MASH: Season Four

Lynn’s Druthers Marathon, part 22

Title: MASH: Season Four
Year: 1975-1976
Network: CBS
Episodes: 24; most at 25 minutes each, one at 50 minutes
Creators: Richard Hooker (novel); Larry Gelbart (developer)
Directors: Gene Reynolds, Alan Alda, Larry Gelbart, Burt Metcalfe, William K. Jurgensen, John Erman, George Tyne, Harry Morgan, Charles S. Dubin
Writers: Larry Gelbart, James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum, Simon Muntner, Gene Reynolds, Burt Prelutsky, Glen Charles, Les Charles, Rick Mittleman, John D. Hess, Jay Folb, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Gary Markowitz, John W. Regier
Starring: Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr
Music: Johnny Mandel (theme); Lionel Newman (music supervisor)
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), over the past few weeks
Synopsis: hijinks in an army hospital

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:4/4 (Great)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:0/4 (Terrible)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Pretty much the same as season three.  Which is odd, since there are some major cast/character changes – B.J. replaces Trapper, and Col. Potter replaces Col. Blake. B.J. is a definite improvement over Trapper, who was kind of an awful sleazeball. Blake is missed, though; Potter would be a nice enough character, but the dynamic between him and Frank Burns doesn’t make sense. I keep waiting for the scene from the movie where Burns is hauled away in a straight jacket.
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