Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mad Men Season 3 (and series summary) - TV SHOW REVIEW

Creator: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery

If you haven't yet watched Mad Men or at least heard of it, I'll give you a quick run down. Set in the early 60's, this show is about a fictional advertising agency, Sterling Cooper, based out of Madison Avenue in New York City. Hence the nickname these guys have. Mad Men. It's central character is Don Draper (Hamm), the creative director. He is the highly successful advertising genius that the company depends on to keep business. While Don Draper's life in and away from the office is the main plotline, the show also follows the drama surrounding the other employees of the company.

I wasn't too in love with the first season but for me, the novelty of a show set in the 60's where the guys sit around drinking scotch in the office was enough to keep me watching. That and because these cable dramas are only 13 episodes. I was ready to drop it after the first season because I knew the novelty had worn off but I heard a lot of good things about season two I decided to watch it. I wasn't disappointed. Things really picked up and it was quite a dramatic season. On to number three I said...

They lost me. Again. It was so painfully slow for all but the season finale. I remained optimistic after the first few episodes but things didn't really pick up. The season deals with the sale of the agency to a larger company and the way Don and the rest of the Mad Men deal with this change. For three seasons Don Draper has carelessly cheated on his wife and things finally begin to catch up with him. His wife, Betty Draper (Jones), also has a larger part as she begins to get bored with her life and gets up to a bit of trouble herself.

The sale of the company provided the only decent storyline in this season. The infidelity thing, January Jones' stale performance as Betty Draper and the decline in involvement of my two favourite supporting characters, Roger Sterling (Slattery) and Joan Holloway (Hendricks) provided for a very uninspired season.

The season finale absolutely kicked butt. By far the best episode of all three seasons. Had season one not been so ordinary I might have given them another shot next season. I won't, so, I'm done with this show.

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