Monday, April 27, 2015

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I'm not sure what to make of this Mad Men episode. Our Scooby gang lost their company and are getting swallowed up into the parent company, despite signing that independence clause earlier? How did that get trampled over? I must've missed something.

Everyone is frantically trying to create a West Coast office so that they have some autonomy. The pitch, while invigorating everyone, fails. However, the main company states that they will all have jobs, save for Joan in a not so subtle way.

I don't know how I feel about this. They are all millionaires, in the 70's. They are not hurting. They have job security ... things change. It's the business that they are in. Yes, this company that they worked to build has been swallowed up, but not because it wasn't successful. I don't know, I'm seeing the loss, but not a series ending loss here.

The only interesting point of the show was Peggy, again. Her dealing with the fact she has a baby out there, somewhere, was touching. The narrative she spoke of is what used to make Mad Men so good. Why do men get to move on from their mistakes and women can't? Her battles in the show are about feminism. How does one have a career and a family? That has been turned over and over in the years. In her time frame, the 70's, you almost couldn't have both. In my time frame, the 80's and 90's, women were told we could have it all. We were told you could wait to have kids. Now, there is some backlash to that. Can women have a family and a career? Do women want to put off having families to have a career? Many of us in our later 30's are now realizing, hey, my body may not be able to have that baby without help - maybe we really can't have it all. Maybe, we need to have one, more than the other. Not exclusively, but the balance may shift to spending more time having a family, while part-time working, or perhaps not being the CEO of the company after all. What Peggy faces in the show in the 70's is still going on today. Feminism is one of the themes I have alway loved about the show. When we start with Betty in season 1, her smoking despondently at the kitchen table. I tell you what, that was my mom.

I don't have high hopes for the ending of this show. What started off as consistent, all encompassing magical writing, now just gives us crumbs.




Monday, April 20, 2015

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I have to admit, I'm kind of tired of Mad Men.

They need to stop announcing that there is only 3 episodes left. Nothing is happening! Who cares if there are only three left, they could very well end it next week and I wouldn't care. Just tell me what happens so I can move on.

The thing is, existential crises are fine, except for the fact that all these characters are doing nothing to begin with.

I used to like that the series showed the mundane, but under a microscope. This seems more like someone forget where the microscope is at.

Glen was kinda of cool, if it had been more flushed out. How many boys do you think signed up for Vietnam because they had nothing better to do, or they wanted to be heroes like their fathers were in WWII? I, of course, am referring to early on in the war, not so much when it got so out of hand. I know my dad tried to sign up and my grandpa told him he would shoot him in the family room before he let his son go off to war.

I liked the scene with Betty and her daughter. I liked that they had found some common ground. It was really nice to see. Betty certainly still isn't going to be mother of the year, but what I liked about this scene (especially if you have lost a parent) is that when you look back, once your parent has died, those are the times that you remember, that you hold onto. You know your mom wasn't the greatest, but the part of you that still loves her? That part of you remembers that time at the kitchen table ...

As for Don, I don't know why we are beating the empty apartment over the head. We get the symbolism. His life is just as empty as his apartment. Stop patting yourselves on the back.

I think that is the problem with the show, they are so used to everyone patting them on the back, they don't realize that now it is just "yes men" who are doing the patting. The show has teetered on the edge of being too full of itself for awhile, and I think this episode just caused them to go over the edge.

We get it. Don is supposed to be a miserable, lonely, washed-up person. Betty is a bad mom. Looks fade. Men are pigs. The higher ups are so used to having everything that they could want that they don't actually know what to do with themselves anymore. Peggy's dreams of accomplishing something in a man's world is lost on Don and other men in the episode because they have forgotten what it was like to not be allowed to do anything that they want.

What I want, is three better episodes to finish off this series.

Update to my post ...

I also wonder what will happen to Sally and Bobby. I would really like to see some closure on their two lives, however, I know this is difficult because then we would have to a time jump, or flash-forward or what not. I'm not a huge fan of those. They rarely work well and it almost seems like a too easy writing technique to skip over the difficulties with ending a series. Personally, I would love to see a show that picks up 20 years down the road. Sally in her first job, Bobby dealing with mom issues. I think that would be really, really cool.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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The most recent episode of Mad Men is titled "New Business".

This episode seemed to me to be about the lies that people tell themselves. Megan lies to herself that she doesn't want anything from Don, that she doesn't need him. She wants to think of herself as strong enough to not need to rely on him.

