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


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