Well, we knew it was coming. There has been such an overwhelming sense of doom hanging over this season with death symbols popping up at every turn: mass murders, sniper shootings, empty elevator shafts, dream-murders and Don doodling a noose.
"Christmas Waltz" is an improved episode of Mad Men in this uneven season of a longtime great TV series, an episode with a very welcome return to advertising. Too much of this season has been taken up with some fairly arbitrary soap opera doings.
The fifth season of AMC's Mad Men is in full swing. As is appropriate with the maturing of a series, the characters seem more mature as well, yet I'm happy to report they all still seem to be their same old selves.
He finally has all the pieces in place; he should be able to make the music as loud as he wants but it's not working -- the sound of his symphony is not coming out. Something's wrong, a chord is loose. It's not Beethoven's 9th, it's the drops of the leaking faucet.
I like to think that a big chunk of Mad Men's narrative is Pete's education in human behavior. He's the Pinocchio of Sterling Cooper -- he was born a wooden doll, and now is still trying to act like a real boy.
There's a lot about the New York trod by the real Mad Men back in 1966 -- the year in which we assume season five will be set -- that would send even die-hard Mad Men retroheads scurrying back to 2012.