Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Pack Up Your Troubles (Mad Men 407)

As much as I hate forced comparisons between Mad Men and Matthew Weiner's previous television hit The Sopranos, one element of "The Suitcase" is worthy of such consideration. Specifically, the suitcase motif parallels a similar use of the device in "Mayhem" from the last season of The Sopranos.

In "Mayhem," Tony, on the brink of death, has a coma induced dream (which could be interpreted as an actual supernatural experience) where he takes on the identity of Kevin Finnerty ("infinity"). During the last part of the "dream" sequence, when he is just about to surrender to death, another character in the vision tries to take Finnerty's briefcase. Tony/Kevin protests and, clinging to the case, explains that his entire life is held within it.

This theme is something that has certainly been explored in Mad Men as well.

...Full Post at Basket of Kisses

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