I did not abandoned thou
Hectic last weeks of college, finally managed to see the season finale.
And what a goddamn dissapointment
I thought this was a poor finale, to what turned out to be a disappointing season of Mad Men.
I'll say, it's probably not the most memorable season of Mad Men, and although I did like it (again, maybe due to the poisonous effect of The Walking Dead) I will say that this finale was just all sorts of wrong.
I'll start by talking about Pete's story line, and his whole arc this season. Pete can not catch a break. He's rejected by women at almost every turn, and gets his ass handed to him by men much older than him. But let's talk about his relationship with Rory Gilmore. I did not buy this relationship for a second, nor why Pete became so obsessed with her. Part of it is Bledel as an actress. She looks and sounds way too young to be a sexy mistress, and I thought the two had no real chemistry together. He seems to think they are kindred spirits, but he barely knows her, and the show gives us almost nothing to latch onto. And the fact that they had her take electric shop therapy which wiped out her memories of him was just stupid. In the end, Pete is left broken, while his oblivious wife has agreed to give him the Manhattan apartment he has no use for.
Well, he won't certainly have to take a long-ass train to go to work
I think this show relies too much on "Star Power", I can't see any other reason for keeping Betty as a recurrent character, other than being "January Jones", I think the same was done with Alexis Bledel, she's a known quantity, and I suspect that the producers might've thought she would've looked good next to Vincent "Baby Face" Kartheiser.
However, the entire sub-plot left us with nothing more than a constant emasculation of Pete, which once again, led nowhere, we saw no effects on his character after consistently getting rejected and pummeled to the ground, in the end, he was still same ol' same ol' Slimy Pete !
Oh, and the electric shop therapy ? Never would've thought it of Weiner and co. to defy science in such a dumb way !
Peggy returns! Okay, this was a genuine surprise, but I think it was a mistake to bring her back. She just left the company, and was triumphant as she walked into the elevator. Actually, they should have saved her quitting for the finale. Anyways, I think it spoils the impact seeing her so soon. I have a feeling they will try to keep her in on the plot lines, but is there any real reason to keep up with Peggy? She no longer works at the company, so she's no longer relevant.
I don't know man, I have the feeling that this show is going to get all "The Wire Season Four" on us, jumping all over the place, however, unlike The Wire, Mad Men just isn't that kind of show.
Speaking of Don, we get some heavy handed story of him getting a toothache. You see, the tooth represents Don's guilt in Lane killing himself. He can ignore the pain, but that doesn't change the situation. To paraphrase Ralph Wiggum in an episode of the Simpsons that parodied "The Departed"...WE GET IT PEOPLE, DON SOMATIZES HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES !
This can't possibly be the only way to write Don Draper anymore
Megan hangs out with her hot blonde friend. Was it just me, or was anyone (by which I mean you, feliciano), getting a lesbian vibe from her? Anyway, I have nothing more to add. She was just hot.
You know, we can criticize Jessica Paré's acting for all it's worth.......which isn't a lot
But right now, the hottest thing on Mad Men, is this:http://sunnyside.mx/blog/wp-content/upl ... are-22.jpg
Certainly NOT a blonde with pyramid tits
Speaking of Megan, what a miserably boring character. I'm sorry, I will never be on Team Megan. Every scene she's in with Don seems to boil down to the same thing.
Two issues with Megan:
- Too much of her.
- Jessica Paré is not at the level of the rest of the cast.
As for her character, I like some things about her, she's very young, and very jealous of Don's reputation, she has very different ambitions than those of Don's, and she reveals interesting bits about Don's personality, like the scene at the theater, I would've never thought Don had strong feelings about his line of work for example.
She is also a natural for advertising, something we have never seen on the show, think about it, not even Peggy ! Which creates conflict because this is clearly a talent Don saw in her !
Megan's slutty mom returns. What a cold bitch! While she's basically right about Megan, she didn't have to insult her. Especially when she is a guest in their home.
I think she's too much of a stereotype for me to take her seriously, really ? The stoic, independent, free-loving french lady with black gloves who smokes ?
Only thing missing was the damn cigar filter !
Ginsberg and Stan make an appearance. While I wasn't initially on board with Ginsberg, I feel these two characters at least tend to add some light moments to what is becoming a really dour series.
Oh Ginsberg.....................what an asshole you are
If I was Don I think I would've fired him long time ago.
The season ends with Don, sitting in some bar, having a drink. As a woman approaches him and asks if he's alone, the episode abruptly cuts before we get an answer.
So, that's it. That's the end of the season. If the idea that Don will go back to his skirt chasing ways is supposed to excite us, for me, it doesn't, because that would undo whatever character development they've made with him. This hasn't been an outright bad season, but this season overall left me cold.
As I said, I liked this season, but nothing really interesting happened to make it seem like a FINALE, most of what happened made us look back on the entire season........mostly at the inadequately resolved loose ends and the crappy resolutions.
For what it's worth, I hope the next season is more focused, with less Megan perhaps.