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** It is mentioned that when anybody leaves, the prisoners bring in a new man so that it'll look like nobody escapes.


* I’m sort of intrigued by the extras you see in almost every episode - the “other” prisoners in Hogan’s barracks. Usually, they are seen lounging on their bunks or standing in the background, passively watching and listening as Hogan and the other principals discuss their latest scheme. Once in a great while, we see a few of them assisting on the periphery of an operation, like lookouts or signalers. But they never do any “away” missions with the main characters. It’s apparent, though, that they are all in on the sabotage shenanigans going on (it would be hard to keep them in the dark in such a confined space anyway), but still 99% of the missions involve just the principal five actively taking part. Sure, Hogan may feel that the main crew are the only guys he trusts with going outside the camp, but one would think the others would at least be drafted to do some of the “grunt work.” It doesn’t make sense that valuable “first teamers” like [=LeBeau=], Newkirk, Carter and Kinchloe are, say, digging a new tunnel extension while the no-names are reading magazines in their bunks. Maybe some of the background guys are “on deck,” ready to step in if one of the principals are captured or otherwise rendered unavailable (which would explain Baker’s sudden and unexplained replacement of Kinch), but it doesn’t seem like they are getting any real training that would prepare them to fill the shoes of the Big Five on short notice if need be.

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* [[GhostExtras I’m sort of intrigued by the extras you see in almost every episode - the “other” prisoners in Hogan’s barracks.barracks]]. Usually, they are seen lounging on their bunks or standing in the background, passively watching and listening as Hogan and the other principals discuss their latest scheme. Once in a great while, we see a few of them assisting on the periphery of an operation, like lookouts or signalers. But they never do any “away” missions with the main characters. It’s apparent, though, that they are all in on the sabotage shenanigans going on (it would be hard to keep them in the dark in such a confined space anyway), but still 99% of the missions involve just the principal five actively taking part. Sure, Hogan may feel that the main crew are the only guys he trusts with going outside the camp, but one would think the others would at least be drafted to do some of the “grunt work.” It doesn’t make sense that valuable “first teamers” like [=LeBeau=], Newkirk, Carter and Kinchloe are, say, digging a new tunnel extension while the no-names are reading magazines in their bunks. Maybe some of the background guys are “on deck,” ready to step in if one of the principals are captured or otherwise rendered unavailable (which would explain Baker’s sudden and unexplained replacement of Kinch), but it doesn’t seem like they are getting any real training that would prepare them to fill the shoes of the Big Five on short notice if need be.


** Post-show cast interviews indicate that most of the main cast generally got along well, with the exception of Bob Crane. His personal political views were the opposite of everyone else and he was more distant with them. But considering what came out about Crane's personal life after his murder, he may have been more... interested in that aspect of his life than in his public acting career, choosing to not make friends or show much passion for his work compared to everyone else on the show. Not that he couldn't have also become burned out with doing the show for so long, too- this is pretty noticable with The Andy Griffith Show's later seasons as well, as Andy Griffith went from playing a lovable, cheerful sheriff to having a rather visible disdain for the town & people he served as well as more of a bad attitude with Opie. Tom Baker also began to express dislike for his work on Doctor Who after 7 seasons, to the point he wouldn't associate with the series for several decades after. Some actors get bored with long-running TV shows they're stuck working on.

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** Post-show cast interviews indicate that most of the main cast generally got along well, with the exception of Bob Crane. His personal political views were the opposite of everyone else and he was more distant with them.them(the only one he seemed close with was Ivan Dixon, while he kept more of a professional relationship with the rest). But considering what came out about Crane's personal life after his murder, he may have been more... interested in that aspect of his life than in his public acting career, choosing to not make friends or show much passion for his work compared to everyone else on the show. Not that he couldn't have also become burned out with doing the show for so long, too- this is pretty noticable with The Andy Griffith Show's later seasons as well, as Andy Griffith went from playing a lovable, cheerful sheriff to having a rather visible disdain for the town & people he served as well as more of a bad attitude with Opie. Tom Baker also began to express dislike for his work on Doctor Who after 7 seasons, to the point he wouldn't associate with the series for several decades after. Some actors get bored with long-running TV shows they're stuck working on.


