After hitting fans with bombshells a-plenty in “Six Months’ Leave,” it’s only to be expected from Mad Men that the follow-up would go in an entirely different direction.
Ironically, I watched “Six Months’ Leave” for the second time the night before I learned of David Foster Wallace’s death.
At the end of the episode, the biggest thematic question remains unanswered: Who is the golden violin, apparently perfect in all ways but unable to play music?
I feel awkward whenever I cop to it, but it’s true, and it probably always will be: I just don’t like Peggy Olson.
The flashback to Don visiting Peggy in the hospital makes it possible to argue that he, more than anyone, is responsible for Peggy’s tendency to aim high.
This week’s Don/Bobbie scene seems designed to balance out Don’s rough treatment of Bobbie last week and shift viewer sympathy back toward Don.
This has all been a fancy way of saying that Mad Men often feels like a collection of short stories about the characters rather than a conventional TV series.
For a lot of people, the big reveal about the fate of Peggy’s baby will be remembered as one of the episode’s highlights.
Considering his condition when we last saw Roger Sterling, it was pretty startling to see him carrying on as if nothing had happened to him.
Much of the last 20 minutes was unapologetic fan service, which in this case was by no means a bad thing.
For me, The Sopranos is a tough choice, because the three shows deal with America in different ways.
Is the best episode ever of the best TV drama ever QED the best single TV episode of all time?
It’s been fascinating to see (and attempt to predict) how various characters respond to McNulty’s ruse when they learn the truth about it.
Of course, McNulty won’t evade punishment if Bunk has anything to say about it.
With each successive episode of The Wire’s final season, it seems, fans have become more firmly split into two camps.
In principle, I’m not against a story involving Jason becoming a father, but in this context it leaves a lot to be desired.
I doubt many folks would disagree if I described the narrative momentum of The Wire’s fifth season as freight train-esque.
When Tyra seeks advice from her mom about the issue, her mom’s blunt words are one she clearly should have taken as a warning.
From beginning to end, it’s jammed with scenes that exemplify everything people watch the show for.