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Mad Men: Mystery Date

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: An episode filled with uncharacteristic terror, suspense, and agitation, the episode titled “Mystery Date” of “Mad Men”‘s Season 5 left me, quite literally, breathless. With Hitchcockian camera pans and dialogue to make the blood curdle, I am wondering if this was Matthew Weiner’s attempt at exposing the precise horror of the characters, their lives, and the times all playing off the disjointed tones of the first two weeks. Hallucinations of sex and murder, a grandma with a kitchen knife, a killer on the loose, and that ominous accordion over Joan’s shoulder in the Italian restaurant were all physically and psychologically violent attacks on the characters of “Mad Men.” What made this all even more terrifying was the fact that all of these characters we know so well, their insecurities and their deepest fears. When we see them manifest on screen, all at once, to everyone, in the span of 60 minutes… one can’t help but feel the shock.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Oh, like you, Sonia, the highlight had to be seeing Joan give Greg his dishonorable discharge. This was unlike any Mad Men episode before it, and yet not a departure from either the characters or something that took the show to a place it could have difficulty navigating. Continue reading

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Mad Men Week 3 In Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: When Don Draper drives the young Californian, Stephanie, home from a night at the bar with him and Anna, she nonchalantly states that “Nobody knows what’s wrong with themselves, everyone else can see it right away.” Though Stephanie is referring to the dullness of the archetypal “first-date conversation,” the audience mimics Draper’s head-tilt and applies the thought provoking statement to the newness of Draper’s life as a divorced man. The previous two episodes of the 4th season of “Mad Men” appeared to broadly establish the confused, less elegant lifestyle that followed his, paradoxically, more care-free married years. This episode, on the other hand, forced us to begin to delve into the inner-workings of Don Draper’s loyalties through a dusty, disconcertingly domestic lens.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Like Sonia, I was unsettled by this episode. That is by design, I believe, and unlike Sonia the end of the episode didn’t feel like a resolution of this, but rather a further unraveling. Continue reading

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