- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
A moody ‘Mad Men’ finale with Don Draper unhappy
NEW YORK (AP) - The fifth season of “Mad Men” ended majestically Sunday night with Don Draper, planted at an elegant bar, approached by a beautiful woman who inquired, “Are you alone?”
On the soundtrack, Nancy Sinatra trilled the theme from the 1967 James Bond film, “You Only Live Twice.” And Draper, more handsome in that moment than any James Bond could be, struck a heroic pose before the show cut to black until next season.
Of course, he’s alone!
Then, within moments, the song (with its yearning, sexy lyrics, “You only live twice … one life for yourself and one for your dreams”) was trending on Twitter.
Note: Further spoilers from the finale await.
Season Five of the AMC drama had begun on Memorial Day 1966, roughly seven months after last season’s conclusion.
The season’s breakout character was Megan, the ooh-lah-lah secretary Don married somewhere in between. She channeled the glamour of Jackie Kennedy by way of the emerging `60s style of a Jean Shrimpton. On top of that, she proved smart, quickly showing her stuff as a creative force at Don’s ad agency before resigning to become a full-time struggling actress.
Even while displaying commitment to Don and their marriage, she displayed an independent streak that threatened and puzzled him all season.
Puzzled her, too. In a drunken funk in the finale, she told Don his refusal to support her career was either because he wants her waiting for him at home each night, or he believes that, as an actress, “I’m terrible. But how the hell would you know?”
The Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce agency was prospering as the season concluded _ but not in ways that gratified Don.
“You really have no idea when things are good, do you?” Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) asked him a couple of weeks ago when he seemed to be left cold by the agency’s winning Jaguar as a much-sought account.
No, is the answer. All season, even with things good, he seemed more tightly wound and detached than ever, with the action mostly swirling around him.
Since “Mad Men” began, the advertising industry has continued to change beneath his feet, and the culture, too. Don struggles to adapt.
Megan is hip to the Beatles, but earlier this season when she urged him to listen to the just-released “Revolver,” he tried to make sense of its psychedelic song, “Tomorrow Never Knows.” But he just didn’t get it. Having turned 40, increasingly Don seemed on the wrong side of the Generation Gap. (In the bar scene, he ordered an old fashioned.)
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- Craigslist killers: Police say newlyweds stabbed man for thrills
- NYC alarms with notice: Immediately surrender your rifle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
A stat-head’s outlook, direct from his worn in couch cushion.
Classical music and the performing arts: news and reviews you can use.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
White House pets gone wild!