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Why was this episode, “The Strategy,” the quintessential episode of Mad Men? Two quotes:
We should be no strangers to shocking moments on Mad Men, brutal gut checks that appear out of nowhere.
Perhaps we weren’t the only Mad Men fanatics who assumed the comparison read better in Matthew Weiner’s looseleaf notebook, that once filmed, the juxtaposition between IBM’s monolith of yore and the increasing presence and obsolescence of technology in our lives didn’t quite translate. But more spoilers than that lurk! Onward, to Recap the Recappers!
Let’s take our own “Field Trip,” if you will, through the twists, the turns, the soliloquys, the sonnets, the snark and the speculation, through the best of Mad Men’s army of recappers. But you don’t come here for the puns. You’re here for the countdown! Spoilers follow:
The familiar battle cry, the tired cliche: “It’s all in a day’s work.” Yet it rings true, for us, the chronicler of the chronicled. The unpacker of the unpacked. The recapper of recaps. A cog among the millions in the Mad Men literary machine. It’s all in a day’s work. You can read last week’s […] Read More
We are back! Back for our weekly trip through amateur literary theory and wistful theorizing, our spill into fever dreams, codfish balls, and pitch meetings. It’s our chronicle of the scholastic pursuit of the perfect recap of television’s most scholastic show, Mad Men! Which of your favorite writers summed up the season 7 premiere the […] Read More
Coming next Monday, we’ll dust off our dictionary, our English Ph.D., and perhaps even a monocle while we dive into the best and brightest of Mad Men recaps! While many shows draw attention, review, criticism, and discourse, not one uncovers the inner literary snob in all of us. So join us weekly for the quips, […] Read More
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 and even preferable to swallow in gulps – Mad Men remains more rewarding to consume […] Read More
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 postulate next steps for a writer from an impersonal distance. And then, to boot, this […] Read More
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 be cautious when you accept, or undertake, a favor. As Mad Men wryly, astutely – […] Read More
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 ennui now, well, as New Yorkers, they never have to deal with a moody car […] Read More
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, peering under rocks and through tumblers into Mad Men‘s cloudy subtext. As usual, don’t read […] Read More
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 critics rushing to hail its genius, pathetic attempt to demonstrate their superior intellect. When, in […] Read More
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 off the cobwebs, downing a tumbler of Canadian Club, donning that old-school soft-plaid grey jacket, […] Read More