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Old 07-26-2010, 12:51 AM  
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Season 4 premiered tonight. I would have bumped the season three thread but I titled it "season 3," which no longer seems appropriate.

Who saw it? It was a stupendous hour of television. All sorts of shit has happened in the eleven months that have passed (in-story) between the formation of Sterling Cooper Draper Price and the beginning of season 4. The premeir was stepped in the juices of the sexual revolution. It also had a lot to say about the increasing role of the media in the success or failure of things. It was great to see Don fail a little bit, and it was exciting to consider the future implications at the end of Don crafting a public/media persona that is completely unlike his actual personality.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #511
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One of the best (yet, somewhat predictable) lines was when Fred's daughter put the stethoscope to Don's chest and said "It's broken".

Yeah, duh.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:05 PM   #512
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One of the best (yet, somewhat predictable) lines was when Fred's daughter put the stethoscope to Don's chest and said "It's broken".

Yeah, duh.
Agreed. It was predictable, but it was also very well done. Actually it may have been the only predictable moment from that entire episode (except when that prostitute ****ed child Don).
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:08 PM   #513
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #514
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I really dug the bit of foreshadowing, when Don was on the stairs looking in to Ted and Peggy, then he spoke with the secretary and seemed to have an 'emotions' overload. Then, as he began to descend the stairs, it looked for a split second like he was going to faint and fall down the stairs, much as he fainted upon entering the drama back at his apartment.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:18 PM   #515
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Just caught up last night, and I loved the last two episodes. I had thought the season was a bit of a retread of Don's old tricks, but I can see now we are going somewhere new with Sylvia and Chevy, though I'm not sure which one is more likely to ruin Don. I loved the contrasting of speed with the usual alcohol infused office environment. I thought the time jumps, flashbacks, and symbolism of open doors was top shelf Mad Men. Top top shelf. Need to watch it again for all the details. Can't wait for next week now.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #516
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I had thought the season was a bit of a retread of Don's old tricks
It has been for sure, but purposefully so. I think the show increasingly wants us to dislike Don right now. But Matthew Weiner has said that this season is the darkest period for Don, meaning that future seasons won't have him stuck in as much of a rut. Theoretically (and provided Weiner doesn't change his mind).
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #517
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It has been for sure, but purposefully so. I think the show increasingly wants us to dislike Don right now. But Matthew Weiner has said that this season is the darkest period for Don, meaning that future seasons won't have him stuck in as much of a rut. Theoretically (and provided Weiner doesn't change his mind).
Future season. Next season is the last, unfortunately.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:05 PM   #518
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Future season. Next season is the last, unfortunately.
Oh is it? Thank God. I had it in my head that there were two more seasons. I love when shows end.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #519
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hated that episode. Ken tapdancing?
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:13 PM   #521
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Also, am I right in assessing Don's leaving the cigarette butts outside Sylvia's door as nothing short of naked passive-aggressivism? I haven't sussed out a rationale for it, but that kind of detail seems to only be explained as Don WANTING everything thrown onto a bonfire of their shared existence. For me, that is more of a dick [no pun intended] move than all his past infidelity
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Also, am I right in assessing Don's leaving the cigarette butts outside Sylvia's door as nothing short of naked passive-aggressivism? I haven't sussed out a rationale for it, but that kind of detail seems to only be explained as Don WANTING everything thrown onto a bonfire of their shared existence. For me, that is more of a dick [no pun intended] move than all his past infidelity
I don't know; I think he's out there a lot for significant periods of time. He obviously doesn't care if they are found, but them being there is simply a byproduct of him being there (and him not caring where they end up).
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Wow - a ton of people like that episode. That surprises the hell out of me.

I couldn't stand the surreal nonsense. I didn't particularly care for Roger on Acid either a couple of seasons back.

As for 'seeing what made Don become Don' - didn't we already know this? We knew about the whorehouse, we knew about his stepmom being an abusive loon. I didn't see us learning anything from that entire sequence other than the fact that a whore popped Don's cherry, which I always assumed anyway.

I thought it was a pretty substantial let down from the prior two episodes.
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I wasn't particularly enamored with either of the last two episodes.
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