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|Mad Men Premiere|
Anyone excited to see it? *Spoilers* Last season was great, and I
loved that Don has finally begun to embrace who he 'really' is, but I
felt the ending was a little underwhelming. There was this ominous
ambience throughout the season. Every episode had this reference to
death, whether symbolic, literal, or referencing the political/social
chaos of '68, and I was hoping that was going to lead to something
big. Not that the death of Don Draper/rebirth of Dick whitman wasn't
big, but I don't know, that 'Hershey scene' revelation didn't have the
emotional impact I hoped Don's confession was going to be. There's
also other little complaints I have about the season, but overall, like I
said it, was a good one.
There was a lot of change that came last season that I'm really
excited to see play-out this season. A lot of the promotional art seems
to depict the characters on an airport, I wonder if 'Sterling Cooper
west' is actually going to be a thing with Draper and his men in
California. I hope so. I love it when Draper goes to California,
something interesting always happens. California has always been
depicted as a kind of haven to him and it's been shown to be a place
where he feels free to shed himself off Don's skin. Also, list is favourite
'music moments' from the series. may have forgotten some good
|7|| ||The Beach Boys|
"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"
Pet Sounds on LSD. This song was played at an acid party that Roger attended with Jane (how Jane became
friends with a bunch of intellectuals and psychiatrists is beyond me. or maybe one of them was her
psychiatrist? I don't remember.) The scene uses a lot of surreal imagery (obviously), which synchs well with
Brian Wilson's orchestral, avant-pop. I also loved Roger's little smartass remarks while one of the
psychiatrist began quoting the tibetan book of the dead (come to think of it, "Tomorrow Never Knows"
would have been the better fit here, especially since is more appropriate for Don's attempt to understand
the youth of the '60s. but whatever, it's all good.) youtube.com/watch?v=GpWlKCfSPcU
|6|| ||The Beatles|
"Tomorrow Never Knows"
$250,000 is a ridiculous amount of money to ask for. I don't know how Apple
Corps sleeps at night Records sleeps at night, but Matthew Weiner is a man of
means and gets what he wants. The usage of this song made for a cool montage
in the end though. Pete's scene in particular was beautifully shot. The moment
that she draws the heart and then rolls the window down was rough.
|5|| ||Megan Draper|
Zou Bisou Bisou
While Megan sings this song to Don for his birthday in the season 5 premiere, there's a shot
of Harry Crane (who needs more screen time) clapping his hands, whistling and yelling "oui
oui!" That's the only way to describe Jessica Pare's performance here. The song is jazzy little
number sung in french and it's really catchy. Also watching Jessica Pare singing it in that little
black dress is a joy. youtube.com/watch?v=yXoILGnHnvM
|4|| ||Nancy Sinatra|
"You Only Live Twice"
Once an adulterer, always an adulterer. I've always loved this song and it's amazing how well
it works more with Mad Men than 007. This song is played in a bar where Don smokes and
drinks, and ponders his feelings for Megan. And then, suddenly, a woman comes out of no
where and asks, "Are you alone?" One of the best ending scenes I've ever seen.
|3|| ||David Carbonara|
The infamous scene where all the women of Sterling Cooper try out brands of lipsticks
while all the men watch from a two-way mirror. The scene is genius, but the music is
what makes it especially good. The song starts in when Joan struts in front of the
guys and bends over. There's a jazzy guitar intro that compliments her movements so
well, really gives the scene a sexy and slick feel. David Carbonara is brilliant. Check
otut he song is you like smooth, cool jazz. "I want to stand up and salute that."
"Rivers of Babylon"
This song is beautiful. It was performed by a folk singer in a beantik club where Don
got dragged to by his mistress from season 1, and it serves as the soundtrack to the
episode's concluding montage. The singing, the mandolin melody, it's absolutely
gorgeous. The song itself reflects the theme and references the episode had to the
book Exodus and the feeling of being in state of exile. youtube.com/watch?
|1|| ||Fly-Bi Nights|
This is an early psychedelic rock song that played during Don's Hash trip last season.
I fell in love with the song, but mainly because it fit so well with the scene.
Apparently, John Slattery (Roger Sterling) directed the episode and he did a fantastic
job. I loved the POV shot of Megan leading Don through the party with the audio
effects making everything feel so cloudy and surreal. Also, hippie Megan is super
|I'll comment later since I got some stuff to do. but yeah, anyone interested in getting a mad men discussion going feel free to leave a comment and i'll come back and talk. |
|Excited as hell for season 7. Season 6 I felt was the show's strongest season since 4, the subplots
with Pete and his mom and Patty and Ted were especially strong. I actually loved season 6's ending, it
came as a big surprise but also well-deserved on Don's part. I'm glad of glad Megan finally dumped
Don, I never really liked her from the beginning and I always had a strong feeling their relationship
was going to be ephemeral. I have a bad feeling Don is going to end up getting back together with
|I liked the ending of last season, I guess I was just a little underwhelmed at how it was presented. I was expecting to end with a bang, and it was much quieter in reality. I still liked the scene where Don tells everyone the truth during the hershey pitch and in the ending with him showing his kids his home was really touching too, but I was just expecting a greater revelation that what was presented. but that's just me.|
Also, I don't know what will happen with Don and Megan, but I think I read that Don and Betty aren't going to get back together. I agree with you on Don's marriage with Megan though, that was never meant to last.
|That's a relief about Don and Betty, her character really pissed me off last season. And yes the season didn't exactly end with a bang, but I felt that it was a very conclusive ending that wrapped up the season really well. I enjoyed all the flashbacks to Don's childhood last season but I hope they cut down a bit on those. Now that he's revealed the place where he grew up to his kids I don't think the flashbacks are necessary anymore.|
And yes that Hershey scene was brilliant. It wasn't as shocking as someone getting their foot run over with a lawnmower but it was certainly surprising to see Don be completely candid. I'm guessing his character is going to be a lot more sincere and less of a liar in the oncoming season with the fallout from his breakup with Megan and suspension from work driving him to do the right thing. Then again, if I've learned anything from Mad Men, it's that I'm terrible at predicting things, so we'll see what happens.