Monday, February 18, 2013

Tour of Duty

I am up to episode 30 out of 58. The second season is interesting but one of the mistakes the show made was by writing out the Baker character for comic relief. Now I do remember watching the entire season in first run . At the time I watched the second season and expected more action from the two part opener. The second season is more about psychology and the episodes are still worth watching but are not as good as the first season. The exception is episode 27 with the deranged sniper Sgt Block, The episodes are good because they are fresh. I never viewed them so they remain interesting.

Thus far the best episodes

1) The episode that tells the tale of the Montangards. Communists feign outrage about the treatment of indigenous people in American history but abuse them in the present.

2) The Season One finale that has the platoon capturing the same hill 3x. The war objector saves his peers and is badly injured. This is the last time we see Horn who was the best scripted part of season one.

3) The USO episode where the singer Long John looked and reminded some of Jim Morrison. In this case an epileptic becomes a rock musician after flunking out basic. He participates in a firefight and thinks he is invincible. He gets a friend killed trying to retrieve a saxophone. He sacrifices his life to save Taylor.

4 Sgt Block. The sniper becomes psychotic and has to be put out of his misery.

5) The episode where the Communist Doctor is ordered to kill Prisoner Taylor. The tunnels are portrayed pretty well.


Ducky's here said...

Communists feign outrage about the treatment of indigenous people in American history but abuse them in the present.

What the hell are you talking about?
The Montagnards were generally enlisted as allies.
Montagnards were certainly among the many millions killed in that lousy useless war.

I give you credit, Beak, You seem to have sympathy for indigenous peoples so long as they aren't Palestinian. Their rights are trumped by the tribal texts of a minor Canaanite splinter group.

beakerkin said...

Arabs have an abundance of colonized real estate. Jews are the indigenous people.

The Montagnards were butchered by Communists. Communisist in the current era butchered them in certain places and got them killed in others.

Ducky's here said...

No, Beak. The Montagnads had a long history of rebellion against the Vietnamese.
Get that? The Vietnamese, not the North Vietnamese, not the South Vietnamese, the Vietnamese.

Arabs have as long a history in the Levant as the Canaanites.

beakerkin said...

Arabs are colonial invaders and have
an abundance and colonized land. The Jews are the indigenous people.

Funny Josephus doesn't mention Phillistines or Arabs.

Ducky's here said...

Beak, do you use the Penguin version of Josephus?

It contains copious notes correcting his notorious frequent erros.

beakerkin said...

I sm not using the Penguin version. Oddly, it sounds interesting and I will look into it.

Not mentioning Phillistines as being an extant peole is not one of them.

Ducky's here said...

Josephus is important for chronicling the Jewish rebellion against Rome, little else.

He barely mentions Christ either. On matters beyond the rebellion he is not important.

beakerkin said...

I showed a couple of people the very
short references to Christ. Some people become larger after their lives
then in their time. It does put the end to the Jesus didn't exist BS.

Actually, he doesn't mention Palestinians as a people. Arabs arrive
via the sword much later.