However, she blames him for everything that went wrong in their marriage, and while yes, he cheated on her, she too changed the game plan by not being his partner. She chose acting over him. I can't help but think when Mr. Disgusting (Harry) questioned who would pick California over New York, was in a way, who would pick acting over Don and all he had to offer.

Megan also takes the check after stating she didn't need him. Oh, how her morals crumbled when she looked at one million dollars. She talks a big game, but she can be just as easily bought as the rest of them.

As for Diana and Don, that was just so sad on so many levels. Don wants to connect with a woman who he views as needing help. Someone who needs saving, someone like his mother that he couldn't save maybe? He wants to see himself more as who he was with this woman, he wants to reinvent himself. However, she is stuck in Dante's Inferno, a lost soul who wants to stay in a tortured place. She wants to keep torturing herself. Unlike Don, she's not looking for redemption, so Don needs to leave. I just found that whole thing very, very depressing. Not poorly written, just depressing.
Why is he always casual around Betty and the Kids? Does this mean something?

Also, how gross is Harry? I mean, really. On so many levels, he is just so disgusting. He's a horrible coworker, he's full of himself, and just so blech.

I hate him. I may hate him more than Pete, which is saying ALOT!

The thing with Megan was so slimy. Then to go to Don and try and pretend like Megan was going to slander him. I'm super happy Don saw right through that.

Looking forward to next week.


Monday, April 6, 2015

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This episode is called Severance.

It's so crazy how much you can miss a show. As soon as the characters were back on the screen, it was like coming home. All that nostalgia that Don Draper is always talking about.

Don looks very, very confident as he is parading around town with all of his new friends. Yet, as an audience that has seen this man over the years, we know inside he is struggling. He is filling his loneliness and his fears of identity with what he knows how to do, have sex. To woo. It took me awhile to realize that he imagined Rachael. He has a sense of these things, as his did with Anna Draper before her death. Rachael was, for all intents and purposes, the one that got away. The one that was his equal. Her death hits him hard, for this reason, and because he is deeply lonely inside while desperately wanting to connect. He wants to stop hiding, but he seems to be hiding even more than usual. The best scene in the episode was the emotion that Don shows at the funeral. It's true emotion, he can't hide his sense of loss over Rachael. The sense that he didn't really know her, that she was the one that got away, that she moved on, that people die, that he will die -- it is inevitable. He tries to connect with the waitress, but he misses his mark there, too. She has sex with him because she thinks she owes him something for the large tip. He is still lonely. He "just wants to sit there". I loved the panning back of the camera, of the other people at the counter, lonely as well.

There was still some great Mad Men humor in the show. Everything to do with Ken was awesome. I swear, the reason the show has been so good over the years is the mixing of what is ultimately so sad with the beauty in life. They are often two emotions and states of being that are entwined. Ken and Pete have a history of being pitted against each other and this was no different. They are like a great basketball game where the lead changes constantly. You can never be sure who is ultimately going to walk away with the championship. It's almost like Dante's Inferno. They will live this horror out for eternity.

I also really liked the scene with Peggy and Joan. Women have a history of being meanest to each other when they should really band together. The men in the meeting were horrifying to Joan. That was a terrible position to be in. While we all would like to jump up and say something, we have to remember how difficult it was back then. It was the early 70's. Women for the most part still didn't have jobs like Joan and Peggy did. Peggy and Joan probably could have done something to curb the remarks but didn't. They were in fear of escalating the situation and of losing the pitch. Plus, they really were trying to keep some level of professionalism to the meeting. However, after the meeting, Peggy could have
just said what she should have said, which was, yes, those guys were assholes and I wanted to strangle them. I tried the best I could to keep redirecting the conversation back to the facts of the pitch. Peggy absolutely did not need to then turn it around as to be Joan's fault. Also, Joan does not wear the most revealing outfits in that office I might add. Joan is just an extremely beautiful woman. On the other hand, while I agree that Joan had every right to be mad at Peggy, that did not give Joan the right to attack Peggy's plainness. Peggy can be beautiful. Joan and Peggy just have different types of beauty, like all women do. They did not need to go at each other when really what made both of them so mad was the men's behavior. Yet, that is so like what women have a tendency to do, attack each other. Peggy was angry to for the men's disparaging remarks. It was so classless. I reiterate, band together next time ladies!

I can't wait for next week's episode. I have to find out if Betty will ever be happy, although the answer is and should be no. What will happen to Sally? Love, love, love this show.

