FUBAR ends after one season….

| July 25, 2019


This is such a silly thing, I can barely stop snorting over it: “The Code” will not be a “thing” on CBS.


From the article: Shaggy, out-of-regulation haircuts, incorrectly ordered ribbon stacks that blossomed new rows from one episode to the next, nonsensical military court proceedings, Marines referred to as “soldiers,” uniform violations, uniform violations, and worst of all, more uniform violations.

No matter how many codes or standards the directors, writers, or actors of CBS’ highly-touted courtroom drama attempted to adhere to, elementary level research to ensure accuracy was never one.

Col. Turnbull may never make general, but at least her uniforms were generally terrible.  What. Are. Those. Sleeves?  –  Article

I don’t have a TV so I knew nothing about this, but if the producers who put this gobsmacked thing together got “bad show, bad, bad, bad show, stupid ass bad show” letters from Marines, they may have realized that they committed a FUBAR of a show.

Anyone tape this thing for posterity? Anyone? Bueller? Dave?



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  1. FuzeVT says:

    All I can say is I’d like to see LtCol Sarah MacKenzie in PT gear!!

    And that I’m so glad I dumped cable.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      This is why I dumped TV and bought a couple of seasons of ‘Tour of Duty’.

      • Messkit says:

        ToD is the 80’s version of The Code.

        Almost OK acting, uniforms not really correct, story lines reflected the myriad of bullshit drug-crazy-AWOL-objector-newby officer stories about Nam GI’s. Knowing we killed untold 100’s of thousands of NVA and VC, the portrayed American forces hardly hurt anyone, much less swept a grid square clean. How was a small squad, tasked with so many patrols, seemingly all alone?

        And, don’t get me started on the Special Forces transition…

        • Anonymous says:

          China Beach was better. Had its issues, of course, but nothing too bad. (Folk have said Home Before Morning, by Lynda Van Devanter, it was based upon was crap… )

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        They at least tried. I knew some of it was “off kilter”, but the dead bodies and body counts and real stuff like snipers and bouncing bettys never would have passed the censors.

        Even “Combat”, which was WWII-oriented, was sanitized enormously. When “Victory At Sea”, a documentary about the Navy’s participation in the Pacific during WWII, was shown, there were zero dead bodies on the beaches anywhere.

      • Twist says:

        When I was stationed Schofield Barracks one of our training areas was where they had filmed “Tour of Duty”. I went to Air Assault school where they filmed the base camp scenes. Quite often when watching the show I could place exactly where in the training area they actually where.

        • Andy11M says:

          Early 93 there was a Sgt in my unit that was tasked out as a extra for an episode when he was stationed there. He clearly didn’t take his scene seriously because he had this stupid grin on his face as they were on patrol in the jungle.

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    Ex, I actually did try to watch this fustercluck on several occasions. Believe in the back of my mind I was kinda hoping for a JAG type show. Col Turnintobull was NO MAJ/LTC/COL Mac by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. I did laff my a$$ of on the few times I tried to watch it. The disappointment was real.

    TV has been a vast wasteland for decades now. Watch very little of any of it. Did watch Big Bang, but that was the whole Penny/Bernadette fantasy.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Looking at the promotional material, there seems to have been some hotties in the cast. But eye candy doesn’t offset going Full Retard.

      “The Expanse” is a cool show, but it still includes some future-SJW shit. “The Ranch” is funny as hell, but requires Netflix. “Person of Interest” reruns are still worthwhile. For current-running regular TV, “Last Man Standing” is pretty much all there is.

      • Mason says:

        Agree with Last Man Standing. Best sitcom on TV by far.

        I had to quit watching The Ranch. I hung in there for a few episodes after they canned Danny Masterson, but the show wasn’t the same without Rooster. Then when Dax Shepard’s character was a PTSD veteran stereotype, I was out.

  3. The Other Whitey says:

    I never watched “JAG-Ripoff For Millennials.” Sounds like I didn’t miss anything.

  4. Everything I did wrong in my life just flashed in front of my eyes after I read the post heading so I ran into my walk in closet and checked out my new 3 year old re duped Polyester cotton blend white jumper and looked at the ribbon rack which consists of my cold war era NDSM and AFEM (Op Power Pack) ribbons. So as one would face the jumper, the NDSM would be on the left and the AFEM would be on the right with the middle strip of red white and blue, red starting on the left. Am I correct?? I don’t want to get in Dutch with any of the TAH members.

