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Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:18 am

It's like a lot of very minor very slow car wrecks.

It's like a bunch of people cheating and drinking themselves insensate while talking about how good everything is.

Thank God for Netflix. Into Season 3 now. So far I have been spoilered on the fate of the Drapers' marriage. No other spoilers, please! Until I do it. Then it's okay. Another scotch, if you please.

Best First wrote:I didn't like it. They don't have mums, or dads, or children. And they turn into stuff. And they don't eat Monster Munch or watch Xena: Warrior Princess. Or do one big poo in the morning and another one in the afternoon. I bet they weren't even excited by and then subsequently disappointed by Star Wars Prequels. Or have a glass full of spare change near their beds. That they don't have.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:46 am

It's difficult to discuss Mad Men without spoilers, due to the low rate at which things happen.

I mean I know that X happens because... well, it's a thing actually happening. But as for what season, I can't remember.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:36 pm

I tried Mad Men but gave up after about five episodes. I can see it's a real slow burn, but I couldn't really get on board with any of the characters. They're all jerks. I know that's kinda the point, but still... it's time I could be spending researching pornography...
 

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Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:27 pm

Ha! I actually was turned off at first, but Draper is too full of interesting contradictions. I had to know more about him.

Best First wrote:I didn't like it. They don't have mums, or dads, or children. And they turn into stuff. And they don't eat Monster Munch or watch Xena: Warrior Princess. Or do one big poo in the morning and another one in the afternoon. I bet they weren't even excited by and then subsequently disappointed by Star Wars Prequels. Or have a glass full of spare change near their beds. That they don't have.

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Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:11 pm

Up through all of it. You may now retitle this "Mad Men (Spoilers)(Nothing Really Happens Anyway)," mods.

Thought Season 5 was a bit too sudsy. Joan prostitutes herself, which, in my writing book, would have been better off in a "did she or didn't she?" scenario in which we're never sure.

Lane's suicide was definitely sudsy. Hanging himself in his office? How much of a middle finger does he want to give his co-workers? I like this series because it's very much like typical drama--Chekhov comes to mind--and thus I'm more interested in slow burning stuff than any big twists.

Roger on LSD was priceless, though. The Hallelujah chorus comes out of the whiskey bottle!

Best First wrote:I didn't like it. They don't have mums, or dads, or children. And they turn into stuff. And they don't eat Monster Munch or watch Xena: Warrior Princess. Or do one big poo in the morning and another one in the afternoon. I bet they weren't even excited by and then subsequently disappointed by Star Wars Prequels. Or have a glass full of spare change near their beds. That they don't have.

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Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:14 pm

Laine trying to off himself in his Jag but not being able to because it (as Cooper said right from the off) won't bloody start was gold.

As I Facebooked at the time, season 5 gets forgiven for any flaws on the grounds that a) actual events occur and b) PETE CAMPBELL GETS PUNCHED IN THE FACE.

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Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:29 pm

Brendocon wrote:Laine trying to off himself in his Jag but not being able to because it (as Cooper said right from the off) won't bloody start was gold.

As I Facebooked at the time, season 5 gets forgiven for any flaws on the grounds that a) actual events occur and b) PETE CAMPBELL GETS PUNCHED IN THE FACE.


Ha! I FB'd the same thing. Twice. Punched in the face twice. I jumped up and danced.

The Jag thing was fantastic. I suppose that's why I found the actual self-hanging a bit of a letdown (eh? eh?) because I had seen the attempted suicide as the apex of Lane's character arc for the season. Thought he was going to fade away rather than burn out.

I suppose it's better in the long run to have Lane actually die than vanish like Sal did: hey, here's this character you're invested in, caught in brutal personal conflict, about to do something that will wreck his life, now you'll never see him again!

Also loved Hare Krishna Kinsey. So pathetic without all his pretentiousness.

Best First wrote:I didn't like it. They don't have mums, or dads, or children. And they turn into stuff. And they don't eat Monster Munch or watch Xena: Warrior Princess. Or do one big poo in the morning and another one in the afternoon. I bet they weren't even excited by and then subsequently disappointed by Star Wars Prequels. Or have a glass full of spare change near their beds. That they don't have.

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Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:50 pm

Mad Men, eh? We watched an episode or two of it, but it didn't really grab me. I think we ended up watching Breaking Bad instead at that point. Although this..

bumblemusprime wrote:It's like a lot of very minor very slow car wrecks.

It's like a bunch of people cheating and drinking themselves insensate while talking about how good everything is.


...DOES remind me of a show we've just started watching that is similarly doused in critical acclaim - although with less cheating and drinking: Downton Abbey! It's nothing but minor very slow car wrecks and people either having it good or happy they don't have it worse. We're just into the middle of Season 2, so no spoilers as to who wins World War I, k?

Best First wrote:I thought we could just meander between making well thought out points, being needlessly immature, provocative and generalist, then veer into caring about constructive debate and make a few valid points, act civil for a bit, then lower the tone again, then act offended when we get called on it, then dictate what it is and isn't worth debating, reinterpret a few of my own posts through a less offensive lens, then jaunt down whatever other path our seemingly volatile mood took us in.

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Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:17 am

Mad Men is Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey as it should have been. Less suds, slower, more relaxing with the character, and More More Sex.

Best First wrote:I didn't like it. They don't have mums, or dads, or children. And they turn into stuff. And they don't eat Monster Munch or watch Xena: Warrior Princess. Or do one big poo in the morning and another one in the afternoon. I bet they weren't even excited by and then subsequently disappointed by Star Wars Prequels. Or have a glass full of spare change near their beds. That they don't have.

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Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:29 pm

What did we think of the ending, gentlemen and ladies?

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