Originally Posted by gruven42
Thank you! I've come to believe that people want to watch the same episode of a show over and over again.
Is that how you felt about seasons one and two? It was the same episode over and over?
Face it, this season is continuing to bring the most amazing writing ever put on television and just because the formula is changed up doesn't automatically mean the quality is suffering.
The new formula is to forget about the early 60's since no one cares any more -- it's just costumes and sets now. Forget about the advertising business since that's boring. Forget one of the best ensemble casts ever seen on television since they're mostly dead weight. Instead concentrate on Don and Betty's marital problems because that could happen to any couple in any decade. Pad the episodes with pillow talk instead of business talk. Throw in a dream sequence or two since those don't have to make any sense.
If you have no choice but to use one of those other characters, for God's sake make sure they have sex with someone! It doesn't have to make any sense. Have Duck sleep with Peggy, yeah, that'll do. Just make sure the plot is a dead end and we never have to hear about it again.
Why did they change the show? Because Hamm and Jones demanded more screen time. Because soap opera plots bring big ratings and don't require any of the complicated research they did in season one and two (see the extras on the DVDs and Blu-rays). Those seasons brought an overlooked part of American history back to life. Unfortunately that stuff belongs in books and college classes, not on television except maybe the History Channel.
This is not "the most amazing writing ever put on television" any more. If you want amazing soap opera writing, check out the fifth season of Dallas. They didn't spend half the show on J.R.'s marriage problems.