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Finally, I have something to contribute. Although it's more about a guest-star/guest character than the main cast....

So I watched Counterplay on MeTV early this morning. I've had my eye on the episode for a while, and have dreaded it despite wanting to see it, as I knew about one character death that would break my heart.

(Cut in case the picture is too big, as well as in case anyone else hasn't seen the episode and doesn't want spoilers.)

Sgt. Rawlins

I realize Sgt. Rawlings had to be removed from the picture because his absence and hence, inability to identify the junk everyone thought was the right radar station, was key to the plot. But that did not make it easier to accept, especially since he seemed to be such a nice guy.

(... And it only occurred to me after I posted this picture on Tumblr that I forgot to clip out part of the progress bar at the bottom. Ooops. I was so wrapped up with that beautiful smile that I totally wasn't paying attention when I cropped.)

I have this tendency to become extremely attached to oneshot characters. It doesn't hurt if they're played by someone I'm nuts about (as Rawlings is), but that doesn't have to be the case. And in any case, when I become extremely attached, and the character dies, I often refuse to accept it.

I have this urge to write a fanfiction story where Rawlings is only thought dead and is just wounded. He wakes up while the others are off trying to fulfill their mission and tries to struggle to find help, and perhaps ends up on an adventure of his own. Perhaps, since Doc wasn't in this episode, Rawlings could meet up with him. Then he could get treatment and they could have trouble trying to get back to headquarters. It would probably end with Saunders and everyone meeting up with them back at headquarters following the end of the episode's events.

Has anyone else ever wanted to write about some of the excellent guest-starring characters in episodes? That wouldn't surprise me, but it would probably surprise me if anyone else wanted to write about one who didn't have much screentime!


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Jan. 13th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Not in Combat! (I've done so in other fandoms) but I've always planned eventually to write the backstory of Kirby and Eddie Cane from "Brother, Brother". Also Micheline from "No Trumpets No Drums" since my favorite Combat! fanfiction included her and it's my personal head-canon that Caje went back for her after the war. 
Jan. 13th, 2013 09:54 am (UTC)
There are still a lot of episodes I haven't seen, but oh, I think I did see Brother, Brother! A backstory fic would be very intriguing indeed.

I'll have to check out that Caje episode at some point.
Jan. 13th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep hoping someone else will give a try to it since I enjoy reading more than writing. Frankie Avalon was surprisingly good playing against type.

It's an excellent episode, especially if you like Caje. It was the first Combat! episode I saw.
Jan. 13th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
I want to see it again now, but I don't know if I'd end up with any writing inspiration for it.

Caje is one of my favorites, although Saunders still has top place for me.
Jan. 13th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
As much as I love the show I find it hard to get inspiration from it. It's strange because all other war series I can think of a hundred and one plot bunnies I wish they'd filmed but Combat! seems to have done just about everything I could have wanted. Of course, it ran much longer than other war series so that helps.

Caje is my second favorite (love that Quebec accent!) but I also really love both Docs (oddly enough I love Doc #1 best). Kirby will always be my very favorite, though, with that soft heart and tough guy smart-alecky attitude.
Jan. 13th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that about sums it up for me. Combat! really did so many amazing plots and twists.

I'm not sure I've seen both Docs.
Jan. 13th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've always been curious what the secret to it's success was since imo there were several other war series every bit as good that didn't survive beyond a season or so.

The first Doc was very young and sort of a sensitive, sweet character that the other guys looked after. He was only in season one. The other Doc was in the rest of the series and he was a more confident, older character who the men depended upon. I like both but Doc #1 is special to me.
Jan. 13th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
That is a good question.

Yeah, I suspected the first one was just in season 1, which I've barely seen any of. He sounds very interesting in how different he would be from the other one.
Jan. 13th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Season one is very underrated, I think. Granted, the writers hadn't gotten the feel of the characters yet so in addition to a different Doc, Sgt. Saunders is rougher and more harsh, Hanley is softer, Kirby comes across as a little whiny, and Caje is less capable and skilled (not to mention he has a different nickname and spends the pilot in shock which is OOC). But the season has a dark and gritty feel that with a few exceptions the series progressively toned down with each season until season five was so mild it didn't seem like the show anymore.
Jan. 14th, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
I haven't seen enough of season 1 to judge one way or the other. True, I usually don't rank the first season of any show high compared to other seasons, as I prefer the characters to be better developed, but there are always exceptions. And in any case, I'm curious about Combat!'s season 1 now.
Jan. 14th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok. I tend to be unusually fond of first seasons and almost always I'll like them best (Smallville being a noted exception). I think it comes from watching many series that only ran one season, so if they don't grab me within the first few episodes I don't usually watch further.

But, anyway, Combat! season one is quite good.
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