This show was originally developed around a YA retelling of Hamlet, so I guess the visions of King Simon are finally an attempt to play into the source material (other than naming a girl Ophelia). It makes sense: Mark Schwahn LOVES an informative coma; just not normally one that’s informative to anyone other than the person who’s knocked out in the hospital.
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Well, this escalated quickly. Additionally: although this final episode was, I thought, VERY strong and easily the most compelling of the series, I also felt like we were missing some connective tissue in the story. I know that Masterpiece has a way of trimming scenes between the original and the US airings — which drives me bonkers — but I rather felt like this particular episode was counting on the viewer’s knowledge of basic history to fill in the blanks. Obviously, everyone who wasn’t in a coma throughout history class knows that Anne Boleyn loses her head — there is no historical tale used more often to wake up high school students after lunch than Henry VIII and his many wives, and for extremely good reason — but it seemed weird to me from a narrative perspective that we never got a scene where Anne was specifically told it was OVER, for example. That doesn’t take away from how great this episode was, but: LET’S DISCUSS.
Well, this episode was A HOOT!!!!
In all seriousness, this episode gave me a lot of emotions: sadness, delight, irritation, impatience. And thus this week’s methodology shall be FEELINGS.
Next week is, as you know, the series finale, and I think I reached a point where…whatever happens, I am at peace with it. I am emotionally prepared for it to be terrible. I don’t EXPECT it to be terrible, but I am — for some reason — going into the finale with the belief that there is no way it will be satisfying. Not because I don’t think this show can deliver, but simply because I think it is impossible for one episode of TV to perfectly cap off the experience of watching Mad Men, because for me that experience has been both sublime and irritating (irritating because of the sublime, if that makes sense. When you’ve experienced how great this show can be, when it spends X amount of time going nowhere [the traditional first three episodes of every season], you get antsy for the good stuff to start). It’s simply too much to ask; how many shows have really pulled off the perfect series finale? Breaking Bad, and that’s about it, right? AMC, your bar has been set very high.