Mad Men - “Public Relations”: Things have obviously changed on Mad Men. The new agency was formed and certain characters may not be seen again (I know I’ll miss Sal and Kinsey if they never come back), but the show keeps performing at a high level. Maybe the change and uncertainty surrounding the world of the show is what makes it all the more exciting. I thought the main storyline of this particular episode was very good, exploring the fact that Don is resistant to talk about himself (and also what his past really is). The closing scene was also very satisfying, seeing Don embellishing the story of the last days of Sterling Cooper and basking in it a little bit.
For all that has changed one the show, one thing remains constant: the presence of series creator Matthew Weiner. This a very smart dude with a great vision. That’s why I don’t expect the show to miss a beat, and I don’t even think it did in the excellent premiere of season four.
Also, hookers on Thanksgiving are always a nice holiday touch.
Freaks and Geeks - “Kim Kelly is My Friend”: I had never watched Freaks and Geeks but decided to give it a whirl after IFC decided to start airing it. This week was the fourth episode so far, and in my opinion, the best to date. Seeing a young Rashida Jones being a bit of a badass/bully was pretty awesome to see. Out of the four episodes I’ve seen it’s been either hit or miss for me. This and “Beers and Weirs” were ones I loved, while episodes one and three were not so hot. The show overall works because of the work of Franco, Segel, and Martin Starr. But this week it really worked because of Rashida and actually turning Kim into an interesting character, and not just the token bitch.
A Single Man: This was a very good film. Colin Firth was outstanding as George, a gay college professor whose long time lover has recently died. George meticulously plays things out so that he can commit suicide. It’s a bit odd at times but extremely smart. It touches on some very good philosophy about death and mortality. The film is very stylish and extremely well done.
Louie - “Travel Day/South”: Louie is a terrific new comedy series on FX that I hope you have sought out. This was the weakest of the series so far, but still pretty decent. I definitely preferred the first half, which was focused on some good bits about airports and flying. After that, the episode kind of falls flat. But the travel portion was funny enough to make this a pretty satisfying half hour of comedy.
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