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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%)

nentari: (LOLZ)

[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.