Sometimes that show neglects to tell a story. Don Draper drinking and staring out a window is interesting enough for them.I loved season 1. Thought 2 was pretty good and three was so-so. I have 4 on my Netflix queue... we'll see.
Yeah, I still reserved season four from the library (I'm 85th in line), so at some point I will find out how their new agency turns out. You pointed out something I neglected to mention-- There are lots of meandering shots that don't really add anything (and many of them are under-lit). I also feel like the constant ending each episode with a song is just a throwback to The Sopranos and half the time, on that show, I didn't feel it was necessary. Mad Men looks great-- the saturation of colors makes the show stand out from most others. I thought the scene where Draper has to explain to his kids that he's moving out for good was one of the best depictions of that all-too-often, too-painful episode many families have been through. I guess the problem with the show is consistency. My verdict on AMC programs, at this point, is that Breaking Bad still stands miles above the rest.
American television cannot stop when they're ahead. Run a show into the ground is the motto.
Can you imagine someone walking in to a studio office today and proposing something like The Prisoner? They would laugh while security dragged you out of the bulding!
I gotta admit that I still dig it, although I love the setting and time period more than anything. Having said that, there's also about three other series I cannot stop watching as well: Intelligence, Californication and Dexter. When I do veg in front of the tube, these are pretty much all I want to watch.Intelligence started a bit weak, but is now to the point where you don't pull your ass out of the chair unless you hit pause, because you will miss something. Double-crosses, triple-crosses...everybody is using somebody for their own gain. A very well done show in my opinion.
Mike, I'll have to check that show out.