So, Mad Men starts on Sunday, March 25th. That's this Sunday. Cue screaming.
I'm kind of a crazy-obsessive fan. I've entered multiple contests to win a walk-on spot on the show (and keep losing, argh!), and frequently find myself in vintage stores eyeing dresses and saying things like, "That's so Peggy!" This long-LONG-awaited season 5 premiere has been on my mind for weeks, nay, months and I cannot wait to finally sit down and see what the crew at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are up to.
Are you one of those crazies who hasn't even tuned in yet? I mean, you don't really have time to get caught up, but if you're still on the fence about whether or not to watch on Sunday, maybe I can sway you.
It's not that I just love the whole 1960s aesthetic (which I do). Yes, the costumes are incredible, not only on the stars of the show, but even on the incredibly detailed and done-up extras, thanks to the super intelligible and creative costume designer Janie Bryant and all of her extensive research on the period. The set design, too, which is slowly easing in futuristic, space-age touches speaks to the mid-century-modern fiend in me. But the stylishness is not the only reason to love the show!
I've heard from some people that the show is boring, and to that I say "pooh-pooh!" People who make that statement probably watched one random episode from season 3 where they had no clue what was going on and zoned out because, that's what happens when you watch a show where you're not in the loop.
"Mad Men" is not boring. I'd liken it to riding a train. They take a little while to get going, chugging along on the tracks with the scenery barely going by, but you're still filled with this sense of anticipation to get to your destination. Then it picks up speed and by the time it's going full-force it's a gigantic slamming block of steel (or in "Mad Men"'s case - EMOTION!).
The characters never behave how we want them to (I'm looking at you, Don), which is something to appreciate. People never behave how we want them to. People are not rational creatures. The characters on "Mad Men" are at times selfish, immature, reckless, mean. They're humans, really. And that's why we root for them, because we can all see a little bit of ourselves in these characters, gorgeously slicked up in the fashions of the times but barely holding it together inside.
Obviously, there's plenty for the crazy talented writers to work with now that we're in season 5, and I can't wait to see what they've stirred up starting roughly a year later from where we left off, now in late 1966.
I'll be here all along the way, writing day-after recaps for each of the episodes this season so we can all discuss, hypothesize and freak the hell out over every little detail. Yes, I'm your "Mad Men" girl and I will not only be offering up my own weird and hopefully insightful commentary, but input on the show's fashions, hair and make-up too (I am a beauty editor and vintage aficionado, after all). Joan hair tutorials? Maybe.
Now, I'm off to rewatch "The Suitcase" and perhaps cry a tiny bit. I have goosebumps just thinking about it. Ugh, I'm such a loser!
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