I've had the DVD of Season 1 of Mad Men sitting on my shelf for a while, but finally worked out how to transfer it to itunes so I can watch on the iPad when time allows.
I am now about half way through and continue to be surprised by how un-television like the story telling is. Complete story-lines are not compressed into 45 minutes, but things happen and only become relevant much later. Don's boss flirts with his wife and Don exacts revenge later (and without explaining what he is doing to anybody else or to the camera) - he simply bribes the lift-boy to pretend the lift is broken, thereby forcing Roger (after a big and boozy lunch) to have to run up 23 flights of stairs, resulting in him vomiting on the carpet in front of important clients. At least, that is what I saw, but as no connections between these events are made during the episode itself one has to draw one's own conclusions.
It is unlikely that we will be able to use precisely the same art in the long Passion reading on Sunday, but it is always worth trying to engage with imaginations and emotions which takes more than words.
For the record I am going to break up the Continuous Form of Narrative (if you have Lent Holy Week and Easter) and insert some musical interludes:-
Prior to "Now when Jesus was at Bethany..." a short clip of Un Grand Sommeil by Varese
Prior to "And when they had sung a hymn..." an excerpt of Tallis O lord in thee is all my heart (the version by Garbarek)
Prior to "Then those who had seized Jesus..." en excerpt of Glass String Quartet number 5 - 1
Prior to "When morning came..." an excerpt of El Mar Mediterrani by Sakamoto
Prior to "As they went out..." an excerpt from Parry's Via Mortis
And to finish I think I will play the song "At the foot of the cross" by Kathryn Scott
A musical mixed bag, I know.