Monday, May 20, 2013

Mad Men: The Crash

In the teaser, Matt Weiner says, "We've seen him with all these of mistresses; we're sort of maybe wondering why he is so attached to her." Well, yeah, we're wondering and do you know why we're wondering? We're wondering because you have given us absolutely nothing in the way of motive or cause for why he may be wondering this way. Nothing at all. This episode made zero sense from beginning to end. It was a complete waste of our time.

There have been bad episodes before but this is the first time I was just waiting for it to be over.

The central conceit this year is stolen straight from François Truffaut's L'Homme qui aimait les femmes. Don's obsession with women is explained in terms of his childhood. Only it isn't actually explained at all. All they do is gesture a bit as if we're all supposed to accept this as obvious. His entire life is explained in terms of his search for something to fill the emptiness. It didn't work in the film and doesn't work on television either. And it doesn't work because it's bad psychology. Our minds just don't work that way.

This used to be the best show on television, it has now sunk to something that even the worst daytime soaps wouldn't do.

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