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The Wheel

Alright, I'll buy it

Well, here we are.  Mad Men’s season one finale has unenviable task of concluding the season arc after last week pulled the rug out from under us.  We spent nearly twelve episodes thinking that we were unraveling the threads of Don Draper’s identity when, in fact, we were watching him stitch that identity together.  The masterstroke of this swerve is in making us rethink the series up until this point; the risk is that it becomes a stopping point for the story.  That could’ve been easily addressed by making episode twelve the finale, but the creators made the bold decision to give us one more and this episode, delightfully, manages to move forward in the vein of self-construction while still integrating with the episodes that preceded it. Continue reading