Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mad Men: Where Now?

Want to unpack season two of Mad Men, especially the rich season finale? You could do worse than this piece by critic Tim Goodman. Do mind the spoiler alerts.

What next? Season two ended with the Cuban Missile Crisis. We know and yet we don't know what happens next, and that's one layer of delicious irony that makes viewing the series such a pleasure. We have a sense of the landmark events to come and the social trends bearing them along, or we think we do. How it plays out in the lives of the characters (or doesn't) is open to conjecture; just when a character seems to be going the way of allegory, he or she veers sharply and defies the mold.

Who knows? I know this: this clip makes me want to buy a slide carousel.

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