March 15, 2010

TV Tuesday

To start with....

How 'bout them cowboys?? (And I don't mean Pokes!)
I think my boys did pretty good this week. They started 4th, ended up 3rd, and other than not knowing what a "bagwette" was ;) they were pretty seamless.

So, that's progress! I have hopes. All you have to do is stay in the top three until the end. If they can do that, I think they could beat out anyone in the final leg. So, fingers crossed!

And Oh My Gravy - Cord is now my facebook friend! Yeah, I'm a total fangirl. Whatever.

And even though I know nobody else watches it, the milspouse in me has to mention it....


Chuck

This week was an epic Chuck episode. As you know, I am a huge Adam Baldwin fan, and Colonel John Casey is my favorite character on the show.

"The only thing I hate more than hippie and neo-liberal fascists and anarchists are the hypocrite fat-cat suits they eventually grow up to become."

But this week brought heartbreak for Casey and his fans - like me. We learn that, back once upon a time, John Casey was really Alex Colburn. He applied to Special Forces and was denied. Leaving the meeting dejected, he is approached by a very sneaky-looking military official offering him a position in a super-secret Black Ops unit, just like he's always dreamed. The catch? It's so Top Secret, he'd have to fake his own death and assume a new identity to join. Which, obviously, he did.

Present day - he is found by the Black Ops organization he left, now working with terrorists (though they didn't before) and coerced into completing a mission for them, making himself a traitor to the USA. John Casey is perhaps the most patriotic fictional character ever created, next to Blackford Oakes and Charlie West. What could make him do this?

Turns out, at the time he "died," he was engaged. He chose to leave his loved ones behind - including his fiance - and pursue a new life as a new person. To force him to betray his country, they located his former fiance, whom he apparently still loved, and said they'd kill her unless he cooperated. Obviously, being Chuck, they save the girl and get the bad guys by the end of the episode. But not before Casey commits treason.

Because he's Casey, because he's a main character and because of his sterling record, rather than court martial him, he is discharged from the military. This was the most painful moment of the show. The general tells him, "For the last time, Colonel Casey, you are dismissed." He stands to attention and salutes in farewell. The general, rather than saluting back, offers her hand in a handshake. I felt that in my gut. Then she asks that "Mr. Casey be escorted from the premises."

Thankfully, I know this isn't the last we'll see of Casey, but it didn't make it any less tragic. There was a line, when reminded that he could go back to his fiance and daughter (oh yeah, he didn't know it, but she was pregnant at the time...I wonder if that would have changed his decision) he replies, "What's dead is dead. I made the choice between love and love of country a long time ago."

And it got me thinking, how could he do it? How could he give it all up? SoldierMan has mentioned before - in passing - that were he not married, he would have considered pursuing Special Forces. But being married, looking toward a family and having a solid anchor at home...changes your priorities. I just wonder...is there anything I want so badly that I would turn my back on my family, put them through all that grief? Is there anything worth that? What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. That's touogh. I know I couldn't do it (obviously for a number of reasons, but I meant emotionally!) but then I already made that decision. I love my country and I am *incredibly* proud to have served it in Iraq, and all things being equal I wish I could stay here and continue serving. But it came to a choice between that and DM - and frankly, it wasn't even a choice: I made the decision without thinking about it.

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  2. I love Chuck! I never hear anyone talking about this show, so I figured I was one of the only people who still watches it!

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