Saturday, May 23, 2015

...And In Conclusion

Besides the end of The Late Show With David Letterman (which I posted about here and here), other things in pop culture have to come to an end recently.

Mad Men
The falling silhouette in the opening each episode had suggested to fans the ultimate fate of Don Draper. Of course no one expected that would really happen so if Matthew Weiner had in fact ended Mad Men with Don Draper taking a high dive off of the Time-Life Building, that would've been surprising despite being foreshadowed in the opening for the last 8 years. 

But perhaps not as surprising as what actually happens: Don Draper comes up with one of the most famous advertising campaigns in history, "I'd like to buy the world a coke and teach the world to sing." Yeah, a weird intersection of the fictional (the world of Mad Men) and the real world we inhabit. I wonder how the real creator of that Coke campaign feels about that? 

Anyway, sorry to see the show go. Particularly, I'm going to miss Peggy and Joan.

 



Sigh! 

Grey's Anatomy
No, you didn't miss an announcement. Grey's Anatomy was renewed for another season. But c'mon, with the death of Dr. McDreamy....wait a minute, spoilers? Really? I don't even watch the show and I know about Patrick Dempsey leaving the show and his character's permanent exit. 

Maybe longtime fans of the show see other things going on but the central relationship of the show being fractured forever would suggest a show struggling to find ways to keep things interesting. But what do I care? I don't even watch the show. Anyway, how much longer can the show go on without McDreamy (Psst! I don't think that was his real name!) for women viewers to drool over? Can it carry on with just ...what's her name ...you know, the woman who is the central character ...something Grey, I would think. 

The Marvel Universe
OK, we're swinging over to comic books now and Marvel's big Secret Wars mega-event. Or as I think of it: Crisis on Infinite Marvel Earths. Like Grey's Anatomy, my awareness of this event is not based on my actually reading the comics. But the Marvel Universe that began with Fantastic Four#1 in 1963 is no more after colliding with the universe of Marvel's Ultimate comics line. It's big and messy, something that I suppose Marvel fans will just eat up. So new guys brought into the comics game by Avengers: Age of Ultron, eh, not so much.

Supposedly something or another will get worked out by the end of it unless Marvel's planning on charging $3.99 an issue for blank pages. 

The Late Show With David Letterman...Set
Mere hours after David Letterman said good night at the end of what a lot of people consider to be a very well done finale, the set for the show was being hauled away, a lot of it winding up in dumpsters. 















Parts of the set are going to various organizations to be preserved and displayed. Some pieces that David Letterman and Paul Shaffer requested are going with them. As for the stuff in the dumpsters, a rep for Dave's production company, Worldwide Pants, described those items as "mostly fragile pieces that could not be preserved."

The quick dismantling of a TV set is nothing new. Click here to link to Ken Levine's blog and read the comments there, particularly the 2nd and 4th comments from Adam Paull and Danny. 
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Enough of endings! Starting tomorrow, a series of posts on Doctor Who inspired by the show's return from exile in 2005.

Until then, be good to one another.  

OK, one more time....

Peggy and Joan!




...and I am outta here! 

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