10/5/2018 4:40:14 PM
If you were able to re-write and direct one episode of Mash, from when it was in production, which would you choose?
10/12/2018 10:47:53 AM
First, I wouldn't make any episode better by redoing it.
Second, I don't really think of fixing episodes - I think of scrapping them.
Third, for the most part when I think of MASH episodes, I mostly think of them as average, good, very good, or great.
One of my least favorite is Comrades in Arms. It felt forced to me. Had they not inserted the sex, the episode would have been very similar to an earlier episode.
I don't think I would have let Radar turn grumpy in season eight right before he left. If he was going to turn grumpy, he should have gotten grumpier in seasons six or seven. It was like his grumpy switch just got flipped.
10/12/2018 3:50:42 PM
Yes, i too think mostly about either not moving forward with a story, like in Comrades in Arms, or with the direction of a character like Frank breaking down all through Season 5.
10/14/2018 6:08:34 AM
I was going to say I couldn't think of any episode, but if I had to choose one it would be Margaret's Engagement. She falls too hard and too fast and gets engaged to a guy that turns out to be a complete loser. Not that people haven't done it in real life, but it felt more like an excuse to set up Larry Linville's departure at the end of the season and was handled poorly. If she had to get engaged in this doomed way, I'd have made them either meet in a previous episode so at least we'd have heard of the guy, or delay the engagement till the middle of the season. Also, they really handled poorly Frank suddenly being open about his relationship with Margaret. I would have fixed that too.
Also, I would have taken that stupid folding chair out of the Father Mulcahy scene in I Hate a Mystery. The scene would have been much better just relying on the dialogue.