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so glad mad men is back on.
every character is so likeable/hateable.
best thing on TV since Sopranos and Wire
Betty is awful.
total waste of space
Don is the man.
Betty is a little girl, who's never even dreamed of stealing another person's identity to further her own career, because for her, its all about latching onto someone else to make her dreams come true, rather than doing it for herself, she's just a chaise-lounge model.
Especially to her own children.
Ignore my last post though, it made more sense to me drunk.
it's not just she's depressed at how her life as turned out, but she isn't sure LIKE DON, what she want she wants her life to be. how could she possibly understand when she wants to be more thna one thing at once
you only have to look at what she reads on the sofa to know what she is *something* but is unable. it's not just she wants to be one thing, but has to be another, she can't EVER truly be either.
that said, she is massively villified by the programme makers for not stepping out of her life, and continuing to be a racist and massively unpleasant to her children and i can never quite figure out why she is painted in such a bad light in that respect when obviously there are other things going on which aren't ever explored on screen.
as for Don: the thing with him used to being something else is easy to be sarcastic about, but it's a pretty potent symbol in American culture. Think of the number of 'Great American Novels' with characters who have uncertain names. It's a 'Call me Ishmael"//Great Gatsby thing and even though it's simple, it's too powerful a symbol to just reject either. Names are a huge thing in American culture.
the whole of the third series is about her finding out what she wants and trying to break free.
I think a lot of her short fallings are accounted for, I don't think she really wanted or is ready for children (she certainly isn't allowed to have it both ways like Don is and act like a sensitive beloved parent without any of the responsibility) and to me she doesn't seem that cruel to them anyway outside some specific circumstances. Her racism seems to be a result of her upper class upbringing doesn't it? I think it wouldn't really sit well with the character if she was particularly culturally enlightened.
but she has become consistently less well-written and less interesting over the past few episodes.
Lane's Godzilla episode has been the crowning glory on him becoming one of the most interesting characters. i love the way he started off as the stereotypical British [English] person who is in all American TV shows and has become something quite quite different.
Sally is gonna be AMAZING this season too
Or has anyone got a link for it, if it's stream-able?
BREAKING BAD IS BETTER
what's so great about it is the fact it IS a awesome posh soap opera, but it is also a sustained and quite subtle analysis of how pop culture, advertising and the rapid historical change of a very small and recent space of time made us who we are.
I've only seen the first series.
Soap Opera is just a way of saying something which mainly deals with people's fraught relationships. It's a criticism that people level at Love and Rockets too and it doesn't preclude it from being any less awesome either.
better acting (nobody in mad men comes close to brian cranston)
better characters (sure draper is fairly compelling, but the sheer grinding existential dread that propels walter's downward spiral is breathtaking)
better plotting (the story arc for season 3 in particular - just amazing)
better cinematography (in fact, the best cinematography in any TV drama I can think of)
better sound design
and most importantly MORE EXPLODING TURTLES
what mad men does better:
If you think Draper is the most compelling character then, well.
they're different programmes and both obviously pretty brilliant.
tbh I probably like them equally, I just feel a bit sorry breaking bad because I feel like it is massively overlooked in favour of it's cooler, slicker older brother. And ultimately I think it's the more emotionally engaging of the two.
he's having sex with the third one now. Phew.
It's been amazing so far. Four episodes, each one of them up there with the best of the three series' before.