Wednesday, October 01, 2014

September/October Issue of "Femnista"

The latest issue of Femnista is out!  This time, I got to write about a subject very dear to my heart:  Combat!  I wrote kind of a "here's what's so special about this show and why it's been my favorite for twenty years" article.


The whole issue is about various "hidden gems" that the writers wish more people knew about, shows or movies or books that deserve more fans.  Please check it out!

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  1. Yay! Another issue of Femnista; gotta enjoy paging through these. :)

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    1. I know, right? I've only made it through the first article so far, but hoping to get to more this evening :-)

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  2. Woohoo! I love reading through these. The writing is always good, and the layout is so beautifully done. Props to you and the other gals for such good work. :-)

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    1. I have to say I am really excited that I'm writing for Femnista. I was digging it for like a year before the opportunity arose. Such a consistently great mag, with content and layout and everything.

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    2. It is consistently great. What issue did you write about "Kitty, My Rib"? I haven't read that in years, and your article reminded me how great a book it was.

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    3. That was the Faith & Villainy issue for May and June. Handy link :-)

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    4. Thankee! Now I have something to do tonight besides watch ep. 2 of "Forever". :D

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  3. Wow, you write for Femnista?! That's so cool! Sadly I haven't read that many of them. I'll go read your article now! :)

    ~Jamie

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    1. Yes, I do! This is my third article for them, and I have two more lined up for this year :-) Hoping to continue next year too! I hope you like the article -- and the whole issue!

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  4. My computer blocks the Feminista magazine/newsletter for some reason, but I've heard a lot about Combat! lately and since I'm currently studying WWII in highschool, I think it would be a great show for me to watch. Are there any content issues I should know about?

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    1. I just checked out your blog, and if you watch Rat Patrol, you've got no worries about Combat!'s content bothering you! C! isn't as humorous as RP, but they have the same baseline of '60s TV show violence and so on. No swearing, no love scenes, once in a while a kiss or a bit of innuendo, but very mild.

      A LOT of C! fans are also RP fans. I've only seen maybe 3 or 4 RP eps, but they were quite fun. If you start watching C!, you're gonna see a lot of familiar guest stars, like Albert Paulson (in 3 C!s and 2 RPs), Claudine Longet (2 of each show), and oh yes! Hans Gudagest! He's Capt. Deitrich on RP and plays various German characters in no fewer than 6 C! eps. Including pretty main roles in a couple of Really Good Eps, "Hostages" and "The Sniper." A lot of writers wrote for both shows too.

      That's very weird that your computer blocks Femnista, though. Huh. I'm actually considering writing an expanded version of my article on C! to post on my blog, breaking it up into a couple sections so I can really dig into what I love about the show. Maybe by the time I do that, you'll have watched some eps and can discuss them with me!

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    2. If your computer doesn't block medidafire downloads, you can get this and all past issues at www.charitysplace.com. :)

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    3. Thanks for letting me know about Combat! I'll check out the first episode ASAP and let you know what I think - from what I've heard/seen, the show has a very passionate, dedicated fanbase, so I'm expecting big things :) And looking out for the guest stars make everything so much fun.

      Whenever I try to download Feminista, I either get a 'website blocked' message or an 'SSL error' message. It's really frustrating, but my computer can sometimes be weird that way...

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    4. Well, if by "first episode" you mean the very first one... that's the pilot, "A Day in June" and not particularly indicative of the show as a whole. Some characters have different names (Caje is called "Caddy"), some behave very differently from how they are in most of the show (::cough::Saunders::cough::)... but it's amusing, nonetheless. I would suggest starting a few eps in, with "Forgotten Front" or even "The Celebrity." But either way -- I look forward to hearing what you think! It's always so exciting to think of someone getting their first taste of C!

      I'll let Charity reply to the Femnista download issues. She's much more tech savvy than me :-D

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    5. On Youtube, the first episode is listed as being 'Forgotten Front', so that's what I watched today. (I'm just going by the series' playlist listing on YT) I really enjoyed the episode, even if I don't know a lot about the characters/'world' of the show yet. Since the episodes are about twice as long as Rat Patrol or Hogan's Heroes episodes, I probably won't be able to go through the series as quickly as I'd like, but I'm definitely going to be watching more.

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    6. And the first episode of any TV show is usually a little weird/out of character, so even if I had watched 'A Day In June' first, it probably wouldn't have fazed me.

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    7. Aha! Someone has them listed in airdate order, then, not production order, I suspect. That works too! I'm so excited you're interested in watching more :-) FF is the first episode that Kirby is in, and my goodness, he is a piece of work in that one. He wasn't supposed to be a regular at first, but worked so well they quickly signed him as one.

      And I'm glad you recognize that TV show pilots are often weird! Some people don't. I have a fondness for going back and rewatching pilots of shows I love -- I get such a kick out of how different everyone is :-)

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    8. So, I watched Rear Echelon Commandos last night...um, it might be a little soon to say this, since I've only watched two episodes, buuuut I THINK I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOW. I'm going to be watching some episodes with my siblings - I hope they enjoy it as much as I am :) And yes, Kirby was a jerk in that episode. I really didn't like him. (I did in REC though)

      One of my favorite examples of 'first episode weirdness' is Rat Patrol - it was pretty odd.

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    9. REALLY????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ::Does giddy little Dance of Joy::

      I'm very excited about this :-D Isn't it just an entrancingly good show? The writing, the acting, the production values -- my dad always used to say, "It's like a mini war movie every week!" I looked up airdate order, and looks like you have "Lost Sheep, Lost Shepherd" next. Jeffrey Hunter! And then... oh, then... "Any Second Now." Mmmmmmm. AND THEN! "Far from the Brave." Oh man, you're making me want to put my kids to bed Right Now and have a marathon.

