Last night I had the pleasure of – for the very first time – actually watching Mad Men on television as it aired, as opposed to my 12 week routine of Monday afternoon downloading. I’ve been in a bit of a funk ever since, as I’ve realized that Mad Men had been fulfilling my television needs so much that I pretty much stopped watching anything else (except Gossip Girl, but you can’t only eat dessert).
I’m sure I’ll find something, but if that something comes close to the awe-inspiring writing, directing, acting (January Jones for the SAG, Golden Globe and Emmy, s.v.p.), set design, costume design, music, and cinematography displayed these past 13 episodes, and especially these last 3, I would be very surprised. The amount of quotable lines from the finale alone is an incredible testament to Weiner and co’s writing capabilities (my favourite: Peggy’s speech to Pete in the second last scene.. “There’s this other part living outside of you… and you keep thinking, maybe you’ll get it back.”)
Every week I’ve intended to write thoughts on the aired episode, but every week Cynthia Littleton trumps me her fantastic Monday recaps for Variety, leaving nothing I wanted to say left unsaid, and bringing many things I wouldn’t have even thought to say. And at the risk of ruining the fun for the many I know who haven’t seen the last episode, I’ll leave it at that (and suggest you check out Cynthia’s blog when you’re ready for it).
Next summer is too far away…