MagnusHex January 31 Share January 31 (edited) Mad Men 3x13: Shut the Door, Have a Seat "Very good; happy Christmas." I really liked Jared Harris as Moriarty in Game of Shadows, perhaps even more than Andrew Scott as I prefer Harris' more traditional take on the character than Andrew's postmodern take. Thus, I'm glad that Harris has one of my favorite laugh-out-loud lines this episode as quoted above. Pryce has won me over with his smugness as he quits. Before, I was rather lukewarm towards him as he still lacked that distinctly interesting personality, coming off like a bland bureaucrat and bean counter. But I think this episode nailed his Englishman wit just right. The theme for this episode seems to be a fresh start for everyone: Don, Roger, Burt, Lane, Peggy, Pete, Betty and her kids. It's about time Don and Betts got that divorce. I find soap opera adulteries very dull and tedious. Perhaps it's because I'm single and doesn't understand the sacred vows of marriage, but between Carmela in The Sopranos and Betty over here, I'm not shedding any tears over Don the cheater finally getting his comeuppance, PERMANENTLY this time. Though to be fair to Don, Betts was no innocent either and was almost aggravating enough as a mother (I'm glad Don kinda acknowledges this, "God knows they'll be better off without you") and just generally a sheltered woman (especially in regards to her views towards the civil rights movement) that I almost sided with Don if he wasn't acting like such a hypocrite about adultery, physically threatening his wife and calling her a whore (I love his speech with Peggy though; him and Pegs are among my favorite relationship in this show). I know shows like this tend to have a "Skylar" that everyone hates, and that hate is often unwarranted, but it's not even about hating the nagging wife in this case; I like Trudy and Pete's marriage a lot more, in contrast, because they actually feel like partners in love, not just putting up a farce for appearances. I'm also concerned what kind of woman Sally would grow up to be under Betty's... uhm, "guidance." Speaking of Breaking Bad, it lost the Emmy to this show in Outstanding Drama Series of 2010. It's a tough draw between the two shows tbh; I like both shows obviously for their own merits, with me recently offering a 10/10 score for Half-Measures, but if you were to ask me to choose, I'd have probably went for BB just because of the number of top-tier writing in BB season 3 (Fly, anyone?). I was, to be perfectly frank, rather bored throughout most of MM season 3. I know, I know, that's because I don't have the patience or tenacity to appreciate the show. But for what it's worth, I do think MM deserved that Emmy win. The examination of the shifting culture in the '60s has a very prestigious air to it compared to "Flawed drugdealer husband continues to spread his chaos wherever he goes." But I have to tell you, there's a reason why I didn't feel compelled to write anything about any of season 3's episodes until episode 9, Wee Small Hours, when the episode and those that followed tackled themes and topics I was more interested in (like homophobia, the Birmingham bombing, the civil rights movement and the JFK assassination). Don and Betty's petty bickering was not my favorite subject matter. In hindsight, I kinda get what Weiner was saying about Betty in her attempt to gain control over her marriage by entertaining the notion of cheating on Don the same way he cheated on her. But Henry Francis just feels so slimy. He looks to be in his 50s and he's hitting on a younger married, PREGNANT woman like Betty. He just feels kinda gross. But anyway, it all just feels very soapy, Don/Betty/Henry's love triangle, almost to an eye-rolling level. And that dull fundraiser subplot too, yeesh. White suburban lives. I'll never understand the appeal. But anyway, that's the end to this season. Three down, four to go. With a fresh start for SCDP, would the road ahead be better for everyone involved? Knowing this show, probably not. Edited January 31 by MagnusHex 1 Link to comment
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