MSN featured an article this morning on the best and worst military television shows.
Part of the farce was that they included the A-Team in there as a war show….comeon…the A-Team? They might as well have included the Incredible Hulk, Planet of the Apes, and MacGuyver if they were going that route. There were explosions in those shows too.
My concern stems from the fact that they included the show “Over There.” What a piece of shit.
That show was on WHILE my DH was in Iraq for his year-long tour of duty, and it was all I could do NOT to call him after every episode just to make sure he knew that I wasn’t cheating on him and to reassure myself that he was not cheating on me. Comeon.
You know why MASH was so powerful? Because it detailed some of the day-to-day of the soldiers. Sure, it was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek kind of antiwar comedy (black comedy, mind you), but there were entire episodes where noone was an alcoholic, noone cheated on their spouse, noone went AWOL…and it went on for eleven years. “Over There” was cancelled after 13 episodes. Tell you something?
The writeup for “Over There” says this: “The show also incorporated issues such as alcoholism, going AWOL, separated spouses and mothers, and other rarely scrutinized aspects of wartime.” Yeah, unfortunately, those were the ONLY issues that it addressed!
I couldn’t even watch it some nights. I tried, I really did. I wanted to like the show, because the Iraq War was something that I was involved in, on a personal level. I wanted to tell my friends, “Hey! Check out this new show! It’s a really intelligent take on deployed soldiers’ lives, and the lives of their families!”
But alas, I couldn’t. I wouldn’t have subjected any Army Wife I know to that.
And I hear about this show now on Lifetime called “Army Wives.” I’m not even going to dignify it by watching one episode. I already know what it is. “Military Desperate Housewives.”
What a military wife needs to see is different than what Hollywood thinks she needs to see.
Military wives need to see uplifting things, things that renew their faith in their absent husbands, not some drivel that instead causes them to question it.
Bad form, MSN.