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LiQuid!
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(03-22-2012, 06:48 PM)
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A person on the internet said that this show was like "Walking Dead without zombies" and thus bad, and now I don't want to live in this world anymore.
Dany M
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(03-22-2012, 06:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by LiQuid!

A person on the internet said that this show was like "Walking Dead without zombies" and thus bad, and now I don't want to live in this world anymore.

The show is like The killing without the rain.
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(03-22-2012, 06:50 PM)
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- NY Daily News TV Review: 'Mad Men'

If Sunday night's two-hour return episode of “Mad Men” ended after the first four minutes, it would still put the show in contention to win its fifth straight Emmy as the best drama on television. Beyond that, we can’t tell you much.

goldlion054
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(03-22-2012, 06:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

- NY Daily News TV Review: 'Mad Men'

And here I thought I couldn't be any more excited for Sunday
giga
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(03-22-2012, 06:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by Dany M

The show is like The killing without the rain.

How dare you.

smokeymicpot
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(03-22-2012, 06:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by Dany M

The show is like The killing without the rain.

That is low dude.
Rocket Scientist
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(03-22-2012, 06:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by tim.mbp

The pass is up for season 5 on iTunes. This is for the US store, I'm not sure if the same internationally.

Question, if someone with a US account bought this, would he/she be able to log in to their account abroad and download the show and watch it? Aka, if my friend bought it would I be able to watch it from outside the states on that account?
Altazor
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(03-22-2012, 06:58 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

- NY Daily News TV Review: 'Mad Men'

HYPED.

:D
turnbuckle
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(03-22-2012, 06:59 PM)
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Not clicking the spoilered stuff
Not clicking the spoilered stuff
Not clicking the spoilered stuff


Oh god, I want to click so bad. Sunday needs to get here quick
BenjaminBirdie
(03-22-2012, 07:35 PM)
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Old?

Great little interview with Slatts about Bobby Draper and Jannie Jones.

http://www.vulture.com/2012/03/john-...witter_vulture
CFMOORE!
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(03-22-2012, 07:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by BenjaminBirdie

Old?

Great little interview with Slatts about Bobby Draper and Jannie Jones.

http://www.vulture.com/2012/03/john-...witter_vulture

interesting little read. the kid is pretty awful on Once..., but I am sure she is probably a bitch. I can't see her not having a raging ego.
giga
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(03-22-2012, 07:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by CFMOORE!

interesting little read. the kid is pretty awful on Once..., but I am sure she is probably a bitch. I can't see her not having a raging ego.

And this is based on…what?
CFMOORE!
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(03-22-2012, 07:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by giga

And this is based on…what?

nothing remotely rational. she just puts out that vibe. also, didn't other actors say she is hard to work with?
Cornballer
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(03-22-2012, 08:37 PM)
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- Maureen Ryan: 'Mad Men' Review: The Gang Is Finally Back For Season 5 ... And It's Glorious

All in all, this season premiere allows fans to marinate in the world of the characters for two hours. Isn't it enough that they're just back, damn it? It certainly was for me. "A Little Kiss" isn't an epic, all-time great episode of "Mad Men"; it's a light and enjoyable scene-setter.

smokeymicpot
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(03-22-2012, 08:39 PM)
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All these reviews are getting me hyped. Sunday can't come soon enough been way to long.
schuelma
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(03-22-2012, 08:48 PM)
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I do not believe this has been posted yet- a heads up- the Washington Post review is the most spoiler-filled review I have seen. Nothing incredibly major IMO, but a lot more than the other reviews I have read.
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(03-22-2012, 09:07 PM)
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Review round up:

I haven't read these to check them for spoilers, so read at your own risk. schuelma pointed out that The Washington Post review has spoilers.

- Slant Magazine: Mad Men: Season Five

"A Little Kiss" is ultimately a haunting character study that's slower and more melancholy than perhaps any episode of Mad Men that's preceded it.

- The Washington Post: ‘Mad Men’ returns, in living color *SPOILERS*

The show exasperates me, even bores me sometimes, and yet it is always difficult to look away. It’s my least favorite TV series that I never miss an episode of. If that makes sense.

- Denver Post: Change is in the air as "Mad Men" opens Season 5 with 2-hour show

Suffice it to say creator Matthew Weiner unspools enough story to keep fans hooked, immediately satisfying some curiosities and creating others.