    • Claw says:

      You’re almost correct, Jeff. The NDSM does take precedence over the AFEM.

      However, from your description, you have the AFEM upside down. The Blue strip should be inboard, then White, and Red as the outboard strip.

      • Thank you Claw. I think it was the wrong way while I wore it on active duty. Wonder why no one caught it.

        • Claw says:

          You’re Welcome, Jeff. You just have to think of the AFEM stripes in the same way as the Combat Action Ribbon or our National Colors.

          When looking at them, the Blue should always be to the left of the viewer.

    • Claw says:

      Added note: The FSN for the AFEM Medal Set is 8455-082-5638./smile

    • Anonymous says:

      The retards couldn’t go to Medals of America and have them make the ribbon racks?

  5. Claw says:

    The first clue for CBS should’ve been when Dale Dye told em to FOAD/GFY when approached about being the show’s technical advisor./s

    Added: Never watched not even one second of it.

  6. Herbert J Messkit says:

    I thought tv and movie uniforms were supposed to be at least subtly inaccurate, on purpose. Some of this may be too jacked up though

    • Mason says:

      That’s an old wives tale. The only reason movies and TV get them wrong so much is that they don’t care. From the groans and elbows I get from my wife when I point it out, I think most civilians don’t care either.

      • Anonymous says:

        For example, John Cena’s The Marine:

        • MustangCryppie says:

          LOL! Some people just ain’t made for civilian life!

          A shipmate of mine told me once about a Marine friend who left active duty. He was interviewing for a job at a bank and at one point he asked what the bank’s TAD policy was.

          Another guy who I was on a sub mission with kept telling us that he was gonna get out of the Nav. We all told him that he would have to take courses in English as a Second Language! He was incomprehensible to anyone who wasn’t a Sailor or Marine!


  7. rgr769 says:

    As a lawer, I hate most lawer TV shows. The writers usually know squat about how a real trial works. Then when you couple that lack of knowledge with effed up uniforms, you have a double loser. “Perry Mason” episodes were watchable because they sometimes got courtroom procedure right and there was a murder to solve. I only watched a promo of this show. At the time, I thought Delaney should have stuck to make believe nursing.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      How’d you like “My Cousin Vinny?” I heard the screenwriter for that movie was an actual lawyer and tried to minimize the bullshit.

      • rgr769 says:

        It was great, very entertaining. Fred Gynne was excellent playing the trial judge, and he was legally correct on many of his rulings.
        When I was a kid I enjoyed watching him on “Car 54, Where Are You?”

  8. Anonymous says:

    Though I liked seeing Dana Delany (who played CPT McMurphy on China Beach) on a military show again, this show sucked.

  9. The Stranger says:

    Yeah, I get that elbow from my wife whenever we watch a military themed show or movie because they get so much shit wrong it’s not even funny. Of course, my wife also thought that I would enjoy that thankfully short-lived Fox series “Enlisted” that was on a few years back. Also, on a related note, didn’t we have a couple of actors/technical advisor types on TV who turned out to be phonies? Besides Joe Teti, of course.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I liked “McHale’s Nay”, partly because Ernest Borgnine was a GM1 during WWII, although I didn’t know that when I was in junior high school. And then “Hennessy”, with Jackie Cooper, who was on AD during WWII and later retired from the Naval Reserves.
      Both of them made it look like fun.

      • Bubblehead Ray says:

        I met Ernie Borgnine when he and his wife Tova were the Grand Marshals of the Milwaukee Circus Parade around 1990. He was a bear of a man. I’m not small, but my hand looked like a ten year olds in his when we shook hands.

        I told him McHale’s Navy helped influence my choice of which branch to serve in. He laughed and said “good for you”. He was very gracious and seemed genuinely happy to meet everyone there. (We were at a pre-parade party thrown by the bank my ex worked for since they were a major sponsor of the parade. It was nice).

    • The Other Whitey says:

      A transcript of me watching “Chicago Fire:”

      -The truck LT is banging his female firefighter…and everybody’s OKAY WITH THIS??!!!

      -What the fuck are those Hollywood BA masks?

