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Is that all there is?
Is that all there is, my friends, after usually 7 some-more episodes of “Mad Men”?
Matthew Weiner clearly dictated for us to anticipate a mankind of his TV masterpiece when he wove Peggy Lee’s dour 1969 ballad by Sunday’s midseason premiere.
Don Draper, as inhabited by Jon Hamm, has been evermore acid given “Mad Men” done a entrance on Jul 19, 2007. Even Don has never famous usually what he was looking for, nonetheless when any new wish threatened to defect him, he was always discerning to run. No uninformed success confident him for long. He competence as good be eternally asking, “Is that all there is?”
As Season 7, that was separate in half to make it final longer, picks adult Sunday with an part called “Severance,” we find Don in really many a same place he was when we left him final May 25. He is surrounded by pleasing women, casting a commercial, nonetheless always looking usually a small past them, acid for something else.
Don is still drinking; a bar transport in his bureau stays good stocked, nonetheless for a impulse he seems to have it underneath control. (News that Hamm recently finished a army in ethanol rehab creates Don’s struggles even some-more poignant.) He’s behind on plain belligerent during Sterling Cooper, nonetheless inside his head, he competence as good be on a ledge, struggling for a balance that has eluded him all his life.
In a episode, Don’s romantic disharmony materializes into a ghost from his past. The hallucinatory dream leads him to lane down a chairman who once meant a lot to him, usually to get harmful news. Meanwhile, a caf� waitress (Elizabeth Reaser) strikes a familiar, obscure chord with him, and he tries to bond with her in a really Don Draper way.
The lapse part isn’t wholly Don-centric, though. Other characters need to be served en track to a end.
The initial of those is Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), a small secretary from a premiere who has molded herself, for improved or worse, into a youth Don Draper.
At this point, a wish that Peggy will be a success, that she will delight over workplace sexism of a late 1960s, is outweighed for many fans by a wish that she will be happy. Hearts pennyless for Peggy in Season 1 when she had a child and gave it up, rising callous and useful about what it would take to make it in Don Draper’s world.
Even after observant what Don became, she persevered. Now, Peggy is good during her job. She’s in a position of power, and her underlings are a bit fearful of her. But looking practically during her life, she has to ask herself, “Is that all there is?” And so, she accepts a blind date.
Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) gets a remaining spotlight in a lapse episode. Ken, who mislaid an eye on an luckless sport outing while handling a Chevrolet account, never acted on his aspiration to write, and now his mother urges him to make a change. “The life not lived” is also on his mind.
Small moments find others carrying identical thoughts. After a unpleasant pantyhose representation assembly and a squabble with Peggy, Joan (Christina Hendricks) ponders how she’s spending her money. Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) muses, as many as Pete ever muses, about how he suspicion California would change his life, nonetheless now it seems like a dream. Only Roger (John Slattery), solely for his droopy mustache, is really many a aged Roger, carrying roused himself for a large impulse in a midseason finale.
Despite all a speculation of change, “Severance” doesn’t make many apparent swell toward jacket adult a show. And yet, in usually 6 some-more weeks, a “Mad Men” epoch will end. All we can wish for now is a culmination that won’t leave us asking, “Is that all there is?”
Four stars (out of four)
When • 9 p.m. Sunday
Where • AMC
More info • AMCtv.com/shows/mad-men
AMC will repeat “Mad Men” commencement with a Season 6 premiere during 11:30 p.m. Saturday, using until a midseason premiere during 9 p.m. Sunday. Every part to date is accessible on Netflix and on DVD, or for squeeze on Amazon Instant Video or iTunes.
About that song
“Is That All There Is?” was created by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and has been available many times. The many successful version, in 1969, was by Peggy Lee. In a verses, that are oral in Lee’s version, a thespian practice a residence fire, a playground and a damaged heart, usually to feel disappointment. The strain ends this way.
I know what we contingency be observant to yourselves.
If that’s a approach she feels about it because doesn’t she usually finish it all?
Oh no, not me.
I’m in no precipitate for that final disappointment.
’Cause we know usually as good as I’m station here articulate to you,
That when that final impulse comes and I’m respirating my final breath
I’ll be observant to myself
Is that all there is?
Is that all there is?
If that’s all there is, my friends
Then let’s keep dancing
Let’s mangle out a drink and have a ball
If that’s all there is.