An interesting point from the Orange Couch video recaps of Mad Men Episode 7
(and thanks to the magnificent rogaine
for the tip-off!):
Megan has been posited as the "Shirley Temple" of SDCP: with just one lucky stroke devoid of the grindingly hard work usually required of copy-writers, she's "ascended" the ranks to being a power player in creative who might eventually dethrone Peggy. (The recap points out that from a few day's work, Megan gets more acknowledgment than Peggy got during her entire time at SC or SCDP. Megan gets champagne and praise from half the office for her work with Heinz-- while Peggy didn't even get a simple thank-you from Don for her Glo-Coat idea!)
So what does it mean for Megan and her character's "point" on the show that she hasn't had to spend a lot of time putting her nose to the grind-stone before she literally swoops in to save a critical account for the agency? And that she then gets so much public acknowledgment and praise for this action?
Does this mean the show is positing her as a new wunder-kind, and that Don was onto something when he described her as a more sexy, glamorous, and appealing version of Peggy in Tomorrowland
? Or is Megan destined to a "one-hit" wonder who got lucky this one time and who isn't committed enough to her job to try to hit another home-run, especially when ideas don't come easily in the shower?
If it's the former, then I'll truly believe that Matt Weiner and the other writers on this show simply fell in love with Megan and made her a quasi-Mary-Sue tailor-fit to make Don fall all over her and then (possibly) break his heart or (again, possibly) lead him to a life-time of martial bliss and monogamy at last. But I'm desperately hoping for the latter. I think it would make her an interesting character without
relying on other characters to do the work of making her more complex. Her having an alcoholic mother and daddy issues up the wazoo is all well and good but it's still not making her actions
more interesting to me-- just her past. YMMV but if Megan's a character that's destined to stay on Mad Men, she'll need to start eliciting interest as well as pity in what she does, not just who she is or what sort of screwed up family she comes from.
, I agree with some of the great points you made in this thread. I think you're right when you say that Megan has to be sort of a quasi-Mary-Sue in some ways to put Don into the "lavender love haze" that the writers want him to be in. But I don't share his love-struck tendencies. At this point, I think it's a combination of both uncharacteristically weak/dry writing and amateur acting but I'm not all that fascinating in wounded-yet-honest-and-"passionate" Megan either. I don't want to go into They Changed It, Now It Sucks
-style complaining about the show but the greatest strength of Mad Men has always been its subtlety and the delicate, precise way it communicates the closed-off emotional lives of its character. And to see that compromised to explore the inner life of a character that isn't all that fascinating and isn't nearly as well acted as the other members of the cast is... well, it's just a big bowl of meh
Weirdly, I'm much more interested in Megan as a sign of something wrong on the show than as a character in and of herself. I guess that why I spend so much more time trying to understand what the show is trying to do through her than who she herself is. I don't want to think the show itself is going off the rails so I keep trying to find some hidden "reason" for why they're lavishing so much time, attention, and praise on this character. But perhaps that's strange of me?
And I really wouldn't worry about a back-lash against Megan and/or Jessica Pare either, craigbear
. Most viewers of the show are either neutral about her or even down-right love her. (Especially when they can compare her beautiful, young, innocent self against mean ol' Betty, by far the most villianized character on the show. I think even Pete gets more love than her!) I don't think Jessica Pare is about to garner any awards any time soon-- Jesus would that be a travesty!-- but there are people who actually argue that any honest criticism of Megan has roots in misogny.
There's more than enough Megan love going around to make up for any kvetching on this site, believe me. ;)
Edited by Mariagonerlj, May 4, 2012 @ 6:34 PM.