The Killing Has Been Cancelled

 Posted by on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm  The Killing  8 Responses »
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Not like we’ll miss it.

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From the Hilton to HoJo’s

 Posted by on July 3, 2012 at 7:00 am  Season 5, The Killing  13 Responses »
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(Note:  7/2/12) I  wrote this before the end of Season 5, and SCDP clients have picked up with Jaguar and possibly Firestone, but we still don’t see Connie Hilton anywhere)

It is interesting to note that the more commercial clientele that SCDP is attempting to acquire reflects the decay of NYC in the mid-late 60’s, and I’m sure that this is intentional.   To think that just two seasons ago, Don was flirting with Conrad Hilton about hotel accounts, luxuriating in a grand Roman Hilton but now he’s excited about Howard Johnson’s?  The divide in class and taste couldn’t be more clear. I can’t imagine why the orange and turquoise atmosphere of HoJo appealed to Don — maybe he thought it will give him the same colorful vibe that Disneyland gave him, when his love for Megan was bursting into full bloom.  But it all ties in with the illusion of  happy commercialism hiding the slow disintegration of society in the 60s.

There’s decay in Don and Megan’s relationship too.  in Souvenir, Don buys Betty a beautiful gold charm of the Colosseum, in Far Away Places, he buys Megan a tacky orange backscratcher, which has ‘Howard Johnson’s’ stamped on it.  This is one souvenir that Megan won’t want to keep, for the memory it recalls would be too painful.

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