- Mercury News: 'Mad Men' returns as intoxicating as ever

What hasn't changed is the quality of the endeavor. "Mad Men" remains a show that often feels more like literature than TV. The top-notch acting is still intact, as is the attention to aesthetic detail. So, after that excruciating delay, are we still in love with this show? Truly, deeply -- madly.

- NY Post: Joy of ‘Mad Men’ is wondering what’s next

It's the possibility of unlimited complications looming that make it so insanely riveting.







Originally Posted by schuelma

I do not believe this has been posted yet- a heads up- the Washington Post review is the most spoiler-filled review I have seen. Nothing incredibly major IMO, but a lot more than the other reviews I have read.

Thanks for the heads up.
BenjaminBirdie
(03-22-2012, 09:11 PM)
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This TimesTalk thingie is so amazing.
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(03-22-2012, 10:16 PM)
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- IndieWire / Press Play Video Series: Mad Men Moments

With the long-awaited premiere to Season Five imminent, Mad Men is on many a person's mind. For the next thirteen weeks, some may revel in a neverland of glamorous mid-60s living fraught with social strife; others may wonder what jaw-dropping, life-changing events await their favorite characters. But for us here at Press Play, it's about the moments. Moments that have us instantly rewinding our DVRs as soon as an episode is over, or poring over blog recaps all Monday long while real work lies unattended. Mad Men has yielded four seasons stuffed with such moments. We decided to produce a series of videos dedicated to spotlighting some of the best.

This was no easy task and involved a fair amount of deliberation in selecting four iconic moments to produce the video essays that are our specialty here at Press Play. We decided to pick just one moment from each of the previous four seasons that lent itself best to video essay treatment. What surprised us was how each selected moment organically led to distinctly different approaches in our analysis. Watch each video and see what we mean. If anything they will have you salivating for more from Matt Weiner, Jon Hamm & company.

Lots of videos via the link for anyone that's interested.
nemss
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(03-22-2012, 10:21 PM)
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Iconic moments?

Just watch the episode "The Suitcase". One of the finest hours of television I've ever had the pleasure to watch.
blahblah...blah
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(03-22-2012, 10:30 PM)
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GAF, I feel like I like quality television: Breaking Bad, Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, etc. are among my favourite dramas, and similarly I enjoy what are generally considered good comedies (Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Archer, etc.) so why the hell can't I get into this show :(

I've watched two seasons of it, and it's patently a quality production through and through. The acting is largely very good, the writing is excellent, the attention to detail throughout is commendable, and yet absolutely nothing about it keeps me engaged. Use some of your pent up, pre-season 5 excitement to sell me on this show!
Koodo
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(03-22-2012, 10:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mangotron

Could be just a reporter that doesn't know anything about the show but the Details FB page has a possible spoiler.

**Possible MAJOR Spoiler**

spoiler snipped

Oh, the drama will be delicious if this is real.
nemss
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(03-22-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by blahblah...blah

GAF, I feel like I like quality television: Breaking Bad, Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, etc. are among my favourite dramas, and similarly I enjoy what are generally considered good comedies (Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Archer, etc.) so why the hell can't I get into this show :(

I've watched two seasons of it, and it's patently a quality production through and through. The acting is largely very good, the writing is excellent, the attention to detail throughout is commendable, and yet absolutely nothing about it keeps me engaged. Use some of your pent up, pre-season 5 excitement to sell me on this show!

Its surprising you're not a fan of the show, but are a fan of The Soproanos. They both have a "slow burn" feel to them that seems to put people off. I really didn't get "into" the show until I rewatched season one and started taking everything in.

And the lack of Justified in your list is disturbing.
blahblah...blah
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(03-22-2012, 10:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by nemss

And the lack of Justified in your list is disturbing.

Justified's on my list, just caught up on Tuesday night's episode and loved me some Wynn Duffy expressions :)
shadyspace
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(03-22-2012, 10:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by blahblah...blah

GAF, I feel like I like quality television: Breaking Bad, Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, etc. are among my favourite dramas, and similarly I enjoy what are generally considered good comedies (Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Archer, etc.) so why the hell can't I get into this show :(

I've watched two seasons of it, and it's patently a quality production through and through. The acting is largely very good, the writing is excellent, the attention to detail throughout is commendable, and yet absolutely nothing about it keeps me engaged. Use some of your pent up, pre-season 5 excitement to sell me on this show!

