Sunday, August 1, 2010

Mad Men Mini: Memo - Spiel

TO: Guests of Mad Men Mini-hoopla

FROM: vvb

SUBJECT: Mad Men, Season 4, Premiere review

Episode 1: Public Relations
Don makes a mistake that jeopardizes the new agency.

The episode picks up a year after season three's finale - November 1964.

While people have subtly changed all-around, Don still remains the same.

When a news reporter asks "Who is Don Draper?" he is at a loss. However, this episode shakes him up a bit and by the end he is on his way to defining himself.

The part of the show I enjoy the most is when Don gives his spiel to clients. He is so confident and passionate during these times.


Excerpt from Jon Hamm fan Q&A on AMC Mad Men blog (July 25, 2010):

Q: What do you think are some of [Don Draper's] traits that should be learned and adopted? -- Piper

A: Don makes a pretty good case for ambition and for kind of being adaptive, and I think that those things can be good things when done with good intentions... I think he really loves his kids -- I think that's important... What makes him so fascinating to a lot of people is the fact that we really want to like him and yet he's disappointing in so many ways...

Q: What has been the most fun scene to do? And most difficult? -- David Fuller

A: Any scenes that I'm in with Slattery are generally the most fun, but the most difficult are the ones where everything breaks down for Don. Whether it's his wife telling him she doesn't love him to having to give up his children to having to explain to his wife that he's been lying to her this entire time -- those are very difficult because they're very real and you can't fake it. It's hard to access that emotion, and those are hard days.

Q: What type of acting role would you like to play that you haven't had the chance to yet? -- Lucinda Mitchell

A: I would love to be in a baseball movie or a cowboy movie.

read more Q&A here

ooo, I would love to see Jon in a cowboy film. Better yet, a spaghetti western! The new Clint! Now, that would be cool!

After dinner...
Mad Men on TV tonight
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Episode 2: Christmas Comes But Once a Year
A last minute visitor threatens to spoil the agency's Christmas party.


* image source Baseball Jon, spaghetti western

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