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August 2nd, 2010


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10:39 am - 'Walker! Are you still alive?'
I've just watched Mad Men 4.2 and then this scene from Point Blank. The aesthetic is the same, although the action is completely different (Lee Marvin punching a guy in the nuts vs Pete Campbell dancing the conga).

In episode 4.1 the story followed the typical - and I'm not complaining - Mad Men structure. Every event in Don Draper's life curved back on itself, and re-emerged, metaphorically, as creative genius. You could almost draw it as a flow chart: 'So well built we can't show you the second floor'. Although it was brilliant, I was worried that the writers thought they had 'got' what the series was about, and now each episode would reproduce this formula, rich as it is, a winning method. Luckily that didn't happen.

In this episode a woman - perhaps the most intelligent woman he has ever met - asks Don 'What is the fundamental conflict within each of us?' Aha - I am saying to myself - I revised this one for the test: it's the conflict between fulfilling the self, and dissolving it away.

No: 'What I want, versus what is expected of me.'

Come on, guys. I hope the writers don't think they have got to the centre of the onion with that one. Nah. As with episode 1, this is not an indication that the writers think they have got it, only that the characters do.

PS - Being Don's secretary is a bit like being Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. Some go on to greater things, and some don't.

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From:pennski
Date:August 2nd, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Which channel & day is this on - I haven't spotted it yet!
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From:communicator
Date:August 2nd, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm afraid like Breaking Bad it's only on in the USA, so it's a bit of a pointless review, but I can't help myself.
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From:executrix
Date:August 3rd, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
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I still haven't seen any of this season. Has Creepy Tobacco Guy hit on Don yet? Not that I think anybody deserves workplace sexual harassment, but it would give Don an insight into how the other half lives.
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From:communicator
Date:August 3rd, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
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No, but he featured very heavily in this week's episode. He made Roger dress up as Santa and got all the men to sit on his (Santa's) knee while he snapped them with his newly-invented Polaroid.
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From:executrix
Date:August 3rd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
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Ongoing presence of, so to speak, Cigarette Smoking Man at least is a rational reason why they didn't hire Sal, but I'll never believe that they'd hire Pete. I mean, nobody liked him in the first place.

But then, I never believed that Joan would play the accordion in public--in fact I bet she left a trail of corpses behind her who knew she could play the accordion, not unlike those who recognized Commissioner Sleer.
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From:communicator
Date:August 3rd, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
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Pete got through because he represents the sixties I think; he's a modern kind of shit

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