Mad Men season 6: the jumping-off point. AJ, Kenn, and Joe begin their discussion of the show’s sixth season by discussing the two-part premiere “The Doorway,” in which, yes, there is a metric shit-ton of doorway symbolism; and “Collaborators,” wherein Beans and Ketchup are emphatically not two tastes that taste great together. There’s much talk of Don’s new fatalistic bent, the Dawn Summers-like introduction of Bob Benson, and the addition of Linda Cardellini as another (but quite different) Draper mistress. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Two boys, lost in the woods. A fearsome beast roaming the forest. A frog with many names. Potatoes…and molasses. What do these things all have in common? They’re in Over the Garden Wall, the first-ever animated mini-series on Cartoon Network (and perhaps all of American television). The show, broken up in ten 11-minute installments, is a thing of weird and wild beauty. Paul and AJ discuss the many different references it draws from–Miyazaki, Adventure Time, Betty Boop–and how they all cohere to form one of the best cartoons in recent memory. So why don’t you join them, over the garden wall? Plus, Paul has become an Avatar: The Last Airbender obsessive and AJ watched a whole bunch of movies during the Gobbledysleep.
Next: Wesley “Wezzo” Mead makes his annual hop, skip, and a jump over the pond.
With “The Phantom,” Mad Men season 5 draws to a close in surprisingly bleak fashion for what at first seemed like an optimistic, enlightened year for the gang at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss the bitterly ironic endings for each character, what doesn’t exactly work about the finale, whether or not subtlety is overrated, and what the future may hold for our favorite ad men and women. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
AJ, Kenn, and Joe ring in the new year by chronicling the most devastating string of episodes season 5, and perhaps the entirety of Mad Men, has to offer. Those under discussion are “Christmas Waltz,” in which the Negrons pick cotton for the Caucasons; “The Other Woman,” wherein Joan rides a Jaguar; and “Commissions and Fees,” in which the agency is forced to raise (then lower) its Pryces.
For their final episode of 2014, AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their discussion of Mad Men season 5 with looks at “At the Codfish Ball,” in which someone’s cod is getting fished, if you know what I mean; “Lady Lazarus,” wherein Don lets the needle drop; and “Dark Shadows,” in which smog invades Thanksgiving. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Things get a little trippy this week, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their look at Mad Men season 5 with a discussion of “Mystery Date,” in which Grandma Pauline gives Sally drugs; “Signal 30,” wherein the Pryce is wrong for one Pete Campbell; and “Far Away Places,” in which Roger discovers he just wasn’t made for these times. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Zou bisou bisou, here’s to another season of Mad Men. Seasons 5 gets off to a start with awkward burlesques, hot cleaning action, a trademark Peach Pussy Power Play, and much more. The episodes under discussion are the two-part premiere “A Little Kiss,” in which it’s Don’s party and he’ll grump if he wants to; and “Tea Leaves,” wherein Betty’s, uh, put on a few pounds. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!