Matt Dodge

The most important episode of Mad Men’s seven year run might have been the penultimate instalment of the third season, where JFK is assassinated. The era of relative peace that these characters existed in was ended, kicking off the tumultuous counterculture movement to calm, and resulted in Betty Draper telling Don she wanted a divorce, […]

  Matt Dodge

Another week on Mad Men, another chance for Betty Francis, nee Draper, to be a terrible mother. Teenaged Sally gets sent home from boarding school with a beat up nose and two black eyes after an incident involving swordfighting with gold clubs. Betty’s immediate thought is how a busted nose could affect Sally’s future, not […]

  Matt Dodge

Another day of work for everyone at SC&P and another day at home for Don Draper. Still on the outs from his old colleagues, Don’s day doesn’t get any better when Megan’s agent calls. Apparent;y she has been a little too eager when it comes to the hustle of being an actress, basically stalking potential […]

  Matt Dodge

This week on The Walking Dead, the splinter groups split up again, and everyone did a lot of walking, go figure. Beth and Daryl have kept trekking through the woods in search of shelter to replace the perfectly good house they burned down. This is the first time in ages that People’s Champion Daryl Dixon […]

  Matt Dodge

After the explosive attack on the prison by the Governor and his forces, The Walking Dead has returned to deal with the aftermath. The mid-season premier begins seconds after the final ended. The walls of the prison have been torn down and the zombies poured into the once secure community forcing the survivors to spread […]

  Matt Dodge

“Can you keep it down? I’m trying to drink.” Although the idea is impossible, it feels as if Matt Weiner was afraid that Mad Men would get canceled after the end of this year, because this week’s season finale almost feels like a finale for the entire series. All the characters experience major changers, and […]

  Matt Dodge

“I don’t want his juice, I want my juice.” We all knew that this was bound to happen. After at least a decade of infidelity spread across two marriages, Don was finally caught in the act. What made it so impactful and emotional was that it wasn’t Don’s wife that stumbled upon him in bed […]

  Matt Dodge

“Apparently, I am a curious child with a full head of hair and a thriving business. And you’re a terrible swimmer.” After spending the majority of its run in that strange time period of the early 60’s, when the Rolling Stones wore suits and hippies were beatniks, it’s quite enjoyable to watch Mad Men enter […]

  Matt Dodge

“I’m not from somewhere other than this moment?” Well that was weird. Mad Men has made it a habit to air an episode with a weirder bent to it around two thirds of the way through the season. Two years ago, it was the Rashomon-type of episode with the Sorbet, last year was Roger’s acid […]

  Matt Dodge

“We’ve already met. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’ve had this meeting already too and it went well.” Mad Men has made it a point to keep episodes dealing with famous historical events focused on its character reactions, as opposed to the events themselves. This was the case with the assassination of President Kennedy in […]

  Matt Dodge

“It sounds like New Year’s Eve when they empty out the garbage, there’s so many bottles.” For everyone who complains that nothing ever actually happens on Mad Men, this was the episode for you. The structure of the episode perfectly balanced moving the plot forward and having interesting character moments. The episode opens with Don’s […]

  Matt Dodge

“I will not be a failure!” The entire point of advertising is to convince people that they want things, even if they don’t know why. This episode of Mad Men deals with all of its characters working towards their own desires, even when those desires are harmful. Don and Pete are both chasing after a […]

  Matt Dodge

The words of man slowly descending into hell, juxtaposed with images of the beautiful beaches of Hawaii are how we welcomed back to the world of Mad Men. Don Draper is sitting on the beach with his beautiful wife, and has his face buried in Dante’s Inferno. Heavy reading for the sandy shores. It’s strange […]