History Series / TourOfDuty

24th Apr '16 10:23:44 PM bombadil211
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* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tactics

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* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tacticstactics as well as creating a fictional yet believable military unit with it's own backstory.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Anderson rarely wears his uniform shirt when out in the field, preferring to wear his equipment harness over a tank top, so his well-muscles arms are on full display.
21st Nov '15 5:35:40 AM open_sketch
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** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoilers: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.

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** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoilers: [[spoiler: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.
21st Nov '15 5:35:10 AM open_sketch
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** The second and third seasons were filmed in California, and don't look nearly as good
* DownerEnding: [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/Volunteer.htm The finale of the second season]] ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].
** Also, many individual episodes, such as "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/brothers-fathers-sons.htm Brothers, Fathers, and Sons]]" and "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/roadrunner.htm Roadrunner]]"

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** The second and third seasons were filmed in California, and don't look nearly as good
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.
* DownerEnding: [[http://www.Many.
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tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/Volunteer.htm The finale of the second season]] ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].
** Also, many Many individual episodes, such as "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/brothers-fathers-sons.htm Brothers, Fathers, and Sons]]" and "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/roadrunner.htm Roadrunner]]"Roadrunner]]"
** Finally, the last episodes of the series are almost universally depressing. [[spoilers: Lt. Goldman is completely disillusioned and has stooped to the same tactics he testified against a friend for. Zeke, with nobody to return to, is given another batch of young idiots to watch die. Marcus, now the last of the old squad, is wounded in a firefight. Pop loses his son and is badly wounded. Griner comes home blind. Hockenbury's pacifism costs the life of a comrade and he is stuck in a care center watching wounded men die. Ruiz and Percell both struggle to adjust to life back home, and McKay is grounded from combat flight, has difficulty getting a job, and when he does he can find no joy in flying in a civilian capacity.]] The series saved its emotional gutpunches for last.
31st Oct '15 7:36:16 AM kchishol
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''Tour of Duty'' was an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990. The show followed an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The story focused mainly on Bravo company's second platoon under the command of 2nd Lieutenant (later 1st Lieutenant) Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey), and Staff Sergeant (later Sergeant First Class) Zeke Anderson (Terence Knox).

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''Tour of Duty'' was an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990. It obviously was inspired by the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winning feature film, ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', making UsefulNotes/VietnamWar stories acceptable mainstream entertainment.

The show followed an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. The story focused mainly on Bravo company's second platoon under the command of 2nd Lieutenant (later 1st Lieutenant) Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey), and Staff Sergeant (later Sergeant First Class) Zeke Anderson (Terence Knox).
13th Aug '15 5:29:35 PM foxley
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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster (Carl weathers), conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.

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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster (Carl weathers), Weathers), conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.
13th Jul '15 11:44:43 AM BabyM
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* DownerEnding: The finale of the second season ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].

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* DownerEnding: [[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/Volunteer.htm The finale of the second season season]] ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They get better]].
13th Jul '15 11:43:21 AM BabyM
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** Also, many individual episodes, such as "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/brothers-fathers-sons.htm Brothers, Fathers, and Sons]]" and "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/roadrunner.htm Roadrunner]]"


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* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: "[[http://www.tourofdutyinfo.com/EpGuide/ParadiseLost.htm Paradise Lost]]
13th Jul '15 11:32:01 AM BabyM
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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster, conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.

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The first season opens in 1967 and follows a standard light infantry platoon. In the second season, the troops found themselves relocated to a base near Saigon while conducting the typical "search and destroy" missions. Female characters were also introduced (in hopes of gaining more female viewership and because of the premiere of the ABC Vietnam Army Nurses drama ''Series/ChinaBeach'' which was aimed at a more female audience). In the third season, the remaining female character was killed off and the platoon was transferred to a SOG (Studies and Observation Group) unit under the command of Colonel Brewster, Brewster (Carl weathers), conducting covert operations in Vietnam and in Cambodia, culminating in the fictional version of the raid on Son Tay Prison. The third season was the show's last.


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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


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* ShownTheirWork: in the first season, particularly, the show went to great lengths to show accurate weapons, equipment, and tactics
2nd Feb '15 6:07:57 PM dy031101
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* HonorBeforeReason: In ''Gray-Brown Odyssey'', Lt. Goldman and a VC prisoner, whom he holds at gun point after a prior ambush that also leaves him temporarily blind, come across a starving family of four communist sympathizers, with the elder man of the group being wounded. After hearing the VC explaining about the plight of the said starving family, Goldman gives them his rations and is about to move on. The VC, knowing that Goldman does not recognize Vietnamese language, not only tells the starving family that Goldman has just offered them food but also asks the family to mob the blind Goldman and help her escaping. A girl from the starving family grabs a knife to free the VC...... only to be stopped by her wounded father, who thanks Goldman for the food and allows him to leave with the VC still his prisoner.

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* HonorBeforeReason: In ''Gray-Brown Odyssey'', Lt. Goldman and a female VC prisoner, whom he holds at gun point after a prior ambush that also leaves him temporarily blind, come across a starving family of four wounded communist sympathizers, with the elder man of the group being wounded. sympathizer and his starving family. After hearing the VC explaining about the plight of the said starving family, family of four, Goldman gives them all his rations and is about to move on. The VC, knowing that Goldman does not recognize understand Vietnamese language, not only tells the starving family that Goldman has just offered them food but also asks the family to mob the blind Goldman and help her escaping. A girl from the starving family grabs a knife to free the VC...... only to be stopped prevented from going through with it by her wounded father, who thanks Goldman for the food and allows him to leave with the VC still his prisoner.
31st Jan '15 6:04:21 PM dy031101
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* DownerEnding: The finale of the second season ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They got better]].

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* DownerEnding: The finale of the second season ended with [[spoiler:a surrounded Lt. Goldman and Sgt. Anderson calling down an artillery strike on their own position. They got get better]].



* HonorBeforeReason: In ''Gray-Brown Odyssey'', Lt. Goldman and a VC he has held at gun point since a prior ambush that also leaves him temporarily blind come across a starving family of communist sympathizers, with at least one of them being wounded. After hearing the VC explaining about the plight of the said starving family, Goldman passes along his rations and is about to move on. The VC, knowing that Goldman does not recognize Vietnamese language, not only tells the starving family that Goldman has just offered them food but also asks the family to mob Goldman and help her escaping. A girl from the starving family thinks of complying...... only to be prevented by her wounded father, who thanks Goldman for the food and allows him to leave with the VC still his prisoner.

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* HonorBeforeReason: In ''Gray-Brown Odyssey'', Lt. Goldman and a VC prisoner, whom he has held holds at gun point since after a prior ambush that also leaves him temporarily blind blind, come across a starving family of four communist sympathizers, with at least one the elder man of them the group being wounded. After hearing the VC explaining about the plight of the said starving family, Goldman passes along gives them his rations and is about to move on. The VC, knowing that Goldman does not recognize Vietnamese language, not only tells the starving family that Goldman has just offered them food but also asks the family to mob the blind Goldman and help her escaping. A girl from the starving family thinks of complying...... grabs a knife to free the VC...... only to be prevented stopped by her wounded father, who thanks Goldman for the food and allows him to leave with the VC still his prisoner.
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