Sunday night saw the return of my favorite show Mad Men on AMC. Although it took awhile to get back into the show’s unique story telling, I loved the start of the sixth season. It was great to see the gang back for another season with an episode titled ‘The Doorway’. There is so much layering and subtlety that you really have to pay attention to what is going on. It looks like death will be a theme for the new season. Yay, death!
I can’t review the show with any justice after reading the review from Alan Sepinwall over at Hitfix:
As we ponder change, and death, throughout “The Doorway,” we see also that Don has come to really admire Dr. Rosen — or, at least, to feel tremendous guilt that he’s cuckolding a good man whose work is so much more important than what Don does for a living. As a man who experienced death without dying, Don wonders what it’s like for Rosen to hold actual lives in his hands, and stares at him (while standing in yet another doorway) with quiet awe as Rosen goes skiing through a blizzard to perform emergency surgery on New Year’s Eve. The image of a man going cross-country skiing through the streets of Manhattan is a gorgeous, retro one, and a nice bookend to Don’s journey through “The Doorway.” He begins in the sizzling heat of paradise, reading “The Inferno,” and ends it on a snowy New York night, frustrated to be frozen in the same old behavior, again and again.
I suggest you check out the full review.
I do have some added thoughts:
I have a side bet on how much hair Pete loses by the end of the season.
People on twitter were commenting on how dark the tone was and all the foreshadowing of death. I had to point out that 1968 was not all unicorns and rainbows. There was a lot of death – the killing of Robert Kennedy, Martian Luther King, war dead in Vietnam, and riots in several cities like Chicago and Baltimore.
So Dr. Rosen’s wife was worth at least a free camera to Don.
Tonight also reminded me how the “on the next Mad Men” promos never actually describe what will happen in the next episode…