9:37pm: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is a man with a plan. This series must end in the near future, and Mr. Weiner is working devilishly to end it with Don as ruined as possible. The merger of SCDP and CG&C (Ted Chaough's agency) adds another creative mind directly in Don's own company, and Don's never been more aggressive than when his leadership is questioned. Ted Chaough is the man that Don never will be -- a creative type with a business mind. It's inevitable that Ted takes the creative reins in the next few episodes, leaving Don with a pile of money and no one with whom he wants to share it.
The first six episodes of Season 6 were the reverse of Season 5. Last year, we had a lot of plot development early on without a lot of action. This year, the plot moves have been vast and unrealistic, all without any real character development. Don is still a womanizer, Pete is still creepy, and Roger and Bert have been just on the brink of the beyond since 1960. The only character who's really grown is Peggy, and she kissed her boss last week. When in doubt, devolve to the norm.
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