It’s been a very long time since I’ve watched any of my M*A*S*H DVDs, but since one of my goals is to get through the entire series in order, I have to keep plugging away in my free time. Here are a few thoughts on episodes 2×01-2×05. Admittedly I’m not digging very deep here, but sometimes there really isn’t much to say!
2×01 — “Divided We Stand”: This episode was just OK. Since it was the first episode of the second season, it was kind of geared towards re-acquainting viewers with the main cast of characters. In fact, the end tag included a rundown of the major players just to make sure viewers were clued in. As for the plot — well, it was pretty predictable. Of course the psychiatrist would find the group to be highly dysfunctional and of course Klinger would be displaying all of his best prom dresses in an effort to get his Section 8 in front of a real psychiatrist. But there was no question the shrink would see that the 4077th was very effective in crunch time. Like the unit would actually be broken up that early in the series? Yeah, right!
2×02 — “5 o’clock Charlie”: This one was kind of odd. The whole idea of a bomber pilot coming at the exact same time every day only to toss a mini bomb out of the cockpit by hand was pretty ridiculous. I know a lot of the things that go on in this show are ridiculous, but this kind of stood out in terms of the “Yeah, right” factor.
2×03 — “Radar’s Report”: I don’t like it when M*A*S*H tries to deal with “serious” issues like this. What was up with that ominous music as the wild-eyed North Korean wielded the scalpel in the OR? I was laughing hysterically at the unintentionally comedy! Then when I thought we’d reached the peak of cheesiness, the NK guy started slashing away and injuring people. OMG, the choreography and editing were absolutely horrible!!! Oh, and then menacing Trapper at the end of the ep when the kid he was operating on died while the NK soldier lived… Oh, man, eye-roll moment for sure.
2×04 — “For the Good of the Outfit”: This was just OK. There wasn’t anything really memorable or funny about it. Were all the episodes this disconnected? There seems to be no continuity at all from one ep to the next. They could be shown in practically any order and still make sense.
2×05 — “Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde”: Meh to this one. It wasn’t fun at all watching Hawkeye walk around in a sleep-deprived daze throughout the entire episode. I don’t mind that the show attempted to address the issue of overworked M*A*S*H surgeons, but geez, at least make some of it funny!