Outlander: All is Forgiven—A Review of The Reckoning, Episode 109 (Part 1)

Outlander: All is Forgiven—A Review of The Reckoning, Episode 109 (Part 1)

Apr 10, 2015

I’ve tossed this episode around in my thoughts all week, and I still don’t have my head around it. I wrote and scrapped hundreds of words, hoping that some clear conclusions would surface. In turn, I’ve been ecstatic, disgusted, inspired, aroused, and pissed off by The Reckoning. I really didn’t want to dwell on the beating scene all that long. […]

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Basket of News, Apr. 4-10, 2015

Apr 10, 2015

Gothamist unpacks the cultural references in Mad Men‘s midseason premiere. Scott Hornbacher spoke with THR about his last time directing Mad Men, Severance‘s distinctive dream sequence and how he hopes longtime viewers will feel about the beginning of the end.  Scott also talked to Variety about the episode. Matthew Weiner talked to Vanity Fair about […]

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The Strategy: Two Kinds of Families

The Strategy: Two Kinds of Families

Apr 9, 2015

When I first saw Mad Men episode 7.06, The Strategy, I wondered at this image. Mad Men uses reflections judiciously; they generally mean something. What does this one mean? Why two dances, why two Don-and-Peggys? As I was writing my “Rewatch” post, I suddenly saw it–there are two kinds of families. There are the families […]

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We Are Happy To Serve You

We Are Happy To Serve You

Apr 9, 2015

While running the audition of a model in a chinchilla coat,at the very beginning of Mad Men episode 7.08, Severance, a close up of Don’s hand shows a coffee cup with the words “We are happy to serve you” written on the side. This motif is carried throughout the episode as moments of introspection on […]

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Mad Men: Severance--Joan Goes to Bonwit Teller

Mad Men: Severance–Joan Goes to Bonwit Teller

Apr 8, 2015

In Mad Men Episode 3.08: Souvenir, Pete encounters Joan working at Bonwit Teller. He leaves with a replacement dress, but sharp-eyed fans noted that Pete’s bag was not Bonwit’s signature violet-covered package. In Severance, Joan visits Bonwit Teller on a shopping spree. This time, Mad Men got the packaging right. As the shot pans, you can […]

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Fly Away With Me

Fly Away With Me

Apr 8, 2015

Paris. Now. Let’s go. – Don to Midge, The Hobo Code There are as many ways to travel as there are travelers. Some people live for the next great adventure: a road trip, a weekend in Las Vegas, a vacation to Panama. Some people travel just to tell others where they’ve been. And some people […]

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Severance is all referenced out the whazoo

Apr 7, 2015

Mad Men Episode 7.08, Severance, is fully referenced: There is a full recap available, as well as the short summary in the S7 Episode Guide. Quotes are up to date, as well as the side-bar quote generator. Cultural references are up to the minute! Episode music is updated. Sepinwall suggested that “Is That All There […]

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Better Call Saul 1.10: Marco (Season Finale)

Better Call Saul 1.10: Marco (Season Finale)

Apr 7, 2015

Dali Lama’ s got nothing on me. The season finale of Better Call Saul, Marco, was a strange animal. In the midst of an episode in which Slippin’ Jimmy has what shall forevermore be known as “the Bingo Breakdown,” and where a beloved old friend dies partway through, in all of this, I found the […]

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Mad Men: Severance--My ex-wife's earring

Mad Men: Severance–My ex-wife’s earring

Apr 6, 2015

In Mad Men episode 7.08, Severance, Don’s date finds Megan’s earring under the bed. It looked familiar, so I did some exploring. In fact, Megan wore this pair of earrings twice that I can discover, in two consecutive episodes of Season 6: To Have and To Hold, and The Flood. This is great work by […]

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Mad Men Recap: Severance--Second is very far from first

Mad Men Recap: Severance–Second is very far from first

Apr 5, 2015

A year ago, Mad Men Season 7.1 closed with Peggy giving a pitch about connection. We’re “starving” she said, hungry for connection, and then she tied Burger Chef into assuaging that hunger. And now? Now the people of SC&P are ravenous. Severance is an episode very much about getting everything you want, and having it be nothing at all. […]

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Open Thread: Severance

Open Thread: Severance

Apr 5, 2015

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! Welcome to The Lipp Sisters, along with Mixed Feelings Presentations: The first of the last seven new Mad Men episodes open threads. If you are new to The Basket, welcome! Pull up an Old Fashioned and make yourself at home. We have a cozy comment policy for you […]

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Basket of News, Mar. 28- Apr. 3, 2015

Apr 3, 2015

ICYMI, Deborah has a spoiler-free review of the Mad Men midseason premiere. The Lipps also posted Part 3 of their writeup for the  Lincoln Center event.  BTW, Film Society of Lincoln Center has posted a podcast of the event. The presentation of Mad Men artifacts to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is covered […]

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Outlander: Illusions I Recall—A Review of Both Sides Now, Episode 108

Outlander: Illusions I Recall—A Review of Both Sides Now, Episode 108

Apr 2, 2015

I’ve been rather fangirl-swoony in my reviews of Outlander up to this point. Counting the hours until the series return, I really wanted to glow about Both Sides Now, but I just couldn’t. Even this episode still outmatches virtually every other program on the air, but it I didn’t find it to be in keeping with the […]

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