      So cool that you're sharing them with your siblings too! Sharing good stories is one of my favorite pastimes :-)

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    10. I love how good the quality is, and Saunders...I'VE ONLY WATCHED TWO EPISODES AND HE'S HANDS-DOWN MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. Which I almost don't understand because I tend to like minor characters much better than major ones. (I don't know if you consider Caje a minorish character, but after Saunders, he's definitely my favorite) I think I'm really going to love him.

      One of my brothers has a novelization of the show, so he actually knows the characters better than I do. At least he won't be coming at the show cold like I did :)

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    11. Well, yeah, cuz... Saunders is amazing. Beyond amazing. Honestly, I had other plans for this evening, but... you've totally got me in a C! mood and I'm going to dig out a good Saunders ep to curl up with. He's just such a rich, vibrant, heroic-without-being-saintly character. <3 <3 <3

      Caje and Kirby are kind of the second-tier characters, after Saunders and Hanley. So not exactly minor, but definitely not the "stars." Littlejohn might be the most minor of the series regulars, especially in seasons 3-5.

      Is the novelization called "The Counterattack" by any chance? I have that book too! It cracks me up, though, cuz a bunch of the characterizations are way off. It's like they gave the writer the character names and some character descriptions, but they got a little mixed up, so like they have Billy being this tough, seasons soldier kinda like Kirby. And Kirby is kind of happy-go-lucky. And IIRC, Brockmeyer plays a major role, and he's a minor recurring character from first season (but a very cool one). So once you know the show fairly well, read the book for a good laugh :-)

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    12. Would you like me to email you the Femnista article I wrote about C! to the address posted in your Blogger profile?

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    13. Glad I could help ;) Yeah, it's 'The Counterattack' - I read a little bit of it today and even with watching just a couple of episodes, I could still pick out the bad characterization. I have a Rat Patrol novelization as well, and it's just as 'off' when it comes to the characters. I can't wait till I know the show well enough to 'get' all the inside jokes and read your episode notes on the fansite and just generally be a huge fan :)

      I'd love that! Thanks :)

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    14. I totally ditched my other movie plan and watched Combat!. I even indulged in a special treat and watched an ep I'd never seen before! "The Letter," from season 5. Overall, season 5 is my least-favorite season (even though it's in color) just because many of the scripts are lackluster. But it has a few genuinely great eps, and several good ones, and this was one of those :-) Of course, it may have helped that I spent the whole thing wanting to give Saunders a good hug and tell him to stop being so grumpy.

      I have a Big Valley novelization from that same era (and I think also the same company, Whitman) that isn't quite as bad as "The Counterattack," but still just... off. Like really bad fanfiction!

      And aww, I'm honored that you're planning to read the stuff on our site! I've been wanting for over a year now to add some more ep reviews, but they kind of take a while to do, and other things always seem to come up. Maybe I'll get some done in time for Veteran's Day.

      I don't know if you're into fanfic, but if you are and want to try mine, once you've seen "Far from the Brave," you'll totally know the show enough to read my story "The Beaten Way of Friendship", because it's a prequel of sorts to that ep. It takes place during another ep, "Missing in Action," but you don't really need to have seen it to get the story. (I base my fanfic on the production order of eps, not airdate order, as the character development makes a bit more sense that way.)

      Email sent!

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    15. I recently got 'into' fanfiction, so I'll check yours out once I get a little more familiar with the show, like you said :) And thanks for sending me the article! I'm just about to read it right now...

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  5. I've only seen two complete episodes of Combat! ("The Letter" and "Billy the Kid"), but I'd like to watch more. It's basically a questions of finding time to sit down and do it. :) And Eva's got me curious about The Rat Patrol too.

    The fun thing about '60s TV is the familiar faces that show up across all different series, whether it's war shows or Westerns or whatnot. That's actually why I watched "The Letter" initially, because Randy Boone was in it; The Virginian is my favorite TV Western.

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    1. Okay, want to know something crazy? I have never seen either "The Letter" or "Billy the Kid.". Um, yes. There are like 50 eps of C! that I have not yet watched because... I'm savoring them. Every once in a while, I treat myself to a totally new-to-me episode and it's so much fun. I actually know basically what they're both about though, especially "The Letter," which is rather similar to another Saunders-centric episode from an earlier season, "Mail Call," which is a great ep.

      And yes, I LOVE watching familiar faces pop up in 60's TV shows! A friend and I love to watch The Big Valley together, and like every episode we'll be like, "Oh, it's that guy! He was in blah blah blah..." Such fun. I do like The Virginian too, and even own the first season, though I've only watched the first few eps. But when I was a kid I watched a bunch of eps, and oh, how I loved Trampas. I was so mad when I read the book and found out that in it, he's the bad guy! Argh!

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    2. So last night I watched "The Letter" for the first time because I was like, "I haven't watched a new-to-me ep in a long time. And I could use a treat." Your comments here had "The Letter" fresh in my mind, so I picked it. Randy Boone was very cute in it, though a bit pouty, as required by the script.

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  6. Thanks for contributing to this issue. I always enjoy your articles. :)

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    1. Thanks for having me! I'm already doing the planning part for my next article :-)

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  7. I used to write for Femnista! I did their classic film column for a couple years. It's a great magazine, and Charity is awesome!

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    1. I didn't know that! Very cool. And yes, Charity is awesome! Couldn't ask for a better editor :-)

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    http://apeaceofthepast.blogspot.com/

    Blessings,
    Reyna

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