- 11 hours ago
Day 25 - Movie speculation time. Is there a particular character you have an unimpeachable fancast for?
To be honest, I do not. The biggest reason is because I haven’t really thought about it. Perhaps if I did, I could come up with something, but the thing is I’m not really into the idea of a movie being made.
For one, the track records of remake movies made from back then aren’t really that great (though, I think the ones I’m thinking of were Westerns, but still). Plus, I highly doubt they’d keep to canon—mostly keeping the nationalities of the main cast by actors who are those nationalities (A Frenchman who speaks French for Lebeau, an Englishman for Newkirk, a German/Austrian Jew Klink, Schultz, etc…)
And the transition to modern day standards probably wouldn’t be great as well. To keep with the spirit of the show, they’d have to have it as an over-the-top comedy. But the thing is, that was controversial for it back then and it sure will be now, meaning I bet they’ll make it more “serious”, “gritty”, and “accurate”. If that’s the case I think that’d basically make it a remake of Stalag 17. A lot of the charm of Hogan’s Heroes was the satirical aspect. Even if they do make it a comedy, I sincerely think it’d be filled with grotesque humor (sex jokes, etc … especially by Hogan if they keep him as a ladies man).
Let’s not forgot the chemistry of the cast. Group dynamics are hard to pull off too.
As much as I’d like to see people talking about this amazing show, I personally like the small fandom we have now more. Also, whatever movie is made would eclipse the original show. I’d rather people to be aware of what was played nearly 50 years ago. More material would be great, but unfortunately, I think that time has passed (unless it’s written works or something).
- 13 hours ago
Day 23 - Least favourite part of the show (a scene/line/character/something that made you cringe)?
Well, I could say how Carter is treated by the others, but while that is very high on the list, there is something that bothers me just a bit more.
It’s Request Permission to Escape and Look at the Pretty Snowflakes. When Carter wants to go home, abandon the mission, because his girl left him… it just doesn’t seem like him. It came out of nowhere. It just seemed, to me, that it was a storyline that was originally intended for someone else. And then there was Maddy. Even if I thought Carter would abandon everything to try to win his girl back, I can’t see him finding someone else that quickly. That said, there were parts of that episode I loved. His attempts to pass the information and hitching a ride with the Gestapo were both awesome.
And in Look at the Pretty Snowflakes, once again it’s like his part is meant for someone more girl crazy. He’s just so singleminded in this episode.
Now, I love seeing Carter in the spotlight. But not when he’s acting like someone else.
- 14 hours ago
Season 2 episode 22
Feb 10th 1967
The Gestapo is hot on the trail of Brauner, a financial genius Hogan is currently hiding. Defying the Gestapo is going to require building up Klink’s confidence, and convincing him his orders are coming directly from the Fuhrer.
Day 26 – Favourite denouement/wrap-up scene/episode ending? (If not, favourite loose end. Or both.)
You know, I originally couldn’t think of an answer to this day’s question at first, but I finally managed to come up with one. This show has had so many crazy and cooky plots with equally-so wrap-up scenes to go with them that it’s sometimes hard to recall individual favorites. The one I went with, though, is:
The balloon with the British Spy Downes in it rising up into the air at the end of “What Time Does the Balloon Go Up?” (3x24)
The heroes have done a lot of outlandish things in an effort to complete a mission (building a plane and flying it out of Stalag 13, stealing a Tiger Tank, etc…) and this time is no different. In this episode, Downes stole some pretty important info from Berlin and brought a lot of Gestapo men with him, following his trail while he made it to Stalag 13. The normal methods of getting him out wouldn’t work (the trunk of Klink’s car, for example), so they had to come up with something else. Hogan manages to get Klink to allow for a basket-weaving contest as a part of a cover. They’re actually making a hot-air balloon for him to fly out in!
Besides how they somehow managed to pull it off, this scene is beautiful also because of Hogan’s face as he watches the balloon rise into the sky:
I love it.
Day 24 - How did you get into Hogan’s Heroes?
Well, I was already watching Hogan’s Heroes, off and on, before I really got into it. But I wasn’t really paying attention. I watched tv at work, while doing my job, but since I worked at a rock and roll rehearsal and could only really hear the tv if there was no band, it didn’t really catch my interest. Because Hogan’s Heroes was on during the beginning of our busy period.
What actually got me interested was FFNet. I was bored because no one was updating so I decided to look through the fandoms that I was familiar enough with to not be totally confused if I read about it. I picked Hogan’s Heroes. I can’t remember which fic I started with, but I worked my way through all the pages of HH fics on that site over the next several days. And, of course, during that time, I actually sat down and watched, and paid attention to, the show (by this time I wasn’t working at the studio anymore, so no distractions).
And now I have the complete series on DVD and am writing my own fic. All within a few months.
- 2 days ago
Day 27 - Favourite reference (to a real-life WW2 incident/fictional shout-out/anachronistic 1960s random nod)?
I don’t know if this counts, since it isn’t a specific incident, but it relates to a real part of WWII, so I guess it should. I’m talking about the P-51 Mustangs.
More specifically, in the context of the show, Burkhalter wanting Hogan (accompanied by Klink) to go to London to steal a P-51 Mustang and bring it back to Germany so they can examine it. It’s mentioned in the episode (“Easy Come, Easy Go”) of the P-51 Mustang’s damaging effects on the Luftwaffe. And I’m pretty sure stock footage is used in the episode too.
Now, there are other great choices, like working the heroes into the D-Day plans. I would’ve chosen that, but this reference was a bit closer in relation to me. For a course project, I had to discuss the military inventions of WWII. One of which were the P-51 Mustangs, so when I got to this episode in particular (I did not watch the show in order) I was really excited that there was a plot surrounding it.