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Posted March 23, 2006 by Mike
Well that didn't take long. They couldn't even wait to get through the first episode before their psychotic view of the military and conservatives bled all over the script. Just as "The West Wing" was Hollywood's wet dream of how the White House should be run, so "The Unit" is their wet dream about the nature of the military and the type of people who belong to it.
The instant things go bad, the lead character immediately violates the chain of command, civilian military oversight, Posse-Comitatus, annnnd just generally runs roughshod over civilian law enforcement. Never mind that this would never happen in real life (or that the FBI's HRT would be the lead agency in a situation like this).
And when our (Hollywood version) hero gets home, he immediately psychologically snaps, going postal in his own home, thereby completing the scriptwriter's warped view of military special forces units as being populated by psychotic, stressed out, loan-wolf madmen just waiting to explode, who are just as likely to gun down their own family members as they are the enemy.
The next episode wasn't much better. Supposedly top-notch, heavily trained, special forces types let a wanted man jump out of an airplane because they weren't paying attention? Not bloody likely.
But if there was any doubt how they really feel about the military or conservatives, this last episode erased all doubts. Moral equivalence between Christian missionaries and terrorist kidnappers? But of course. Our "hero" sympathizes with the perp about how Christian missionaries are a bunch of land-grabbing, culture destroying idiots. Not to be outdone, the wives back home socialize with a stereo-typical hard liquor boozing congress-critter who never met a defense contract she didn't like, knock ballistic missile defense as the biggest waste of money in the military budget, and denigrate the training received by our armed forces.
I can't imagine what stereotypes will be shoveled out next week, but I can guarantee you this - if they can find a way to paint the military or conservatives in a negative light, it'll happen.
I make this prediction - it won't take the public long to see through this farce. The target audience is exactly that group of people portrayed negatively in the series, and unless NBC are willing to eat a bunch of losses just to spite that specific audience (something they've done before), the cheap shots they keep taking at the audience will sink the show. I give it one season, max. Personally, I don't think it will last that long, but stranger things have happened.
INDRA NOOYI . . .
. . . THE PAY YOU GET IS GREAT . . .
. . . BUT YOU ARE NOT A
. . . .
SITH CEO YET !
Vmmmmmmm . . . .
. . . and now you never will be !
Posted May 19, 2005 by Michael A. Morrow
Indra Nooyi, CFO of Pepsi-Co, compared the US to a middle finger in an MBA commencement speech.
Not a smooth move.
Scott Johnson over at
(hat tip to Wizbang Blog,
is all over it
here, with more undoubtably to follow.
Looks like it's time for a new
Sith CEO Apprentice over at Pepsi-Co.