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I like period dramas so I decided to check out AMC's new series about advertisers in the early 60s, Mad Men, in part because Vincent Kartheiser was in it.

And while I think the show has done a good job capturing the zeitgeist of the time (especially with regards to the shoddy way women were treated), I doubt I'll be tuning in regularly. I'm giving it one more week, just in case, but since I didn't like a single person in the whole show (with the possible exception of the company's Jewish female client, who probably won't be a regular), I find it doubtful that I'll be sticking around. Vincent Kartheiser's character is particularly arrogant sexist asshole, and he's been gifted with a very unflattering haircut, so that's no incentive to stay, and while I could put up with the totally obnoxious period attitudes if there were characters that pinged with me, without that the show actually seems rather toxic.

However, in marked contrast, I completely loved this week's Burn Notice.

It's true that by now the plots are starting to get a wee bit formulaic, but I really don't care yet because I love the formula. It's goofy, but the advice-from-a-former-spy voiceovers (what to do in a knife fight, how to get away from a potential assassin) are actually starting to be the highlight of the show for me, like twisted fun educational TV. And I continue to get a kick out of Fiona's bloodthirstiness. Finally getting to see Michael's brother, who is just as dysfunctional as one would expect from that family, was also a treat--and I loved how his mom continues to excel at tricking him into taking cases he doesn't want to take.

I also found myself really surprised to be enjoying the teen romances on Kyle XY.

I wonder if I'm losing my slash mojo? Kyle/Declan couldn't possibly BE more slashy: I mean, triangulating male/male desire through a sister is an old formula, but Jessi is more than Kyle's sister, she's really his female self, so having Declan fall for her is practically making Declan's desire for Kyle textual. And yet I find myself totally rooting for Kyle/Amanda, and having an almost insane shippy reaction to the preview for next week. They're just so damn CUTE. I know there's no way they get a happy ending, given the way these shows work, but I still think it's adorable that he's fixing that piano for her.

And speaking of cute: while I wouldn't wish Josh Trager on anyone, I found the scenario where Andy was training Josh to be *her* perfect date remarkably cute. I hope they keep her around for a while, because *I* have a total crush on Andy.

It's sad but true: at this point I actually have more interest in the teen romance drama part of this show than the whole "Kyle being pursued by the shady company, oh, and maybe Tom Foss isn't trustworthy" plot. *Hangs head in mock shame* My only actual complaint about this episode is that no one learns to play the guitar as well as Lori could in the couple of weeks she's supposed to have been taking lessons.

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ghostrunner7
Jul. 20th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Right there with you on Burn Notice. I love the voiceovers and I'm really enjoying the show much more than I thought I would.
norwich36
Jul. 21st, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
It's so entertaining. I kind of wish it was more than a summer show, since I assume we'll only be getting 10-12 episodes.
random_serious
Jul. 20th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear Kartheiser has a job. I like him. A lot. And I think he should be on my TV more, IMO.
norwich36
Jul. 21st, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad he has a job, and he's clearly a good actor, because I have rarely despised a character so much as I despise the one VK is playing on Mad Men, and generally I love VK.
random_serious
Jul. 21st, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
He's an excellent actor (Welcome to Paradise is still a fabulous movie), and he always made Connor feel human, even relatable, IMO.
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