Personal and Professional Acts

 Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm  Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow, Themes  6 Responses »
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Taking place as it does on Valentine’s Day and the occasion of a funeral, flowers are major narrative motif that runs through the Mad Men episode A Day’s Work. These elements are woven into a story depicting characters who find themselves forced to “act” a certain way as they play out the various roles in their life. The episode explores the idea of individuals struggling to sort out truth from fiction as these roles are played with others who are performing roles of their own. Continue reading »

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Don’s still hungry.

 Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm  Characters, Season 7, Slideshow, Themes  13 Responses »
Apr 222014
 

Between Ritz crackers and lunch with Dave Wooster, Don absorbs some of the latest print ads, including …

Hungry man ad - MM

Ahem.

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Fix It

Fix It

Apr 22, 2014

I want to scream at you for ruining all this. Then you tried to fix it, and there’s no point. – Betty Draper, The Grown-Ups Don Draper knows how to fix things. In Marriage of Figaro, he singlehandedly built Sally a play house for her birthday. He fixed a rickety chair for Anna when he [...]

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A Day's Work: "I’d hate to think of you as an adversary."

A Day’s Work: “I’d hate to think of you as an adversary.”

Apr 21, 2014

About halfway through Mad Men episode 7.02: A Day’s Work, I wondered if we weren’t looking at an episode primarily concerned with communication and miscommunication. By the end, I understood this was an episode about wanting to be loved. Not about being loved, but about the desire for it, and all the permutations thereof. Valentine’s [...]

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Fan Art Thursday: Mr. & Mrs. Draper

Fan Art Thursday: Mr. & Mrs. Draper

Apr 17, 2014

Phil Noto, whose Downton fan art has previously been featured here, also watches Mad Men. Original here. Check his Sales page for available prints.

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Time Zones: Final Images

Time Zones: Final Images

Apr 16, 2014

The penultimate image of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, leaves Peggy utterly alone. It reminded me of another image, in another episode.

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Timely Conversations

Timely Conversations

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With the title “Time Zones” and a fourth wall breaking opening monologue from Fred Rumsen pitching the wristwatch ad tagline, “Accutron. It’s not a time piece. It’s a conversation piece,” it’s no great stretch to see the use of time as a motif in MAD MAN’s first episode of Season 7. The idea of time [...]

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"Caught in war, wanting peace"

“Caught in war, wanting peace”

Apr 14, 2014

During the course of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, two different quotes captivate Don. I feel it’s worth reviewing and comparing them.

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Glen's Road Trip

Glen’s Road Trip

Apr 9, 2014

In Mad Men Episode 6.12, The Quality of Mercy, Glen Bishop and his friend Rolo drive to visit Sally when she’s on her overnight visit to Miss Porter’s School. Just for fun, here’s their road trip.

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The Americans: It's Okay, It's Good

The Americans: It’s Okay, It’s Good

Apr 3, 2014

The world of The Americans continues to darken. Philip and Elizabeth love each other, but they’re having alter-ego issues. Stan’s put his team in hot water, and now Claudia has too. Worst of all, Emmett and Leanne’s killer is still at large — and he may hit the Jennings family next.

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