Aka, the Sunday I wished the Tonys weren’t because I wanted immediate Mad Men season finale and True Blood season premiere and the weekdays I made up for it.
Obviously I’m into a lot of television programs. But of currently-running programs I think I am the most intensely into three right now: Game of Thrones and Mad Men and True Blood. (As evidenced by massive collections of posting pertaining to them, often in sequence, and the immense ladyfeels I have about some of their characters.) So it was sort of neat and tidy that Game of Thrones ended one week and the next week Mad Men wrapped up and True Blood its place. The tried and true HBO Sunday night pattern will not fail me.
So. SPOILERS I GUESS. Bullet-pointy as always.
- After two weeks of everything happening quickly and all at once, the season finale actually felt sort of slow. Not bad-slow, at least bad in terms of boring; it was just a different pace than the breakneck speed of angst and tragedy we’ve been subjected to recently. It’s what aftermaths feel like though: the more I think about it, the more I appreciate the fact that this episode was finely scripted fallout and building tension. Building to what? Well, I guess in eighteen months or however long they make us wait this time we’ll find out.
- One of my people compared it to the series finale of The Sopranos: it’s fascinating, and lots is happening, but it’s all so relatively small compared to what’s gone down in the past that you just have to feel like it’s just paving the way for something horrendous. It doesn’t matter that not a lot of horrendous actually goes down. It’s the art of making you think it could.
- We’ve had a season now of Megan (Jessica Paré) as a main character, and I still can’t decide how I feel about her. I like that she’s willing to call Don (Jon Hamm) on his bull. I don’t necessarily like how he sometimes babies her. I like that she’s ~going after her dreams~ in theory but it also makes me wary for future plot dramatics. I don’t know if I have any defining feelings about her a a person.
- I still can’t decide how I feel about Don’s getting Megan the commercial. On one hand, it was the right thing to do (although seriously, that was their Beauty and the Beast setup? She looked like a German beer festival waitress in that costume) but on the other hand, it makes me very, very wary. That look on Don’s face at the end, I think I know what that might mean and I don’t like it. He’s been so good this season.
- I think it’s interesting that every time we’ve seen an adult female’s mother on the show this season, it’s served the function (at least for a little while) of questioning the daughter’s modernity. Megan’s mother Marie (Julia Ormond) has shown up a couple of times now to be passive-aggressive and to wind up boinking Roger (John Slattery), but this time she also basically told Megan to give it up and let Don have her as a kept wife, essentially as arm candy or a trained housepet that cooks dinner. Peggy’s mother Katherine (Myra Turley) really only showed up long enough to criticize Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) for deciding to cohabitate with her boyfriend Abe (Charlie Hofheimer) without marrying him. And Joan’s mother Gail (Christine Estabrook) has been there to support her and to help take care of her child, but she still had plenty of things to say in the first few episodes that made Joan (Christina Hendricks) really cranky. (“Greg’s not going to allow you to work.” “Allow me?”)
- Oh and while we’re on the subject of Joan. Let’s talk about Joan. My darling should have some proper meta slated for sometime in the nearish future, so I’m not going to spend time going into the subject of what transpired two episodes ago right now. (Except to say ow, my heart.) I just want to buy her a drink and give her a hug and tell her it’s okay. She shouldn’t feel like she’s expected to solve everyone’s problems, and she should know that she certainly shouldn’t feel like her only worth in problem-solving or in anything else is her ability to use womanly wiles. She can use them like nobody’s business, but this way of thinking is legitimately not her fault. This way of thinking is the bull that she’s surrounded by on a daily basis; the if only I mentality is understandable, it really is, but baby, it wouldn’t have solved the problem. I also want to tell her that yes, the guys are basically jerks, and yes, she deserves better coworkers.
- Completely shallowly, though, I will (again) exclaim GLASSES CHAIIIIN.
- You know who I want to hit the most lately? Pete (Vincent Kartheiser). I want to punch the smug little smirk off of his face and shake the weird entitlement/white knight hybrid mentality out of his skull. He is not a good coworker. He is not a good husband. He is not a good self-actualized person. He should really work on those things. He owes it to himself as a person and he owes it to Trudy (Alison Brie) who I will irrationally defend forever. I’m not saying he’s a bad person (though these last episodes haven’t exactly given a lot of evidence that he isn’t), but he needs to figure out his issues. He needs to sort out why he behaves in such ways as he does and not do it.
- Also, this is the second Mad Men season finale that has had a sequence that made us stare at each other and go “wait, this must be a dream.” We had that reaction regarding Don’s proposal to Megan, and we had that reaction to Pete’s weird avenging hero-that-fails scene on the train. I’m still coming to terms with the whole business of Pete and Beth (Alexis Bledel) and her husband Howard (Jeff Clarke). I still don’t know what to make of it.
- Basically, you know. Feelings.
- WELL. Unlike Mad Men, which picks up months and months and months later, True Blood picked up this season literally right after last season ended. Actually backtracked to a couple of events that transpired in the finale. Considering the cliff-hangery nature of said events, that made sense, but.
- I have fewer things to say about this, because I love True Blood a lot but it does not get me quite as feelingsy right off the bat; also premieres don’t get me as feelingsy as finales. Probably because they’re introducing plots and ideas and things, not wrapping them up (for now). But this is not from a lack of enjoyment. I did enjoy it quite a lot.
- Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is brilliant and I really really hope that she and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) have a chance to make up amid all the AVL political messes and surprise-vampire-Tara (Rutina Wesley) (??) and many other things that are going to be going on. She may be apologizing to Eric, but she is not apologizing for who she is. She’s still good ol’ caustic Pam. And I love her for it.
- Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is beautiful. I don’t really care about her hanging around with drunk college kids, though I see the point it served, and when did she put green in her hair, and that was a fancy Rock Band setup. (Makes sense, it being all in King Bill’s Grand Mansion and all. Though I can’t imagine Bill ever playing Rock Band.) Mostly I am just devoting a bullet point to Jess because of when she burst into Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) and told off Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and… whoops. That sounded a hell of a lot like babygirl verbally declaring her intent all assertively. (And while wearing a corset, which… yes, was there before, but. But.)
- Well, I’m worried that Nora (Lucy Griffiths) is eventually doomed. I don’t know when, it might not be for a while, and I hope this is one of my failure predictions. I like her. I am fully aware that this is completely irrational since she hasn’t been there for that long and my best reasons for liking her are that I like vampire family structure stuff, I like ladyvampires who are capable, I like that she was wearing leather wristlength gloves while she and Eric got, y’know, reacquainted and that she kept her bra on even though it’s True Blood where you can show all the boobies you want (and the gloves and the bra coordinated), and I like British people talking. But.
- The synopsis on our television for the episode contained, after the descriptions of what everyone else was up to, the phrase “Alcide warns Sookie.” Seriously, other than wolf politics what does Alcide (Joe Mangianello) do but warn Sookie (Anna Paquin)?
- Eric and Bill (Stephen Moyer) are buddies now, okay. They couldn’t have thought they were getting out of this that easily though. If it was going to succeed, it wouldn’t have happened until the second-to-last or last episode of the season.
- Also, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is a pro.
- This is officially nothing like the book. And I do not care at all.
–your fangirl heroine.