      -Put your flash hood on, dumbass.

      -The Heavy Rescue LT is banging his female firefighter…and everybody’s OKAY WITH THIS??!!!

      -Below-grade rescue in a sewer tunnel, just a single heavy rescue company, all underground in IDLH, no chief officer, no additional resources, no ICS, nobody even assigned to air monitoring…No wonder they all die!

      -The oft-touted “best paramedic in the city” just did something that’s not only illegal but also would’ve killed her patient. Again.

      -Holy balls, how do their structure fires never produce any smoke?

      -Firefighter down! She’s out of air! Never mind the buddy-breather line that’s not only visible on your own BA, but also PROMINENTLY MARKED AS SUCH right there on camera. No, pull your mask off and stick it on her face. Jesus wept.

      -That tool would work a lot better if you actually used it properly.

      -Ever heard of this thing called heat? Get your ass on the floor!

      -Christ on His Cross, are they TRYING to kill that kid?

      -Put your fucking PPE on right, dipshit!

      -That “new girl in the boys’ club” crap stopped being a thing some time around 1977. I did my basic academy in the spring of 2002 and was a nervous wreck trying not to run afoul of a hardass old female captain who had been dragging hose longer than I’d been alive. Get with the times.

      -Aw HELL no!!!

      -Do they have a technical adviser? Or did he shoot himself in soul-crushing frustration after 10 minutes?

      -Dick Wolf needs to burn in Hell.

      My wife watches the show, and I entertain myself by annoying the shit out of her with commentary.

      • TOW;
        I mentioned Chicago Fire sometime to you last year and figured that the series would be a lot better than the old Emergency series and you said the same thing that you just commented on. I still haven’t watched the show after what you said and I know that I would be screaming at all the wrong things that they did. I guess there wasn’t a tripod over the non PC word “Man”hole for effecting the confined space rescue. A little trivia. Bendix was one of the first SCBA company to come out with the buddy breather line. Also the RIT-Rapid intervention team came about after Probie NYFD Kevin Kane from 110 truck in Brooklyn was killed in 1991 while operating on the top floor of a vacant with possible squatters. He was in the bedroom while there was a heavy body of fire in the cockloft above him, the ceiling collapsed on him and while he was trying to leave, the room lit up and he made it to the window where a tower ladder got him into the bucket with severe burns. He lasted 22 hours before he passed on so after that incident, the NYFD FAST- Firefighter assist and search team came about. The lines inside the fire building were busy and by the time the mayday went out it was too late to get water on the fire. Originaly he was with another FF in the fire apartment but some how got separated. His Dad was Chief Killer Kane who taught at the Fire Academy. I met Kevin at a function before his untimely death as he was also a Volly in the Valley Stream NY Fire Dept.

        • The Other Whitey says:

          “Emergency” is a classic. They actually tried to make it realistic, with the help of LA County’s* Training Division. They made it look as real as they could with 1970s special effects. Kevin Tighe and Randy Mantooth actually completed medic school—not an “actor boot camp” weekend thing, the *entire* program, which they passed—and scenes were often just set up as “Here’s your victim, here’s their signs and symptoms, do your medic shit.” I still enjoy watching reruns with my Dad, though my wife has yet to allow me to do so with my son (you can probably guess why).

          We’re all-risk, so I train my guys and gals on RIC fairly often. Never had to use it yet, thank God, but I pass on everything I know, little though it is. Assisted drags, buddy breathing, DRD, BA drag, Denver Drill, etc. I once had to teach a five-foot-nothing, 90lbs-soaking-wet Chinese chick how to drag my 6’1” 240lb Black Irish ass and Denver-lift me over obstacles. She did it, by God, though I doubt she considered it fun.

          * As much as I despise that whole area in general, Los Angeles County Fire Department is a badass outfit.

    • Mason says:

      The best technical advisor phony is from the 2006 WWI movie Flyboys. The movie’s only military advisor was a total fraud who’d fabricated his resume. It shows in the quality of the movie.


      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Compare that to “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”, which had a budget of $400,000 – so low that they couldn’t afford to rent horses so they used coconuts for hoofbeats instead – and is still considered a classic example of Pure Fun in Film making.

        The original box office take for this very low budget film was $5,000,000, and you can get still get it on various media.