November 1, 2011

Mad Men: Season Two

Title: Mad Men: Season Two
Year: 2008
Network: AMC
Episodes: 13, at about 47 minutes each
Creator: Matthew Weiner
Directors: Andrew Bernstein (3 episodes), Tim Hunter (2), Lesli Linka Glatter (2), Phil Abraham (2), Jennifer Getzinger (1), Alan Taylor (1), Michael Uppendahl (1), Matthew Weiner (1)
Writers: Matthew Weiner (11 episodes), André Jacquemetton (3), Maria Jacquemetton (3), Robin Veith (3), Lisa Albert (2), Rick Cleveland (1), Jane Anderson (1), Marti Noxon (1), Kater Gordon (1)
Starring: Jon Hamm
With: Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Batt, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, John Slattery, Robert Morse, Mark Moses
Music: David Carbonara (and non-original music)
Cinematography: Chris Manley
Editing: Malcolm Jamieson, Cindy Mollo, Christopher Nelson, Tom Wilson
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), over the past month
Synopsis: people in a 1960 advertising office drink a lot and have a lot of sex

My reaction
Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 1/4 (Bad). A sprawling, aimless mess.
Characters: 4/4 (Great)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 4/4 (Great)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4). In the first season, I didn't care about the story, but at least there was a story to not care about. This feels more like an enormous epilogue to season one than a series of its own.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.5/4 (Okay)

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