Mad Men - S01E01 - 7/19/2007

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  1. lonwolf615

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    I had pretty much the same reaction, right down to giving it a couple more trys to form a connection. There a lot of things to admire about the 1st episode, but it never got me fully involved in these people's lives. What it needs for me is a great standalone episode now, hopefully focusing on one of the characters enough to get me to care what happens to them. Then they can elaborate on the overall story arc once they got me hooked. I'm hopeful-there clearly is a lot of talent in the cast and crew, and they seem to be making a sincere effort to create something worthwhile.
     
  2. numb and number

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    Gross exaggeration.
     
  3. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Your perception obviously does not agree with my reality of living through that time period. Talk to several people in their 70s, and, if they remember accurately and tell the truth, you'll find it's pretty accurate. My mother is in her early 80s, and she confirms.
     
  4. Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

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    The workplace attitude toward women doesn't need to go back even that far. Well into the 1980s it was pretty despicable.
     
  5. Bierboy

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    Very true....hard to believe it was even that recent. Sad.
     
  6. Sadara

    Sadara huh?

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    You said exactly what I was thinking and didn't say. I hope, like you, they get in to some more character development. This episode showed me they can put together a great set and put a story in the time line they were shooting for, but I don't feel like I know the characters at all.
     
  7. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    When did the young guy dig through Don's trash? Why would the new girl come on to the boss on her first day? Did I nod out for a couple of minutes and miss something?
     
  8. TiVo'Brien

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    They didn't show the young guy digging through the trash, but they did show the new girl deliberately laying her hand on Don's.
     
  9. FilmCritic3000

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    Correct. The new girl then stated that he told her that he'd left his pen in Don's office and she let him go in there.
     
  10. 5thcrewman

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    What's the story behind Dick Nixon being a Navy Hero? Nice trick into making you think they were talking about JFK, but I (as being born in 1960) don't recall RMN's Naval exploits or am I correct in thinking they were overblown like 'Tailgunner Joe?'
     
  11. bluesman64

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    From wikipedia:

    "During the Second World War, Nixon served as a reserve officer in the Navy. He received his training at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island and Ottumwa, Iowa, before serving in the supply corps on several islands in the South Pacific, commanding cargo handling units in the SCAT.[1] There he was known as "Nick" and for his prowess in poker, banking a large sum that helped finance his first campaign for Congress."

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  12. numb and number

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    I didn't say unfounded, I said grossly exaggerated. That's true on the face of it.
     
  13. Bierboy

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    And I did not claim you did. It's not grossly exaggerated....as I said, talk to people who lived and worked through that period of time. I lived through it, and friends and family live and worked through it. It is NOT exaggerated, let alone grossly exaggerted. Time to move on...it's only a TV show for goodness sake.
     
  14. 5thcrewman

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    Sounds like Swift Boat
     
  15. numb and number

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    Sorry. Though based on the culture of the day, that culture has so far been represented in a grossly exaggerated way. The use of stereotypes and cliched situations and diallage illustrates this.

    This is normal in the performing and story telling arts. No need for alarm.
     
  16. brianric

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    I know the smoking wasn't exaggerated. I can remember in the mid and late 1950ies that every adult smoked that were over for company at my parents home.
     
  17. MNoelH

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    I finally got around to watching this show tonight and really liked it, but one question keeps nagging me.

    What the heck was going on with "the new girl" in the office? She's from local Brooklyn, (and apparently fresh out of some secretarial school) and after meeting this woman for the first time, she not only decides she needs birth control, doesn't have her own doctor, and discusses this to her brand new coworker who happens to know a doctor that won't judge her and has an opening on the same day? That was just ridiculous.
     
  18. dianebrat

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    I got the impression that Joan (did I get her name right?) had said to Peggy that "sleeping your way up" would be required, and that she would "take care of an appointment" which is why she got Joan's Dr, to my view it was all Joan initiated.

    Yes, this did mean I read a few things into the situation, but it sure felt like that was what went down to me.

    Diane
     

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