You can't handle television shows without copious amounts of violence?
LiQuid!
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(03-22-2012, 11:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by blahblah...blah

GAF, I feel like I like quality television: Breaking Bad, Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, etc. are among my favourite dramas, and similarly I enjoy what are generally considered good comedies (Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Archer, etc.) so why the hell can't I get into this show :(

I've watched two seasons of it, and it's patently a quality production through and through. The acting is largely very good, the writing is excellent, the attention to detail throughout is commendable, and yet absolutely nothing about it keeps me engaged. Use some of your pent up, pre-season 5 excitement to sell me on this show!

Did you watch those 2 seasons while they were airing, or afterwards on DVD/whatever? I've found that Mad Men is kind of hard to keep my attention on a week to week basis. I usually end up watching 2-4 episodes and then falling off. I always end up going back to the season after it has wrapped and burning through the whole thing in a sitting or two. I find it really gripping when watched in larger blocks.
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(03-22-2012, 11:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by shadyspace

You can't handle television shows without copious amounts of violence?

But...but...the lawnmower scene! Perhaps you're right: most of my favourite dramas have quite a bit of violence in them, but then again so do most good dramas, with the exception of period pieces (Downton Abbey) and family stories (Parenthood)
Black Mamba
(03-22-2012, 11:40 PM)
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it's probably because the first 2 seasons had too much Betty.
Gooster
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(03-23-2012, 01:14 AM)
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Here, have a video of Joan leaving rooms:

http://thechive.com/2012/03/22/my-ne...g-rooms-video/
brianjones
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(03-23-2012, 01:21 AM)
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lol.. can't believe people thought that supposed spoiler was legit
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(03-23-2012, 01:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by blahblah...blah

GAF, I feel like I like quality television: Breaking Bad, Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, etc. are among my favourite dramas, and similarly I enjoy what are generally considered good comedies (Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Archer, etc.) so why the hell can't I get into this show :(

I've watched two seasons of it, and it's patently a quality production through and through. The acting is largely very good, the writing is excellent, the attention to detail throughout is commendable, and yet absolutely nothing about it keeps me engaged. Use some of your pent up, pre-season 5 excitement to sell me on this show!

I didn't love the show until Season 4. Then I re-watched the first three seasons and loved them.

I guess it takes a while to "click"
backflip10019
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(03-23-2012, 02:24 PM)
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Just finished my rewatch of the entire series so far last night. I forgot how abrupt Don's engagement to Megan is at the end of S4. Can't wait til Sunday!
BenjaminBirdie
(03-23-2012, 02:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by blahblah...blah

GAF, I feel like I like quality television: Breaking Bad, Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, The Shield, etc. are among my favourite dramas, and similarly I enjoy what are generally considered good comedies (Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Always Sunny, Parks and Rec, Archer, etc.) so why the hell can't I get into this show :(

I've watched two seasons of it, and it's patently a quality production through and through. The acting is largely very good, the writing is excellent, the attention to detail throughout is commendable, and yet absolutely nothing about it keeps me engaged. Use some of your pent up, pre-season 5 excitement to sell me on this show!

I would, but your first post in the thread was a weak stealth troll, basically just saying how much you liked Breaking Bad. (IIRC. Was that this thread?)

I'd say don't bother. Expending that much energy to slag it off means your time would probably be better spent watching something else.
amitaiwinehouse
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(03-23-2012, 02:37 PM)
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I think Charlie Brooker's explanation of how to watch Mad Men is what made it finally 'click' for me. You don't sit forward and move into the world, you sit back and let it wash over you, soaking in the atmosphere. Once I did that, I finally 'got it'.
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(03-23-2012, 02:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by backflip10019

Just finished my rewatch of the entire series so far last night. I forgot how abrupt Don's engagement to Megan is at the end of S4. Can't wait til Sunday!

