Posts Tagged “Mad Men Project”

The Mad Men Project: Epilogue

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When I initially had the idea to spearhead something like this, I was wary. It takes a lot of commitment from people who I knew I wouldn't be able to compensate fairly for their time, thoughts and work, and as each week has passed through this season, there has always been a tiny part of me that was at least a little uncomfortable with the notion that if anyone wanted to back out of a week — or for that matter, just woke up one morning and thought "Why am I doing this? I am going to tell Colin ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 12

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... And so it goes. Season five is in the books. After two straight weeks of Earth-shattering, mind-blowing developments, we had ... Don landing Megan a gig doing a commercial. Shocking, wasn't it? The reality, though, was that after the previous weeks' offerings, it was nearly impossible to come forward with a particularly jarring season finale. Peggy left. Lane died. What else could have possibly happened? Omar from "The Wire" shows up to steal Roger's LSD? Sal returns and introduces himself as ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 11

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The blog is vindicated! The blog is vindicated! If you remember correctly, it was predicted in the vicinity of this teeny, tiny corner of the Internet that Lane's inevitable suicide would occur at some point throughout this season of "Mad Men." And if you remember those predictions, then chances are good that you also remember that it was Tyler  (Pete Campbell) who initially floated the possibility after having a discussion with a county judge in northern Pennsylvania. TV Without A TV's The Mad ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 10

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"'The Other Woman'" appears to be the darkest episode of this series to date" is a line written below by one of our writers that might go unnoticed if you aren't paying attention, though it should be as poignant as any other thing you'll read. "Obviously the best episode of the year," Mark wrote in an email to me earlier this week, stating the obvious in precisely the type of concise way that line needed to be uttered. "What an episode, eh? I must say, I'm starting to believe more in Tyler's 'Lane ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 9

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... And we're back. After a season previously filled with head-scratching moments, Sunday's "Christmas Waltz" allowed us to breathe easy once again. Don actually wants to work for the first time all year. Megan will be respected, gosh darn-it, and she will stop at nothing to receive said respect. Joan is back and better than ever, a little bruised and a little angry. And maybe even most importantly, Paul Kinsey lives! The serendipity in having Mr. Hannah (Pete Campbell) visit the area last weekend ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 8

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"You know, I really feel bad for you." "I don't think about you at all." Depending on which day you ask me, that might be my favorite "Mad Men" moment in the history of the show. Only Jon Hamm, the actor, could deliver that line in such a scathingly flippant way, and only Don Draper (or, well, Dick Whitman), the character, could sell it with such authority and disdain. I like Ginsberg. Really, I do. I know I'm out on a limb in saying that, but he reminds me of how much I used to root for Peggy ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 7

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"Or, in a huge twist, does her quitting make him suddenly believe advertising is trivial? Who knows." That was a line emailed to me earlier this week by a friend and it was referencing what Don's reaction might be, moving forward, to his wife quitting her job to pursue an acting career. He gave me three scenarios and of the three, this is the one I think has the most value. Don never cared about "The Art Of Advertising" per se, anymore than he cared about power and money. Does her departure make ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 6

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I don't think it's improper to suggest that Roger's interactions with Sally were some of the most endearing moments this series has ever seen, right? I mean, come on. The whole "hold these cards" and "tell me to go get 'em tiger" was some pretty great stuff, wasn't it? The episode itself was the perfect illustration of exactly why Roger has gotten as far as he has in his life, both personally and professionally. The biggest takeaway of the week for me? The clear shot Matthew Weiner took at his ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 5

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Interesting, indeed. At first glance, the fifth week's installment (or for those who are keeping a steady count, the sixth actual episode) seemed a bit off-putting and, as Courtney (who obviously will not be writing this week, considering Joan never appeared) initially described it to me, "weird." Friends who watched it before I was able to told me I would hate it. Adam led an email to me this week with the sentence "I have a strong feeling you hated last week's episode," and Tyler, who managed ... read more

The Mad Men Project: Week 4

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I needed a great "Man Men" episode. And I got a great "Mad Men" episode. That's what I tweeted earlier this week after sitting down with "Signal 30," the requisite "let's put Pete Campbell in his place" episode for this season. Maybe "great" was a bit much in retrospect, but it certainly helped the show's cause after the previous week's debacle (as noted by Roger Sterling extraordinaire, Adam Campbell, below). Or, in other words, I'll give it at least another week to keep me interested. Besides, ... read more