Mad Men: The Final Season – Part 2: Blu-ray Review

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Here we are at the end. It’s an end to a show that has been a part of everyone’s life for a good while. There wasn’t a single person that I would come across that hadn’t watched Mad Men. It just became a normal topic of conversation for some people. I unfortunately got into the show fairly late but managed to still get obsessed with it like everyone else. The second half of the final season continues the downward spiral that Don Draper is on and the entire time I couldn’t help but think that it was going to end REALLY bad. I always had a theory that it was going to end in the way that we’ve seen in the intro for years and I think they teased it slightly going into the final episodes. As the show started to move into the seventies you could see each character change so much including the way they dressed. The biggest and most heart wrenching story arcs however belonged to Don’s ex-wife Betty which was a bit of a surprise. I thought that she might have deserved something a bit better but the way that it went served the story immensely. Ultimately the show ended in a way that I didn’t expect and for the first two days after watching it I wasn’t completely happy with it BUT after coming back to it later I realized that it was what was best for Don and if it would’ve ended any other way it would’ve been for the shock factor. This is definitely going to be one of those shows that defined a certain time in TV and will be looked at as a pioneer in AMC Network’s programming for years to come. 9/10

Special Features:

Unmarried Professional Woman – This feature is about the comparison between certain scenes from the show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and feminism in 1970.

Generation Boom – A look at the good and bad things regarding the generation of the 60’s.

Earth Day – A look at the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

Laurel Canyon – A really cool look at entertainers that created a certain type of sound in the 60’s.

Advertising Timeline – This shows the history of advertising in the 60’s.

Audio Commentaries – Commentary on 4 episodes (Severance, New Business, The Forecast and Time & Life)

Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2 is available NOW on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate

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