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RE: TV - I don't like, nor never watch, Reality shows, Talk shows, and Game shows. I do not like any sitcoms that were made in the last decade (as of 10AUG.2013). I do, however, like a lot of the animated shows such as South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons and American Dad.
My favorite Drama show from this Century is Boston Legal, although it also had a lot of good comedic parts as well. I miss that show, and was extremely disappointed when it was cancelled:'-(
I was a "cult" follower of some other shows such as Lost, Twin Peaks and Picket Fences. I loved Twin Peaks so much that I went to Seattle and with the rental car, we went inland to visit places that were used for location shots, such as Snoqualmie and the Falls there. It is beautiful country! I even took a seaplane ride over The Puget Sound. Best time of my life!
RE: Movies - I believe they don't make them like they used to. The last 2 movies I saw were "Lincoln" and "Act of Valor". Both excellent films, in my opinion. I read Ayn Rand's book, "Atlas Shrugged" and bought the DVD of Part I only so far.
Das Boot is one of my all time fave movies. I love JÃ¼rgen Prochnow. In fact I really enjoy a lot of the director, Wolfgang Petersen's movies. Not just movies like Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, but lesser known movies like The Keep. Oops - that was a Michael Mann movie, not Wolfgang's. Prochnow is in it, though, as well as Scott Glenn.
Personal Life: I like guns and going target shooting, horseback riding and going to Arlington Park to see the races, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, reading fiction and non-fiction, geography and history.
Oh, and my favorite all time TV show is Combat!
Combat!: The Ringer (1966)
Anticipation...Hero or not??
To begin with, I must say that Mart Hulswit as The Ringer/Pvt. Arthur Adams, did an excellent job of acting in this "Combat!" episode! He plays a young straggler. If he looks familiar, he played Pvt. Ryan in Combat!'s episode 3.17, "The Cassock".
For the 1st half of the episode, I was getting frustrated trying to figure out who or what the heck he was! I knew it would eventually be revealed, but I couldn't wait to find out. This is what made this episode stand out from others that had a "Who is he really?" theme. This one was not obvious at all. Is he an American GI coward? An infiltrator? Is he underage and hiding that? His actions are contradicting. Why is that?? How in the world can this be explained?
The culprit? The kid's father. I was so wrapped up in this story that I could not help yelling at the TV and asking, what was his father, back home in Indiana, thinking by lying?
I love this kind of episode where not only the Squad, but the viewer, has so many questions and possibilities running through their minds. Who would've guessed? Not exactly shocking, but one feels (even Saunders, I'm sure) so much empathy, and perhaps astonishment and anger, when the truth does come out.
Combat!: The Farmer (1965)
The shot heard round the world
Watching Littlejohn limp along, because of the hole in the sole of one of his boots, was very painful to watch. Isn't Littlejohn from a Nebraska farm? Why he didn't stay behind, instead of Noah, is beyond me. Story line purposes, obviously.
Even though Jo Davidsmeyer gave this episode only 1 (out of 4) bayonets in her book, "A Viewer's Guide to ... Combat!", personally I give it 4 bayonets; or 10 here on IMDb. This could be the cow lover in me, though. If I was in the character Noah's place, I probably would not have left the squad to help out the cow and her new born calf, but it would have pained me to hear the calf bawling. I helped birth a calf once on my uncle's farm, so I can relate.
I would, however, have acted the same way Noah did at the very end. To me, killing people is bad enough, but to see the "Krauts" shoot the mother cow is just incomprehensible. And how fitting was it that while looking down at Noah's dead body, Doc started reciting a farmer's poem with the Sarge saying the famous line, "And fired the shot heard round the world."
The Rifleman: The Angry Gun (1958)
Excellent acting by guest star as well as suspenseful
Just watched this episode - The Rifleman: Season 1, Episode 13 The Angry Gun (23 Dec. 1958) - on MeTV. Vic Morrow (Sgt. Chip Saunders from Combat) was in it!! Oh, baby:-0 He played bad guy Johnny Cotton. In the end, Lucas McCain shoots and kills him after Johnny stole his money he had gotten from selling his herd. He also stole Lucas' (gasp!) Rifle!! Morrow was great as the bad guy; even playing a stalking type game with Lucas. The end was very touching as his son, Mark, ran to his pa when Lucas came down the road on one of the bandit's horses.
Not only a great episode because of the storyline, but Vic played his part extremely well as a badass who also had a wicked laugh.
Also noteworthy: the way Lucas was quick to think and it was ingenious the way he rigged the pistol, which he had to make do, as Cotton still had his rifle.