Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“Mad Men” Makes A Small Mistake, But Otherwise: Don Faces the Future, Joan Finds Love?


“Mad Men”: this episode, “The Forecast,” took place in June 1970 as the Kent State shootings are referenced by Sally when her old pal Glen Bishop (played by show creator Matthew Weiner’s suddenly grown son Marten) enlists for Vietnam.  One slight mistake: the song at the end of the show, Roberta Flack’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” was a hit in 1972 after being released at the end of 1971. Whoops! Maybe AMC doesn’t pay fact checkers any more.

Bruce Greenwood guest starred as the man who could be Joan’s future, Richard, a wealthy real estate developer. Is he Joan’s end game? We’ll see. He’s wearing leisure suits and ascots. That part was indeed 1970. PS Who is that girl babysitting Joan’s son? Did I miss something?

Don is assigned by Roger to write a 2500 word speech outlining the agency’s future. At the same time Don is giving good and bad advice, selling his penthouse apartment, and quizzing everyone about the nature of life. “The Forecast” moved only Joan’s story and maybe Sally’s forward, while leaving Betty in her Rye kitchen, and Peggy looking smart in a new suit.

Are we spinning wheels? What happened to Harry Hamlin’s character, and Bob Benson? “The Forecast” felt too general at this late date, with the show quickly winding toward the end. Let’s hope next week is a little more character and plot specific. PS Christina Hendricks looked like a million bucks.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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