Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 6 - Far Away Places [via Tom & Lorenzo]
If you are going to read a review of Mad Men, I demand it must be over at Tom and Lorenzo. Yes, these are the gents previously known as “Project Rungay”, running intelligent commentary on everyone’s favorite creative reality show competition. They have covered Mad Men since the beginning, and developed a secondary column “Mad Style” just for the costume and set design commentary. While sure, they also post critcisms of red carpet fashion, often refer to their readers as “bitter kittens” and “unborn fawns”, recap RuPaul’s Drag Race, the judgemental should take a second look (for that matter at Drag Race as well, you WILL be entertained!)
Their attention to detail is as precise as Matt Weiner and Janie Bryant’s own. This is no simple recap, it’s quick witted commentary draws your attention to many aspects of the multi-faceated storytelling of the show, while sharing their own intelligent theories. Nothing goes untouched, their keen observation seems to have studied and memorized every scene, being able to bring up say, a certain look or tone Betty raised in season 1. These boys could be their own MadWiki site, an arsenal of Mad Men knowledge in all of its complexity. They not only enjoy the show for its entertainment value, the obvious reason most all of us watch television, but they allow you to really step inside the scene, in ways often reserved for special features and talks with the producers on the DVD. The writing without fail makes any viewer feel the absolute need to go back to for a second viewing, if only to take note of the new alarm clock on Don’s nigh stand.
What I love most about the reviews, and what I think TLo does best, is the study of parallels- again in any aspect of the show. Actions, scenery, costume, mannerisms, relationships. Again, nothing untouched.
I think the team of writers, directors, designers, anyone who attributes to the powers of fabulous and pristine Mad Men machine would be able to read any of these articles taking away appreciation (that people notice every little inch of their hard work! and understood the deep meanings of say, the choice in a character’s tie color, or the relative history surrounding the very particular period, down to the day) and probably gain some insights of their own. They are that good.