Mail Call (2002– )

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Former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' questions about military technology.

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Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey takes viewers' questions concerning military hardware and technology, then consults with experts to answer them. Topics covered to date include gas masks, Gatling guns, night vision equipment, and samurai swords. Written by Alan Back <ajback@yahoo.com>

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Good military knowledge, well-presented.
11 February 2003 | by (Far Harad) – See all my reviews

R. Lee pulls of a great program in terms of both historical relevance and his own inimitable humor and style. The show, surprisingly, doesn't focus merely on machine guns and guided missiles, but digs back into important - yet rarely considered - military equipment, personnel and history. When I first heard about "Mail Call", I was afraid that the History Channel would reign in the R. Lee Ermey we all know and love through characters such as Gunnery Sgt. Hartmann in Full Metal Jacket.

Far from it, Ermey acts just as irascable and tough-as-nails here as he does in any of his roles. Sometimes, the jokes are a little stiff, but overall everything seems to work well, and I must admit I do smile when he answers questions from younger viewers with all the patience and kindness of a first-grade teacher. (Please, no-one ever tell him I wrote that!)

If the show has any shortcomings, it's that it's only 30 minutes long. To dig into the real history behind some of the events, innovations and deeds he discusses would be far better served by an hour-long program instead of crammed down into a half of that time.

Overall, if you're tired of "blah" historical documentaries and watching the same grainy footage over and over, as punctuated by the droning voice of an unknown narrator when it comes to military historical shows, shut your piehole, stand tall before the TV and watch some "Mail Call", scumbag!


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