Television Show Review: Mad Men: Season 7.2

Mad Men Season 7.2

Mad Men: Season 7.2 created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., AMC) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, and John Slatterly. Becoming Who You Are “To be a saint means to be my true self.” Thomas Merton utters these words in exploration of true meaning in this world. For him, humanity ventures forth as a shadow of its true identity. People wear masks every day, shrouding the real person underneath. Thinking practically, it’s easy to see this example illustrated. When was the last time you entered a job interview and willingly admitted your shortcomings and the deepest hurts and insecurities you might face daily? Or look at social media, how often do… Read More →

Television Show Review: Mad Men: Season 7.1

Mad Men Season 7.1

Mad Men: Season 7.1 created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., American Movie Classics) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and Kiernan Shipka. *Spoiler Alert for Previous Seasons* The Pitch The season begins with a pitch, work that is the central aspect behind Mad Men the series. But this time, peripatetic soul and principal character, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) isn’t giving it. Deep in the spiraling orbit of “leave” from Sterling Cooper, Don twiddles his thumbs and keeps up appearances for his wife Megan (Jessica Paré) as they attempt a bi-coastal relationship. Don dulls the monotony of life with endless television as he awaits a call from the firm he created, hoping… Read More →

Television Show Review: Homeland: Season 1

Homeland: Season 1 developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting) Starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor, and Mandy Patinkin. The Conundrum of a Pilot When writers draft a pilot episode, they face an unenviable task. Their episode must sell the potential of a long-running and profitable television series. Network executives need a good sense of story, a robust understanding of character, and a solid grasp of the narrative potential. A pilot, to a certain extent, is a pitch. It gained enough traction to slide into production, but it has yet to gain full-scale adoption. For this reason, writers often feel compelled to dive… Read More →