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Joan's ending also completes the Joan-Peggy parallel storyline, with Joan going from '50s holdover to full-on modern businesswoman, choosing the career she was never supposed to have over the man who would have kept her from it. In that sense, she out-Peggys Peggy. Go, Joan!
The guy who plays Stan was good too. His may not have been the most showy role, but he was entirely believable -- and likable -- as that character. Made more of Stan than existed on the scripted page.
Thinking about Peggy for a moment, I liked that the show led us to believe that she would end up wedded to her career, but then, at the last second, pulled the rug and gave her a shot at happiness outside the workplace as well. Probably says something that Don's protege found all her forms of happiness in the office. I can't say I cared about a happy ending for Don, but I like that Peggy got one.
That's one thing I like about it. It's so cynical but also kind of beautiful. Like the carousel ad, it's Don channeling his own suffering and emotional journey into the work. That's his culmination -- in the end, it's about the work. By returning to New York after Anna abandons him, his accepts his real identity. He may have started as Dick Whitman, but he ended up as Don Draper, ad exec.One thing I enjoy about the inclusion of the Coke commercial is how perfect the timing...
You guys have more faith in Don's ability to change than I do. How many weepy epiphanies have we seen from him in just the last two episodes, only for him to end up where he was? How many before that? And if you buy that he goes right back to his old life in NYC and creates the Coke campaign ...
Oh yeah, the knowing bit about Stan and Peggy's phone calls was also nifty. Fan service, sure, but I, like Don, appreciate a proper servicing.
Honestly, I thought they were going out on the shot of Don's face, with the smile suggesting Dick Whitman had found some small measure of peace in his spiritual home of California. That would have been a huge disappointment. But to subvert that kumbayah moment and connect it to a pinnacle of advertising, to an ad with as much lasting influence, emotional resonance and financial success as any, that's sharp. It's both crass and beautiful, like the best advertising. And it...
Remember how incredulous Don was when Peggy told him that she wanted to create something of lasting value? In advertising? The Coke commercial was a real-world intersection far better and smarter than the goofy D.B. Cooper business. Perfect mix of answers and ambiguity.
I thought the commune scenes were tedious ... until the Coke commercial. One last twist, and it might just be genius. I can't say I loved the finale, but I admired it. I think.
I don't see how it would make sense. Don doesn't seem to care about money (he just threw away a million on Meghan), has essentially no possessions now and just sold his old apartment, so he's not hurting for cash. Why would he skyjack a plane and demand some relatively petty amount of money? The idea strikes me as goofy, especially considering the one thing it would achieve -- his disappearance -- could be accomplished by simply not returning to a New York he's already left.
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