THE PLOT THUS FAR
Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1 is set in the captivating world of 1960s New York and continues to follow iconic ad man Don Draper, his colleagues and his family, as viewers get a glimpse at how the renowned television series will end.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Mad Men” is entering its final year and I have to say that I’m fully committed to where it’s going. I appreciate that Matthew Weiner has telegraphed that he’s not going for an absolute finale, keeping in connection to his Sopranos roots. The season opens with the sobering reminder that Don is facing consequences for finally telling the truth. SDCP and a ton of other partners lost Hershey’s and Draper is being kept in this weird position to force him to quite. That means Don Draper is treating it as a chance to get away from the office and lead a third fake life.
Don Draper spends this year being constantly reminded to just do the work. Between new computers, business partners and sliced nipples…that might be hard to remember. When we see Don finally reunite with Peggy and Pete at the Burger Chef, it sets up what’s coming perfectly. This is the new nuclear family of people thrown out by others due to their dedication to the craft. Don Draper has bred a new generation of Americans that will stomp out all competition for the almighty dollar. Values have changed and the world is different, but Don Draper reminds forever a father figure to these new lost individuals. Watching Peggy and Don dance to “My Way” will probably be one of my favorite memories of the show as it is Don finally letting Peggy know that she is appreciated. Also, isn’t it a wee bit creepy that Sally Draper is getting hot during the whole Apollo 11 viewing party?
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes that impacted the world of 1968-1969. The A/V Quality keeps up that incredible LionsGate streak with the Mad Men releases. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track keeps up that fine Lionsgate tradition for TV on Blu-Ray releases. You also get a Digital HD copy. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/21/2014