Monday, May 18, 2015

Mad Men: Final Thoughts

I’m sick of watching Don Draper do the same thing over and over - drink, smoke, womanize, screw up fatherhood, and disappear from his job. Of course Draper works in advertising - an entire industry willing to enable him. But wait! I’m sick that I won’t get to watch Don anymore. “Mad Men” pointed out the overlooked bad behavior, bad manners, bad old times of the 1960′s, while capturing the sweeping changes in American society between 1960 and 1970.

I won’t give away the ending; but I will say, I was a little disappointed to see most of the characters tied up in conventional ways. Except for one... the fate of Don Draper and his apparent response to the decade. Don’s finale managed to convey “Is that all there is?” with a sense of “That’s what it all meant.”

It took me a while to get hooked on “Mad Men” until I watched most of the first season on a binge. I haven’t felt that kind of rush from a TV show since “Breaking Bad” came close. I like “Veep,” but don’t have to see every episode as soon as it airs. I am interested in “Better Call Saul,” but nothing compares to the thrill of discovering “Mad Men.” I’m sick of Don Draper, and I miss him already.