I've been re-watching this series, I remember hating it but I had to be reminded of why and this episode brought it all back in its shallow mimicry of actual good stories. Some of the first shows weren't great, but not bad. This episode was a stupid cliché riddled POS that started badly and ended worse. What a load of badly written, silly tripe.
Now I remember why this series sucked so badly. I love sci-fi, and I love war dramas, but these writers only had a superficial understanding of either genre. Ray Butts would have been killed by two bullets to the chest in the first five minutes of this show! And he stood a very good chance of being fragged at almost any point after that. The time worn re-run of the badass with a heart of gold who only has to kick the ass of every soldier to get their respect.
BS Butts lied to and manipulated everyone of the soldiers and yet somehow this translates into grudging respect after he kicks their asses. Formulaic and Wrong.
This series (and this episode in particular) remind me of some coke addled Hollywood brains trying to write in two genres and failing at both. Too often I wanted to like a good space opera, war saga and all I could do is be astounded by how many times I said "you've got to be kidding" out loud. I even liked most of the characters but the story lines betrayed a lack of understanding of tactics, protocol, and even realistic human emotions. Good sets, mysterious enemy, interesting personalities and lousy basic story lines capably stitched together by experienced but clueless TV hacks.
These writers must have spent waaay to much time in the hot tub and had no clue about a good credible story. An even shallower version of the beautiful and vapid Starship Troopers. The best attempt at this genre that I have seen was the CGI Starship Troopers Chronicles and that with real humans could have been even better.
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