tek's rating: ½

China Beach, ABC
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It's about an American base during the Vietnam War, an R&R facility along with a medical unit. Absolutely brilliant writing and acting, great characters and stories. I just don't know what to say about this show... I mean, I really want to say a great deal about it, but I just don't know where to begin. Speaking of which, the show kind of seemed out of order, itself. At least when I watched it on the History Channel, not having had the chance to see it when it was originally on ABC. At some point it seemed to leap back in time to like a year or more before the series began. Also there were always episodes showing various points in the future, after the war. It was really pretty hard to follow, but well worth the effort. You get to know the characters fairly well, and care about them. Some seriously quality stuff. But it could be pretty emotionally draining, so as good as it was, I'm not likely to want to watch it much, again. Which is why my rating isn't as high as maybe it should be. Anyway... we do quite like Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delaney, who I'd later see on Desperate Housewives, among other things) and K.C. Koloski (Marg Helgenberger). There were lots of other good actors on the show, too, including Robert Picardo, who would later play the Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager (which I saw before I saw this show). Other actors in the show who I know from other stuff include Michael Boatman (Spin City), Jeff Kober, Megan Gallagher (Nowhere Man and Millennium), Ricki Lake, probably some others. And even the actors I've only ever seen in this show were good. Oh, also I always liked the song "Reflections," by Diana Ross & the Supremes, which was used as the show's theme song. Since seeing the show, I don't know if I'll ever be able to hear the song without thinking of China Beach.

Anyway... I really do think I should try to watch the series again from the beginning, someday, just so I can write a proper review.


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