Speaking to the unspectacular factor, one of the distinctive things I remember about the show is what I believe to be from the first episode's ending. I think Don had been doing unscrupulous Don things the entire episode and it ends with him coming home, goes to his kid's room and tucks them in, fade to black. It was such a juxtaposition of everything that had taken place in that episode that it still stands out in mind after however many years since it aired.MrCarmady wrote: ↑Tue May 05, 2020 7:47 pmMad Men worked really well on re-watch for me, it's so satisfying seeing some of these character going from 2D to 3D - for the first couple of seasons the first time around, I was thinking that the show was stylish and good but unspectacular, and then it kept getting better and better, which is so, so rare.
I actually prefer shows to be unspectacular in the sense of a not having busy plot lines. I feel drama shows suffer from this. There are many times I find myself saying 'damn there sure is a ton of things happening to these characters in a condensed amount of time.' It's implausible. How the hell do they live when they aren't having to be insanely busy for plot purposes. I understand that it needs to be done for entertainment purposes. Ratings are king. It's one of the reasons I love Better Call Saul. It's realistically slow with characters given the plausible time react absorb and react to their surroundings.
On its initial run I remember loving the Roger character. But looking back on it I wish that they had cut some of his story in favor of the lesser developed ones. Roger is the flashy character and as a writer probably more fun to write than to develop another lesser character's story arc. But when you look back at it, his arc doesn't really offer much insight into anything. And it's been done to death