Thursday, April 17, 2008

Second Run TV: Mad Men

Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 12 "Nixon vs. Kennedy" (B+)

This is one show that I will not give up on again. It's fascinating to watch how the office responds to the election and their certainty that Nixon will win, and to watch the secretaries sneak out of the boss' offices in the morning. Don, stoic as he is, is truly an admirable character, who despite his many affairs and attempts to escape reality, sticks true to his principles and refuses to cave in to blackmail. His contempt for Pete is one of the best things about this show, telling him to go get a little box and put all his things in it towards the beginning of the season for taking unapproved incentive, and now denying him a promotion he doesn't deserve. Their rivalry is terrific, and Pete is sure to stick around due to his in-laws. Next week is the show's season finale, and the show should return early this summer (along with "Weeds", it was the first show to go back into production, even before the writers' strike was over).

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