Sunday, June 20, 2010

White Rook calling Checkmate King Two

Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Well, my answer hasn't changed from when I answered this in the last meme... my favorite is still Combat! (1962-1967). I have other shows I love desperately and dearly, but I'll still have to put Combat! up top. Same reasons as before. Well-written, well-acted, with more plots and moral/ethical dilemmas that push my personal happiness buttons than most other shows put together, even my other faves. Also, very few shows make me want to be a better person. They make me want to join the police force, drive fast cars, catch outlaws and criminals, travel through time and space, and captain submarines and star ships, but they don't make me want to change who I am. Combat! does, or rather, Vic Morrow's Sgt. Saunders does. What surprises me about that is that inspiring television characters usually inspire little more than eye rolls and yawns. True integrity is hard to convey honestly, but Vic Morrow does it without ever feeling cliche or easy or fake. Sure the scripts are well-written, but that part, I feel, is all Vic. In someone else's hands, Saunders would not have given that same kind of impression. I don't know how he did that, but Vic was an amazing and underrated actor. And that just makes this even more of a special show to me.


  1. Anonymous4:50 AM

    I really will have to find this on DVD.

    Oh, and I'm going to take a wild stab at your day 14 entry. Might it be Saunders? Just possibly? :-P

  2. That's a very astute guess! And Saunders is in the very top tier of fave characters, but there's another male tv character I love even more. A Brit, too, how do you like that? :-D

  3. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Hmm. A Brit, you say? Well, I know of your love of all things Sean Bean, of course, but on TV I only know him as Richard Sharpe. Could that be it?

    Or could you have fallen under the same spell as ladygarand, and be a Damien Lewis convert? Or Daniel Craig...

    Or someone else entirely?

    Hmm. Hmm and hmm. :-D

  4. Anonymous10:54 AM

    Vic Morrow gives a great portrayal of the American GI. My Dad was a WWII vet, he never missed a show. They were the greatest generation.

  5. Anonymous10:11 AM

    A real Bad Ass, Sgt.Saunders is a true American hero. Vic Morrow does him justice. I love this guy.