|Don Draper (Jon Hamm) lights up, which feels like it's how nearly every Mad Men season finale ends.|
Playlist: Season 5 of Mad Men (Spotify)
the title song just enough kick.
In parallel to Mad Men's fifth season, while the AMC series certainly didn't have an overflowing budget, I can't help feeling Matthew Weiner was emboldened by four straight Emmy wins for best drama, and channeled his own inner Dahl for some of Mad Men's more fantastical elements this year.
Casino Royale. Employing five directors and Ian Fleming's original choice for Bond, David Niven, Casino Royale made Dahl's crazy script for YOLT seem like Jane Austin. Critically panned at it's release, the film has become a cult classic of sorts, and you'll probably have better luck "clearing clouds" with it than it's 1967 Bond counter-part. Ironically enough, You Only Live Twice spawned the more recent Bond spoofs, the Austin Powers series, with its volcano lairs and bald bad guys (Dr. Evil is only slightly more funny than Donald Pleasance's camp take on Ernst Stavro Blofeld).
If anyone wants to spoof Mad Men, I guess this is the season to draw inspiration.
After re-reading this, I feel the need to point out that I don't think this season was terrible at all, just the odd duck in the series thus far.
Previously: "Christmas Waltz" (Episode 5.10)