I don't think you need to use spoiler tags if it already aired.
brianjones
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(03-23-2012, 02:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by amitaiwinehouse

I think Charlie Brooker's explanation of how to watch Mad Men is what made it finally 'click' for me. You don't sit forward and move into the world, you sit back and let it wash over you, soaking in the atmosphere. Once I did that, I finally 'got it'.

my technique was just watching it straight up

just watching the shit out of it
sixteen-bit
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(03-23-2012, 02:55 PM)
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I don't have any special watching techniques either. I just find it enjoyable.
Salvor.Hardin
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(03-23-2012, 02:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by brianjones

my technique was just watching it straight up

just watching the shit out of it

Pretty much.
BenjaminBirdie
(03-23-2012, 02:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by brianjones

my technique was just watching it straight up

just watching the shit out of it

Yeah. I just watched it and watched it.
shadyspace
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(03-23-2012, 03:10 PM)
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God Lord, it's not the fucking Brothers Dostoevsky. Just sit in front of the TV-Box and aim your eyes towards it.
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(03-23-2012, 03:17 PM)
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- Sepinwall Interview: 'Mad Men' co-star Vincent Kartheiser
- EW.com: Rich Sommer discusses what's in store for Harry Crane
amitaiwinehouse
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(03-23-2012, 03:25 PM)
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Yeah but what I mean is, it isn't like most TV (at first at least) where you can just force yourself to be entertained.
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(03-23-2012, 03:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by _dementia

I don't think you need to use spoiler tags if it already aired.

Ah ok, good to know. Just wanted to be safe.
brianjones
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(03-23-2012, 03:31 PM)
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interesting that the premier is counted as 2 episodes

i had assumed it was 1
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(03-23-2012, 03:33 PM)
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More reviews. Might be some spoilers in these, so read at your own risk.

- LA Times: Like Don Draper, 'Mad Men' Season 5 is a work in progress

The mood is autumnal, which seems a strange word for a show set smack in the middle of the 1960s — though in the life cycle of the series, it's appropriate. Because even as "Mad Men" celebrates the fabrics and the furniture, the appliances and accouterments of the American midcentury, it is a story of the end of all that.

- NY Times: ‘Mad Men’ Opens its Fifth Season on AMC

The personalities on “Mad Men” don’t change, but the times do. At this point, the context may be more interesting than the characters.

- Kansas City Star: ‘Mad Men’ is back, and times have changed

And the maddening ambiguity that made “Mad Men” addictive is back, too: When there is a character I don’t know whether to love or hate, I can tell the people on the screen feel the same way.

- Boston Globe: For ‘Mad Men,’ change is in the air

Is it the beginning of a bright future or another path to self-destruction? After such a long wait, it feels like a luxury to have the whole season to find out just how a change is gonna come.

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(03-23-2012, 04:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by BenjaminBirdie

I would, but your first post in the thread was a weak stealth troll, basically just saying how much you liked Breaking Bad. (IIRC. Was that this thread?)

I'd say don't bother. Expending that much energy to slag it off means your time would probably be better spent watching something else.

Well aren't you a defensive one :) It wasn't a 'weak stealth troll', it was a straight up joke. I haven't slagged it off, and if you read the post which you quoted properly, you'll notice that I compliment the show quite thoroughly, I just say that I can't get my head round it. I hope you don't take everything so personally!
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Originally Posted by blahblah...blah

Well aren't you a defensive one :) It wasn't a 'weak stealth troll', it was a straight up joke. I haven't slagged it off, and if you read the post which you quoted properly, you'll notice that I compliment the show quite thoroughly, I just say that I can't get my head round it. I hope you don't take everything so personally!

I didn't take it personally. I didn't even respond to it until you posted the most recent request, which struck me as odd in contrast to your original "Breaking Bad is the best!" intro post to the thread.
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(03-23-2012, 06:43 PM)
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- Slate.com takes a crack at Mad Men in 7 Minutes

Four seasons in seven minutes.
Jrmint
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(03-23-2012, 06:46 PM)
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I rewatched the Season 3 finale last night, which is one of the greatest episodes ever, and realized that other young creative guy got the axe at the new agency. I forget his name but he grew a beard for Seasons 2 and 3 and was a pretty big character along the lines of Kenny, and Harry. Anyone hear what happened to him?
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Originally Posted by Jrmint

I rewatched the Season 3 finale last night, which is one of the greatest episodes ever, and realized that other young creative guy got the axe at the new agency. I forget his name but he grew a beard for Seasons 2 and 3 and was a pretty big character along the lines of Kenny, and Harry. Anyone hear what happened to him?

Paul Kinsey? They decided to leave him behind when they left Sterling Cooper to start SCDP.

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