snickfic: (MM)
I spent a large portion of today diving back into Mad Men. I got stuck somewhere early in S2, but now I am back on track. I just finished episode 2.09, I think. I have no particular thoughts, but I was so excited to be watching again that I needed to share with you all.

to recap )
snickfic: (MM)
This is the last, really! Betty will have to wait for another day (and a couple more episodes, probably, because I am IMPATIENT). Again, spoilers through 1.07.

Y'all, I do not understand Don Draper's purpose in this narrative.  )
snickfic: (MM)
Now for Joan and Rachel. After this, I have two more sets of character comments I want to write up, one on Don Draper and one on Betty (who has grown absolutely fascinating).

the insider and the outside )
snickfic: (Willow hmm)
I cannot remember the last time a show gave me so many thoughts. Supernatural I love because it gives me such strong feelings, but only very occasionally does it give me thoughts (Dean in S1, Sam in S4, Sam and Plot Stuff in S6), whereas Mad Men rarely inspires in me any feeling other than sputtering rage but gives me more thoughts - about characters, mostly - than I know what to do with. Not only are these episodes longer than an "hour" of standard network television, but they're really dense. Makes me wish I had the discipline to watch them all twice before I actually sat down to talk about them; I always develop so many more thoughts the second time through.

What's more, although the episodes do have arcs and themes of their own, at this point I'm really more invested in the broad strokes of the character development than in the subtler points in the individual episodes. For that reason, I've decided to quite breaking things up by episode and instead break them up by character, because I have Big Thoughts about developments for, hmm, at least five right now.

So here, have all my thoughts for Pete Campbell through 1.07 Red in the Face.

I wouldn't have thought Pete Campbell had a single character beat that could inspire me to sympathy. )
snickfic: (Willow hmm)
You guys, this show is so smart, so meticulous, and (I realize this is entirely missing the point) so pretty. The acting is excellent and the writing is sharp (but not too sharp). And it's got great music.

thoughts on first three episodes )

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