Edited by Buckeye Jones, 08 September 2011 - 08:09 AM.
Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:08 AM
Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:07 PM
I didn't mind the way they developed her character in season 4, but I am hoping they push her character more out-of-frame in the future seasons. I'm tired of her.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 07:21 PM
Then a second co-worker strolls up. She's now up to Season 3 and is loving the show. "Oh," she mentions, "I just read
I don't know what we'll do for Season 5. Wait for the DVD and try to avoid the water-cooler discussion at the office, every Internet story about the show, etc.? Should be no problem, right?
Edited by Christian, 16 October 2011 - 07:22 PM.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:42 AM
As far as the new seasons of the show, there's a great way to keep up without paying for cable. The show has a distribution deal through iTunes that allows you to stream the show at the same time new episodes hit AMC with a season pass that is probably around $30 or $40.
Edited by Russ, 19 October 2011 - 03:54 PM.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 02:56 PM
BTW, that bit in your post about
Also, just to be clear: Do you not see a trajectory in Betty's character at all during her four seasons on the show?
Edited by Christian, 19 October 2011 - 02:57 PM.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:50 PM
You know, maybe there's been something over the course of four years that would qualify as a dramatic arc. I don't know. It seems clear to me that what these serialized dramas do so well by way of character development is allow us to watch people for so long and in varied and unhurried circumstances where they aren't merely pegged to perform rote plot points. This permits us to feel a sort of intimacy you'd reserve for actual acquaintances and encourages a manner of empathy wherein even normally-unsympathetic characters have a well-written complexity that gives us some unique insight into the human condition. I don't get any of that from Betty, and on a show so justly praised for its writing, I'm never surprised by the limited range of responses or actions we hear or see from her. There probably wasn't a moment where Weiner considered putting forth an Eisenhower/Kennedy-era housewife who was, y'know, actually reasonably happy or satisfied with her domesticity. But weirdly, as transparently cliche as a June Cleaver type might be to modern audiences, the Betty Draper type-- the rich-but-unhappy woman smoking and gossiping in a housecoat, bred for nothing more than what she has-- is similarly cliched.
Another interesting feature of the Era of Quality Television is its ability to anoint as dramatic stars actors with previously modest success in bit parts. Part of that, I think, is the quantity thing; you see someone in a role for so long that the mere repetition becomes its own unique verisimilitude. That being said, I think that January Jones's physical beauty vastly outstrips her skills as an actor. As I understand it, she was originally cast in the pilot with some possibility of the role being recast. I'm not sure, though, whether a different person would have been able to bring the character into greater focus.
Edited by Russ, 19 October 2011 - 04:51 PM.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:08 PM
Andrew, I think I agree with everything you wrote.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:05 PM
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:02 AM
We just started watching season one over the weekend, and are two episodes in. Based on those two episode, I'm definitely getting this vibe.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:45 PM
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Edited by Ryan H., 25 March 2012 - 11:14 PM.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:34 PM
The characters were in fine form though, especially Peggy, Joan, and Pete.
Harry Crane! What happened to you!?
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:27 PM
As far as my reaction to the premier itself, I don't have much to say yet. I enjoyed it, I liked seeing everyone back in action, and I have high hopes.
One thing I'll be keeping an eye on is how the theme of "power" plays itself out over the course of the season, as that seemed to be the recurring theme of the premier: the advantages of power, how those in power are perceived by those with less power, etc.
Also, this is an interesting listen, if you haven't heard it already: http://www.npr.org/2...-for-don-draper
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:35 PM
I wonder if this means Mad Men season 5 will be a lot like Buffy season 7? (Probably not.)
After managing to get my wife to watch a few more episodes, I'm happy to report that we're liking the show a lot now. We're almost done with the first season. I still can't look at Pete Campbell without seeing Connor from Angel, though.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:41 PM
I can't look at Campbell without wanting to pound his face in.