Monday, March 30, 2015

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This was the season finale of TWD. If anything, we finally have our answer to whether or not the Scooby gang deserve to stay in Alexandria, or if they have changed too much to deserve it. The answer is, yes, yes they do.

We all knew this, because we have been following this group over 5 seasons. I finally feel like the show, in the friendship circle, finally stated out loud what I have been saying all along. Did the rest of the group just forget everything they have been through together? Would they just throw Rick out into the wind because something shiny and new came along? Thank God the answer was no. They would stand by their leader. All of them. Even Abraham, which, I really loved. I love a man who can be angry and ready to fist fight a guy, but respects the man none-the-less. His quote in the friendship circle was the best,“There is a vast ocean of shit that you people don’t know shit about. Rick knows every fine grain of said shit and then some.”

That pretty much sums it up. I mean, Rick bit the ear off of a guy who tried to rape his son. I'm pretty sure Deanna hasn't been forced to do something like that to survive. I'm sure her panties would get all in a bunch just hearing that something like that occurred. Rick has been right all along. Dumping the body of the walker in the middle of the friendship circle was pretty badass.

At the same time, on to Glenn.

Really, Glenn? Really?

Fucking kill the dude.

Nicholas has killed Noah, tried to leave Glenn behind at the warehouse, tricked Glenn into following him into the woods for the sole purpose of killing him, shoots him, and then, after all of that still leaves him for walkers to eat. Shut the front fucking door on this asshole already. I don't care what scheme the show cooks up to make sure it was the right choice and make all viewers shrug and be like, well, I guess Glenn made the right call in the woods ... nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Here's the thing. Our favorite science guy, Eugene, did something horrific. He told a massive lie that led the group on a wild goose chase.

He very well should have been killed for such a massive lie; however, and let me clear ...

He did not actively try and kill people! Nicholas, even after Glenn had words with him and told him he basically saved him from himself, let pride, pride of all things cause him to try and kill Glenn.

That dude had to die.

I did like the struggle trifecta that was going on at the end with Glenn, Rick, and Sasha. Really cool the way they were all working out how they would handle their struggles with Alexandria and what it represented.

On to Daryl and Aaron. Love, love, love them. All these people when I read the blogs that want them to get together just because Aaron is gay is missing the point. They are developing a friendship. That is wonderful in and of itself. It's a bit cliched, the country hick who is supposed to hate everyone accepts the gay man, but I choose to take it more as this new world doesn't care what your orientation is. If you can survive, and offer something to the table, then you are welcomed to it. I love the fact that Aaron accepts the fact that Daryl isn't ready to commit to the houses. Aaron knows it's because Daryl wasn't accepted into them when the world didn't have zombies walking around. Aaron is patient and respects Daryl and is willing to meet him where Daryl wants to meet him, whether that's half way, 3/4's, or whatever, and that's a great place.

Lastly, our cool new participant with the broom stick - Morgan. I loved his skills with the weapon. However, I would really like to leave his do-good, all life matters attitude in the past. Did we not just go through that this season? Let's not rehash that again.

I do love his fighting skills. Badass.

Oh, one last, last thing. I have nothing to say about the Wolves People as there is not enough information for us who have not read the comics. If it's just two people, who don't even have any bullets in their guns, I don't see how they have made it this long and how Rick's group wouldn't take them out in a second.

I'm sure there is more to the story. I will wait for season 6!

On a side note, was it just me, or did it feel like the bonus 30 minutes was more like 20 minutes more of commercials with 10 extra minutes of story? Or maybe the 90 minutes was just a smidge more story will all the rest of the bonus time devoted to increased commercials? It was very, very annoying.













Monday, March 23, 2015

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This week's episode was titled "Try".

I liked this episode, although, I really do feel like Rick is not behaving like himself. I don't think he would so blatantly go after another man's wife. I mean, is the show trying to say that he is breaking bad to use a term from another AMC show? That he has crossed the morality line too far? Yes, we all agree that you can't get soft in the zombie apocalypse and that sometimes people have to die, but you don't kill them just because they get in your way. I just don't see Rick going this way.

I also don't love the way everyone is so quick to think Rick is crazy. This man has saved everyone in the group countless times. Also, lest we forget, and I know I have said this before, but they just left Sanctuary where they were nearly cannibalized, they were blown up from the governor, the governor beheaded Hershel when they thought to try and work it out --ultimately losing the prison, which was their own Alexandria. Let me repeat, they had Alexandria once and some crazy group of people tried to take it from them, successfully ruining it for everyone.

