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M*A*S*H TV Season 11: Final Season
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As the eleventh season begins, rumors are running rampant around camp. One rumor has everyone believing that Marilyn Monroe is going to pay the 4077 a special visit, while another claims that the peace talks are finally making headway. This second rumor gets Margaret thinking after Charles mentions how a Los Angeles skyscraper had a time capsule built into its cornerstone. Although he thinks the idea is insane, Margaret decides to make a time capsule of her own to bury in camp. âWe could put something in the ground to remind people we were here,â she suggested. With Hawkeyeâs help, items from around camp were gathered up for the capsule: a chopperâs broken fan belt, Radarâs teddy bear, one of Henry Blakeâs fishing flies, a bottle of Charlesâs cognac and Father Mulcahyâs boxing gloves.
And finally, the gang of the 4077 hears the announcement theyâve been waiting for:
âThis is Robert Pierpoint speaking to you from nearby Panmunjom. It is one minute before ten p.m. We can still hear the sound of nearby artillery. At some point during the next few seconds, the guns should go silent, as the cease-fire officially goes into effectâ¦
There it is. Thatâs the sound of peace.â
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But a lot of thought plainly went into the final moments: it is worth the price of the entire package for only the final two episodes: In "As Time Goes By" Margaret decides to lead a group burying a time capsule commemorating their time at the 4077th. When the boys in The Swamp offer to help she is resistant, knowing the general lack of seriousness from Hawkeye and B.J. This episode does a good job combining the trademark of the show: M*A*S*H was able to be funnier than almost any show in history, while at the same time addressing serious issues in more depth than almost any other "drama".
The finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" remains the most watched television broadcast of all time - over 50 million households were tuned in, which represented more than 60% of the tvs in use, about 10 million more than the highest-rated Super Bowls. I remember well watching the original broadcast with a large group - the 30 minute sit-com format was turned into a 2 1/2 hour broadcast, and we were riveted for every moment. Originally, we were disconcerted - what was Hawkeye doing in the loony bin? The episode unraveled at a leisurely pace and every major character received a well-deserved shining moment leading up to the climax where we discover why Hawkeye cracked up. The final thirty minutes lets us say our goodbyes to these beloved characters as they say farewell to each other.
The impact of this show on American culture cannot be overstated.
As for the product itself, I'm sad to say that it arrived with Disc 2 out of place and the bottom of it was damaged pretty badly. Luckily it seemed to play okay still but it looks horrible and is all scratched to pieces! Very disappointed for that and the fact that so many DVDs arrive in that condition now days when they are supposed to be brand new.
This is the best show that ever was and to miss it should be a crime. do yourself and your kids a favore and buy this for them. One day they will thank you for it
I will say that Amazon's DVD packaging is horrible these days. When I first started buying the series over a year ago, it came in a box. Now it comes in a padded envelope! That's nuts! I have returned many, many DVDs lately because they come crushed, the inner plastic holders broken, and the DVDs scratched.
No matter what DVD you buy from them now, if it comes in an envelope - check it out immediately and return it if damaged. They pay the return postage and send you another one free of charge.
Season 11 will always be eclipsed by and remembered by the final episode. It was a good run Hawkeye and Margaret, the last of the big crew. Time to pack the dufflebags and bug out one last time.
The showing of the final episode of M*A*S*H broke many standing television viewing records including most sets tuned in. They deserved that.
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