What follows, then, are five quick thoughts about the episode, which saw some financial naughtiness from Lane Pryce, the return of Paul Kinsey and the kind of sexual chemistry that could power a medium-sized city for several years.
When she debuted on Mad Men last season, Megan Draper went from mere secretary to surprise spouse to Don Draper, and this season, she’s blossomed into a “Zou-Bisou-Bisou”-ing sex kitten who knows how to push all of Don’s buttons. How did Mad Men creator Matt Weiner conceive of Megan’s story line, and how did he find the fascinating Quebec-born actress who portrays her, Jessica Paré (who’s also on the cover of New York’s recent TV issue)?
Succès critique international, Mad Men obsède ses fans depuis cinq ans. Après une diffusion sur Canal+, Série Club a acquis la série de Matthew Weiner. La chaîne proposera la saison 3 à partir du dimanche 27 mai.
It’s no secret no one has any idea what’s going to happen next on Mad Men — and those “scenes from next week” aren’t going to clue you in at all. But the most notoriously tight-lipped cast couldn’t resist sharing a few personal details when Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, and creator Matthew Weiner visited James Lipton at the famed Actors Studio (Elisabeth Moss was shooting a movie out of the country).
Just being the hot new girl on TV’s most obsessed-over show doesn’t automatically make you recognizable. That’s what Jessica Paré discovered at April’s Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Bali, when she mentioned what she does for a living and a woman blurted out, “You’ll have to forgive me, I stopped watching Mad Men as soon as Don Draper proposed to his secretary.”
Bref, à mon sens, Megan est bien plus qu’une nouvelle compagne pour Don : elle est un catalyseur très intéressant pour la série et ses personnages. Avec elle, j’ai l’impression que ce sont les années 70 qui ont débarqué avec un peu d’avance dans Mad Men (sensation appuyée par ses tenues qui, dans mon imaginaire en tous cas, correspondent à la décennie suivante). Il était temps !
There might be better Mad Men episodes to come, but at this point I’d say Lady Lazarus is the episode Matt Weiner should win an Emmy for writing. He’s truly in command here and he’s touching on so many longtime Mad Men truisms – including the main one, existentialism – that he makes it look effortless. In fact, it’s almost as if Weiner is toying with the people, like me, who deconstruct each episode.
Is it possible that Sally Draper is the secret protagonist of Mad Men? Her dad and his associates get more screen time, and they’ve done plenty to keep our attention this season. But it’s not uncommon for stories of the ’60s to be told from the perspective of the Baby Boomer kids who lived them–see The Wonder Years, e.g.–and though Matthew Weiner himself was born in 1965, a year late for the Boom, she’s arguably the character who’s closest to representing his generational perspective in the show. (Baby Gene just can’t carry that kind of narrative weight yet.)
The UK’s Sun newspaper and NY Magazine’s Vulture blog both report that Hamm and Radcliffe are in early talks to join a British mini-series about Russian medics during World War I. Hamm would narrate the story, looking back on his days serving during the war, while Radcliffe would play his younger self; the two would interact during certain scenes, the Sun says.
This is shaping up to be the best Mad Men season yet. There are a a number of reasons for that — the bold variations in storytelling styles from week to week; the already vast shades of mood displayed by dizzy newlywed Don Draper; the saga of Peggy Olson, destined to become either an ad agency superstar or the female Freddie Rumsen, it’s her choice — but I’m going to narrow this post down to one current live wire sparking the series: Roger Sterling.
Over the past five seasons on Mad Men, Rich Sommer has come to be virtually identified with his character, the socially awkward but basically likable media head Harry Crane. At this point, it’s strange to see him in other shows and movies outside of the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. But we’d better get used to it. Sommer is in two movies at Tribeca: The Giant Mechanical Man, a romantic comedy-drama in which he co-stars with Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina, and Fairhaven, a small-town drama in which he also co-stars with Messina — and he’s finally getting a chance to show his range. He recently sat down with us to talk about his new movies, what he’d do with Harry Crane if he had the chance, and his notorious obsession with board games.
Don Draper pourrait se résumer à l’art de la fuite. L’art de se persuader que les événements n’ont jamais eu lieu pour qu’ils n’existent plus. L’art de croire que la seule chose réelle est celle que l’on vit dans le moment présent. Mais Don Draper, c’est bien plus que cela, car il sait parfaitement que tout ces vains espoirs ne sont que des illusions. Voilà tout son drame. Sans cesse refuser des réalités qui pourtant l’empêchent de vivre sa vie présente.
Pete Campbell, like any of AMC’s Mad Men, loves his liquor. But last week he found himself punch-drunk after a bloody row with Brit boss Lane Pryce. That impromptu altercation, coupled with other emasculations, left SCDP’s ambitious account manager defeated and distraught, claiming that — despite job security and boasting a beautiful wife and baby at home — he has nothing. TVLine invited Vincent Kartheiser to assess Pete’s state of mind and whether the once-plucky lad, now with an eye on middle age, has any fight in him left.