Mad Men - "Severance" S07E08 OAD 4/5/15

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  1. Apr 5, 2015 #1 of 60
    jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    And the gang is back for one last ride.

    Roger with a mustache is weird.

    I am not sure if I understand the Rachel Menken thing. Is here death real or just a dream? The actress that played the waitress at the lunch counter. It's the same one that played Rachel?
     
  2. Apr 6, 2015 #2 of 60
    john4200

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    Rachel's death is real. Her appearance in this episode was a dream.

    Diana the waitress was played by Elizabeth Reaser. Rachel (who came into Don's office in a dream sequence) was played by Maggie Siff, the same actress who played Rachel Menken before.
     
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    MrGreg

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    I guess I'm going to have to wait for someone to write up an analysis of this episode, because I mostly didn't get it.
     
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    Numb And Number2

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    The first 20 minutes were askew. Stilted conversations. GoGo secretaries barking at bosses. Robotic movements. Ostentatious displays of overt excess.

    Peggy, If you are reading this.. Oh, Baby!
     
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    Peter000

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    Not exactly an analysis, but a good recap of the episode with some insight.

    http://www.ew.com/recap/mad-men-season-7-premiere?hootPostID=56112c1ec992b2d2467a9538a3f76199
     
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    rahnbo

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    I think I got it but I was so bored I couldn't wait for it to be over.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2015 #7 of 60
    mm2margaret

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    Well, I love Mad Men, but I didn't love this episode. It felt strangely formulaic, and not inspired.

    I felt like it seemed like we have seen it all before. I was hoping for something new, or some kind of ground breakingly different.

    Just too routine, at least for me.
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    Yeah I had the same feeling. I kept checking the time because that felt like a two-hour episode. It seemed that half the episode was just conversations between people while they were out eating.
     
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    Steveknj

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    Don seems to be hallicinating a lot, maybe he'll end up a mad man.
     
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Glad to have Mad Men back.

    I can't believe Don didn't tell the waitress that he wasn't the one that left the $100 and that wasn't why he came back to the diner.

    I loved how Ken was thrilled that he got fired so he could spend the time writing. And then it was even better that he immediately took an even better job where he'll be able to be a PITA for the firm.
     
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    I was happy the writers didn't go the trite and predictable route of ending Ken's character arc by having him leave the industry to become a writer. I loved how they worked Ken's thieving of clients from his former employer into this episode. :up:
     
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    I had to pause to laugh at Roger's moustache.

    It looks like Pete's hairline is continuing to evolve into a combover. LOL!

    It was interesting watching Peggy and Joan barely tolerating that insanely sexist business meeting about pantyhose with the three stooges jerks. Peggy was amazing by taking the insinuations and responding professionally. I thought Joan was going to erupt, but she held it down to a simmer. Until the elevator.

    We get a sense of the underlings resentment about the partners' financial success resulting from the sale of SCDP to McCann.
     
  14. jsmeeker

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    I really thought they were coming back from some costume party in that opening scene.
     
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    The best part about that is it's not really Vincent Kartheiser's hairline, it's something done by the costume/hair department of the show. They shave the front part of his hair every season, and then if you look at pictures of him taken between seasons, you can see it growing back.
     
  16. cmontyburns

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    I was surprised at that, too. But I think he was in such a fugue state about the whole encounter (are we even sure it was real?) that it never occurred to him why it was happening. And he's obviously getting so much sex (he's got an answering service tracking his daily options!) that he just went with it, since it's all coming so easily these days anyway.
     
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    When the scene first opened, I thought the same. Either they had been to a costume party, or it was a dream of some sort. It just looked comical. I actually had to rewind and watch it again once I realized it was legit, as I had zoned out on the 'stache and not paid attention to the scene.

    1970... it was a very good year.
     
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    I miss the miniskirt era.
     
  19. Dawghows

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    Agreed. Since it's the final season I'm holding out hope that it's all going somewhere, but I'm afraid the show ran it's course during last season, or half-season or whatever it was. If I didn't know the end is near, I'd probably be dropping this SP.
     
  20. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    Six more episodes left? I'll watch the next episode and if it's snooze worhy like this one, I'll let them pile up and watch them later. Mad Men isn't really "must see tv" to me any more.
     

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