29 July 2008

Just quietly going mad...

"Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern."
-- Frank O'Hara, "Mayakovsky"
(Episode 1, Season 2, Mad Men)

Everyone is going mad for the fashions in Mad Men. The misogyny in Mad Men. The layered narrative in Mad Men. And thankfully, it's more than just the media getting worked up, as two million viewers chose to watch Sunday's brilliant season premiere. We love people on the verge of breakdown.

Mad Men isn't perfect. The pace of the show is almost unforgivably slow, and I do think sometimes the actors lose their characters in an attempt to make sure the audience "gets it." And the fashions, eh, are sometimes striking (please see January Jones as Betty Draper channeling Grace Kelly), but are more consistently awful and frumpy. The vampy Joan looks like she is about to pop out of four sides of her dresses. Sexy? Hardly.

I'm much more excited for the return of Blair Waldorf's tights.

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