Our Mad Men season 7, episode 4 recap looks at the events of tonight’s episode titled “The Monolith” in which Don has another rough week.

Don’s back at SC&P

Picking up with last week’s big news, Don is now back at Sterling Cooper & Partners. On his first day officially back, everyone has convened upstairs where they’re having a meeting about a computer being installed. It’s going to do “lots of magical things like make Harry Crane seem important,” according to Roger. Everyone has high hopes about the device (“It’s the Mona Lisa,” according to Stan), but it comes at a price for employees like Peggy: The computer has to take over the lounge where we’ve seen them frequently work.

Back at the bottom

The beginning of the episode began with a dinner date between Pete and Bonnie. He bumps into George from Vicks, who’s now working for Burger Chef, and they decide Pete and SC&P can work on the campaign.

A meeting with the partners finds Ted being invited back to New York to take on the opportunity, but he suggests Peggy takes it instead. Then they decide to give it to Don. Lou’s weary of this idea, so Peggy ultimately heads the project.

Lou offers Peggy a raise of $100 more a week as a form of encouragement – and a way to talk her into working with Don. After accepting with a hint of hesitation, she asserts her authority right from the start of the project by making Don come into her office instead of vice versa, which has happened on so many episodes in the past. She tasks him with coming up with 25 tags – and Don isn’t happy about it at all. He storms back into his office, throws a typewriter into his window, and leaves SC&P for the weekend.

The following Monday he skips his meeting with Peggy and is instead pre-occupied with a game of solitaire. He’s also more interested in offering up advertising advice to Lloyd, the technician who’s installing the IBM 360 in the office.

After his chat with Lloyd, Don sees the potential in his company and asks Burt if they can pitch a campaign because he thinks they have exponential growth. However, Burt reminds him that they don’t need new business right now and they frankly don’t need Don either (he compares him to dead man Lane – ouch). Feeling like he couldn’t be lower at SC&P, Don goes to Roger’s office and sneaks out one of his bottles.

Don quickly gets drunk in his office and calls Freddy about going to a Mets game. On their way out Don stumbles towards Lloyd to mumble some nonsense and passes Peggy who’s frustrated that Don isn’t doing what’s been assigned to him. Joan thinks that the partners put no thought into the decision.

Freddy ends up bringing him home instead of to the game, and the next morning he gives Don a pep talk about getting the work done and working his way back up. Don gets inspired just in time, because Peggy had just been told by Joan that he has a set of rules that he has to be following in order to keep his job. The next morning at the office, Don promises Peggy the tags she needs by lunchtime. May this be the end of Don’s bottle bottom?

Hippie life

Roger’s ex-wife Mona visits the office with Brooks to inform him that Margaret has run away with hippies, and she’s “terribly worried.” She tries to enlist Roger to go and save her, but Roger likes the idea of Brooks going instead. Later we hear Brooks was thrown in jail while out on his mission.

So, Roger and Mona head out to grab their daughter, who is indeed enjoying the hippie life away from Brooks and their child Ellery. Mona has little patience for her daughter’s resistance to coming back into the city to be with her child, but Roger wants to spend a little more time at the hippie ranch because he thinks Margaret won’t suddenly change her mind the moment her parents show up. That’s so not cool, man.

Roger hangs around and partakes in their ways of living with the earth – no electricity, plenty of weed, and lots of time staring at the moon. Margaret says she’s happy here, and Roger can’t argue. After seeing her run off with a guy that night, the next morning he tries to pull her away again – physically – but fails after a slip in the mud and then a reminder of how bad a father he is to her. He heads back into town without daughter in tow.

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The fifth episode of the season airs Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. eastern/pacific on AMC. Check out a preview below:

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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