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girl, you're a dandelion ([personal profile] sarken) wrote in [community profile] 40772011-12-27 02:36 am

Poll: Books, movie, or show?

Let's start things off with the most obvious poll ever!

Poll #8905 Favorite forms of M*A*S*H
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15

How do you get your 4077 fix?

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MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors (1968 Novel)
0 (0.0%)

MASH (1970 Film)
1 (6.7%)

M*A*S*H (1972-1983 TV Series)
15 (100.0%)

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[personal profile] nentari 2011-12-28 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I think that's exactly it. I started watching the show when it aired a few years ago, and since I started it from the very beginning I have no problem with the earlier seasons (I'm a huge fan of Trapper and a Trapper/Margaret shipper), though in hindsight I can understand why they might feel jarring for some people. It was only later that I saw the movie, and it just felt so weird, not because it was bad, but because it felt like a different universe. The thing that struck me the most is that Trapper and Hawkeye seemed to have switched names in the movie, as movie!Trapper seemed to have more plotlines and traits from early TV show!Hawkeye and vice-versa. I can't speak about the book, as I haven't read it yet, but from what I've heard about it I have the feeling things will feel even more bizarre for me when I do read it.
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[personal profile] nentari 2011-12-29 09:13 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not sure how accurate the information is, but I was told some time ago that Wayne Rogers was originally asked to be Hawkeye but he asked to play Trapper instead, and because of that Alan Alda (who was a last-minute casting) ended up with Hawkeye. But in the end, if you compare the two characters in both formats, they seem to have ended up playing the characters they were originally meant to play, only with the names switched over. Besides some personality traits, there's the fact that movie!Hawkeye being the married one, and movie!Trapper being chief surgeon and the one who punches Frank.

Hawkeye/Margaret never really clicked for me, but I think that's mainly because, watching the show in order, Trapper/Margaret came first and as a result ended up making more of an impression on me. Besides Bombed, there's other stories where you can see a strong suggestion of Trapper/Margaret, like Showtime, Hot Lips and Empty Arms or Check-Up. These episodes make me wonder how the show (and, especially, Margaret's character arc) would have evolved if Wayne Rogers had remained in the show. Donald Penobscott would probably have never been created.
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[personal profile] sarcasticsra 2011-12-29 09:09 am (UTC)(link)
Yyyyep, same. I started watching it on Hallmark one day which more-or-less played the episodes in order and then, once it ran out, started over. I happened to catch it somewhere in the middle of S4. So when it got back around to S3...yeah, huge tone shift for me. I've never liked those episodes as much.

Except for 'Tuttle' and 'George'. I love those two.

And I still actually have yet to see the movie! I own it, too. Just never felt inclined to watch it exactly because of this.
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[personal profile] subluxate 2011-12-29 09:18 am (UTC)(link)
I actually really love the movie too; the show trumps because Margaret evolved and became more likeable, Charles joined the cast, and Potter is excellent. I love S1-S3, which is weird according to people I know from [ profile] mash_slash, but part of that is because I like to give Trapper hidden depths when I write him. Part of it is also because I ship Hawkeye/Trapper more than any other pairing except Margaret/Charles. (My headcanon is that Margaret and Charles get married eventually.)

And we also just get more of the show--there are eleven seasons, compared to just under two hours of the movie.

I've read the novels, too, or at least some of them--MASH, MASH Goes to Maine, and MASH Goes to Morocco. The characters are awful in the books. They're just horrible people.

As to the characters being harsher in the movie, I find the movie overall more realistic than the show. The harshness fits the movie. I also like that Trapper has more depth in the movie; they were supposed to be even in the movie, but the character of Hawkeye basically took over. (That's why I like to give Trapper more depth when I write him, actually.)
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[personal profile] subluxate 2011-12-29 09:19 am (UTC)(link)
Er, even in the show. Apologies for that particular typo.