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  • kalel 29 Mar 2012 12:13:30 86,323 posts
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    Has January Jones left? Bit concerned she wasn’t in it at all.
  • TheSaint 29 Mar 2012 12:16:01 14,199 posts
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    I think her part has just been reduced due to her being pregnant in real life.

    I'm fairly sure that that both her and the actor who plays her husband names were in the credits at the start.
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2012 22:19:53 66,637 posts
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    Great start to the season imo. Love the complex relationships.

    Agree the ads were a quality touch, but won't bother watching any more.
  • Dougs 31 Mar 2012 22:22:55 66,637 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Just finished Season 4 again.

    There's a weird meta moment when Megan is talking about how her teeth stop her being able to be an actress. Although I'm assuming those are fake teeth for the role. No American actress wouldn't get her teeth fixed if they really looked like that.
    Had the same conversation with the wife, is a pleasant change to not be confronted by veneered perfection. But that's prob due to the era than anything
  • neilka 2 Apr 2012 21:31:35 15,632 posts
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    I'd give Fat Betty a mouthful of my knickerbocker glory.
  • Trane 4 Apr 2012 08:51:20 4,050 posts
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    Bam-a-lam, whoa fat Betty.

    After seeing January Jones in X-Men First Class, it was pretty crushing to see her looking like that.

    Enjoyed the episode though, Pete Campbell really is such a loathsome creature - clearly that's the intention, but it is carried off really well.
  • RabidChild 4 Apr 2012 09:06:51 2,288 posts
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    I dunno, Roger is a complete waste of space who was only useful because he looked after the Lucky Strike account, which is no more. He sits around the office doing nothing, whereas Pete actually does stuff. I find myself sympathising with Pete more and more, which is weird because I detested him at first.

    Edited by RabidChild at 09:07:32 04-04-2012
  • kalel 4 Apr 2012 11:38:03 86,323 posts
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    I love Pete. Think we probably are supposed to sympathise with him in this whole Roger thing, even though he was a dick in last night's episode.

    Thought the whole fat Betty thing was ridiculous. Hate it when they introduce story lines just to cover a real situation. You can always see the cracks, and it breaks the illusion a bit. It's like that season of The Wire where McNulty was blatantly off filming 300.

    Do like the new season but it needs a little more conflict. Pete and Roger bickering seems small fry, and I couldn't give a fuck about Betty's weight problem. I'm sure something more substantial will emerge as it goes along soon enough though.
  • RabidChild 4 Apr 2012 11:47:05 2,288 posts
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    It's all bubbling under. There is so much resentment between everyone, surfacing as snipey remarks and passive aggression. Kinda like where I work, actually.

    I'm sure it will all come to a head soon enough.
  • kalel 4 Apr 2012 11:55:58 86,323 posts
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    Yeah but that's not really enough for an interesting conflict. By that I mean the previous seasons have had things like Peggy's baby, the agency being taken over or collapsing, Don's dual identity issues, Don's marriage collapsing etc.

    Bit of workplace resentment and bickering is not really enough for an engaging drama.
  • TheSaint 4 Apr 2012 12:09:27 14,199 posts
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    Does anyone other than Don know about Peggy's baby, and does even he know it's Pete's?

    I wouldn't be surprised if Roger finds out somehow and uses it to ruin Pete. The preview for next week showed Roger propositioning Peggy after all.
  • kalel 4 Apr 2012 12:15:47 86,323 posts
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    Peggy's family all know of course.

    Mad Men tends not to really do that kind of thing tbh. I'd be very surprised if it went that way. It's a bit too Eastenders.
  • Dougs 4 Apr 2012 21:52:17 66,637 posts
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    Roger was ace in that. He has the best lines. Bit yeah, needs to be something else more meaty.
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    I thought the series was going to take a dark and bizarrely contrived route there for a second.
  • askew 11 Apr 2012 10:57:48 12,025 posts
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    It was rather sinister, wasn't it?
  • RabidChild 11 Apr 2012 11:26:45 2,288 posts
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    I thought the fever dream bit was kinda lame.

    I liked that everyone is taking the piss out of Roger - even Peggy. I also liked the scene of her catching herself going to hide her handbag from the black secretary. Not so progressive after all, are we Pegs?

    And poor Joan!
  • kalel 19 Apr 2012 12:33:08 86,323 posts
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    Still don't feel this series quite has enough bite. It's all a bit light and jokey. Even the fight between Lane and Campbell was funny.

    It could just be that they're lightening up for a series to give the tragic events of what may well be the final 5th season more impact.
  • cianchristopher 19 Apr 2012 12:41:17 6,360 posts
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    I thought I'd read that Weiner had signed a deal to make 7 seasons, no?
  • kalel 19 Apr 2012 12:43:46 86,323 posts
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    Yeah, but it was hard enough getting the cast to all agree to a fourth.

    Who knows though.
  • TheSaint 19 Apr 2012 12:45:17 14,199 posts
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    I really enjoyed this weeks episode, the dinner party was a great especially Don rocking that sports coat. I kept thinking someone was going to break up the fight before it actually started so it was shocking when they actually started hitting each other.

    It maybe was as dramatic as some episodes but it reminded me a lot of the lawnmower episode a few seasons back and also the one where Roger ran up the stairs after eating all the sea food. Doesn't hurt to have a bit of comic relief.

    "Chewing gum in his pubis" was also a great delivery from Lane.
  • kalel 19 Apr 2012 12:49:33 86,323 posts
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    It's not that I'm not enjoying it, I am, but i'm not really invested in what's happening like I am with other seasons, because there's no real drama or conflict in there. Each week is just another series of entertaining light little scenes.

    The Campbell stuff is interesting that said. It's starting to feel like that is the main story of this season.
  • askew 19 Apr 2012 13:02:02 12,025 posts
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    He just wants to be like Don.
  • neilka 19 Apr 2012 13:20:03 15,632 posts
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    The sudden spotlight on Pete makes it feel like something big is going to happen to him by the end of the season.

    RIPete?
  • kalel 19 Apr 2012 13:21:45 86,323 posts
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    Again, not really the programme's style imo.
  • Nanocrystal 19 Apr 2012 13:37:48 991 posts
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    I agree with what kalel says about there not being much of an over-arching plot this season (so far), but the depth of characterisation and quality of writing is just superb. By no means are they treading water.
  • kalel 26 Apr 2012 14:35:18 86,323 posts
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    Latest episode was fucking amazing. Everything that is good about Mad Men was summed up in this episode.

    I think it's really interesting how with most TV shows, the most memorable episodes are the ones where major things happen - someone dying etc. With Mad Men it's almost the opposite. The ones where nothing happens tend to be the most memorable. It just becomes about the tone and the performances.

    I might actually watch it again tonight it was that good.
  • TheSaint 26 Apr 2012 14:42:48 14,199 posts
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    I like the idea of a HoJo being an exciting and glamorous place to stay.
  • Trane 26 Apr 2012 16:41:57 4,050 posts
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    It really was a very good episode, quite surreal at times but definitely classic Mad Men, reminded me in some ways of the episode where Don was in California and passed out from dehydration at that random house, just a little off the beaten track.
  • TechnoHippy 26 Apr 2012 20:52:24 14,698 posts
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    Roger on acid is excellent :-)

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  • neilka 30 Apr 2012 22:49:36 15,632 posts
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    Oh Roger!

    At least it wasn't Sally.
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