I don’t know why I started rewatching Mad Men, but I’m glad I did. Season 2 really reminds me just how much promise this show had. Really a show about something. Not just ironic or shocking, but really a show about wholeness and rebirth. Not just a show about the sixties, but a show about what the sixties were about.
Mad Men is still a well made, entertaining show, but in its first few seasons the scope, it’s ambitions, were so huge. Powerful stuff about the soul of America, with the optimism that that soul can be saved, uplifted, challenged, awakened.
They’re all just ad men now. Not really searching for anything. Maybe I’ll be surprised, the last few episodes were great. Grim, electric. I would like to see it contrasted with some vision. It doesn’t have to be a circle jerk, but it is utopianism that is missing from our current language, that did in fact exist at the time, and the sense that some people are praying that the rioters and burnouts win. Even if it would have been outside their immediate social circle. We’ve just been seeing a lot of personal drama, and not a lot of history. The characters seem to have figured out who they are, and are only worried about getting what they want. That’s sort of boring.
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Ralph Eugene Meatyard