it wasn't a bad episode, but i'd call it overconfident. sometimes i'm a little cautious about the weiner-written eps...
We're now 4 episodes in, and while I've thoroughly enjoyed all of them, something about this season is irking me. Maybe it is an overconfidence issue, particularly on the writer's part (by the way, Weiner has written/co-written every episode so far. Talk about a control freak) but I think the show is getting too bogged down and self-aware of its own coolness, so much so that behind every "cool" line I feel as if Matt Weiner is winking at us. I know a big reason people love the show is the sexiness factor, but sometimes I think everything, from wardrobe to set design, looks almost too
manicured, and certain scenes play out a little too rehearsed, often with dialogue that sounds wince-inducingly staged and ultimately corny. I kind of wish they would mess it up a little bit.
And speaking of staged, if the writers are hell-bent on investigating more of Don's past, they have to come up with better ways-in than him waking up in the middle of the night and starring endlessly at an old photo.