Critic Consensus: "The Forecast" points the way toward the Mad Men finale with typically sharp storytelling and a renewed focus on the show's female characters - and concern for Don's future.
as Don Draper
as Peggy Olson
as Peter Campbell
as Betty Francis
as Joan Holloway
as Roger Sterling
as Megan Draper
as Ken Cosgrove
as Harry Crane
as Bertram Cooper
as Sally Draper
as Ted Chaough
as Stan Rizzo
as Michael Ginsberg
as Henry Francis
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Critic reviews for The Forecast
The existential theme of "The Forecast," Sunday's episode of "Mad Men," was all about the future, but the business theme was all about feedback - from bosses, clients, agents, romantic partners, colleagues, and children.
With everyone wondering what Matthew Weiner is going to do for the end of his iconic drama, it only seems natural he'd frame the question through his favorite thinking device: "Mad Men" itself.
No matter how she tries to differ from Don and Betty - rejecting their materialism, patriotism, and promiscuity - their behaviors have formed who she is. Sally's instinct to go toward independence is right on. Ideally, she'll end up following the Dead.
Mad Men excels when it allows fans to tease out meaning from the slightest of hints, so it's a bit disappointing to see the show do much of the work for us.
When Mad Men has clear narrative and thematic goals, it's a far more entertaining and, we'd argue, aesthetically pure and emotionally satisfying show.
... in a beautiful mess of an episode whose dialogue sometimes got a bit too self-consciously sage for its own good, Mad Men took a more uncomfortable path to examining what selfish, narcissistic parents do when their children get in their way...
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