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2 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2012 - 10:53AM #1
Ironhold
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2.25 "Second-Hand Emotions" (original air date: 31 October 1986)

I got to thinking about this episode of the old G. I. Joe cartoon series the other day.


Basic Situation:

Lifeline, the team medic, has been called back home to walk his sister down the aisle at her wedding as their father is the minister who will be conducting the ceremony.

With him are three of his closest friends on the team -

Roadblock, a .50 machine gun operator, poet, and self-taught gourmet chef

Lift-Ticket, a by-the-book helicopter pilot who frequently ferries Lifeline and other medics around for search-and-rescue operations

Shipwreck, a good-natured but hard-living Navy man (there are hints he has an alcohol problem) with a surprisingly large cache of wisdom and compassion. 

Getting permission to go to the wedding was easy; the church is just a few miles away from a military arsenal where three other Joes (team commander and artillery officer Hawk, laser weapon specialist Sci-Fi, and counter-intelligence operative Scarlet) are going to oversee the testing of some new equipment.

Getting in is the hard part.

Not only is Lifeline's dad a pacifist, so is the rest of the congregation.

Lifeline is tolerated because he's the preacher's son, but even said preacher makes his disgust quite clear.

The other Joes are held in absolute contempt even before they walk into the building, with three of the senior ladies of the congregation watching them from the front steps.

The plot of the episode involves the bad guys trying to take advantage of that by having their operatives infiltrate the catering crew. They've developed a microchip that, when attached to a person's neck, can cause their nervous system to temporarily malfunction. They figure that if the four become sufficiently erratic during the wedding, not only will it ruin their reputation it'll also prevent them from responding to a planned strike on the arsenal.


Suppose, for a second, that you were there for the wedding.

As such, you wound up seeing the utter contempt the congregants had for the four servicemembers in their midst.

What would you do?

How would you react?
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2 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2012 - 10:21PM #2
Theo
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I suppose I was invited to the wedding and it was important for me to be there... so I would go and keep my mouth shut. 


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2 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2012 - 10:29PM #3
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Am I missing something, or is there a deeper question here? Because I would have kept my mouth shut regardless of how I was feeling out of courtesy for the person who invited me to their wedding. 


Although I will say one thing-I have the utmost respect for the military and the job they do. I sure as hell couldn't do it, so I might be annoyed at negative reactions toward them...


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2 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2012 - 10:30AM #4
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Apr 26, 2012 -- 10:29PM, Beautiful_Dreamer wrote:


Am I missing something, or is there a deeper question here? Because I would have kept my mouth shut regardless of how I was feeling out of courtesy for the person who invited me to their wedding. 


Although I will say one thing-I have the utmost respect for the military and the job they do. I sure as hell couldn't do it, so I might be annoyed at negative reactions toward them...


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The Hub has been re-running the old 1980s episodes of the show, and so I've been watching them as they come up.



On one hand, we're commanded to hate the sin but love the sinner.


On the other hand, as depicted in the show, some congregations make it a point to single out and condemn anyone who's "different" without really knowing them.


I was just thinking about it; that's all.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2012 - 9:13PM #5
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I'm sorry, I didn't get the whole message since I hadn't seen the show. But I've been around people who would do that and frankly if I had a chance I'd try to make the person feel welcome...I might not mention the way the other people behaved but I would make it a point not to behave that way myself. Although I can't imagine that I ever would, considering what a nerd I was in high school. You know how it is, anyone who is even the slightest bit different...

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