[Note: This post may contain spoilers to the season six premiere of AMC's "Mad Men."]
In Sunday's return of "Mad Men," we see that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) hasn't changed - not even to grow some clearly en vogue sideburns, a la Pete Campbell. (Quipped Slate, "it's like he went to bed Charles Grodin and woke up Bert Reynolds.")
Welcome, "Mad Men" fans, to 1968.
But as the New Year rushed in, something that ordinarily signals the promise of a new beginning, we were ruminating on endings. Death loomed large over the two-hour sixth season premiere, from the actual demise of Roger Sterling's mother to the metaphorical image of death others see in an ad Don worked on for a luxury hotel in Hawaii. Even Don's untouchable creativity seemed to suffer.
"No matter how many times Don lights the same cigarette, the decade is ripening around him," observed Time magazine. "Don is still virile and dominating, but there’s more than ever the sense that he and we are feeling his age."
Yet he's still, as Esquire notes, very much alive - as are some of his old habits. He leads us into the episode with a little Dante's "Inferno," and spends the majority of the episode "brooding ... about the fact that some day he, too, will die."
It seems before that day comes, Don is content to continue on the path he's set in prior seasons, as he stepped out on his new wife, Megan, just as he did when he was married to Betty.
TVLine cutely alluded to Don's infidelity with the headline "Don, Ho," but the New York Times pointed out that we shouldn't be surprised.
"We know who Don is by now, and where he is most likely headed," the Times said. Instead, "it’s the women in his life who keep us guessing."
Indeed, Elisabeth Moss' Peggy Olson wielded her power at her new office, and little Sally Draper isn't so little anymore. Her mother, Betty, joined in the parade of new hairstyles, dying hers a dark brunette hue.
Yet even with the gloom that lingered over the two hours, The Hollywood Reporter notes how invigorating Matthew Weiner's writing is.
"'The Doorway' is a beautiful episode and moves with ease throughout, managing to stare down the big existential issues and surprise viewers with new twists as well. It’s difficult to write overtly about death when it’s more of an abstract than a reality, but Weiner does a brilliant job here," THR says in its review. "Based on that – and there are many more death references – season six should really be special."
What did you think of "Mad Men's" premiere?
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I too was looking at the clock about 30 minutes into the show. For the first time I wasn't imgrossed. I was planing on watching Game of Thrones afterwards, but changed half way through missing the second half of Mad Men. Boring. And Don Draper not speaking for the first 15 minutes just shows how arrogant he is. It's getting old. And oh good, we are delving in to the "who is Don Draper" plot again.... yawn.
you know the filthy 1 right?
even lindsey lohan can't do that.....
she bought the whole script thanks
Horribly acted, stereotypical plots, and cliched dialog. I would rather watch myself pooping then see this show again
I've never watched the show – no nudity, from what I'm told, so what's the point?
I found myself looking at the time about halfway through; it seemed difficult to keep the viewer's attention for two hours, minus lots of commercials.
Don Draper is hooking up with another women who is not his wife....yawn. Got anything new this season, Mr. Weiner?
The Draper daughter is turning into a spoiled brat....another tired stereotype.
We'll see how episode 2 fairs.
I didnt have that redheads legs around my neck so the episode couldnt have been that good
Puking at wakes is awesome
the show is strapped in for life
Wow. These comments are a load of unintelligible crap. I think it's time to upgrade your signin process, CNN.
As for the episode, I enjoyed it. It's always hard with a new season, as I think they all start slow and take their time establishing a sense of time and place. This episode really took its time, but by the end I was really excited for this season.
Eat me Tim
I was left scratching my head. Is there seriously nothing more to happen in a two hour show?
Love the show. I think that the premiere sets up a great season. Draper is back to his old ways, and also seems to be questioning life and possibly trying to find himself. I was also happy to see that Peggy still seems to have a pretty big role.
Hated the show .. will not continue to watch. Too confusing, flitting from character to character ... no closure as to what happened the progressed years ... just awful and of course the endless commercials, made the show choppy.
What's with all the gay comments?? I didn't and don't see any of that–maybe because I lived through the 50s and 60s. I was slightly disappointed as a whole and felt there must have been an episode I missed.
I agree. Gay comments are gay. Stop being gay with all the gay comments. That's just gay.
I watched this show the first season but the gay overtones have just gotten to out of hand. The Don Draper character just seems too gay. When he wears the pink suit it is too silly.
its time for it to retire
i feel soo bad for her......
Don Draper gay? What show are these idiots watching?
Draper is a switch hitter!
I'm sorry. Hope I wasn't a pest. And hope you and everyone are having a happy day.
suppose too be bed and flat...baaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
most of them are constipated....
Constipation is very good. It's a joyful celebration.
They all look miserable, especially the women. If I didn't know any better, I would think the ladies are suffering from a bad case of sand in the sn@tch.
That is no laughing matter, Johannes. Sand in a woman's privates is a leading cause of abrasive infections.
Learn how too play the game like ton boobs
look at them beats filthy actresses who don't even know what they are scripting any longer...
crappy cast, crappy actors and for sure lousy scripts......show is a redundent mess...out y
yea they look just like them.....totally......love don osmond
Those people look like hippies. Dang hippies.
Why are there any Mexicans on this show? I think it's racist.
WE CAN ASSURE THE AUDIENCE OF THAT
SATURDAY AFTERNOON UNTIL NOW....NOT BAD CONSIDER THEY ARE 3 GAY WOMEN
NEW YORK WINS....
Gayness abounds on the season premier of Mad Men. Don Drapet jumps from one gay partner to another in this festival of gayness.
GET LOST BEETCHES...DI
Best show on the air!
Are you out of your mind!!??? Total retarded show!
Don Draper seems to be the gayest character in history. He seems swishy to the tenth degree.
He lets his boyfriends fist him!
tell her too stop doing it...
I watched it. It was miserably bad.
Although I've never saw this show I can assure you it is quite terrible. I've seen several of the advertisements and it seems dumb. And gay.
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