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    Is anyone watching the new show on Paramount, 68 Whiskey?

    Essentially, a frontline NATO medical support base in Afghanistan. The pilot episode was terrible. The medical aspects are completely wrong, the plot makes no real sense, and all of the characters seem to be involved in either illegal or criminal activities such as smuggling, trading supplies on the black market and basically behaving like the Khaki Mafia did in Viet Nam.

    The continuity people seem to gone off on vacation...more or less permanently. Prime example: one couple wants to hook up again after a frenzied little moment in he medical supply hut, but will have to "wait until she can get the key again". For the rest of the show, everybody is in and out of that hut at will because it isn't ever locked to begin with, although is is regulation in a war zone to keep medical supplies locked up.

    The show also tries to soft-pedal selling American medical supplies to the Afghans on the black market by claiming they are "expired meds". Anyone with experience in this sort of thing knows that meds do not have time to expire given the rate at which medical supplies are depleted in a combat zone.

    These are just a couple of glaring errors that have no business being there to begin with, along with "highly trained combat medics" who do not know to look for exit wounds on a soldier shot in the chest by an AK, although they try to insert a needle into the chest without and comprehension of why he can't breath properly.. .

    The set strongly resembles that of a former show about a combat medical unit which was a serious show, done a few years ago. Wouldn't surprise me to find out they had it left over on their back lot. (Combat Hospital?)

    Beyond that, there is a lot of soft porn- pretty much everybody humping everybody else - which contributes nothing to the show, but does reveal how badly Paramount wants this POS to succeed. Generally, the worse the show, the more gratuitous sex to try and maintain the ratings.

    Grade: F-

    https://www.businessinsider.com/cbs-...y-shows-2020-1
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  • #2
    I watched it. I find it curious that Petrocelli wanders away from the ambulance and can't find his way back. I don't understand why the Army was so set on kicking Ramirez out. What got my attention was the preview that brought out that the Goat was a "Bomb Goat"!?

    Pruitt
    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

    by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
      I watched it. I find it curious that Petrocelli wanders away from the ambulance and can't find his way back. I don't understand why the Army was so set on kicking Ramirez out. What got my attention was the preview that brought out that the Goat was a "Bomb Goat"!?

      Pruitt
      NO...the goat is "tainted by an evil spirit".

      I found it more interesting that three troops could just take an ambulance out into a combat zone without anyone even noticing or caring. I didn't even see any security on the gates.

      Saddest thing about this POS is that is came from Ron Howard's production group.
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      • #4
        68 WHISKEY series (2019)

        “68 Whiskey” is a new Paramount Network show. It is set in present-day Afghanistan and follows medics working in a NATO coalition base. It is based on an Israeli series entitled “Charlie Golf One”. Paramount is hoping for its next big hit after “Yellowstone”, but this show has no Kevin Costner.

        The tone is set immediately as the first words uttered are “f*** me” coming from a slutty female clerk. Grace (Gage Golightly) is making love to medic Cooper Roback (Sam Keeley) in the medical supply building. Before the scene is over, we get the words pussy and ****. Welcome to the Paramount Network. Roback is a playa and a schemer. He and his buddy Staff Sergeant Davis (Jeremy Tardy) are in the war to make money. This includes betting big on a boxing match between Roback and a hulk named Sasquatch. He happens to be Grace’s boyfriend, so a cliched love triangle is established. It is also established that Roback and Davis are poor gamblers. This is supposed to be a war series, so Roback goes on a medevac to recover a soldier who turns out to be off base for black market activities. On the way back, for no good reason, Roback is forced to ride standing on the skid. Oh, the reason was it was cool. Sgt. Alvarez (Cristina Rodlo) screws up and the G.I. dies. Cue the PTSD. They also bring back a wounded local. Maj. Holloway (Beth Riesgraf) is the hard-ass doctor who laments having to care for a civilian. She is also not thrilled to find Roback is hoping to cash in on the dead guy’s black market items. It seems Roback will always be one step ahead of the law. He and Davis go off base to meet a local warlord to do a drug deal. Medical supplies for hashish. They manage to rip-off the warlord for a cache of hash. These are our heroes. They end up walking back to base with no one in hot pursuit. Cliffhanger ending.

        “68 Whiskey” wants to be a 2020 mashup of “MASH”, “Sgt. Bilko”, and “Three Kings”. It fails miserably. There is little humor and the drama is laughable. I have no idea who the technical adviser is, but he should be fired. A medic gives shots through children’s clothing. A trio of soldiers wander through enemy territory with no noise discipline and then threaten a goat for bleating. The same trio manages to get back on base with packs full of hashish, no questions asked. Much of what happens has holes the size of IED craters in it. You have to suspend reality a lot. This would be okay if the show was a farce and winked at the audience, but it appears to have no idea what it wants to be. Other than naughty. There are three sex scenes in the first episode, the last one to porn-style music. That medical supply building is going to get a lot of action. I mentioned no Kevin Costner. In fact, the series has no one I’ve ever heard of. Paramount must have bust its budget on Costner because this cast is low rent. The goat is the best actor.

        I am not that familiar with Paramount Network, so I can not tell you who its target audience is. I would guess, based on this series, it is not aiming for conservatives. If you love the troops, you will find Roback and Davis less than medal-worthy. They con a nave kid soldier into going with them, not telling him about the drug deal which involves them trading medicine they stole from the base. Then they introduce him to hashish. Roback is insubordinate much of the time. He’s supposed to be a likeable rogue, but he is not appealing. A subplot has Alvarez being discharged and deported because she is an illegal alien. Liberals will be incensed by her treatment. Roback complains about the “******* who wants to be reelected”. There is a Blackwater type organization doing something nefarious. (I’ll never find out what.) Surprisingly, their Col. Potter is a firm, but fair leader. The series is not trying to lampoon the brass. I guess the satirizing is meant to be of the system. Roback and Davis’ entrepreneurship is meant to be a thumb in the eye of the corrupt war effort. Too bad you will root against them. They ain’t Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John. In fact, the logical approach would have been to bring “MASH” to Afghanistan. Now that’s a winning formula. This is a mess.

        GRADE = F

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        • #5
          I started the first episode, but quit because it was so bad. Utter foolishness.

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          • #6
            It's actually getting better. It is more like Catch 22 than MASH. There is a dark and ironic side to it that is being revealed.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
              I watched it. I find it curious that Petrocelli wanders away from the ambulance and can't find his way back. I don't understand why the Army was so set on kicking Ramirez out. What got my attention was the preview that brought out that the Goat was a "Bomb Goat"!?

              Pruitt
              I think Howard is making fun of the concept that everything in that part of the country is considered a potential IED. The latest episode concerns a group of Afghan soldiers who arrive naked in the night at the front gate, having been taken captive and stripped b the Taliban, and one of guards insists that they be cavity searched to check for explosives!
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              • #8
                One comment here: last nights episode featured a very graphic scene with a Marine who lost both legs. Turns out it was played by a real Marine who had lost both legs, exactly as portrayed.

                Brave man do go through the experience again.
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                • #9
                  Two more episodes to go. Considering the amount of violence and sexuality in the show, I'm surprised no one else is watching it. Usually I'm the odd one out.
                  Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                  • #10
                    Well...and oddball and encourage ending to this thing. Not the best, but not the worst either, but still a bit disappointing for a Ron Howard production.
                    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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