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This review is from: Mad Men - Season 3 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Mad Men continues to be excellent drama. For fans, series 3 will be must-watch TV. Those who find the series somewhat static would not see anything here to change their mind. Although the series does build up to a very dramatic final couple of episodes interwoven with the Kennedy assassination. Stuff happens, the writers just take time to make their dramatic point. No different to the Sopranos really.
Don and Betty dominate the story lines. I must say, though, I increasingly liked the story threads that came out of the other characters. I perk up when Pete, Peggy, Sal and Roger are on screen. Jon Hamm's anxious, slightly constipated expression can be a bit wearing, though friends continue to insist on his handsomeness.
Series 3 has some good fun with the Brits, coming to spoil the July 4th celebrations. The British agency is called Putnam, Powell and Lowe. (David Puttnam, of course, a Brit - from an advertising background - who took over an American film studio, with not very good results). Although some of the Brit characters are fairly ghastly, one can't say they are more so than the Americans. Treatment is fair and often funny.
Race relations is a recurring theme in this series, My Kentucky Home a standout episode. (Wish I could dance like Vincent Kartheiser.) Pete's suggestion of integrated advertising also a great scene. Mad Men buzzes when this character is in motion. Don, of course, doesn't like to dance.
There is also plenty of screen time for the drama of Don, Betty and family - young and old. Less interesting to me, although the young actress playing the daughter does a great job.
The pleasure remains in the details - the supporting cast, the natty 60s clothes, the colours of the sets and, of course, the excellent script.
'I'm Peggy Olsen. And I want to smoke some marijuana.'
Know the feeling, girl!
If you missed the series on TV, and you were a fan of 1 and 2, I think most would enjoy 3 just as much. Though some of the initial novelty of the show has gone, of course. If you haven't got the dvd, the chance to own the series on blu-ray is also massively appealing. There haven't been many shows more suitable than this for the blu-ray treatment. Enjoy!