Season Three

DVD - 2008
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Explores the day-to-day lives of the people who live and work at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) stationed three miles from the front during the Korean War.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2008.
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (612 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 03, 2017

These episodes keep their class, except for the regrettable racism and sexism that wouldn't be allowed today. In fairness, the perniciousness of racism is acknowledged. That of misogyny, regrettably, is not. I remember in the 1970's cringing when Margaret and the other nurses were referred to in ways that to the men probably seemed positive ("a hotsie-totsie"). Also, it was painful to observe the continuous teasing of Radar, especially by Pierce, for being short. This surprises me. It's hurtful to Radar as evidenced by his sad facial expressions and his requests to the officers not to do it. But they just keep on making fun of him, and hurting him, by it. It was bullying, and would be called so today.
Still, the series was excellent for its time and, apart from the exceptions noted above, even for now . I especially like to watch the episodes in which Alan Alda and his father, Robert Alda, both star. In this season, it's in "The Consultant". An episode I don't remember from the past is "Aid Station", which I liked very much. In it, Margaret and Klinger along with Hawkeye are in constant danger from bombs and guns, yet as competent professionals they place care to the wounded soldiers above their own safety.
There was one other episode that gave me, a vegetarian, special delight: "Private Charles Lamb".


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