Rachael Nisenkier

Matthew Weiner said that this season of Mad Men was about the unhappiness at the center of contentment. The season finale, “Phantom,” dealt with this idea explicitly – making that subtext text by having not one, but two characters explain exactly how little any of our characters’ success means to them. Pete, in a heart […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

This week’s episode of Mad Men (both amusingly and aptly named “Dark Shadows”) was concerned with hunger. Don’s lack of hunger at work, a byproduct of the complacency of happiness, causes him to fall behind the other pieces of his creative team. So he attempts to turbo charge it, working on an idea for the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I picked a hell of a week to be too busy to write. Last week’s episode was one of my all time favorites, a roller coaster ride of surprising highs for our cast and a thoughtful, bittersweet ending that challenged the rest of the episode considerably. And I didn’t get to write about it. This […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

This week’s episode of Mad Men was kind of a bummer. A beautiful, poignant, heart wrenching bummer. After last week’s Lane and Pete apalooza, this week focused on Roger, Don and Peggy, in three unbroken segments that detailed the same twenty four hour period. We start with Peggy, all primed to deal with the dipshits […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Holy shit that was a beautiful episode, a carefully orchestrated tragedy punctuated by bouts of the absurd that made me snort with laughter. This week’s Mad Men, “Signal 30,” focused on Lane, Pete and Ken, and the result is the best episode of the new season. Pete Campbell starts out Mad Men as a character […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

What makes a good man? What makes a bad one? And can a bad man become a good one? The latest episode of Mad Men, “Mystery Date,” tackles these questions head on. For four seasons we’ve watched our central characters struggle to wring happiness out of the lives they’ve chosen. By and large, these are […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I am disappointed in the latest episode of Mad Men. It kind of makes me sad just writing that. For the past two seasons (and some change), I have felt that Mad Men could do no wrong. For the first time in a long time, though, I’m not sure. I sincerely hope that next week […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

In the lead up to its 5th season premier, Mad Men has been inspiring a lot of pre-emptive coverage. Most of it is the usual fawning adulation, or a discussion of the fashion that has made the show so iconic, but quite a few have been reaction pieces by non fans. People who feel the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

“Who is Don Draper?” began season four of Mad Men. After the flat out rapturous season three finale that showed Don and other key members of Sterling Cooper throwing off the chains of corporate oppression in a frenzy of individualistic joy, the fourth season began months into the future, where the glow of doing something […]

Cinematic Baggage and the Television Star
  Rachael Nisenkier

Sometimes it’s fun when your favorite TV star pops up in a movie (I know I got a little thrill every time I heard the erst-while Chuck’s voice coming out of Flynn Ryder’s mouth in last year’s Disney offering Tangled). And sometimes you find yourself wondering, “Why is McDreamy being so mean to Shia LaBeouf?” […]

  Kelly Bedard

With the recent guest appearance of Amber Benson on Private Practice, the total number of Buffyverse supporting players to appear on a Shonda Rhimes show has been pushed to 6 (that I can think of). Between Grey’s Anatomy and it’s spinoff Private Practice, Shonda fans have been treated to the best of the supporting casts of Buffy the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Seriously? (In honor of Valentine’s, I thought you all would like a little Jon Hamm. Enjoy, but as a warning, he gets a bit needy when his pyro daughter shows up and his mother/grandmother dies.)

More Stars Head for the Alter
  Kelly Bedard

This time it’s a couple that I didn’t even know knew each other. Elisabeth Moss (known to today’s audiences as Peggy on Mad Men but remembered fondly by me for her role as Zoe Bartlett on The West Wing) and Fred Armisen (the man behind SNL‘s Obama) recently announced their engagement. I’m trying to imagine […]

  Kelly Bedard

Nick and Starr Spangler This week I decided to give The Amazing Race another try. I’ll write a full review in a minute but for now I just had to add my favourite team to my obsessions list. The dynamic brother/sister team was my absolute favourite within the first episode. I think they have the […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’m watching Mad Menseason 1 on DVD and Pete is bothering me even more than his slimy character is supposed to.  Now I’ve finally figured out why. Pete Campbell is played by Vincent Kartheiser, the actor behind the worst character ever written by Joss Whedon (Connor on Angel). Connor was whiny, rash and violent as well […]