



    Wow...even at 25, he had such a deep, manly voice going on. I kept hoping he'd tell her he grew up in a whorehouse.
     
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    Oh, Freddy Rumsen, pitch to me harder!

    Already back into this show.

    (...And then they reshot the Walk Hard orgy-scene starring Roger. So good to have you back, Mad Men.)
     
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    I was disappointed that Freddy's pitch wasn't really his. For a minor character, I really like Freddy so I was hoping that he was now doing great work rather than being fed pitches by Don.

    Peggy and the kid upstairs need a spinoff series.

    As a huge fan of the Scream movies, it was fun seeing Neve Campbell.
     
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    What really worked for me with the Rumsen pitch is that it highlighted how similar in mind Peggy & Don are.. even when the idea was cloaked in someone else's clothes, Peggy could see the value of the idea immediately.

    I'm very interested in where this ends up going, because Peggy obviously feels under appreciated and thinks the company is going too safe.. Don on the outside recognizes her talent.. he has Freddy pitch to her as a freelance.

    Could Don, Peggy & Pete run off on their own again?

    Hooks me right from the beginning.
     
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    Not sure if they could place Don, Peggy or Roger any lower in their everyday lives by the end last night's episode on a professional and personal level (without impoverishing them by sacking their bank accounts). None are in a good place.

    Don admitting to a total stranger what a terrible philandering husband he is, calling it as it is, was an honest moment, for a character who's been faking his identity and persona and re-inventing it for these past 6 seasons' worth of shows (real time, probably close to 8-10 years, as I assume we are at least in year 1969 given Nixon being on the TV screen) is like clearing the deck, but for what sort of change in his character for this final season?

    Cosgrove was killing me. The lack of depth perception got a chuckle out of me.

    It would have been funny if "Pete Campbell" met Neve Campbell on the plane, but I guess that wouldn't really work in an ironic sense. Just typing outloud. Pete's hippy-ness was cracking me up, though.
     
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    There was a great gag last year when Pete had his hand out to shake and Kenny extends his hand but is off by about 6 inches.
     
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    "I was told to yell at you!"

    "Why?"

    "Because you never listen! "


    I was grinning from ear-to-ear. Could have been partially because of GoT, but damn, the next six weeks are going to be amazing as far as TV goes.

    The meta-stuff was fun, if not a bit on-the-nose. The rest was pretty great stuff. I love that Pete has fully embraced the "California life." Ken's lack of depth perception was magical. I loved that final shot with Don. And more Neve Campbell, please. I may be the only one, but I enjoyed her few moments.
     
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    Peggy's Valentine's Day plans (as per Ginsberg) were the same as my last three Valentine's Days.
     
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    There was a lot of dark comedy last night. Add to it some great touching moments. Who would have thought that Sally Draper would have one of the really great moments in Mad Men as she tells her dad she loves him all the same, after knowing his secret.I loved the shuffling at SDCP, and I think they have turned Lou from a doting incompetent into a true asshat. I also liked the storyline involving Pete.
     
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    Somehow Pete has turned from a character that I hated to one that I really like and oddly root for. Maybe it's just because so many of the other characters are assholes that Pete looks a little better in comparison. :)

    I liked seeing the ugly side of Cooper not wanting Dawn on the front desk.
     
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    Agreed. It's right up there with "It's just a milkshake" in terms of great one-liners. Kiernan Shipka is great in the role of Sally.
     
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    That is one of the strong suits of this show, nobody is all good or all bad. As to Pete, I see where you are coming from, but I can't seem to relate. He is just too petulant and entitled for me to actually like him. He is also insecure and under-appreciated, so I guess that is where his "charm" comes from.
     
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    Yeah, that interchange with Sally had the feel of a life changing moment for Don. Alas, I fail to see how he takes advantage of it.
     
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    The relationship/dynamic between Don and Sally (and Don and Peggy) has been a key element in the show. I do expect this to have some value. Don is lost, but despite his flaws and lies, his daughter tells him she loves him, in a genuine, but simple way. Add to that she's in an awkward hate your parents stage.
     
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    Don's been "drowning" for these past months. Sally just reeled him back into the land of the living, even for just a little bit.
     
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    Now that we know its season takes place in 1969, who's going to Woodstock? My guess is Roger if they play for laughs and Sally if it's more serious. Maybe one of Pete's girlfriends drags him to Altamont.
     

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