Originally Posted by PiratesCove
Season 2 was stellar, Season 1 was outstanding and I believe that Season 3 is just as good as the previous two, just very off-beat and different. I didn't notice one wasted minute or plot point, and the character development has never been better.
In my opinion it's the third season and the characters are
developed so they should stop wasting our time showing us what we already know about them, over and over and over like we've never seen the show before.
The show is about the advertising business in the early 60's. The writers seem to be avoiding that and preferring to spin its wheels in soap opera drama this season. For example, Duck shows up proposing that Pete and Peggy switch over to Gray's. Great, something that will shake up SC and show us new things about business in the early 60's. Their defection to another agency would be a major
juncture in the show. So far, Peggy has slept with Duck and Pete has slept with the au-pair across the hall. Thanks for reminding us that people had sex in the 60's, Mad Men. Was Duck going to be another dead end plot? If not I'm sure they'll squish it into fifteen minutes at the end of the season so it won't distract us from Don and Betty.
They've also given up intertwining story lines. Every episode this season has been mostly the Don and Betty show. Look, there's Peggy on the screen for two minutes. Good to see she still works at SC. Wasn't she a big part of season one when the show was about the male-dominated advertising business? Now she only gets screen time when she's smoking pot or sleeping around. Harry has gotten about twenty minutes, mostly when they need someone to look stupid. Paul might as well not be on the show any more.
At least this week we got to see an actual presentation to a client so we know that SC is still in business. What happened to Don spending a whole season trying to schmooze a big client? Remember the Madison Square Garden business at the beginning of the season? Yep, another dead end plot.