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post #61 of 538
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Originally Posted by Rakesh.S View Post

Studios produce pilots for shows and sell them to whoever is interested in them...The studios and networks are separate entities.

I know that, but why would a series produced by whomever and shown on Fox carry an NBC Universal logo? Is NBC Universal also a production house?
post #62 of 538
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Originally Posted by s2silber View Post

I know that, but why would a series produced by whomever and shown on Fox carry an NBC Universal logo? Is NBC Universal also a production house?

Yes. Universal is big in movies and television production.......Universal Studios....
post #63 of 538
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Originally Posted by Rakesh.S View Post

Studios produce pilots for shows and sell them to whoever is interested in them...The studios and networks are separate entities.

Yes, but traditionally, Fox has always been the company with a preference to keep everything in-house (The Simpsons, The X-Files, 24, etc.)

It's true that sometimes Fox got a good deal by selling their bad shows to other networks who lost big (like when they sold Lyon's Den to NBC).
post #64 of 538
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Originally Posted by foxfan View Post

Yes, but traditionally, Fox has always been the company with a preference to keep everything in-house (The Simpsons, The X-Files, 24, etc.)

It's true that sometimes Fox got a good deal by selling their bad shows to other networks who lost big (like when they sold Lyon's Den to NBC).

Fox is a big studio and produces shows for many networks. Buffy and Angel were two big Fox productions that aired on the WB (Buffy later moved to UPN). NYPD Blue was a Fox production for ABC. Muder One also aired on ABC, Roswell on the WB, and The Grid on TNT, for example.
post #65 of 538
My wife and I both enjoyed the show, but were turned off by the whole "Colonel and the soldier's wife" deal as well. Other than that, we thought the show was great.

I agree that the young wife was probably the most accurately portrayed of them all. Most military wives are not as conformists as the older wives were made out to be, most of them want to do their own thing.

In the old Army, the unit was your family and your family's family (think We Were Soldiers...). Now, however, this is not as true - at least for families in the states. Married soldiers in the states pretty much "punch out" at the end of the day and do not bring the culture home with them. However, overseas it is a little different.

When we were in Korea for three years, it felt much more "old Army." The people you worked with were the people you saw at the store, when you went out to eat, and when you went to church. It was a much tighter community, and there was definitely a "spouse mafia" where the more experienced spouses would take the younger spouses under their wing and get them acclimated.

While I have never served in any special operations units, I do have several friends who have, and they are just regular folk when they get home from work.

There is one neat thing about those kinds of units, though. You "tours" are usually short, often not exceeding 6 weeks (and usually around a week), which is much better than a 12-18 month deployment. Remember what the young guy said at the end, something to the effect that it was his dream job that he could be all "soldier" during the day and still go home to his wife?
post #66 of 538
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Originally Posted by jrfuda View Post

it was his dream job that he could be all "solider" during the day and still go home to his wife?

My dreams are a lot different than that.
post #67 of 538
I thought the dialogue and acting were extremely robotic. Didn't like the fact that "The Unit" took the plane without changing their clothes into military gear (the red shirt was ridiculous looking). I will give it a chance next week but was disappointed in the first show.

Unlike most of you my favorite part was the Colonel with the wife. Showed that it won't be all heroic characters throughout.
post #68 of 538
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Just caught it - my kind of show. Wife had a hard time getting over the mule, but stuck with the show anyway.

My wife had the same issue with the mule -- but she is going to give it another week. If they kill a dog in the next episode she'll be lost for good!!
post #69 of 538
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Originally Posted by TommyK View Post

That about sums it up.

seconded
post #70 of 538
"Don't shoot the white guy"
post #71 of 538
Getting better...
post #72 of 538
why couldn't they find a hotter wife for president palmer?? i'd take sherry palmer over the starr jones lookalike... i'm not being mean, i just think he deserves better... maybe he should get a piece of the town slut...

i like it so far, the grittiness of the field contrasted with the lighter drama of the suburban world...
post #73 of 538
The way Palmer says some of his one-liners, I can't help but think of "H" from CSI Miami. He had some good ones last night.

My question -- he didn't look at all surprised when the guy jumped out last night; it almost seemed like he expected it. But then why go through all the effort if you were then going to let him jump? By effort I mean carrying his ass 19 miles....

Also a bit abrupt for the new guy's wife to come around to the wives' club so fast. But, hey, getting better (remember, the buzz was the first episode was the worst of the ones screened by the media).

At least no mules died tonight.
post #74 of 538
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Originally Posted by nikeykid View Post

why couldn't they find a hotter wife for president palmer?? i'd take sherry palmer over the starr jones lookalike... i'm not being mean, i just think he deserves better... maybe he should get a piece of the town slut...

I glad someone else thought it looked like Starr Jones too. I mentioned it to my wife when we were watching last night (actually, I said something dumb like, "Is that Starr Jones?"). Wife said no, Starr's about 3 times her size....
post #75 of 538
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Originally Posted by kevinstu View Post

Wife said no, Starr's about 3 times her size....

Actually, Star Jones is about half that woman's size now (she did that gastric bypass surgery):

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429274/photogallery
post #76 of 538
This show is extremely loud. My wife keeps screaming at me to turn it down, and my volume settings are already reduced way below any other show I watch.

