[S4E7] High Top Fade Out _VERIFIED_
Jon Bernthal, and his portrayal of Frank Castle is tops. Jon embodies Frank in the same ways that Robert Downey Jr embodies Tony Stark. The casting is perfect here, and while that great casting does not extend to every character on the show., there are still some stand outs. Ben Barnes as Billy Russo/Jigsaw is also a great choice, and while his arc may be a bit too long in the tooth, its overall a good arc for a troubled villain. However, elements and reveals of his arc ground the high ambition concept of a villain going through memory loss and PTSD. Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim is outstanding as well. He is quite the presence but his story does not really take off until late in the series, and by then it can feel too late for some.
[S4E7] High Top Fade Out
an instinct for survival. Kept in the lab for years, the child, named Eugene (short for "unidentified genetics") eventually escaped during a fire and has remained undetected for years.As other incidents and deaths occur at a condominium high-rise, Walter Bishop deduces that Eugene is trying to extract the pigment from his victims to make himself visible, a treatment that will likely kill him if he
Of course, this was network television, so some narrative compromises were made. For example, the artillery fire is believed to be an "accident." Digging a little deeper in its critique, the episode takes things further by having the higher-ups call for the incident to be covered up. With the frequency and volume of protests over the years leading up to 1973, this corrupt wartime reality had moved from the pop culture status of "conspiracy" to "probability," but it was still incredibly controversial.
Once he's back, the boys twist his arm into staying, and although he claims he's going to tighten up on the disciplinary front this time around, the final scene of him joining in for poker and martinis suggest a full return to normal. The emotional highlights of this episode arrive early in the awkwardly tender goodbyes between a tongue-tied Henry and his men. However, the ease with which Hawkeye and Co. convince Henry to return drains the dramatic tension by the end of the episode, which in retrospect feels like a low-stakes dress rehearsal for Henry's permanent departure in the third season finale, "Abyssinia, Henry."
Ho-Jon, the Swamp's Korean houseboy, is accepted to college at Hawkeye's old alma mater. Hawkeye and Trapper then host a raffle party to pay for his first semester's tuition, the grand prize being a date with the alluring Nurse Dish. The pilot episode of "M*A*S*H" established instant chemistry between Hawkeye and Trapper, and established the formula of fun hijinks in the service of a higher cause (well, usually). It features one of only two Father Mulcahy performances by George Morgan, who was replaced by William Christopher early on in the show's run. It's also the only episode to feature a cold open before the theme music.
Written and directed by Alan Alda, this episode features Sidney Freedman, the psychiatrist who's frequently called in to help with mental health issues at the field hospital. When Sidney shows up at the 4077th amongst the wounded, he notices that tensions are flaring and tempers are high, so he sets about making his rounds to try to help the mood. Klinger, the zany and often cross-dressing character who's always trying to get sent home on Section 8, is allowed a rare moment of depth in this episode in the form of a serious anti-war tirade that Hawkeye himself would be proud of.
When Father Mulcahy becomes insecure about his lack of battle experience, he insists on accompanying Radar on a mission to retrieve a wounded soldier from the front. On the ride home, they start to lose the patient, and they're forced to radio back to the 4077th for help. Hawkeye talks Mulcahy through a makeshift tracheotomy, which he performs successfully despite the pressure of bombs going off all around him. Viewers praised the high-stakes excitement of the episode and enjoyed watching one of the show's supporting characters take the spotlight for a change.
With Hot Lips away for a medical conference, Frank is even more miserable than usual, so Potter asks B.J. and Hawkeye to buddy up to him. They invite him to their regular poker hangout at the Officers' Club, but Frank gets so drunk he stumbles into an ambulance headed for the front, and B.J. and Hawkeye have to head out to retrieve him. The poker game scene is a highlight, with everyone suffering through Frank's beginner's luck and maniacal giggling every time he wins a hand.
The weather turns fine and spring fever hits the 4077th. Klinger marries his girlfriend over the phone, and Radar finds himself embroiled in a hot and heavy romance with one of the nurses. The highlight of the episode is Hawkeye and Trapper dispensing dating advice to Radar. When they suggest he take his new love interest to the movies, he's wowed by the novelty of the idea. Trapper's response? "Thanks, we invented it." Hawkeye then chimes in, "We get a two-cent royalty every time a guy asks a girl to a movie."
B.J. and Hawkeye, charged with raising flagging morale, plan a beach-themed party. Meanwhile, Winchester tries to console one of his patients, a concert pianist with permanent nerve and tendon damage in his hand. At the end of the episode, the two storylines converge, with the party in full swing and the pianist playing a piece Winchester has obtained for one-handed players. The highlight of the episode is Winchester's impassioned speech on the power of music, in which he admits that, despite having "hands that can make a scalpel sing" and being able to "play the notes," he himself lacks the true gift of musicianship and envies those who possess it.
As in other innovative, high-concept episodes "M*A*S*H" became known for, "Point of View" is known for breaking boundaries in format and style. The episode is shot entirely from the viewpoint of a wounded soldier who's rushed to the 4077th for surgery. The viewer sees everything Private Rich sees: the explosion that wounds him, the chopper ride, prepping for surgery, and waking up post-op. You could say it was a visionary precursor to today's attempts to use virtual reality to immerse people in the realities of war. Writer Ken Levine has given props to director Charles Dubin for successfully shooting the episode, noting that Steadicams weren't widely available in 1978.
A daily North Korean plane visit by an incompetent pilot seems to provide much-needed relief for the staff at the 4077th, who make it a social occasion. Fans rate the episode high for its laughs. Actor and writer Keith Walker, who provided the story for this episode and co-wrote the teleplay, has only three other scriptwriting credits to his name, including the screenplay for the film, "Free Willy," which he co-wrote in 1993. 041b061a72