Posts Tagged: The Focus Group

Footnotes of Mad Men: The Two-Way Mirror and Social Anomie

"This is the most underwhelmed I've felt on first viewing in quite some time," begins the recaplet of last night's "Mad Men" on Television Without Pity this morning. I find that astonishing. Maybe insane! Last night's episode, the first to be directed by John "Roger Sterling" Slattery, was an incredibly nuanced, thoughtful and intricate construction. There are the mirror babies of Pete Campbell; the mirrored women of Don Draper and the mirrored sexual choices of Don Draper's past and present secretaries; the mirrored salesmen of different firms, sitting across from each other at lunch. We haven't seen such careful opposition and careful organization since the season two [...]