** [[RuleOfFunny Because it's a comedy, really]]. Though as any study of British military history (or British individual having served in the military, for that matter), if there is one organisation that has not been entirely spared the scourge of incompetents finding their ways into positions of power, authority and influence, it is the British Army.

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** [[RuleOfFunny Because it's a comedy, really]]. Though as any study of British military history (or British individual having served in the military, for that matter), if there is one organisation that has not been entirely spared the scourge of incompetents finding their ways into positions of power, authority and influence, it is the British Army.Army.
* Why no medical staff at the stalag? Even if the Nazis had no real interest in the medical safety of the prisoners(yet with their open adherence to the Geneva Convention and Swiss inspectors, they'd probably at least keep up appearances), surely they would need staff on site for the guards or the commandant if needed? Yet if anyone has any issue they either have to be taken out of camp to the local hospital or medical personnel have to come to camp. While it makes for convenient excuses to get someone out of camp(see Newkirk faking a toothache), it's hardly believable.

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**** The real bricks were needed to be fake gold bars. After all, if the Germans discovered that the gold was missing, Stalag 13 would be the first place inspected. Although, to be fair, they did discover that the weight of the "gold" was indeed off, but think that someone only took a few bars. Also, let's not factor in the fact that building bricks and gold bars of the same dimensions would have different weights, with gold being much heavier.

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** Post-show cast interviews indicate that most of the main cast generally got along well, with the exception of Bob Crane. His personal political views were the opposite of everyone else and he was more distant with them. But considering what came out about Crane's personal life after his murder, he may have been more... interested in that aspect of his life than in his public acting career, choosing to not make friends or show much passion for his work compared to everyone else on the show. Not that he couldn't have also become burned out with doing the show for so long, too- this is pretty noticable with The Andy Griffith Show's later seasons as well, as Andy Griffith went from playing a lovable, cheerful sheriff to having a rather visible disdain for the town & people he served as well as more of a bad attitude with Opie. Tom Baker also began to express dislike for his work on Doctor Who after 7 seasons, to the point he wouldn't associate with the series for several decades after. Some actors get bored with long-running TV shows they're stuck working on.


* I’m sort of intrigued by the extras you see in almost every episode - the “other” prisoners in Hogan’s barracks. Usually, they are seen lounging on their bunks or standing in the background, passively watching and listening as Hogan and the other principals discuss their latest scheme. Once in a great while, we see a few of them assisting on the periphery of an operation, like lookouts or signalers. But they never do any “away” missions with the main characters. It’s apparent, though, that they are all in on the sabotage shenanigans going on (it would be hard to keep them in the dark in such a confined space anyway), but still 99% of the missions involve just the principal five actively taking part. Sure, Hogan may feel that the main crew are the only guys he trusts with going outside the camp, but one would think the others would at least be drafted to do some of the “grunt work.” It doesn’t make sense that valuable “first teamers” like LeBeau, Newkirk, Carter and Kinchloe are, say, digging a new tunnel extension while the no-names are reading magazines in their bunks. Maybe some of the background guys are “on deck,” ready to step in if one of the principals are captured or otherwise rendered unavailable (which would explain Baker’s sudden and unexplained replacement of Kinch), but it doesn’t seem like they are getting any real training that would prepare them to fill the shoes of the Big Five on short notice if need be.
** This can be mostly explained by TheMainCharactersDoEverything. It's possible that the extras do help with a lot of the grunt work like tunnel digging while the first teamers supervise or do the finishing touches. In "The Great Impersonation", LeBeau, Newkirk, and Carter are captured red-handed in an act of sabotage; Hogan mentions that they are irreplaceable and that their heists are finished if the three can't be rescued.

