Archive for the 'Mad Men Chat' Category

12
Apr
11

Mad Men Chat: Renewal Edition

Mad Men Chat is briefly back with a small discussion surrounding it’s renewal and subsequent delay until 2012.

Mark: How relieved are you that AMC and Matt Weiner have reached an agreement? What about when you consider the timeframe?

News broke on recently that AMC and Weiner/Lionsgate Television have reached an agreement to continue Mad Men, probably for three more seasons (more on that in a sec), an agreement that hinged on a smallish change: two minutes will be cut from each episode (down from 47 minutes to 45). What’s more is that some of the rumors surrounding the agreement seem to be unfounded – especially the one that the show would be cutting characters. However, new episodes won’t air until 2012. Continue reading ‘Mad Men Chat: Renewal Edition’

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21
Oct
10

Mad Men Chat finale – Now in podcast form!

The Mad Men chat finally comes to you in audio form!

That’s right: instead of a long chatlog, we here at Extended Play have finally – after something like a month of arguing and cajoling and maybe one bribe – gotten together and discussed Don Draper, Roger Sterling, et al. Listen in as Heather, Jenn and I argue and agree and, at least once, give me the cold shoulder when I suggest the dog from Lost was wicked.

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17
Oct
10

Mad Men Chat, Episode 11: Where we’ve already quit tobacco

Mark: Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is bottoming out. They’ve been fucked over by Lucky Strike and new clients are keeping away like they have bedbugs. “We’ll see you in six months” seems a polite way of saying “sorry, but we know you’re fucked.” Is there any way the company can pull out of this death spiral? Continue reading ‘Mad Men Chat, Episode 11: Where we’ve already quit tobacco’

11
Oct
10

Mad Men Chat, Episode 11 – “Since when do we have donuts?”

Mark: Roger is really sneaky when he goes and covers his tracks: the pretend phone call, the lies about flying to see Lucky Strike, trying to seduce Joan once again. It’s a real low point for a guy who, frankly, has always been a little slimy. I feel like this season is starting to see him fall where Don goes through similar problems but has the wherewithal to kind of even himself out. Continue reading ‘Mad Men Chat, Episode 11 – “Since when do we have donuts?”’

02
Oct
10

Mad Men Chat, Episode Ten

This is not a recap: you want that, try here. Think of this as a roundtable discussion, a podcast for your eyes, on the latest episode of Mad Men. To read the previous chats, click here.

Mark: This episode really swing for the fences right out of the gate: Lane’s dad is coming to New York to bring him back to London; Don got Beatles tickets for Sally; Joan is preggers, probably with Roger’s baby; Don’s past is getting checked out by the US Military-Industrial Complex. I can’t think of an episode that loaded so much stuff at the front – I’m starting to wonder if they’re setting us up for a huge cliffhanger at the end of the season. Continue reading ‘Mad Men Chat, Episode Ten’

24
Sep
10

Mad Men Chat, Episode Nine: “My Mom made that!”

Mark: Nine episodes in to Mad Men: this is the final stretch, and fittingly, the series kicked into high gear last night. Personally, I found it felt raw at points. The stuff at the end was painful to watch (I’ll get there in a second).

I felt the whole episode was about doing the right thing, as it were. On one level, you had Fillmore Auto Parts, a company in trouble thanks to declining sales. SCDP’s solution is a rebranding of the company as a place where ‘everybody’ can shop, not just mechanics. But not everybody can: the store doesn’t hire black people. Hiring them is the really obvious solution, but of course it’s the one they’re not willing to take. The talk they had with Don, Ken and Peggy was really about race the entire time, wasn’t it?

Heather: It certainly seemed like it, didn’t it? Mark: Of course it’s a repugnant view and of course it’s what’s costing them, but it’s also the one they’re not willing to change. Is it right that SCDP isn’t going to work them on it? Heather: They don’t want to get involved with the politics. They were hired to do a job, and they’re going to do it. Will it damage their reputation? Maybe, but I think in the long run they’re going to make sure they cover their butts in that aspect as well. Don’s sneaky like that.

Jenn: I disagree, I think this one’ll come back to bite to them. Even though it’s not really being reflected on the show or in the lives of SCDP, the civil rights movement is waging on. Filmore will (hopefully) be receiving a lot of backlash and lost business, and that might come back around to SCDP. Peggy’s writer friend was certainly ready to set the wheels in motion. Either that, or our favourite activist Paul Kinsey will catch wind of it and start a protest.

Mark: The thing about race is that it would solve their problems! They’re not selling because of the boycott, so bite the bullet. I feel like it’s the bikini company all over again: times are changing and people don’t want to change with them.

Continue reading ‘Mad Men Chat, Episode Nine: “My Mom made that!”’

17
Sep
10

Mad Men Chat, Episode Eight: “Since when do we have a vending machine?”

Mark: Last time, I said that Don looked refreshed when he gave Peggy the suitcase idea at the end of the episode. In this one he looked revitalized: do you think his opening up to Peggy was the start of this? Or does it have something to do with his life?

I ask because he didn’t look any better then he did near the end of the episode, after he threw out all his old boxes. It was like he made a clean cut from the past and is ready to move on.

He even looked ready to cut out, as Roger once put it, ‘The Brown Stuff.’ Not completely, mind you, but I’ve never seen him so hesitant when it comes to drinking – he really seemed to weigh each possible drink. He’s even turning away women, too: I feel like old Don, even two-weeks ago Don, would have gone as far with Dr. Faye as he could have. Instead Don seems to be savoring the relationship (is courting the right phrase?), letting it come to him. Definitely a new leaf.

So, what does this mean for Don? His creative juices are back, he’s actually writing in a journal (a really great plot device btw) and he seems to be in better shape then I’ve seen him in some time.

Jenn: Don certainly seems to be turning over a new leaf. Last week he hit rock bottom pretty hard, I’m glad that he’s starting the upswing. He’s working out, drinking less, being more of a gentlemen on his dates, caring about work and writing in a diary. I like the idea of don draper exploring his feelings and trying to piece his life together. Continue reading ‘Mad Men Chat, Episode Eight: “Since when do we have a vending machine?”’




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