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February 27th, 2010


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09:19 pm - Mad Men Blogging
Season 3, Episode 6: Guy Walks into an Ad Agency. This is the best episode of season 3 so far.

It had one flaw: I don't think the British characters are quite realistically British. I said last week that I thought Mad Men would be about the impossibility of balancing success and morality, and the British are much more focussed than the Americans on being utterly ruthless, efficient and capitalist. I'm not sure that supernatural efficiency was a defining feature of British business in the early 1960s. Was post-war welfare Britain really a time when men with physical injuries were despised? Nu-huh. Well, the Brits are obviously there to represent an idea, which I guess is fair enough.

Why am I talking about that? I guess because it is some firm ground, and in the rest of the episode I am not entirely on firm ground. Person after person is obliterated in this episode: dismissed, wiped out or negated. Some of them will come back from this abyss, and others definitely won't. Don's daughter thinks the new baby is a dead man come back.

There is a great scene where Don and Joan - the alpha male and female - sit next to each other in hospital (where another character is being obliterated). Two magnificent animals - they should be King and Queen of the Universe, yet Joan has nothing at all to look forward to. She just saved a man's life, she made Don laugh from his darkness, and now she is going home to make dinner for a snivelling rapist. This is what sexism means.

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From:andrewducker
Date:February 27th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I liked the British. My grandfather was in advertising around that time, and he was very much of the school that the English are shown as being in Mad Men - including being sent down from Cambridge for chasing a professor around a courtyard when drunk.
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From:communicator
Date:February 28th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
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He sounds much more likeable and relaxed than the Brits in Mad Men.

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