Mad Men Rewatch: Waterloo

 Posted by on April 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm  Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow  4 Responses »
Apr 012015
 

Mad Men, Waterloo: Roger Sterling The last time that Roger and Bert saw each other, Bert gave a discourse in leadership. Roger, Bert said, is not a leader.

So what does Roger do? He takes the lead.

Roger was already “noodling” with the idea of approaching Jim Hobart, I think. That’s why he was so happy in the previous episode, when he understood that Bob Benson was going to Buick. Roger likes knowing how to negotiate and what the game is. Roger is often lackluster at work; he’s a great account man who doesn’t always bother. From Season 1, he’s felt “my name on the building” gave him all sorts of special privileges, and that included being pretty lazy when he felt like it.

But two things happen after Bert dies. Bert, the father figure. Bert, the man who has looked after Roger ever since the senior Sterling died. Bert, whom Roger hears say “You’re not a leader”. First, Roger tells Jim Hobart that he must be president of SC&P after acquisition. Second, he takes control of a partners meeting that was on the edge of devolving into argument and acrimony. Sit, have coffee, and listen.

Roger was never more aware of needing to impress Bert Cooper than in that moment, when Bert was gone.

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Apr 012015
 

This is the final part of our write-up of the amazing Mad Men: The End of an Era panel discussion at Lincoln Center. Part 2 is here and Part 1 is here.

The set-up for the next scene was great. Chuck Klosterman teased us with, ‘You’ve probably forgotten this ever happened’. Both John Slattery and January Jones selected it, from Episode 1.07, Red in the Face: Roger hits on Betty in the Drapers’ kitchen.

Photo Credit: Carin Baer/AMC

Photo Credit: Carin Baer/AMC

They pointed out that Betty absolutely did feel flattered by the pass, smiling as she pushed Roger away. Matt discussed the moment when Don walks in and immediately knows. He’d wondered, should Don come in a moment earlier and actually see something? But he was sure that in real life, you just know. As a parent, he said, he knows when the TV has just been turned off, or some bad behavior has just stopped. And watching it, it’s clear how guilty Roger and Betty are behaving–and they’re silent. He doesn’t have them do that fast-awkward-talky thing. Matt also discussed, in an hilarious several minutes, the classic sitcom style of Don showing Roger out. He said some of the jokes were straight out of The Jeffersons. Continue reading »

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Mar 312015
 

You’re not a real lawyer.

Better Call Saul, Pimento, Jimmy confronts Chuck

So, the penultimate Better Call Saul of its first season, Pimento, is a bit of a heart-breaker. Jimmy McGill, the future Saul Goodman, has been slowly creeping into our good graces throughout the season. He loves and cares for his brother. He likes old people. He’s smart. He tries to do right. I feel a little bit like Vince Gilligan is punking the audience, like “Ha ha, I’ll make you care about Saul Goodman! See if I don’t!” Well, it worked. He’s no Don Draper, I’m not falling in love with him, but yeah, Bob Odenkirk’s performance is making me care. And here comes the inevitable betrayal. Continue reading »

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Mar 312015
 

MadMenFinalPosterIt’s possible that the most challenging thing I do as a writer is create spoiler-free Mad Men reviews. This is my last one. I’m tasked with saying as close to nothing as possible, while still engaging the reader, and communicating a sense of what lays ahead.

In Severance, what lays ahead is Mad Men. There is something so richly, truly our show about this hour that, while it shocks and surprises, and shows us things we haven’t seen or imagined, it is nonetheless familiar. This is definitely the show we love.

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Mar 302015
 

The phrase “Female Director” kind of pisses me off. I know how naïve that makes me. I don’t know how Hollywood works except from what I’ve read, but I do know there’s nothing inherently masculine about the title of Director. I know that every last director I worked with through school, save two, were women. The academic world rarely resembles the real world, of course. It can take generations for the ways of the ivory tower to trickle down into the mainstream.

That’s why, when Ronald D. Moore says that he insisted that the director of The Wedding be a woman, I have to put my initial gut reaction aside and applaud. What I would have given to hear him say something more like, “I wanted the best-qualified director available for this assignment, and the best-qualified director was Anna Forrester.” She was, after all, given the evidence of the spectacular work that made it to screen. Any way you look at it—the performances, the cinematography, the costumes, the lighting, the editing—I just can’t imagine anyone having done a better job.

From L to R: Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Tobias Menzies (Jack/Frank Randall), Ronald D. Moore, and Diana Gabaldon at PaleyFest March 12, 2015

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