Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mad Men Amendment

I've gone through seasons two and three of Mad Men and I'm afraid to say I'm not nearly as impressed as I was with season one.

6 comments:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. American television cannot stop when they're ahead. Run a show into the ground is the motto.

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. Mike, I'll have to check that show out.

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