Posts Tagged ‘Tragedy’

Mad Men post #1

October 27, 2009

I love the show Mad Men but I’ll resist publishing much on it, since I usually watch it during the week and also am not as obsessed with it as others are. So much is written during the week on each show that I’m not sure how much I can add.

I will say this, though. I am starting to get a little uneasy concerning the bets people are waging concerning the final two episodes of the season and how they will incorporate Kennedy’s assassination. I can’t be sanctimonious here, since I’ve assumed all along that Dallas will figure into the show. It just seemed as if the different seasons worked that way (unfortunately we skipped over Roger Maris’ record-breaking season in favour of the Cuban Missile Crisis).

However, we are dealing with an important tragedy. Does the show trivialise these events that act mainly as Musak for the drama onscreen? Should we be anticipating with glee how the show will deal with a national nightmare?

Perhaps I’m overreacting. The Cuban Missile Crisis worked because it heightened tension and built up the drama. I’m not sure how JFK will work since there was no tension and only payoff. In season 2, we experienced Hitchcock’s proverbial bomb below the table that never goes off, creating suspense. With JFK, the bomb explodes with no suspense except in the viewer’s anachronistic POV.

I guess we’ll just have to wait for a couple more weeks before we can be sure, but I still wonder how we should be interesting ourselves in the death of an actual human being–a death still in the living memory of millions of Americans.

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