Jack Donaghy: So Powerful, His Influence Is Felt Backwards Through Time
Confession time: I don't like Mad Men. I watched the first season on DVD, because I was told it was the best show since the Wire, or Deadwood, or whatever show was being used as the benchmark back then (for the record, the correct answer is Breaking Bad), and that I had to watch it. So I did, and was bored out of my skull. The plots were dull, or a tiny bit cliche, but mostly the characters were bland and incredibly unlikable, and things didn't look like they were going to change, and I had better things to do then waste my time watching something that I just didn't like, in the hopes that it would grow on me. Sorry, TV, if you haven't gotten after six episodes, you probably won't.
I understand that not liking Mad Men puts me in the minority, and I'm comfortable with that. My greatest exposure to the show has been that blog that combines screen grabs from Mad Men with quotes from Archer, and I absorb enough information about the show via random internet articles to known what I need: Pete is the worst, Peggy is kind of awesome, Don's going to die, and Fat Betty is hilarious in unintentional ways. I don't know if any of that is actually true, but it's what the internet tells me. So, when the internet told me that there was a 30 Rock reference on the most recent episode, I perked up my reading-ears, and gave it a hear-read.
Apparently, in a recent episode a character in Mad Men went into a bar and ordered a a drink invented by 30 Rock in the seventh season episode Governor Dunston, described by Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy as the above, and named by Matthew Broderick's Cooter Burger as:
Is the inclusion of this reference both clever and inspired? Yes. Does it cement Jack Donaghy as so influential, he's possibly a Time Lord? Very probably. Is it enough to get me to try Mad Men again? Not a frakking chance.