All the spousal screaming is really hurting the entertainment value.
post #77 of 538
Somewhat of a muddled plot and story line, IMO. Chasing down a Chinese satellite payload and fighting whoever it was chasing them...with a known terrorist aboard?! Shades of Ice Station Zebra. Get the feeling that meddling "suits" and network policies are screwing up the creative process, including the likely mandatory wives-at-home angle. -- John
post #78 of 538
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Originally Posted by kevinstu View Post

My question -- he didn't look at all surprised when the guy jumped out last night; it almost seemed like he expected it. But then why go through all the effort if you were then going to let him jump? By effort I mean carrying his ass 19 miles....

I know I expected it. I was thinking, this guy is a nut case and would rather die than give up his comrades. The instant Jonas (FKA President Palmer on 24) moved to the front of the plane I was thinking, the idiot's gonna dive out the back door.

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At least no mules died tonight.

I'm glad they didn't kill any more innocent mules , we got bad people to kill instead .

CCourtney
post #79 of 538
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Originally Posted by kevinstu View Post


My question -- he didn't look at all surprised when the guy jumped out last night; it almost seemed like he expected it. But then why go through all the effort if you were then going to let him jump? By effort I mean carrying his ass 19 miles....

I think that and the obviously covered up shooting in Jones' house are going to play into the retirement sub-plot the writers have going. This show is still a little uneven, but I think there is some basic quality for it to build on.
post #80 of 538
If the COL gets busted for messing around, they could be setting up Jonas to take his place heading the Unit.
post #81 of 538
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

If the COL gets busted for messing around, they could be setting up Jonas to take his place heading the Unit.

I think Jonas is a Sergeant Major (I vaguely recall someone calling him that in epi 1) so he can't command the unit, but I may be mistaken (on the rank, not that a SGM can't command). Regardless, he's better suited to the team leader position he's in now, than he would be as the overall unit leader (I think, an SF team leader is usually a major or captain too, so maybe he IS an officer - or maybe it doesn't matter and they're gonna hollywood-up their ranks anyway...)

Anyway, we enjoyed the show last night, however:

- There's no way the first team member who fired would have missed. He would not have taken that shot unless he knew he'd make it.

- There's no way they would not have had a known terrorist - a crafty bad guy - not be bound up so bad. That was a classic Dr. Evil-esque mistake, except, this time the good guys made it! But, as some of you pointed out, Jonas might of let him go...

- The watches and compasses contain tritium, not uranium, and I doubt it would have measured that much on that fella's geiger counter.

I wonder what isntallation this is supposed to be taking place at... At first I thought it was Fort Bragg, but then the soldier's wife mentioned she knew the woman whose husband died from Fort Bragg ruled that out. I wonder if it's a fictional installation?
post #82 of 538
Fort Griffith (fictional)
post #83 of 538
Thanks CP, I intently listened for the location both episodes and never got it. Now if we can just get their ranks
post #84 of 538
They showed a sign on base.
post #85 of 538
I've only seen the first episode so far but my opinion is this show is geared toward guys. It's macho on a stick! My god, they even named it after a male body part!!! (Maybe they'll eventually create a spin-off for women called "Mamory Lane"!).

The wives sub-plot is probably to appease the women viewers. I can't imagine how many guys would be forbidden to watch this show if it were 100% shoot em up and explosions only.

Look at 24. How many times has Jack been in the middle of saving the world when he gets a phone call from a girlfriend wanting to talk about their relationship?
post #86 of 538
having women on the show doesn't necessarily appease women viewers. w/o the wives the show would just be a sausage fest.
post #87 of 538
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

They passed on "My Name is Earl" also. But I'm sure there are a number of FOX properties that were passed up by the network then went on to fail on another network.

And Sons & Daughters which airs on ABC is produced by NBC Universal.
post #88 of 538
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Originally Posted by jrfuda View Post

I- The watches and compasses contain tritium, not uranium, and I doubt it would have measured that much on that fella's geiger counter.

Yep.. It takes a special instrument to measure tritium as its energy levels are so low. And radium hasn't been used since the 60's.

So does anyone else think the short-haired chick is cute?
post #89 of 538
The HD quality when I saw the first episode was great. Last nights episode was crap(picture quality only). Every time there was action it looked like it was a divx movie off the internet. Pixels became very noticable, faces looked like they were slightly blurred, anything moving looked very low quality.

I watched it on Cox Cable and after about 2 minutes I switched to OTA, both looked bad and I am pretty sure its the show because the commercials looked crisp and clean.

Did anyone else notice this? Maybe its just my area, Hampton Roads, VA but I tried 2 sources.



As far as the story goes, I take issue as to why these guys are supposedly clerks. Why not just say they are special ops and dont go into detail on it with outsiders. Also anyone ever see base housing that nice for anything less than a full bird Colonel. I doubt it Ok thats just nitpicking but its something my wife noticed.
post #90 of 538
FWIW,

Jonas Blane is a Sgt Major, and Fort Griffith was a real Fort on US soil, it was just that it was built by the British in the war of 1812. Maybe one of the writers is a History/War buff.

CCourtney
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