It bothers me that everyone seems to forget this fact. They were building a garden. Remember farmer Rick? Farmer Rick thought everything was going to turn out alright. He was proven wrong. How many times does this group have to be proven wrong.

Plus, I think Rick has earned the right to have a bit of a breakdown here and there. He is so amped up trying to protect everyone all the time, that takes a toll on a guy. I'd much rather have a Rick in my group than the wishy-washy people of Alexandria.

Although, it has been suggested that the better way to go is Carol's route. Of course, no one would suspect her. It's smart. Rick played his poker hand too soon. Actually, he didn't play poker at all, there was no bluff. I do think though that Rick's rant was justified. He is the voice of reason while everyone else is trying to pussyfoot their way around the fact that the world is a dangerous place. These people in Alexandria are dangerous because when the shit hits the fan, which it always does, their ineptitude will cost lives. When that happens, everyone is going to be second guessing themselves as to why they didn't try and whip the people of Alexandria into shape sooner, and if they had, would it have saved lives. Yes, yes it would.

Oh, and remember Andrea? She tried to broker peace between the governor and Rick. Remind me what happened to her again ...

Very much looking forward to next week's season finale. I almost wonder if that's why John Oliver's HBO show is skipping a week. No one will be watching anything but TWD.

Monday, March 16, 2015

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This week's TWD episode was called "Spend".

This episode was good on so many levels. We get to see that a group can be dangerous just by being innately what they are, newbies.

A lot has been foreshadowed over the last few episodes as to the fact that the Scooby gang are not the same people that they used to be. I believe it was Abraham that said something to the effect of, everyone who is left are the tough ones now. I know I'm totally paraphrasing, but it's pretty close.

This town has had to do no such thing. It's like they are Rick, having to wake up from a coma, and find this. To deal with this new reality.

Annoying Scrappy, like the new town residents
The Scrappy-Doo group is venturing out more because they feel more comfortable with the Scooby gang; however, it only highlights that they don't know what they are doing, and they are scared - to a serious fault. The Scooby gang trusts each other, they are a well-oiled machine. The Scrappy gang causes problems for the Scooby gang simply out of being new at it all. Plus, this whole group is very, very cowardly.

Cowardly is also the stupid freaking priest, but I'll get to that later.

I like the way TWD has foreshadowed that this group sticks its head in the sand. This is a consistent trait, so it is not surprising when they tuck tail and run. They are holding onto pasta machines, favorite recipes, and dinner parties. When the shit hits the fans, they run. Numbers will dwindle when that occurs, and I'm sure that is why Deanna pulled in the Scooby gang.

Now onto the nitty-gritty.

Abraham was the only one at the construction site that actually tried to save the girl. Everyone else ran. That's not what you do. That's not how you survive as a community. Abraham, through his courage and sense of loyalty, put himself at risk.

Same for Glenn. Glenn is willing to risk his own life to save Aidan despite the fact the guy was a tool. It's what a good person would do. He barely knows Aidan, unlike Aida's "friend" ...

Nicholas the coward. He just leaves his friend, his buddy, his comrade. There is nothing courageous or strong about that man. When push comes to shove, he leaves him man behind.

Unlike Eugene. Tara tells him when all the shit hits the fan, he will have to come through, Eugene doesn't believe her. He thinks he is too much of a coward.

Actually buddy, you come through. You come through big time. You could have been an ass, like Nicholas, but you weren't. You had to step up, and you did. He's done it before, with the firetruck, and he did it on a more personal level here too.

he did it for another person, not just to save himself. He is a hero. Others will gladly fight for him now, as he has done for them.

Gabriel is wrong about the group. They are not bad people. Bad people to not try and help others, despite what they have seen.

Gabriel is the evil. He is the coward. He is the snake in the Garden of Eden that tempts trouble. That worms distrust in the heart's of man.

Why because he is scared. He is a coward. He will get people killed.

Poor, poor Noah. The look on his face as if to say, this? This is the way I will die? Because of a coward?A coward who couldn't even stay put. He didn't have to go out there. Not only was Nicholas a coward, he was reckless. He put others at risk to save himself.

Nicholas is worse than Shane. Shane shot a man to save others; although, they may have all been able to make it out alive. Nicholas caused someone else's death only to save himself.

Carol killed people from their own group because she thought they could infect others. To save the greater good.

Nicholas better be dealt with, and harshly.

I'm not sure about Carol wanting to kill the husband. I know she has issues with domestic violence, but that's getting close to marshal law. yet, there is no mistaking that the doctor is going to cause trouble.