Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Army...

Watching The Mentalist on dvr, and it is displaying a lot of ignorance about the army. He's a first lieutenant; of course this is his first significant command. It's probably his first command period.. Also, I find it hard to believe that an E-7, Sergeant First Class, is scared of a lieutenant.

And if Lucy is a corporal after 11 years (she "joined after 9/11"), she's not "an outstanding soldier". Or at least not one going anywhere. You're eligible at 24 months. It's automatic at 48 months, unless there are good reasons for it not to happen, and you wouldn't be still in the army.

(Plus: doesn't Cho know you don't salute sergeants? "Don't salute me, I work for a living" is a serious saying.)

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At 11:52 AM, March 21, 2013 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

Again, I haven't seen this one yet, but so much of the TV portrayal of the military is silly. For example, showing an officer with long hair. Maybe they don't do that any more, but older TV shows did it all the time.

 
At 12:15 PM, March 21, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

These guys look authentic. But I think that's partly because America's Endless War has made audiences familiar with what soldiers look like if nothing else.

 
At 11:24 AM, March 28, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

If you watch the TV series of M*A*S*H, you'll be astonished at how long Alan Alda's hair got. Of course, the show wasn't really about the Korean Conflict era...

 
At 11:28 AM, March 28, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Can't recall all of Cho's back story, but vaguely recall he escaped Oakland's Asian gang culture (if such a thing truly exists) by joining the military -- is my recollection correct? No doubt there's a fan website for that!

 
At 12:43 PM, March 28, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I'm not sure they specified Asian gang, but yes, he was in a gang. And the army. Which is why I said he should have known better.

 
At 1:15 PM, March 28, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

There was an epi a few seasons ago in which the CBI was investigating a gang in Oakland to which Cho had belonged in his misspent youth; all the members they showed were of Asian origin.

 
At 1:26 PM, March 28, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yeah, but the other gangs weren't, as I recall. So "Asian gang scene" might be a misleading description.

 

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