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#1 Posted on 11.6.12 1812.22
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Television's best show finished off its fifth season with...a shockingly low-event, low-key episode.

Not to say that "not much happened," but it was a series of character moments rather than anything monumental.

Uh...Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce gets a second floor. Is that an event? Evidently nobody wants Lane's old office.

And, shockingly, "the Phantom" in the title refers to a great deal of things in the episode. Layers. And for once, Matt Weiner didn't beat us over the head with the subtext.

Season six comes sometime in 2013.
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#2 Posted on 11.6.12 2146.20
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I've heard a lot of people complain about this episode, but this has never been a show that has relied on shocking moments just to have shocking moments. Like life sometimes those things happen and serve as perfect bookends, but sometimes things just happen and you have to keep going on.

The last scene was well shot and I even felt for Pete a little when he was visiting Beth(?) in the hospital.

I liked this season. I hope it doesn't take another 18 months to get more.

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#3 Posted on 12.6.12 0346.01
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After all the big events of the previous two weeks, I'm not sure there was anything major left in the tank. It's like on The Wire, when the major climax usually happened in the second-to-last episode of a season and the finale was used for reflection and wrapping up loose ends.

Alexis Bledel is just not up to serious roles. She was fine on Gilmore Girls but when it comes to holding her own on this show, man, it's all Kartheiser can do to carry her through a scene.

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