Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:50 PM
I did and I really enjoyed it. I thought this was a terrific season, one that followed the next logical steps of the narrative but managed to subvert my expectations almost every week.
It was bizarre (and fun) to see Don acting giddy (and positively un-Don-like) throughout the finale. Most of the characters (Don, Peggy, Joan, Betty, etc.) are embarking on something new at the end of season 4 and I can't wait to see where they are when season 5 begins. I'm betting some (or all) of these situations will not be good.
The season opened with the question, "Who is Don Draper?" and I think Don and the audience got a few more pieces to that puzzle this year, but at season's end is he bouncing back or is this only a temporary respite in his life's unfortunate descent?
There were some terrific episodes this season. "The Suitcase" aka the one with Don and Peggy ranks among the best of the series so far. While I sort of halfheartedly watched/skimmed previous seasons, this season made me a true fan. I'll definitely take some time to more seriously revisit the first three seasons while we wait for season number five.
What'd everyone else think?
Posted 22 October 2010 - 05:45 PM
I love how the show takes the classical Hollywood filmmaking style and seems to invigorate it. Jim Emerson often posts on the show's formal elements; this one does a great job revealing just how much care goes into every shot.
I really hope they get Slattery on a few more directing gigs next year.
Edited by N.W. Douglas, 22 October 2010 - 05:46 PM.
Posted 05 April 2011 - 07:12 PM
So for once, the Canadians got something before the Americans did! Hooray!
Correction: The first THREE seasons were available when Netflix came to Canada back in September. I guess the fourth season was added later.
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 05 April 2011 - 07:43 PM.
Posted 27 July 2011 - 12:10 PM
Awesome. Netflix Instant just acquired "Mad Men." Now I'll finally get to watch it.
Well, you will in 4 months.
And those 4 months have passed; Mad Men is now streaming on Netflix in the U.S.
Looking forward to checking it out.
Edited by NBooth, 27 July 2011 - 12:11 PM.
Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:36 PM
Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:48 PM
The link seems to indicate that I've seen the last of Jimmy, although a co-worker insists he shows up again in later seasons. I hope so.
Of course, I like and loathe any number of characters on this show. There are episodes that are passable, and then, just when you find yourself wondering what the big deal about the show is, an episode just crackles with dialogue, character development, and all-around style. Two seasons in, and several characters remain enigmas to me.
That's a good thing.
Edited by Christian, 11 August 2011 - 07:44 PM.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:16 PM
Regarding MAD MEN, my thoughts are that it's a show of great moments that come in between entertaining filling. It leans a bit too heavily on the he's-sleeping-with-her plotting to stir up some easy drama. But there's plenty of good stuff throughout, even if we do have to suffer misjudged elements like Don's excursion to California and its absurd hedonistic crew, or Betty's drug-induced "fog" as she gives birth to Eugene. But despite the general strength of the show, I can see it losing steam if it goes on for too many seasons. I would have called it a day at five, actually; I'm skeptical they can make it all the way to seven without wearing out its welcome.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:45 PM
Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:50 PM
Edited by Ryan H., 29 August 2011 - 01:50 PM.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:01 PM
I'm looking forward to Season 4.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 07:24 AM
We finished Season 3 last night. Wow, what a finale! Reflecting on the season as a whole, I wasn't fond of Don'sSpoiler, but his wife'sSpoilerhad me rooting for her, and I say that someone whoSpoiler.
I'm looking forward to Season 4.
And the last shot of Season 3. Gotta love it!
As for your comments about Betty are interesting. I think most people tend to get wrapped up in the mythology of Don Draper and the notion of Betty "the ice queen bitch" that they find themselves on Don's side against Betty. I think Betty and Don are both terribly flawed. Betty has failed to offer the love and maturity one would expect of a mother (her treatment of Carla is unforgivable in my mind), but we also have to realize that she's a victim of a society that gives women in her position no options and that she had a very damaging relationship with her parents. Also, I'm curious to see what you think of her relationship with Henry in Season 4, since I think it does a lot to clarify and interrogate how much of the divorce is Don's treatment of her and how much is Betty herself.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 07:58 PM