August 16th, 2010
|10:04 pm - Mad Men 4.4 'The Rejected'|
I don't know what to do now. Mad Men 4.4 was brilliant, but who can I tell about it and how? Most people haven't had a chance to see it yet - kalypso_v I am going to be particularly careful not to spoil this one for you, because it is a perfect and complex Pete Campbell episode. Also a lot of Peggy, who is a very inspiring character.
What can I say without spoilers? That, like Alien, you feel you must walk into the screen like Alice through the Looking Glass and fall into the almost tangible space just out there. Some episodes have seemed like dreams, but this is more like a memory. Incredible realisation of an entire universe. This may partly be because this is the universe I lived in, in my earliest memories - I was age three at the time this episode was set.
Some episodes work as big stories, with one big message, but this one was a series of lovely scenes and performances. It didn't have the big bang of a massive creative explosion - probably coming up in later episodes - but the small scenes and little movements of the men and women - fantastic, funny, sad, and with care for minute particulars.
Review by Alan Sepinwall here.
PS - Directed by Roger Sterling himself! Outstanding work.
PPS - actually I do know what the big message of this episode was: 'You can't use the past to predict the future'; even a powerful past like this. It's basically a hopeful message.
Ooh! I am getting excited now.
The actor Vincent whassisname does a great job, really smashing work, to bring new levels out
Vincent Kartheiser. I think he's a brilliant actor.
by the evidence of this you are right
I must watch that tonight! I didn't realise it was up.
I think you will like it. It's one of the laugh--out-loud funniest episodes I've seen.
Roger Sterling talking on the phone to a cigarette manufacturer.
'New laws mean we can't show athletes smoking. But what about horse racing?.... No, the jockey smokes.'
I just watched it! We think they were doing the banned low angle shots in that scene too. Man, Pete can be a total arsehole. I suspect that since he has slow wrigglers, that Trudy's been filling her days with someone more fun.
Yes, I thought that on the camera angle. And I laughed Peggy's head appears in the transom window behind Don, peeping at him.
Edited at 2010-08-17 10:41 am (UTC)
Yes, that was so funny! What we used to call meerkatting over the partitions in our office.