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COOL: Mad Men S5 E8 “Lady Lazarus”

May 9, 2012 by

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words: TA Here’s what I love about Mad Men when it’s at its best: there are at least two ways of seeing every plot development, and they all have equal validity in the moment. We know as little in the present as the characters do—there’s no foreshadowing, or obvious set-ups for an inevitable plot twist. […]

COOL: Mad Men S5 E7 “At the Codfish Ball” aka. Something to Sink our Teeth Into

April 30, 2012 by

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words. TA Oh, I really loved this episode. Yay! Why? I think I figured it out: because instead of having a Theme and Things With Meaning, it had a lot of characters, interacting with a lot of other characters, and all of these interactions intersected and overlapped in ways that weren’t so easy to map. […]

UNCOOL: Mad Men S5 E6 Far Away Places

April 24, 2012 by

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words: TA My limited web information-gathering has led me to the conclusion that everyone loved this episode. Oh well: I was underwhelmed. This was the kind of episode that to me screams This!Is!Art!, which certainly can work sometimes—it was moody, beautifully staged and shot; but in my eyes it was cold at the center. First, […]

COOL: Mad Men S5 E5 ‘Signal 30’

April 16, 2012 by

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words: TA Let’s start with this tidbit: this episode was co-written by Frank Pierson, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon, Cool Hand Luke and Presumed Innocent (among other films). And this episode was all about the writing. All the ideological issues that I would not want to gloss over—can we ever please see anything from Trudy’s […]

COOL: Mad Men S5E3 discussion “Tea Leaves”

April 2, 2012 by

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words: TA Let me start by saying: I love this show again! I have always loved Betty—not as a person, because she’s a complete narcissist, but as a character. This episode proved to me what a great character she is: she has always been the person on the show most defined by societal expectations of […]