TV: Mad Men Preview
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Mad Men follows the smooth as silk Don Draper and the goings on at Sterling Cooper, a fictional Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 1960s. The “Ad Men” or more commonly, “Mad Men,” where the power brokers of their day, shaping a world where there were there were few technological distractions and less than 4 channels on the TV dial.
If you haven’t checked out the AMC show, then I suggest that you rent Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD right now. I’m not gonna lie, this is one of the best shows on television.
When we last left Don Draper, in Season 2, infidelity put cracks in his marriage and his secret life was slowly starting to catch up to him. Just like the last season, most likely, the third season will skip to 1964, 2 years after the second season and right smack dab in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Even though Mad Men is not topical, it will be interesting to see how this season treats race. Even though it has been eluded to (when Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis) went down to Selma with his Black girlfriend), I almost feel like they would have to approach it head on this season. Hopefully it will be treated in the subtle and groundbreaking way that they have delt with the gender issue. (For those who don’t know, the glass ceiling was not only in place during that time, it was damn near bulletproof).
Other issues to be revealed this season: will Salvatore get outed? Will Roger Sterling quit his cheating ways? Will Peggy reconnect with her child? Damn. Too many storylines to touch on.
Mad Men airs on AMC and AMC HD on Sunday.