Mad Men recap S06E08 - The Crash
I successfully avoided spoilers for this episode, but noticed the incredible buzz it generated on Twitter. I watched it expecting to be blown away, and from the opening scene of Ken Cosgrove in a car, speeding toward destruction with a gun pointed at his head, I knew I would not be disappointed. There’s so much going on in this episode that it’s sure to polarise fans… so let’s jump in!
I heard a conversation on a movie podcast about what it even means these days to be “cinematic”. Mad Men was mentioned as being more cinematic than some things at the movies, and I was struck by the directing of this episode as a great example of this. The composition of Don and Silvia talking on the phone, cutting rapidly between the two shows that they are facing opposite directions, certainly not simpatico as they struggle with the end of their affair. As the conversation ends Don throws the phone into his alcohol cart, certainly laying the imagery on thick without being too heavy handed.