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Stars Earn Stripes whole-season thread (spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by murgatroyd, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. sieglinde

    sieglinde New Member

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    I have to agree with Waldorf's post. I enjoyed the military talk and the attempt to create military missions. I hope this gives the audience some idea of how harsh the conditions are, especially since the gun fire is usually aimed at them. The "gun fire" was squibs or some other tiny explosives going off on the set.

    As for blacks not being able to swim, I thought it was ironic the the two non-swimmers were black. We have blacks on our Olympic swim team. Of course other countries do also. I think the stereotype actually comes from blacks living in the cities with little or no opportunity to swim. Anybody who has ever watched that famous surf movie that was made in the 60's or 70's where the surfers are going around the world to seek the perfect wave saw the part about South Africa and the people who lived on the beach. They were natural swimmers and swam their entire lives. And they were black Africans. :)
     
  2. mattack

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    I only remember the U.S. having one black swimmer this year, Cullen Jones. He almost drowned when he was 5. He has made it his mission to teach blacks to swim because it is actually true, not just a stereotype:

    "A study by the University of Memphis and the USA Swimming organization showed that around 70 percent of African-American children don't know how to swim, compared to about 40 percent of white children. African-American children between the ages of five and 14 are three times more likely than other children to drown, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "
    http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news...-drowning-deaths-among-african-americans?lite
     
  4. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

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    I think the fact the two guys that had to get pulled out were body-builders had more to do with their swimming difficulty than the fact they were black. Leila Ali didn't seem to have too much of a problem with it.
     
  5. sieglinde

    sieglinde New Member

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    It is not a physical problem for blacks just a thing they don't have an opportunity to learn. Leila Ali may have taken swim lessons as a kid.
     
  6. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    I don't know whether or not the older ex-football guy knew how to swim or not... it seemed like he was just too heavy/too muscular. But there was something last season on The Biggest Loser about Dolvett not being able to swim, so I am not surprised he had to get fished out of the water.

    I am always surprised at people who are adults that don't learn to swim before they go on a tv show where they might be put in a position where they have to do so.
     
  7. stellie93

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    I liked the show. Why didn't they practice the jump just like they did the shooting?

    If you've killed a bunch of sniper targets you've probably saved a lot of innocent lives. They tend to be bad guys....
     
  8. jamesl

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    it was a good show
    I really liked it

    I also like that they didn't practice the jump

    some things need to be done with an element of surprise and the unknown; sure, this is fake combat, but real combat is full of surprises

    these stars need to experience stress, panic and fear in order to simulate it as close as possible

    and I think its great the sniper is bragging about the number of kills he made;
    good for him


    there's plenty of shows in The History Channel and Discovery Channel where this kind of stuff is discussed

    The Discovery Channel did a series called "Surviving the Cut",
    where they profile different training schools: Ranger School, Green Beret School, Sniper School, Marine Recon, US Air Force Pararescue

    its a pretty awesome documentary series

    1:52 of Special Forces training is pretty funny
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR5H6KBzoUw&feature=relmfu[/media]

    Sniper School
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbnDvis8n5c&feature=related[/media]

    US Air Force Pararescue
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3UlAzD5d0E[/media]

    Ranger School
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT1xh3yQ0iI[/media]
     
  9. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    So Picabo Street isn't afraid to rappel. What a surprise. :)

    Leila's partner was funny. "My bad, don't punch me."

    Terry Crews is an Army Brat, and did the show to honor his dad.
     
  10. loubob57

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    Was Nick Lachey really going to refuse to jump or was he "acting"? I think they trump up some of these things for drama's sake. Kinda obvious I guess. ;)

    Not surprisingly Todd Palin is a really good shot.

    I also loved the "don't punch me" line. :)
     
  11. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

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    I've only seen a little of this show, but I like it. Hell, I wanna be on it. Access to weapons you'd never otherwise have and blowing stuff up. What's not to like?
     
  12. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    It was a fairly entertaining episode. I can believe that Nick was scared. Todd really did look like he was out of control on the drop.

    I too thought that was funny, starting with the "there's no crying in battle" line :)
     
  13. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    And earning money for charities.
     
  14. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

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    Yes, that would be a nice bonus.
     
  15. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    To me the blowing stuff up is a bonus.

    This must be a tremendous experience. You've got the camaraderie of the small group of celebs, all of whom have a purpose to be there and who want to be there. You've got one-on-one teaching from really good teachers. You've got the team spirit where the job has to get done -- nobody gets left behind, and if one person falters, the others step up and get things done.

    I look back at my own life, where working in groups is kinda like this season of Project Runway (this is only a mild spoiler, so I'm not tagging it), where a lot of the designers only want to do their own thing, everybody says "oh I hate working in groups", and instead of figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of the group and playing to the strength of all the members, everybody works hard at figuring how to cover their own asses.

    If we could bring the mindset that I see on this show to our educational system, and our workplaces, then this country could kick serious ass.
     
  16. loubob57

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    It was fun seeing how Eve Torres' operator was so turned on by her ability to rack the M2 on the first try. :)
     
  17. markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

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    I just watched the first 2 episodes over the last couple of days and am really enjoying it.

    I spent 3 years in the Army, and would totally love to go on this show. The only thing that I don't know for a fact I could do is the swimming with all the gear part. I wouldn't hesitate to try though. The rappelling from the helicopter and building is a breeze. Have done it many times. Shooting the grenade launcher and guns, also a breeze.

    I will continue watching.
     
  18. bobino

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    It's hard to imagine that they jump into the water without some sort of Buoyancy Control Device (BCD). Even SCUBA divers have this and they have ability to drop their weights very easily. They can also drop their tank, but probably loose the BCD when they do it. It doesn't appear to me on this show that the soldiers can release their equipment easily.

    Do soldiers that do this have some sort of BCD?

    That certainly looks fun!

    -Bob
     
  19. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Didn't get a chance to see episode #4 last night -- it's in the queue for tonight's viewing. Just wanted to leave a place marker for later on.
     
  20. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

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    Anyone watch the finale?

    I was surprised that Todd Palin lost in the shootout with Picabo.
     

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