Recap: Is 'Mad Men' Turning Into One, Long, History Lesson?

AMC's signature drama series Mad Men is continuing to get criticism for its heavy historical themes in season six, with the latest episode covering the assassination of Martin Luther King. Series creator Matthew Weiner has been forthright in his assessment that the show is not a historical documentary and that it was never supposed to focus on the turbulent changes on the 1960s, though isn't that exactly what's happening?

Mad Men The FloodDon Draper's Affair Continues on Mad Men

As mentioned, Sunday's episode The Flood focused on the events of the assassination of Luther King, though have the producers got a trick up their sleeve? One of the finer moments of the series so far came at the end of season three, when President John F. Kennedy's assassination was reported, coinciding with the end of the original Sterling Cooper agency and the breakdown of Don and Betty's marriage. The Flood had similar themes, though Don and son Bobby used the thinking time after King's death to watch Planet of the Apes. The famous ending revealing the future destruction of the earth - New York City particular - seemed right.

Another highlight scene from this week's episode was Don's confession that he didn't feel love for his children until it crept up on him. As Den of Geek commented in its review, "That scene - beautifully acted by Jon Hamm and Jessica Paré - was much-needed at this point in Mad Men's timeline. For the last few weeks at least, Don Draper has been detestable. Cheating (again), hypocritical (again), a bad-tempered drunk (again). All this time though, we've been hating him when we should have been pitying him."

The next episode of Mad Men - For Immediate Release - hits screens on Sunday May 5, 2013.

Mad Men The FloodDon Draper Confesses To Never Feeling Love For His Children

Mad Men The Flood
Don and Son Bobby Watch The Planet of the Apes


Contactmusic

Tags: Jon Hamm

Advertisement

More Jon Hamm

'Million Dollar Arm' Shifts Jon Hamm's Career

As Mad Men prepares to draw to a close, its star Jon Hamm is taking on new big-screen challenges. His biggest leading-man movie role to...

Million Dollar Arm Movie Review

Based on a true story, this is one of those relentlessly uplifting Disney movies that mixes comedy and emotion to inspire and move the audience....

Stand Up To Cancer Reveals Its Incredible Celebrity Line-Up

Stand Up To Cancer aims to reiterate the point that everyone is connected and everyone can be affected by cancer with their every-two-year telethon which...

Jon Hamm Opens Up About Leaving 'Mad Men' And What The Future Holds

Jon Hamm's journey to become the superstar he is today wasn't any easy route, in fact he only gained widespread fame at 36 years of...

Advertisement

The Congress Movie Review

Fiercely original and wildly ambitious, this provocative drama is often thrilling simply because it's like nothing ever put on-screen. This means that it can be...

The Congress Trailer - Robin Wright Sells Her Whole Self To Save Her Son

Ari Folman’s long awaited follow up to Waltz With Bashir has finally arrived; the Israeli film maker plays with live-action, animation and fantasy in a...

The Congress Trailer

'The Princess Bride' actress Robin Wright plays a fictional idea of herself, as someone struggling to land acting roles despite her immense fame decades ago....

'Million Dollar Arm' Released: A Home Run For Jon Hamm? [Trailer]

Million Dollar Arm is released today in the USA, bringing Craig Gillespie's take on the remarkable true story of sports coach J.B. Bernstein to life...

Advertisement

Comments

Jon Hamm Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jon Hamm

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All