Thank goodness the sun has decided to pay this country a call because I think, without it, I (along with many others, I'm sure!) would have gone into a steady decline with the final eposode of the third series of Man Men having aired on Wednesday evening.
TV viewing will be so much poorer for its finish.
In many ways, this third series has taken more time to get moving and I do agree with other reviewers that its a shame that most of the story lines have revolved around Don & Bettys' seemingly doomed marriage. However, I think to do this sub-plot justice, time had to be spent. And well spent it was indeed, delving deeper into Don's past helps us understand so much more clearly the man behind the persona.
Interestingly, whilst having more sympathy with Betty as the betrayed wife, at the start of season one, throughout this latest series, I have found her to be increasingly irritating. So much so in fact that when her determination to 'open the locked drawer' eventually pays off and she confronts Don with the evidence of his past, every bit of support I ever felt for her left instantly and my heart literally ached for Don's character.
A truly superb piece of acting by Jon Hamm in this scene.
Overall, viewed as a total series, I now believe season three to be more superior to both seasons one and two. However, I also hope that with season four (which the lucky US will start viewing shortly), Matthew Weiner does focus more on the other characters ~ they are all such interesting but so intrincially flawed in their own individual ways ... as are we all I guess!
Again, to reiterate other reviewers, this DVD cannot be viewed as a 'stand alone' as without having seen seasons one & two, it will make little sense.
However, viewed in its entirety, it is, in my personal opinion, without doubt quite the finest piece of television you could ever wish to see.