History Series / TourOfDuty

27th Aug '17 5:13:21 PM PaulA
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* CaliforniaDoubling
** The first season was filmed in Hawaii, whose rain forests were a convincing stand-in for Southeast Asia
** The second and third seasons were filmed in California, and don't look nearly as good. Ironically, the rolling yellow hills would have been a decent stand-in for the country near the DMZ during the dry season, where they were stationed in season 1, but it utterly fails as jungle around Saigon. Near the end of the series, a new guy lampshades it by pondering why Vietnam isn't as green as he expected, and Anderson explains that it is the result of the use of Agent Orange near their bases.
27th Aug '17 5:11:58 PM PaulA
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* AdvertisedExtra: Creator/KevinConroy was a member of the main cast for the first season, but the writers could never figure out how to properly integrate him into the storylines, as his character was a commander who normally stayed on base. Stuck in Hawaii with nothing to do for most of the working week, he set up a small stand on the beach and sold sketch portraits to tourists out of boredom. His character was dramatically killed off before the end of the season.
21st Sep '16 3:47:51 AM southpaw2977
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* CommunicationsOfficer: PFC Roger Horn. Due to his pacifist beliefs and refusal to fight (at first), Anderson makes him the RTO so he can be kept close to him and the LT.
21st Sep '16 3:39:03 AM southpaw2977
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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Firebase Ladybird suffers this in the episode [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/UnderSiege.htm "Under Siege"]]. The [[CluelessBoss new company commander]] brushes off Anderson and Goldman’s concerns about the base defenses, thinking Charlie would be foolish to attack the base. Cut to the VC broadcasting over a loudspeaker that the base is now surrounded, and will attack that night. Oh, not to mention the base is desperately low on ammunition and no ground or air support is available. The VC attack and overrun the base. [[spoiler:Only thanks to some clever rigging of some IED’s in and around the base perimeter is the platoon able to get the upper hand and drive the enemy back. However, the base is completely destroyed in the process.]]

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Firebase Ladybird suffers this in the episode [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/UnderSiege.htm "Under Siege"]]. The [[CluelessBoss new company commander]] brushes off Anderson and Goldman’s concerns about the base defenses, thinking Charlie would be foolish to attack the base. Cut to the VC broadcasting over a loudspeaker that the base is now surrounded, and will attack that night. Oh, not to mention the base is desperately low on ammunition and no ground or air support is available. The VC attack and overrun the base. [[spoiler:Only thanks to some clever rigging of some IED’s in and around the base perimeter is the platoon able to get the upper hand and drive the enemy back. However, [[TrashTheSet the base is completely destroyed in the process.]] ]]
21st Sep '16 3:24:51 AM southpaw2977
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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Firebase Ladybird suffers this in the episode [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/UnderSiege.htm "Under Siege"]]. The [[CluelessBoss new company commander]] brushes off Anderson and Goldman’s concerns about the base defenses, thinking Charlie would be foolish to attack the base. Cut to the VC broadcasting over a loudspeaker that the base is now surrounded, and will attack that night. Oh, not to mention the base is desperately low on ammunition and no ground or air support is available. The VC attack and overrun the base. [[spoiler:Only thanks to some clever rigging of some IED’s in and around the base perimeter is the platoon able to get the upper hand and drive the enemy back. However, the base is completely destroyed in the process.]]
21st Sep '16 2:47:38 AM southpaw2977
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* WeaponTombstone: [[spoiler:Captain Wallace]] has one made for him, and several others, at Firebase Ladybird.
20th Sep '16 10:45:28 PM southpaw2977
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* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Other than the ''rare'' appearance of a Chinook in a couple of first season episodes, a crashed Cayuse in the opening credits, and a Jetranger in the series finale, EVERY helicopter shown in the show is the venerable Huey.

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* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Played straight for the most part. Other than the a ''rare'' appearance cameo of a Chinook in a couple of first season episodes, a crashed Cayuse in the opening credits, and a civilian Jetranger in the series finale, EVERY helicopter shown in the show is the venerable Huey.
20th Sep '16 10:16:25 PM southpaw2977
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--> “I try to do everything right…everything BAD happens to me.”

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--> “I try to do everything right…everything BAD wrong happens to me.”me!”
20th Sep '16 3:45:21 AM southpaw2977
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* BoobyTrap: Practically anytime the squad is out on patrol, you can expect one (or more) to make an appearance. Some are averted, some....not so much.
20th Sep '16 12:28:20 AM southpaw2977
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* JustPlaneWrong: In a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" moment from the episode "Soldiers", a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter can be seen being towed in the background when Percell, Taylor, and Ruiz are walking to board their plane. The Blackhawk didn't enter into service until 1979 - 12 years after the episode time period was set.
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