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Stylish series with interesting plot,
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This review is from: Mad Men Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
I was hooked to Mad Men from the very first episode. I like everything, from the great opening credits (that music, that falling man!) to the carefully reconstructed sets, to the slow pacing of the plot. But it is not just the perfection of the settings, the costumes, and the period music. It is also a show with a soul. And a much-needed break from either cops or the doctors shows.
I also like the fact that it is an ensemble show, even if it often focus on Don Draper. All the characters are flawed and very "human". It is easy to identify with them and with their daily struggle to find happiness or at least some satisfaction in a fast-changing society.
This 5th series did not disappoint me. As the time frame is moving towards the end of the 60s, all the characters appear more confused and disoriented. The youth-quake is starting to have an influence on mainstream fashion (and behaviour). Therefore the female costumes for the show were carefully crafted to suit the swinging mood, but still very much fitting the different personalities (very short minis for young and carefree Megan, more conservative for Peggy and young Sally experimenting with grown-up outfits). Drugs are also making an appearance. The music of the young creates a gulf between them and their parents (watch Don listening to Revolver).
Among these major changes in society we follow the personal development (or disintegration) of all the main characters. Even if Don Draper has a bad reputation for his womanising, I find him an intriguing character, with a soft and vulnerable side. His kindness shines through in the great episode The Other Woman. Pete is the usual despicable, creepy man, adding another layer to his creepiness. Peggy finally manages to stand on her own feet, after much struggle and humiliation. Joan has to face a difficult choice and Richard goes through some weird experience.
I would definitely recommend Season 5 to all fans of the series and to anybody with a sense of style and an interest in human nature.