It’s a Mad, Mad World

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J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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  1. Avatar greginak says:

    That was a good take on the last MM ep. MM is just hitting it out of the park this season. I’m not sure i’d go as far to say its MW’s world that is bleak but his view of the ad world and its denizens and how it reflects on a big part of America. Throughout the season the characters have been struggling with work being their entire lives and suffering the inevitable unhappiness when it isn’t. They are some of the victims of advertising and consumerism relentless push to pry out every bit of dissatisfaction or fear in our lives so they can sell us some crap to temporarily solve the problem.

    I like the observation, and i liked the scene that ends the ep, where Don just does something simple to help Glen feel good. Don is a scoundrel in many ways but he is also a good guy who at least tries to be better. Just being good to someone is a noble move and inherently satisfying.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    I’ve been very much identifying with Peggy this season. My own career is kind of in a similar place. I want more responsibility and advancement but it doesn’t seem to be happening because there’s no turnover above me. We’re all supposed to just be happy we have jobs. That shit-eating grin on her face just before she stepped onto the elevator (and the perfect placement of The Kinks song) made me want to have a similar experience.

    I agree with Greginak – they are crushing it this season.Report

  3. Avatar Snarky McSnarkSnark says:

    Mad Men has certainly become more satisfying this season.

    I loved it’s first couple seasons, but there was such a disparity between its ambition (seemly, to explore the genesis of our modern culture and world) and its approach (a Jane Austen style of social mores writ miniature) that I became frustrated. Not enough to stop watching it, mind you, but I came to approach my weekly viewing as a burden as much as a pleasure.

    This season, the stakes have been raised; and the scope of action seems to match up more appropriately with the scope of the meta-narrative. And–for me–it has been their strongest season thus far.Report