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Ray Karpis

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  1. Hard to watch. Is Altidore a fitness issue? He looks awful.
  2. My wife just took my 13YO daughter to her concert down in Shreveport. Mrs. Karpis said it was one of the most entertaining shows she's ever seen. Elaborate staging, special effects, etc. Teen girls are definitely the target audience.
  3. Totally disagree with this. There was no neat little bow on Peggy, Joan, Roger, Sally, etc. The finale just showed them starting to take the next step in their lives...who knows where any of it ends up. Don returns to advertising, hardly a neat little bow. To me, a neat little bow would be text on the screen..."In 1980, Peggy Olson became the first female...she and Stan now have 4 kids and live in...." and so on. I really don't know how else he could have done it. If it had just been another day at the office, people would be griping that "nothing happened"..."we need closure!" The next step in their lives is not tying a loose end? Unless they were to all be killed in a plane crash, what else is there? What could have happened was a setup and pay off to the final season. Not just a collections of happily ever afters that mostly came out of the blue. ETA: What the main problem for me was Don's story. He's the main focus of the show and the other characters arches only really matter in how it relates to Don. For the most part, Don was just gone or dealing characters that he had no history or future with (the waitress for an example). So Don's story was aimless and the rest of the characters really had nothing to do but find their happy ending. It sucked. I think you're in the minority on what your expectations were on how to end the show...and that's fine. Sorry, it didn't work for you. I do agree with whoever said you are arguing it was too tidy...yet you seem to have wanted it to be a little more tidy.
  4. Totally disagree with this. There was no neat little bow on Peggy, Joan, Roger, Sally, etc. The finale just showed them starting to take the next step in their lives...who knows where any of it ends up. Don returns to advertising, hardly a neat little bow. To me, a neat little bow would be text on the screen..."In 1980, Peggy Olson became the first female...she and Stan now have 4 kids and live in...." and so on. I really don't know how else he could have done it. If it had just been another day at the office, people would be griping that "nothing happened"..."we need closure!"
  5. You haven't read this thread, have you? ...okay, 20% of it is good commentary on the show...40% pissing and moaning....40% Tanner schtick.
  6. As an aside, I think it is tremendous that this thread - which dates back to pre-pilot - exists. What a great time capsule of commentary on this show.
  7. I watched it again and think it is much better than I initially thought. Like someone else said, the fact that Don was still at that retreat center with 10 minutes left in the show made me really antsy. I wanted him back in New York and that affected my feelings toward how things were wrapping up. To me, there is absolutely no ambiguity that Don did indeed write the Coke ad. You rewatch that scene - the leader says "we're thankful for the lives we get to live. It's a new day, new ideas, a new you." The group is "chanting" ("singing") together, and you hear a "ding" (WTH was that?), and Don gets the wry smile...cut to ad. Weiner previously said he envisioned how the series would end 2-3 years ago. There's no way that vision was Don sitting on a cliff doing yoga. Weiner envisioned Don writing the Coke ad (which is why he said he knew some people would hate it), and then he had to construct the yoga retreat/Don's renewal to get to that ending. I liked it. For me, it works. Overall, I liked the finale...a lot of really good scenes (phone calls) if you just take them for what they were. 1) Don calling Betty - powerful stuff; Don wanting to come back and be a hero out of obligation, Betty knowing what is best for the kids at the moment shows the growth of Betty. Loved Don breaking down, "Birdie..." and she just responds, "I know." A lot of things not said that were communicated in that exchange. 2) Don calling Peggy - also thought this was extremely well done. Don crumbling over the phone with Peggy - feeling like she was the one person he owed a "goodbye" to. 3) Don and Leonard - interesting that an unknown character has such a big moment in the closing moments of the show. I guess he kinda "confessed" for Don...he said what Don would have said had he sat down in that chair, and Don realizes he's not alone. Great scene. I like the last little bit of closure each character got. They all made sense for the particular character. Roger and Marie will go down in big flames...everyone knows that, but that fits Roger Sterling. Also appreciate that Weiner threw a bone to Ken and Harry and worked them into the finale in an unforced way. All in all, I'm good with how the show ended.
  8. BbWw Fnl Sopranos Wire All definitely superior. So no better than 6th. I think the first four seasons were stellar and then it got meh GTFO...West Wing and Friday Night Lights...better than Mad Men...come on!?
  9. One of the best of many great scenes with Don and Peggy
  10. Any chance the next episode is post-Betty's death?
  11. Been on this Advocare 24-day challenge (9 lbs. down in 10 days). No alcohol for past 2 weeks....dipping into a little Syrah tonight...a little tipsier than normal.
  12. I've been shopping for something to replace an Odyssey. Vehicles are expensive these days. I don't have chet money. Just curious, what are you guys generally willing to pay monthly for a car?
  13. to both of these...especially the garbage one "I know cooler heads should prevail, but am I the only one who wants to see this?" ...Roger.
  14. Really great scene that laid so much foundation for the rest of the series. Thought at the time Campbell was gone.
  15. I think we've seen the last of Betty, Peggy, Pete, Ken, Harry... Probably something left with Roger and Sally (and maybe Joan). This past episode really seemed like Weiner was bidding farewell to the agency setting. Can't imagine anything compelling left to tell. Seems as if we're left with Pete/Ted/Harry finding their place as cogs in the McCann wheel and Peggy heading in with a new attitude. I would be shocked if any of the remaining time is devoted to anything work-related, outside of the story of Roger's transition to McCann. I think there is a very strong possibility we see Don take back the "Dick Whitman" name in the finale.
  16. It's not the worst theory in the world...
  17. The University of Arkansas appreciates your support (but will likely be charging you a licensing fee for use of its new front-facing Razorback logo).
  18. Dare any of you rubes to bad mouth that episode. That was great TV. God, I'm going to miss these characters.
  19. I have to call BS on that. Weiner would never offer a spoiler like that. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/mad-men-will-end-in-prese_n_1094473.html You take that, along with Weiner recently saying he envisioned the end of the series a few years ago, and I think it's probably 85% chance we see an ending that includes Don in his golden years.
  20. This could happen...especially if Roger's farewell to the series is another heart attack.
  21. I tend to think the show is going to end with a pitch for a huge new account. Harkening back to Carousel, Don recaptures the magic briefly and makes a moving, nostalgic pitch. I can see little snippets from the past seasons fade in and out as he makes the pitch. Maybe Weiner will leave us with the feeling you have when Don is at his best in a board room. Forget the guy's weaknesses and failures, here is where this character can really connect with people...even if in a make-believe kinda way. If the theme is that Don is incapable of change, this would fit in that storyline, but would wrap up the show with Don on a momentary high, rather than continuing on the downward spiral.
  22. Anyone gotten into Turn...Washington's Spies? Season 1, two episodes in and it's pretty decent.
  23. When I say Weiner say he had a vision for how the series would end several years ago, blah, blah, blah - I have to think we'll get more than just "another episode" where we see that Don is his same ol' self and will never change. I'm holding out hope we get something more significant than that - even if there is no breakthrough moment for him. In a vaccuum, I liked last night's episode. It was funny. Pete driving and decked out in the golf attire, Meredith being Meredith, Harry's awkwardness with Megan, Roger's "this definitely is a two-person job" line, etc. But overall I was disappointed that nothing really happened in advancing us toward the finish line.
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