Finally finished my Mad Men marathon. I must admit I was a little apprehensive when I double-clicked on S04E13 knowing that there were no more waiting to be transferred from my dropbox folder. It was a hectic couple of days, what with trying to fit in work (the kind I get paid for!), bathing, eating etc. around finishing Season 4. I powered through however and now just have to sit twiddling my thumbs until summer (ish) and new seasons of True Blood, Sons of Anarchy and hopefully…Mad Men. Or do I??
Of course not! There’s a whole new w o r l d of shows waiting for me provided by my HBO dealer who keeps feeding my FX habit….PLUS some other series that I found on Sky Atlantic – a channel I’ve only just, accidentally, noticed to be honest. They’re showing Big Love, another HBO offering about a mormon family headed up by Bill Henrickson, his three wives and nine (combined) children, living in Utah, U.S. (where else?). I’ve only seen the first episode up to now and it was pretty much an introduction to the family, ascertaining the individual members roles and basically introducing anyone who was unsure about it, to an initial overview of what polygamy involves…as accurately as can be done in a fictional tv drama created to entertain! Drawn in enough to make me want more, I think it’ll take a couple of episodes to get into this one. Unlike the next little gem….Treme (HBO).
I was actually on my way to bed (after a hard nights MM drama)when I heard the music of the opening credits. Curious, I came through from the kitchen, plonked myself down on the beanbag (yes I know – ‘grow up’ right?) and then couldn’t actually drag myself away. The music may be what did it originally but the storyline had me hooked surprisingly fast, as well as the great cast. A group of actors about whom I found myself saying (out loud mostly….to myself) ‘oh my god I love him/her’ but couldn’t name them. Apart from John Goodman of course, I knew his!
My inability to name them though was no reflection on their talent. It was simply because I’ve seen them in small roles, which have obviously had an impact, but also because……I’m sure there was another reason….oh – because I have a terrible memory.
Treme (pronounced tray-may – French accent entirely optional) is set in New Orleans 3 months after Hurricane Katrina. It follows ordinary people living in Treme setting about putting their lives back in order after the devastation of the storm but also explores, from a political angle, the real-life issues and controversies surrounding the aftermath. It is not however, a documentary remember! It’s fictional drama based on true events. It is effective and emotive though. Not that any of us who have never experienced such a tragedy could fully understand…Treme certainly encouraged me at least, to empathise and be reminded of how fragile we are at the same time as being able to show amazing strength and an ability to pull together as communities when it hits the fan.
So there it is. Thats why I’m watching it anyway!
Now, as in right this minute, I’ve gone and started watching The Closer. A little different to the other shows…I don’t usually go in for cop shows, but I really really like Kyra Sedgewick, so I’m giving it a go. Couple of episodes in and all is going well. More about that some other time though…
By the way…you can ‘Mad Men’ yourself here – if you’ve got 5 minutes to kill and want to create a Mad Men inspired avatar!