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Category Archives: Mad Men
Is Mad Men actually more fun to watch week by week? Sure, it’s also great to burn off episodes in spurts, and it’s no procedural. But in an era of Breaking Bad, Sopranos, The Wire, and Arrested Development – all permissible … Continue reading
What a silly thing this is, the recapping of TV shows. What a derivative form of writing, this shell of actual, critical thought. This gut-reactive art form, the attempt to derive meaning from 48 minutes of drama, this attempt to … Continue reading
Now that was an episode. Spoilers will greet you after the jump, so, heh, do yourself “Favors” and only read ahead if you’ve seen all of the eleventh – and best – episode of season six of Mad Men. But … Continue reading
Three episodes left, recappers. I’d devote more time to setup, but suddenly my car doesn’t work and I’m having it towed and dealing with repairs, and oh my goodness. You think the Mad Men gang occasionally drown in their own … Continue reading
Or was that more like the Butter half? (stifles giggle.) Oh, come on. Anyway, we’re now set up for the final quarter. Let’s see what the recappers thought, and how they fared in this week’s power rankings. Those poor souls, … Continue reading
This week’s installment of Recap the Recappers really gets exciting! Sunday’s unconventional hour rivals Synecdoche, N.Y. as nonsensical art that’s a complete and terrific mess, and may in fact be terrible. However, it’s my prediction you’ll still find plenty of TV … Continue reading
It almost seems unfair that we’re more than halfway through Mad Men’s penultimate season. However, last week’s crackling, rollicking, snappy episode didn’t just snap the show from early-season doldrums – it awakened the best from our gang of recappers. Shaking … Continue reading
The crackling energy can mean only one thing. Yes, that’s right, a caper! The zips, the quips, the frantic sound of clattering means even the most erudite of Mad Men‘s army of armchair critics found themselves swept up in the … Continue reading
Sometimes historical fiction must deal with, you know, actual history. Which is what Mad Men attempted to do in its fifth episode, The Flood. Reactions differed up and down the board, and how you felt about the show’s substance may … Continue reading
Do you remember “Beyond Blunderdome,” a 1999 episode of The Simpsons, guest starring Mel Gibson? Anyway, Homer’s pitching a script to Hollywood with Mel, because of course. Homer is adamant they cast a dog, and the dog have “shifty eyes.” Mel … Continue reading
Last night’s Mad Men relied on 1968 news imagery and commentary of the growing Viet Nam saga as backdrop for unease and depression within its characters’ lives. Monday, of course, we suffered through a day filled with other heartbreaking news, … Continue reading
Welcome back, my friends, to the English paper that never ends, the continuing study of flowing, lustrous, literate, and hopelessly erudite Mad Men recaps. Last season, Todd Van Der Werff from The AV Club likely reigned supreme in our informal power … Continue reading
The weekly mad dash for Mad Men recappers is at the end! That’s right, for 12 weeks, we’ve presented the best of Mad Men’s coverage from obsessive critics, Part tribute, tribunal and time saver, we boil down the potboiler to … Continue reading
Recap of Mad Men, “The Phantom,” after the jump. Recap the Recappers is here.
The weekly mad dash for Mad Men recappers nears the finish line! Once the Sunday potboiler concludes, we review the best of Mad Men’s coverage from obsessive recappers. Part tribute, tribunal and time saver, Recap the Recappers ranks the recaps, … Continue reading