After a 17-month hiatus that was largely the result of unresolved red-tape issues amongst actors and studio executives, Mad Men is back. The two-episode season five debut is impressive, and this is being said after AMC’s fellow show The Walking Dead ended with a terrific/terrifying season finale that was the most watched in television history.
I am pleased that executive producer Mathew Weiner and his team of talented writers decided to entertain the possibility of black persons working at Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce advertising agency. Joan is semi-back from maternity leave and is already fearful that her job might be taken, so the notion of a black secretary may cause personal and social issues. And isn’t this is what AMC’s period piece all about?
The character development is still top-notch, and I really admire the professional intensity between Pete Campbell and Roger Sterling, the latter of the two is actually trying to steal clients from the former character. Don Draper ‘s 2nd (and rather sudden) marriage is strained after his wife throws him an unwanted surprise birthday party.
Fringe’s ratings have gone down so much that the show was forced to shoot digitally vice film in its fourth and probably final season. Mad Men is still shot on 35mm film with anamorphic lens, thus the visual continuity of the show remains unchanged. But most importantly the notion of good character development, dialogue, and exposition has remained unchanged, yet simultaneously avoids redundancy.