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* I’m sort of intrigued by the extras you see in almost every episode - the “other” prisoners in Hogan’s barracks. Usually, they are seen lounging on their bunks or standing in the background, passively watching and listening as Hogan and the other principals discuss their latest scheme. Once in a great while, we see a few of them assisting on the periphery of an operation, like lookouts or signalers. But they never do any “away” missions with the main characters. It’s apparent, though, that they are all in on the sabotage shenanigans going on (it would be hard to keep them in the dark in such a confined space anyway), but still 99% of the missions involve just the principal five actively taking part. Sure, Hogan may feel that the main crew are the only guys he trusts with going outside the camp, but one would think the others would at least be drafted to do some of the “grunt work.” It doesn’t make sense that valuable “first teamers” like LeBeau, [=LeBeau=], Newkirk, Carter and Kinchloe are, say, digging a new tunnel extension while the no-names are reading magazines in their bunks. Maybe some of the background guys are “on deck,” ready to step in if one of the principals are captured or otherwise rendered unavailable (which would explain Baker’s sudden and unexplained replacement of Kinch), but it doesn’t seem like they are getting any real training that would prepare them to fill the shoes of the Big Five on short notice if need be.
** This can be mostly explained by TheMainCharactersDoEverything. It's possible that the extras do help with a lot of the grunt work like tunnel digging while the first teamers supervise or do the finishing touches. In "The Great Impersonation", LeBeau, [=LeBeau=], Newkirk, and Carter are captured red-handed in an act of sabotage; Hogan mentions that they are irreplaceable and that their heists are finished if the three can't be rescued.rescued.
** They actually ''do'' mention that other prisoners are used occasionally for operations - two separate prisoners (oddly enough both named Williams, oddly enough both either traitors or actually enemy agents) are mentioned in "Diamonds in the Rough" and "One in Every Crowd" as having been used on a couple of jobs, so presumably one or two other prisoners occasionally come along to blow up a bridge or help extract an agent. It's just never shown onscreen.


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*** The question was more of why hide the gold in plain sight instead of down in the tunnel. The steps were needed to get their hands on the regular bricks in the first place, but why not just use regular bricks on the steps and keep the gold where it couldn't be accidentally exposed?

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** This can be mostly explained by TheMainCharactersDoEverything. It's possible that the extras do help with a lot of the grunt work like tunnel digging while the first teamers supervise or do the finishing touches. In "The Great Impersonation", LeBeau, Newkirk, and Carter are captured red-handed in an act of sabotage; Hogan mentions that they are irreplaceable and that their heists are finished if the three can't be rescued.

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* I’m sort of intrigued by the extras you see in almost every episode - the “other” prisoners in Hogan’s barracks. Usually, they are seen lounging on their bunks or standing in the background, passively watching and listening as Hogan and the other principals discuss their latest scheme. Once in a great while, we see a few of them assisting on the periphery of an operation, like lookouts or signalers. But they never do any “away” missions with the main characters. It’s apparent, though, that they are all in on the sabotage shenanigans going on (it would be hard to keep them in the dark in such a confined space anyway), but still 99% of the missions involve just the principal five actively taking part. Sure, Hogan may feel that the main crew are the only guys he trusts with going outside the camp, but one would think the others would at least be drafted to do some of the “grunt work.” It doesn’t make sense that valuable “first teamers” like LeBeau, Newkirk, Carter and Kinchloe are, say, digging a new tunnel extension while the no-names are reading magazines in their bunks. Maybe some of the background guys are “on deck,” ready to step in if one of the principals are captured or otherwise rendered unavailable (which would explain Baker’s sudden and unexplained replacement of Kinch), but it doesn’t seem like they are getting any real training that would prepare them to fill the shoes of the Big Five on short notice if need be.

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** The steps were part of the plan - hide the gold in plain sight as a set of steps.


