Category Archives: Mad Men

Mad Men, “Time Zones,” Recap the Recappers [TV]

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 … Continue reading

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Mad Men: Recap the Recappers returns next week!

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 … Continue reading

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “In Care Of.” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “The Quality Of Mercy.” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “Favors.” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “A Tale of Two Cities.” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “The Better Half.” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “The Crash” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “Man With a Plan.” [TV]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “For Immediate Release.” [TV]

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

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Mad Men, “The Flood,” Recap the Recappers [TV]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “To Have and To Hold.” [TV Recap]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “The Collaborators,” [TV]

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

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Mad Men, Recap the Recappers, “The Doorway.” [TV]

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

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Mad Men, “The Phantom.” [Recap the Recappers]

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

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