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  • In Mutiny, one of the episode's plots was a dramatization of the investigation of the real-life USS Somers mutiny in 1842. As tends to happen with these episodes, the regular cast fill in for characters in the dramatization, usually with Meta Casting in full effect. One interesting tweak was to have Mexican-American actor Randy Vasquez (who normally plays Mexican-American Marine Gunnery Sergeant Galindez) playing a period-appropriate US Marine with a thick Irish brogue. The blatant Race Lift serves to draw comparisons between how Irishmen and Mexicans (and their American descendants) have been historically viewed and treated in the US, with enlistment in the armed forces often being a viable career opportunity even despite widespread discrimination. Of course, it could also just be a light-hearted observation on the unlikelihood of seeing a Mexican-American serving in the US Marines in the 1840s while poking fun at the Meta Casting in general.
    • In the same episode, Catherine Bell plays Captain Mackenzie's wife, highlighting how in the 1840s, just about the only place to find a woman like Sarah Mackenzie in the armed forces was as a civilian spouse or a camp follower, in vivid contrast to the ambitious female Marine.
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