Posts Tagged ‘Season 6’
Well, I don’t know about you guys, but this episode felt like it was trying to get a lot of things in place for the last four episodes. Not a whole lot happened necessarily, but we got some interesting setups. Most notably, Jesse is cooperating with the DEA (I loved the moment when Marie Read the rest of this entry »
If “Are You Better Off?” turns out to be the series finale, I will be a little frustrated with the amount of questions it raised and potential storylines that it stirred up. It won’t change my love for the show, but that can’t be the end? Right? There are parts of the episode that really did feel like they were trying to come around to a well wrapped up moment, but there were plenty of loose ends. And, I guess that is how the writers had to approach things. They needed to provide some closure in case this is the end, but they also needed to have somewhere to go for a potential 6th season. That has to be an incredibly frustrating task for a writing team. Read the rest of this entry »
A quick poke around the internet reveals I wasn’t the only one who had a hard time connecting with this episode. But I’ve also learned to trust with Mad Men that when things seem a little weird and alienating, they’re just getting a little too intense with the themes they’re trying to develop. With this finale, not least among those themes, a big one from last season too: death! Death was everywhere, of course (Roger’s mother and shoe-shiner, Jonesie, if only for a moment). But I was less intrigued by its ubiquity than I was by the ways in which it connected to themes of identity and change. Let’s start with Don, shall we?
We have to recall that Don – as Don, rather than Dick – only exists because of the death of the original Don Draper. We discussed last season that reinvention requires death (particularly with Lane!). And we were thrust back into that theme (after the initial, minutes upon minutes of a silent Don), as Don played with his army lighter in the bar. Reminded of one army identity trade-off, Don then inadvertently switches lighters with the young Private Dinkins. Later, it’s in the moment when the photographer tells Don, “I want you to be yourself,” that Don realizes he’s walked away with the young man’s lighter. Try as he might, however, Read the rest of this entry »