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Mad Men, The Final Season. Sort of.

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It’s the beginning of the end for our favorite men on Madison Avenue, and I applaud AMC for giving us a gentle ride out for the series.  The first half will air these next 7 weeks, and we will get the final send-off in 2015.  I have grown fond of the 7-12 episode story arch; it gives me just enough entertainment without getting to the eye roll stage of using filler material.  Remember those flashback episodes that were popular on 80’s sitcoms?

Each episode moves the story along, and gives us the opportunity to savor Mad Men as a whole.  Now that we live in the days of binge watching, I make a proposal that we try to slow things down, enjoy and reflect.  Instead of racing to hit play on the next one, pause and think: “Is Roger going to hit Woodstock this year with his new hippie friends?”  “If I existed in 1969, would I smoke?  Live in the city?  Protest the Vietnam War?”

When an episode ends, I snap out of my time travel trance and look around.  Slightly disappointed that is it 2014, but I like to keep that 1969 feeling as long as I can and do some old school chores.  Usually some ironing, since hey, it is Sunday night after all.

Take your time, enjoy the warmer weather, and enjoy these last few episodes.  I look forward to chatting with you around the office bar, but only once a week.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

April 21st, 2014 at 9:47 am

“Now that man is going to give his money to a total stranger.”

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This title of this post is a line from the movie “House of Games” written by David Mamet.  I maintain that all I’ve ever needed to know about human nature I learned from it, which is kind of odd since it is all about the pyschology of “confidence games.”  Watching the season finale of Mad Men last Sunday I found myself thinking that Don “just pulled a ‘House of Games’” on Peggy (they are two central characters).  It got me recalling a dialogue from “House Of Games” that has always resonated with me… “It’s called a confidence game. Why?  Because you give me your confidence?  No. because I give you mine.”

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

November 13th, 2009 at 7:37 pm