Post by Uncle Coaster on Feb 6, 2013 13:48:45 GMT -5
This is a great thread. I think what I'm getting from reading is that the consensus among us is pretty much in line with my own personal opinion...that while the war plotline as a whole was far from perfect, it provided some great episodes/scenes/additions to the series.
I give a special thumbs up to the previously mentioned Lewis Arquette and to the initial story line of Jason finding himself. Those were my particular favorites from this time.
Compared to say MASH, the Waltons war looked staged and the boys and everyone never looked in real danger. And there was some romance and attempt at war scenes. Ben in the Last Ten Days when he was a POW and Jason fighting when the Germans surrendered was a good war scene. And John Boy remembering when his good friend died in the water when their plane the Katey Anne crashed . Those were pretty good, but not to MASH degree of course. Different kinds of shows at different times. And Jim Bob didn't qualify for war awesome or at least he couldn't fly a plane like he wanted. And of course the Pearl Harbor Day of Infamy story was well done covering that awful day and Curt's "death" If they hadn't had the fake Curt return that would have been even more memorable. And of course the Waltons always honored the war and its veterans very well. Just my thoughts on The War and the Waltons. Hey thats what you could call the last 4-5 years or so of the series. Talk soon WmFanSportwriter
Unlike today when they show pretty much anything and everything on TV at any time of day or night they probably could only show so much because of the time slot they were on. They were on during the family hour and children were watching. MASH was on in the 9pm time slot so they could get away with a little more.
twinkle, maybe that's what it was that I didn't like.. they didn't seem to be anchored down once the elder characters started leaving the show, for one reason or another. It was sad to see the family shrink.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8
Regarding MASH -- it was ABOUT war..... The Waltons wasn't -- So, I don't see any reason to make any kind of comparison..... Because of the times they were covering, it was necessary for The Waltons to include some snipets about the family during the war, but it was not a main focus..... it served mainly to help them squeeze out some more episodes while struggling to keep the show going.....
They should have showed some battles. That is probably why I didnt like it.
If they are gonna have a war story arc, lets see some action.
Most of the stories were romance stuff on a military base.
The POW episode was the best one. Well, I like "The day of infamy "one too, but a lot of them were boring.
The trouble was, of course, that there wasn't really the budget to do stuff set abroad, let alone any real fighting scenes.
I think it's a bit obvious that all the overseas scenes seem to be shot in the same place as Walton's Mountain. The prison camp where Ben is - would appear to be just down the road from Ike's for example.
IN general though, the war events fed back into the Mountain bits of the show and that's *really* what the war bits were about in "The Waltons", moreso than turning the show into "The Longest Day" or something. It's a shame they didn't take the gritty step of killing one of the boys off, though.