Sep 162013
 

You should read the rest of that poem, you boob.

- Stan Rizzo to Michael Ginsberg, Mad Men, Dark Shadows

Like his fellow schlubby wannabe-alpha-male-at-heart, Michael Ginsberg, Walter White conducts himself like the only words of Shelley’s “Ozymandias” he remembers are, “I am Ozymandias, king of kings/Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.” (Above is an AMC promotional video of Bryan Cranston reading the poem; the poem itself is here.) But Ginz couldn’t even begin to have night terrors about the things Walt has done, and seen done, out of his screaming need to wear the silver stripe on his back just once before he dies. Through all of it, he has somehow maintained the fantasy that he’s doing it all for his family, in spite of the fact that he’s had innumerable opportunities to quit while he was ahead and spurned them all because he just had to have more more more, now now now. But in Ozymandias, the shattering third to last episode of Breaking Bad, it becomes clear that even he can delude himself no longer that he’s any kind of a hero, or any kind of family man. Continue reading »

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A Rare Moment of Friendship

 Posted by on August 27, 2013 at 6:51 am  Mad Men, Season 5  17 Responses »
Aug 272013
 

03d02706-a32a-db62-9f3d-a3c768665b48_14_MMs4-RT_Cicada-Jon-and-John-Bar_000511In Mad Men Season 5′s Tea Leaves, Roger is upset after Pete embarrasses him in a meeting. Don observes this happening and goes down to the hall to pacify Roger. The two have a drink in Don’s office and Roger vents to Don about his frustrations. Then Don tells Roger that Betty might have cancer.  They discuss it, quite seriously, for a couple of moments, and Don actually opens up to Roger about his fears of losing the mother of his children.

It’s an interesting scene to watch. I initially thought Don approached Roger strictly to offer Roger comfort. But seeing it again, I realize that Don wanted some comfort himself—or at least the comfort that comes with sharing a confidence. We see Don and Roger fight sometimes and at other times we see them getting along great. But when they’re getting along, it’s usually a fun, lightweight sort of friendship. Two office buddies/partners who play the same game. This scene went a little deeper. Does Don at times want a friend? He always seems so solitary, so deliberately disconnected from everyone around him. But he had moments of friendship with Arnold Rosen in Season 6, and at times he seems to enjoy having a real connection.

I really enjoyed this moment between Don and Roger, and wouldn’t mind seeing more moments like this. It’s rare for Don to let someone know that he needs to talk. I’m not sure if that will ever change. He’s very used to keeping his guard up.

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