[04x01] December 13, 2019 - GT Special: Seamen

Blayde

Forum Addict
Joined
Dec 20, 2004
Messages
8,374
Location
Bahrain
Car(s)
'06 Honda Civic EXi, '11 Kia Sportage EX
He started by calling them the losers...
 

dw1

Member
Joined
Jan 27, 2015
Messages
51
Location
state of inebriation
Car(s)
old Porsche 911 etc.
Even those who lose can be remembered for heroic things.
While our side eventually won the Crimean War, the event that everyone remembers from that war was the doomed Charge of the Light Brigade. Similarly, in the US, the battle at the Alamo is remembered and venerated.
Heroism in a doomed cause is also not an uncommon theme in movies made outside of the US - "North Face" and "Das Boot" are two very good films in that category.
I have no doubt that there may already be (or someday will be) a film on "...the heroic doomed NVA & VC fighters that died during the failed Tet Offensive but were vindicated by that offensive changing the course of their war for liberation" or something like that. I doubt that film would be a popular one in the US, however.
Yes, Jezza is remembering his audience, but what he is doing is also not that unusual.
 
Last edited:

MWF

Now needs wood
Joined
May 29, 2008
Messages
28,248
Location
MWF HQ, Ukadia
Car(s)
MX-5 1.8i Indiana SE, update pending
You also have to differentiate between the actions of the politicians who engender the conflict and the heroics of those sent to fight it.
 

Revelator

Active Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2012
Messages
418
Location
San Francisco
I agree the bad docking was overdone. One note gags don't bear perpetual repetition, and I cringed when Clarkson hit that poor woman's boat. Aside from that, an entertaining episode and a successful attempt at branching into other forms of transport. I really don't see how anyone could have thought the scenery boring--as an occasional boater I would love to whiz around some of those rivers. I'm amused by the offended complaints about the trio not respecting the sanctity of boating (as if they treated cars far more seriously?). The final stretch of the journey looked very miserable and hazardous indeed--those waves weren't fake! Clarkson occasionally threatened to turn the show into a documentary, which I usually don't mind, but the anecdotes weren't terribly interesting, and nice as the boat was, it owes its fame to being used in a criminally unjust and sordid war. James seemed to get less than usual screentime in this episode, thanks to the slowness of his boat.
 

figgis-diggis

Member
Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
18
I actually liked that episode quite a lot.
And even if it was a bit rough around the edges, the PBR hammering down the Mekong with Fortunate Son in background totally redeemed it for me.
 
Top