* Why the ''fuck'' is Colonel Crittendon still in the British Army. Comedy purposes aside, I know that peerage and stuff like that is important in the British Army, but considering he's probably one of the most incompetent men in the entire war (even with Klink and Schultz being taken into consideration) and has, multiple times, been the sole survivor of his units due to his own incompetence, how is he still being sent on very important missions like being a resistance leader and things like that? You would think that High Command or ''whoever'' is in charge of him would realize he's a dumbass and is better either behind a desk or outright discharged, honorably or otherwise.

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* Why the ''fuck'' is Colonel Crittendon still in the British Army. Comedy purposes aside, I know that peerage and stuff like that is important in the British Army, but considering he's probably one of the most incompetent men in the entire war (even with Klink and Schultz being taken into consideration) and has, multiple times, been the sole survivor of his units due to his own incompetence, how is he still being sent on very important missions like being a resistance leader and things like that? You would think that High Command or ''whoever'' is in charge of him would realize he's a dumbass and is better either behind a desk or outright discharged, honorably or otherwise.otherwise.
** [[RuleOfFunny Because it's a comedy, really]]. Though as any study of British military history (or British individual having served in the military, for that matter), if there is one organisation that has not been entirely spared the scourge of incompetents finding their ways into positions of power, authority and influence, it is the British Army.


* In S3 E18, Hogan and his crew cure Klink of a mild bout of the flu which threatens to derail their plans by surreptitiously injecting him with Penicillin. Since when did antibiotics like Penicillin cure Viral infections like the flu? And how did they know that Klink wasn't allergic to Penicillin like 10% of the population is?

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* In S3 E18, Hogan and his crew cure Klink of a mild bout of the flu which threatens to derail their plans by surreptitiously injecting him with Penicillin. penicillin. Since when did antibiotics like Penicillin penicillin cure Viral viral infections like the flu? And how did they know that Klink wasn't allergic to Penicillin penicillin like 10% of the population is?


* Why the ''fuck'' is Colonel Crittendon still in the British Army. I know that peerage and stuff like that is important in the British Army, but considering he's probably one of the most incompetent men in the entire war (even with Klink and Schultz being taken into consideration) and has, multiple times, been the sole survivor of his units due to his own incompetence, how is he still being sent on very important missions like being a resistance leader and things like that? You would think that High Command or ''whoever'' is in charge of him would realize he's a dumbass and is better either behind a desk or outright discharged, honorably or otherwise.

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* Why the ''fuck'' is Colonel Crittendon still in the British Army. Comedy purposes aside, I know that peerage and stuff like that is important in the British Army, but considering he's probably one of the most incompetent men in the entire war (even with Klink and Schultz being taken into consideration) and has, multiple times, been the sole survivor of his units due to his own incompetence, how is he still being sent on very important missions like being a resistance leader and things like that? You would think that High Command or ''whoever'' is in charge of him would realize he's a dumbass and is better either behind a desk or outright discharged, honorably or otherwise.


* In "The Gold Rush," the crew uses the cover of building brick steps up to Klink's office to heist some gold bricks. At the end of the episode, one of the red-painted gold bricks gets scuffed. Why put the gold bricks in the steps at all? They already had them down in the tunnel.

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* In "The Gold Rush," the crew uses the cover of building brick steps up to Klink's office to heist some gold bricks. At the end of the episode, one of the red-painted gold bricks gets scuffed. Why put the gold bricks in the steps at all? They already had them down in the tunnel.tunnel.
* Why the ''fuck'' is Colonel Crittendon still in the British Army. I know that peerage and stuff like that is important in the British Army, but considering he's probably one of the most incompetent men in the entire war (even with Klink and Schultz being taken into consideration) and has, multiple times, been the sole survivor of his units due to his own incompetence, how is he still being sent on very important missions like being a resistance leader and things like that? You would think that High Command or ''whoever'' is in charge of him would realize he's a dumbass and is better either behind a desk or outright discharged, honorably or otherwise.

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** There is a much simpler explanation. In German there are two words for cockroach, "Kakerlake" and "Küchenschabe" ("kitchen blattodea"), because cockroaches are often found in kitchens. And [=LeBeau=] is the designated cook for Hogan's men and sometimes for the Germans.

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