Mad Men: Season 5 [Blu-ray]
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This season takes place between Memorial Day 1966 and Spring 1967. The season focuses on Don Draper and Megan's relationship and how distracting it is from his job, and most of the main characters are facing painful new beginnings and realize it's a "dog-eat-dog" world. The season starts out light (probably because of how dark season 4 was), but by the end of the season things are gloomier than ever. So never fear, Mad Men isn't going soft.
Don - one reason I enjoyed season 4 so much is that we had a break from Don being in a dramatic, serious relationship. He was just casually dating and we were able to see more of SCDP. Now he's married to Megan, and that opens up a lot more storylines. You'll either love or hate Megan. She shows signs of being very independent and mature, but then will surprise you by suddenly doing something very stupid and childish. The big question is: how long is it until Don cheats on her? I don't believe that Don will be in a monogamous relationship for the rest of his life. It's also interesting how it's reminiscent of the beginning of his relationship with Betty.Read more ›
The episode highlights the differences for women and working women in particular without preaching or being heavy-handed. All of the female characters are asked to prostitute themselves in some way, either literal or metaphoric and their femininity is still their defining characteristic to the men in their world, despite what they do and how they function. Don is surprisingly moral and Pete unsurprisingly adds pander to his many slimey accomplishments. Lane is pragmatic and fond of Joan and advises that if forced to sell oneself to get the best possible price and to get it up front. Roger and Cooper are as ineffectual as ever. The editing of Don's pitch and Joan's decision about what to do is a brilliant bit of filming.Read more ›
says Mrs. Lane Pryce to Don: "You should have never encouraged a man like that to be ambitious."
says Meagan's mother to Don: "She has the full artistic temperament with none of the artistic talent." (we get to watch her screen test along with Don so there is no room for doubt).
I don't want to ruin anything for anyone so I'll stop with those two but it is obviously truth telling time after another season of being with the Mad Men, who make their livings by creatively lying about everything.
We also get a reminder of the radical effects of electroshock therapy in the 1960s. It is used in serious depression cases. It is still used today but without the radical side effects it had back then. Today's patient may be a little fuzzy about the edges afterwards but that is about it. Not so in the fifties and sixties.
All in all it is a satisfying conclusion to this season's Mad Men. I am under the impression that all of the Mad Men will be increasingly unhappy with their domestic and family lives even though they will be wildly prosperous. All of them will continue to experience divorce and huge rebellion from their children as was seen throughout the late sixties and early seventies. Fittingly enough, as we move closer to women's lib, some of the women in the series are doing better all the way around, especially those who are working. Peggy's and Joan's lives are coming together rather well.
This is a much more reflective episode than last week's. We couldn't have closed with last week's episode though. It would have been too jarring.Read more ›
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I really don't like this season. I want to but I can't tolerate the ridiculous dialogue and situations that are just too perverse. Not everyone in the 1960's was that promiscuous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine
Every season, every show better and better.
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I agree and have complained about this before. Reviews are supposed to be of the product which includes not only the full season's episodes but the discs themselves. How can you review a product that not only hasn't been released yet or even fully aired, it probably hasn't even been made yet... Read More
Apr 23, 2012 by Catherine | See all 2 posts
I am Australian with a region B PS3 and the Blu-Ray works fine for me.
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