Hi guys. Sorry, been working a lot. And by working I mean paying non-stop attention to the election. But I don't feel like writing about that cause it's too annoying and not worth it. I just want it to be over with, enough already...but I am reserving the right to go on some crazy rant about it because I might not be able to help it.
Anyway, the finale of the 2nd season "Mad Men" was Sunday night. I've watched every single episode of this show since it started, and I honestly don't know if I love the show or hate it. I'm seriously still trying to figure it out. But I think the finale sort of tipped me off to what it is:
I think I 70% hate it and 30% love it. I love all of the stuff in the office, everything to do with advertising, pitching ideas, romances, Joel Murray's zipper music, office politics, etc. I hate everything else. Much like Don Draper's wife Betty, I hate their kids. Don't care about them. I hate Betty's horse riding, as well as her other man riding. I hate Colin Hanks (but just in this show and everything else he's in). I hate Pete Campbell's wife and her wanted pregnancy. I hate Pete Campbell and Peggy's unwanted pregnancy. I hate Joan's fiance (especially his disturbing ideas on love making).
The reason the finale showed me the light on this is that I pretty much didn't like it, except for one scene that was ridiculously awesome. The episode was like many others, not much happened. I believe there's a fine line between restrained and boring. But this one scene was fantastic, and summed up why I have seen every single episode. And I guarantee you know right now what scene I'm talking about.
It was the meeting between the new ownership, Duck, Don, Silver Haired Dude, and the Guy who hates shoes. They were discussing the merger and announcing that Duck was gonna be President. Don says nothing. Finally, Guy who hates shoes asks: "Don, what do you think?" And Don very cooly says, it sounds great, but I don't wanna be a part of it. Duck blows up and says he has to honor his contract. Calmly, Don goes "I don't have a contract". Boom! For the kids: booya! Don walks out, Duck knows he's fucked, loses his shit, and that's why I can't wait for season 3.
A few other notes:
Did you watch the thing after? The episode was 50 minutes long with only one commercial break, and then after they showed the Wrap Party with interviews of the actors. The actors were like, completely different people. They looked nothing like the characters they play. It was really weird and made me realize that these motherfuckers can act.
There's a character in the show who is gay but is married. He has to hide his sexuality. Matthew Weiner is the creator and writer of the show. He's married. That's all I'm gonna say about that.
There's a story out that Lionsgate is looking for a new showrunner to replace Matthew Weiner because Weiner is asking for too much money. He supposedly wants $10 million dollars a year. Dude, your show is on AMC. This ain't the Sopranos. And despite what you read in Entertainment Weekly or see at the Golden Globes, nobody watches it. It gets less than a million viewers per episode. To put this in perspective:
DL Hughley's new show on CNN - on Saturday night mind you - got almost 2 million viewers. DL Hughley doubles "Mad Men". That's the sad state of America. People are dumb and don't know what's good and what sucks. Guess that's why McCain is still hanging close in the polls. Whoops. Sorry, just came out.
But anyway my point is: Weiner needs to wake up and smell the ratings, and stop being a wiener.