Skip to comments.'Mad Men' gets an 'A' for awkward
Posted on 08/24/2010 9:10:11 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
Is it just me, or were there some capital A for "Awkward" moments on last nights Mad Men?
SCDP found itself vying for a lucrative Honda contract with competing firm Cutler Gleason Chaough. CGC poached the Clearasil and Jai Alai accounts from SCDP and agency partner Ted Chaough was a particular thorn in Dons side, so it was important that our boys at SCDP won the account.
Now, lets all grab our blankies, go to our respective happy places and talk about Sally Draper for a minute. What else can you really say about last night other than, poor Sally? Ten-years-old and shuttled between an absent parent and a terrible one, Sally began acting out in earnest.
Betty was infuriated with Don and slapped Sally upon seeing her butchered locks. Henry acted as the voice of reason and told Betty that grounding Sally would only make her act out further. Then at a sleepover later in the episode, Sally indulged in a little self-exploration and was caught by her friends mother. Oh, Sally, Im mortified on your behalf!
Horrified, the girls mother brought Sally home in the middle of the night and told Betty what had transpired. Betty, the clear frontrunner for 1965s Mother of the Year, shamed and threatened Sally and decided that she needed to see a therapist. Ugh. She really is just awful.
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The "actress", Kiernan Shipka, was born November 10, 1999
We know a little bit more about the writer of this show, don't we? A little bondage, maybe? Like getting turned on by the effeminate character from a sixties spy show?
I find the show philosophically Nihilist.
I can’t watch.
I am seriously considering not watching that show anymore. At least when Peter Weir directed “Witness” he told the child actor playing the Amish boy viewing the crime just to look through a door; the rest of the scene showing the murder was filmed separately and not mentioned to that juvenile thespian. But this most recent episode was despicable and at the very least I am complaining. It is one thing to have an adult actress portraying self-gratification, but showing a little girl is, well, child pornography. Unsurprisingly some men lust for this subject. (I turned off the sound during those scenes once I realized what was going on...ugh.)
Ahhhh I DVDr’d it watching it tonight.
After merely reading about this inane show, I feel a need to watch “Conagher” or “Zulu” or something.
Me too. I'm roughly the age of Drapper's second oldest, so I saw those days through that same prism. But, while the artifacts of nostalgia bring back long-forgotten memories, the family dynamic that is being portrayed is COMPLETELY foreign to me. I'm not saying there weren't families just like this, but I grew up in a loud, Catholic Italian family with an entirely different dynamic.
I don't know if Betty Draper is a caricature of Matt Weiner's (the Producer and show-runner) own mother, but she doesn't remind me of anyone in my own childhood.
One of the best written, best acted shows on tv.
“Ilya Kuriakin” effeminate character ???!!!
Which ain't sayin much.
I was wondering what they told her. It’s entirely possible they directed her to act more ‘sneaky’ than ‘naughty’. Clever editing takes care of the rest.
Mad Men is fiction. On cable. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. You seem to be advocating censorship, yes?
I'm not advocating anything. I'm merely questioning what this very young actress was told do on camera, and the wisdom of the parents to have their child simulate such an act and in front of so many people no less.
I watched part of one episode and I don’t get what the allure of the show is.
The acting, particularly that of the protagonist, is marginal, and the subject matter is so...irrelevant.
The only good reason I can think of to watch the show is Christina Hendricks, and even I’m not that desperate.
I watch the show with a one week lag, but I don’t mind the spoiler.
The best scene in the previous episode was when Draper asked his secretary to type her own letter of resignation. They had developed his passive-aggressiveness well.
As for the most recent episode, sexual awakening occurred then for many of us who read FR. I hope they used a double for this little girl.
The era was most interesting, but much of the liberal disease that afflicts us can be traced to 1963-1969. I love the details: the wall hangings, lamps, buzzer to the secretary, typewriters with ribbons, liquor in the office, chain smoking, dead from lung cancer at age 52 etc.
You mean the only two good reasons. ;)
She was sitting on the couch, fully clothed. The only direction would have been, “Sit there and stare into space”. Nothing was shown. It was all covered in the reaction of the friend’s mother and the subsequent conversation with Betty.
Criticize the subject matter, but don’t imply that Miss Shipka was somehow shown on-screen ‘in the act’.
I was enjoying the precise art direction. However, I got to the place where the characters were so nauseating, that I couldn’t care about them any more.
Perhaps that was the problem - you only watched part of one episode. Broadcast television shows tells stories in 40 minute packages - micro plays. This show, like some of the other better cable dramas, tells several stories over a season(s), like the Sapranos or Deadwood.
I would think if you only watched a few minutes of a heady drama like Mad Men, you probably wouldn't be too impressed except for the set decoration and costuming perhaps. I might also think if you only watched a few minutes of Lawrence of Arabia, or Gone With the Wind, you might wonder what all the hubbub was about there, as well.