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episode 12: blowing smoke

Only one more episode after tonight. BOO.

This week:
Episode 12: Blowing Smoke
In the midst of a crisis, Don runs into an old friend.


Oct. 14th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I happened to like Don's ballsy move. But if I were his coworkers, I'd be pissed too. It was a huge gamble.

Yeah, I liked it too. They were out of options -- they needed to totally change the game. It got people talking and, hello, it also happened to come down on the right side of a major cultural turn, at its inception.

I loved how Don doesn't care about the right thing, only the right move. As he's talking to the "attorney general," accepting fake congratulations for his moral fortitude, he puffs away on his cigarette. I like that, because it underscored the distinction between what he said in the paper (we quit tobacco) and what he intended to do (save the agency).

But my favorite thing about it is that it answers the major question of this season in one swoop -- how will SCDP survive when Lucky Strike is more than half their billings, when WE know cigarette advertising is about to be banned?

But you're (we're?) right, gatz, he's a lone wolf by nature. I sympathized with his argument (by the time he got the idea through the partners, it would be dead or too late), but it really wasn't his place to make such a drastic move without them.

Caprica fans, it just occurred to me that Don and Daniel are similar in that way -- I've said Daniel Graystone with a solution is like a dog with a bone. Once he has that idea and he sees the path to what he wants, he goes for it -- damn the collateral damage. And they both might consider those around them wailing and waving their hands to be inferior minds.