A DVD review from The Movie Snob.
*** Spoilers about Season One follow ***
Mad Men – Season Two. Has it really been four years since I watched season one? I guess I didn’t love it that much. Anyhoo, I have finally gotten around to watching season two. It was okay, but I really don’t see what the hoopla about this show is, or was, all about. As everyone knows, it’s a soap opera about the NYC advertising agency Sterling Cooper set in the 1960s, and it’s especially about one of the ad guys there named Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm, Friends with Kids). Only Don Draper isn’t really Don Draper; from season one we know that he’s really a guy named Dick Whitman who switched lives with Draper during the Korean War after Draper was killed. Whitman/Draper has built an entirely new life on this lie, complete with well-paying job, beautiful wife Betty (January Jones, X-Men: First Class), two kids, and a house in the suburbs. And he keeps adding to the lies by having serial extra-marital affairs. Don and Betty’s marital problems are front and center during season two, but somehow they don’t really come across as flesh-and-blood people. What makes them tick? Who knows? There are lots of subplots involving the other folks at Sterling Cooper (and their spouses, like cute Alison Brie from Community), but they seldom seem to go anywhere or add up to much. Still, it’s a watchable show, if only to enjoy the early 1960s fashions and manners. It’s fun to be shocked by scenes of people smoking on airplanes and happy families casually leaving their litter all over a hillside after a picnic. Colin Hanks (The House Bunny) has recurring guest role as a Catholic priest who is not a horrible human being, so that’s nice.