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Mad Men: The Phantom

And just like that Season 5 comes to a close. :(

These seasons of Mad Men go by way too quickly.

Season 5, Episode 13: The Phantom
Opportunity is in the air for everyone and Pete meets a stranger on the train.

In addition to discussing this episode, let's talk final thoughts for the season and where Mr. Weiner might possibly go next.



Jun. 20th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
First of all, freaked out. This looks like my journal now. Love it, don't get me wrong. :)

Second: yes, it has taken me a full 10 days to watch the MM finale. Take this as an indication of the fuckedupness of my life rn.

That shot of Don walking away from the set... gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

I mean...that shot just killed me. I was sort of grinning and tearing up at the same time, it was so perfect. With "You Only Live Twice" playing over it? The sparkling, brightness of Megan on the set, with Don walking away into the negative space. I really can't recall a recent shot that affected me like that. Perfect.

Is Megan gone or will she be back?
Toward the very end of the finale, “We see her on the [Butler Shoes commercial] set and we realize that she’s gone,” says the series creator.

The SHOT was very much about Don moving on. The visual. I understand the narrative -- that he made the choice to do what Megan wanted, not what his m-i-l advised (to help her over the disappointment and then make her a good wife). But that didn't convince me he and Megan were in danger of losing each other. Nor did the bar scene. It was the walking away shot -- that's what that shot means, period.

I also loved the wide shot of the five of them spreading out in their new digs.

Yes, Tom! I sort of laughed cause you could see them setting up for that shot. Beautiful. So nice I thought it was the final shot for a minute.

"You had no right to fill a man like that with ambition."
Great, revelatory line, isn't that?

Yes, it was! I agree with you that his wife didn't understand his appetite for American-style success. But I think I understand her regret -- maybe she felt he wasn't well-prepared to get knocked around like one does in that environment, especially with the weak foundation (apparently) built by his father. I think she was feeling Lane's vulnerability and hating the system that (seemingly) chewed him up. Not fair, but I think I understand.

Edited at 2012-06-20 04:22 am (UTC)