Peggy smokes pot, Roger sings a song wearing blackface, and Don walks around being enigmatic. I really did not like Sunday's episode of AMC's "Mad Men."
I know I said going into this third season that started on Aug. 16 that this is the best drama on TV. And I will bet it wins the Emmy again as best drama for its second season. But the last two episodes felt like an eternity as I watched. And that is the opposite of the first season when the time used to absolutely fly by with me wanting more, more, more.
The final of shot of Don and Betty embracing in the moonlight on the country club lawn was evocative. But, again, evocative of what?
Maybe there was a little "Great Gatsby" in that moonlit tableau. And Don is a self-made man with a made-up and ever-shifting past like Jay Gatsby. But vague literary references are part of the very problem I am having with the series this year.
Come on, commenters, talk me out of it. Last week, someone wrote a comment here: "Mad Men is perfect."
Thanks for the comment, but can someone tell me why it's perfect -- or is this the show that one now passionately embraces because it shows you have a "higher" taste in TV viewing than the so-called mass audience? We always have one of those for the people who insist they don't watch TV -- except for one or two such special shows.
I thought the blackface scene was excessive, and I am not sure the writers and producers showed that they understood how careful one should be in replaying such imagery on national TV without lots and lots of context.
Enough. Maybe next week, I will fall back in love with this show. But for now, is anyone willing to defend it?