I decided to add “equality” given that I do read a lot of articles with intersectionality that cover stopping a lot of -isms, and they are all equally important. As always, these are links that I found interesting and you might too.
Books Nominated for 2013 Hugo Awards!
Woohoo! Chicks Unravel Time & Chicks Dig Comics were nominated for The Hugo Awards. Big congratulations to the editors, all the other writers, and everyone else involved in the production and love of these books. 🙂
“Chinese Wall” would be the episode where everything blows up. Everything we knew was coming. I’m kind of hoping that the last few episodes will have some twists that I didn’t see coming. Rather like Peggy’s ending in Season 1 or the lawnmower accident in Season 3.
Wow, Mad Men is really pulling out the punches here. All drama, all the time. “Hands and Knees” definitely had me on the edge of my seat. Though I really wished I’d made predictions as there were a few things that I *knew* would happen.
I love “The Beautiful Girls” for many reasons. The main one being that this episode was about the women, the varied women of Mad Men. And I don’t think this was a story the writers could’ve told without three seasons of carefully crafted background. “The Beautiful Girls” is about the variety of lives each of these women lead, and how they’re not “traditional” roles any longer.
“The Summer Man”‘s tone was certainly different than any episode of Mad Men before it. In way, they’re addressing the change from the 1950s to the 1960s and how all the characters are adjusting. Plus, “The Summer Man” addressed critical views on how the show treats women, specifically the causal slap-on-the-ass sexism prevalent in the first three season. “The Summer Man” takes on some of the worst out-right misogyny we’ve seen on Mad Men. Additionally, this episode addresses the changes in Don Draper. At first, Don was the mystery man, but over three seasons, we now know him. There’s no mystery, which is why I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Don takes a narrative-voice to “The Summer Man” as he begins to write a journal. Continue reading “Mad Men 4×08 “The Summer Man” TV Review”
I’m going to go with everyone who said that “The Suitcase” was probably the best written and acted episode so far this season. And definitely one of the best of the series as well.
Usually, on Mad Men, we the viewers find out a lot about the characters. However, in “The Suitcase,” the characters find out a lot about each other. Specifically Don and Peggy, who are both intensely private people. When an upset and drunk Don makes Peggy stay behind to work on a suitcase ad instead of attending her birthday dinner, they both find out a lot more about each other.
I was really pleased that this episode was so Peggy-heavy on content because she hasn’t had a ton of material this season. Sure, we find out more about her ambitions professionally and watch her meet her new friends in the art scene. But we’ve all been dying to find out what’s up with her and Duck, why she keeps Mark around, and just what floral-patterned dresses her sister and mother are wearing these days. Continue reading “Mad Men 4×07 “The Suitcase” TV Review”
The problem with having a small company is that everyone knows everyone and you know exactly what you stand. This is what’s happened to Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce (SCDP). They used to be the big shark in the pond and now they’re a guppie along with everyone else. This why winning a Clio, an advertising award, was so important to the whole business. Same with Don’s interview in the first episode, “Public Relations.”
In “Waldorf Stories,” the world revolves around who you know, what you’re given credit for, or who you’re given control of. No one speaks to this better than the inept Danny Siegel. Danny is Jane Sterling’s cousin and the only reason Don and Peggy interview him is because of his connection to Roger. Danny only has one idea “cure for the common ___,” and he doesn’t present himself in a way that gives anyone confidence that he has more ideas.
Plus, Danny name-drops Roger one too many times. Personally, I’m not a fan of nepotism, but in the Mad Men world, just like the real world, who you know can mean everything. Especially if you lack talent. For instance, we all know Roger Sterling was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. And recently, Roger has been questioning how he fits into the world anymore and just what his job at SCDP is. Or what others’ impressions of him are. He used to be on top of the world, but now he’s hanging onto Lucky Strike and being called out for being a racist. Sadly, for Roger, his once growing clout has been diminishing lately. Continue reading “Mad Men 4×06 “Waldorf Stories” TV Review”
I felt “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” was a lighter episode than the ones that came before it. (Lighter in depth of content, not in tone.) A step-up for the next several episodes as the week before ended several plotlines, particularly a couple coming to head in Don’s life. Not that there still isn’t room for the Golden Boy to fall down some more.
Perhaps the theme of “The Rejected” was that sometimes advertising goes too far or it goes just far enough to reveal our true faces. Of course, this is not the advertising of yesterday. This is not the kind which made Don famous and talked about the health benefits of cigarettes. No, this is the advertising of Peggy’s Western Union and of Dr. Faye Miller’s psychology. It pushes buttons people didn’t know they had. Or perhaps more importantly, things they thought they’d buried.