Mad Men Review by Nadim S.

Mad Men 7.08: Severance

Mad Men 7.08: Severance

Written By:
Matthew Weiner
Directed By:
Scott Hornbacher

And so we have arrived - the final seven episodes of Mad Men. But will TV's classiest drama go out with a bang? I sure hope so, but I did not enjoy this opener.

The thing about Mad Men is that it's slow, and you need a couple of episodes to get into its atmospheric and thought-provoking storytelling. However, "Severance" was far from the show's finest hour. It tried to delve into Don's psyche by having him come to terms with the death of one of his first mistresses (Rachel), and it did so through a bizarre dynamic with a random coffeeshop waitress. Sadly, I was unaffected by the entire ordeal, and I didn't understand what message the writers were trying to convey. Something about the idea's execution was half-baked and ill-conceived. 

Thankfully Joan and Peggy were around to pick up the slack. The duo's meeting with a gang of pervert clients further showcased the time period's rampant sexism, and I found it increasingly hard to watch Joan calmly absorb all the insults. Even more compelling? The event did not bring Joan and Peggy closer together. In fact, Joan snapped at Peggy (no surprise there), and chose some retail therapy to cheer herself up. It's no secret that I adore Christina Hendricks in the role, and the scene in which she denied ever working in that expensive boutique (as the saleswoman tried to offer her an employee discount) was pure gold. 

Also interesting to note, Ken Cosgrove received a whole lot of focus as his professional crisis reached an intriguing conclusion: he returned to the firm as a client after getting brutally sacked. This development was tremendously satisfying, and I can't wait to see him make Roger's life a living hell. God knows that slime-ball deserves it.

Our Grade:
The Good:
  • Ken's response to getting brutally fired
  • Joan and Peggy's encounter with ugly misogyny
The Bad:
  • Everything about this episode was slow and vague for a mid-season premiere
  • Just about everything involving Don was frustrating

Nadim S. is a regular contributor of review for Critical Myth; The Critical Myth Show is heard here on VOG Network's radio feed Monday, Wednesday & Friday. For more commentary from Nadim, go to You can follow him on twitter at @nadsreviews.

Mad Men by - 4/7/2015 12:39 PM170 views

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