Where will Obama be if his administration's conventional methods are not up to the task of cutting through controversies that are engendered, at least in part, by reliance on conventional methods? That's when things could get very interesting.
One thing is clear from this episode, which was amped up and tap-filled and yet came off as filler: Good Lord, those flashbacks to Young Dick Whitman have to go.
Season 2's slinky cool "The Jet Set" has been definitively dethroned as Mad Men's kookiest episode ever. We've gone from time out of mind to out of mind time.
While other brands start thinking about a more constructive way to communicate, I encourage you to applaud the Citi Bike program for its vision and tenacity.
Another entertaining Mad Men episode brought the immediate aftermath of the precipitous merger between Don Draper's and Ted Chaough's rival agencies. This was a transitional episode, which nonetheless ended in tears, with the sudden assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
When did suits and ties become associated with "the hired help?" Should we blame "Casual Friday," that quirky early millennium idea, no doubt created by a flip-flop manufacturer, where employees abandoned traditional business attire?
Just to be clear, my long hiatus from the business was not entirely unintentional. After LA Law, I became obsessed with climate change and some new technologies that might help mitigate its effects and I focused a lot of my attention there.
"Man With a Plan" was meant to make us feel the characters' dislocation, and all the office stuff worked. What bored me was the whole bit with Don and Sylvia in the hotel.
It's not difficult to imagine a few years from now a political landscape controlled by a Democratic dynasty, where the only Republicans left in office come from states and districts where the small minority of folks who voted for them share their ignorant, intolerant 1950's ideals.
Yep, Sunday is Mother's Day. But no one will show off what a loving, beautiful mom you have quite like the 10 worst TV moms of all-time.
Color is coming back to the now-independent free-market democracy. A bit of the Balkan Peninsula, it's only slightly larger than Maryland. But there's variety inside that space, including a mountain-studded interior and an unspoiled Adriatic coastline.
After a long span of increasingly airless personal drama, followed by last week's intrusion of a major historical tragedy, the show got back to its advertising roots with a vengeance. In fact, the show may have re-booted itself, as it did at the end of Season 3. For once again, the old Sterling Cooper etc. is no more.
Especially in times of tragedy, films have always provided me the same type of comfort. From the time I can remember, I've always been attracted to narrative depiction.
What made this a truly wonderful hour of TV was something deeper -- something captured on Don's face. He smiled. He wore a real, excited, anticipatory, hopeful smile. I can't even remember the last time a look like that crossed his face.
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The Flood is a good episode of Mad Men, especially in a Season 6 off to an uneven start. It came at a good time, too, reassuring that our characters are not all irretrievably stuck in tedious personal melodramas. That, actually, they can be very appealing people.