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(YouTube) Video In honor of Remembrance Day, here's the final scene from Black Adder. Beautifully poignant end to a ridiculous show. On this day In 1918, it was an exasperating relief to end a ridiculous war   (youtube.com) divider line 66
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2013-11-11 07:30:35 AM
You know, it's made all the more powerful if you watch the entire "Black Adder Goes Fourth" series.  It's all jokes, until that very last scene of the very last episode.

/I have a punning clan.
 
2013-11-11 08:46:18 AM
Today's recommended YouTube viewing: Paris 1919, the dramatization of Margaret MacMillan's book.

Making war is unfortunately easier than making peace.
 
2013-11-11 09:01:03 AM
Still the finest and most powerful ending to a TV series ever made.
 
2013-11-11 09:31:44 AM

dittybopper: You know, it's made all the more powerful if you watch the entire "Black Adder Goes Fourth" series.  It's all jokes, until that very last scene of the very last episode.


very much this.
 
2013-11-11 09:48:00 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Still the finest and most powerful ending to a TV series ever made.


This will always make you sad though:

www.mash4077tv.com
 
2013-11-11 10:14:23 AM

somedude210: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Still the finest and most powerful ending to a TV series ever made.

This will always make you sad though:

[www.mash4077tv.com image 480x360]


Not really, they all made it home.
 
2013-11-11 10:54:15 AM
Remembering Private George Price, the last Commonwealth soldier to die in WWI, at 10:58 a.m., November 11, 1918.

http://cefww1soldiergprice.blogspot.ca/2007/05/last-canadian-killed- in -ww.html
 
2013-11-11 11:15:15 AM

Tom_Slick: somedude210: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Still the finest and most powerful ending to a TV series ever made.

This will always make you sad though:

[www.mash4077tv.com image 480x360]

Not really, they all made it home.


Well, except for Henry.
 
2013-11-11 11:24:49 AM
http://www.facebook.com/FortRoddFisgardNHS?hc_location=timeline

This is what I've been working on the last few weeks.  The 18 year-old vanished at Passchendaele; the young Winnipeg pilot encountering German jets just five weeks before the end of the war; the Chicagoan who joined the Canadian Army, only to find a wooden cross in northern France; three cigarettes sent in a letter to a friend, who never got them.
 
2013-11-11 11:30:53 AM
Did anybody else notice the timestamp on this thread?
 
2013-11-11 11:32:42 AM
 
2013-11-11 11:34:34 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Still the finest and most powerful ending to a TV series ever made.


FlashHarry: dittybopper: You know, it's made all the more powerful if you watch the entire "Black Adder Goes Fourth" series.  It's all jokes, until that very last scene of the very last episode.

very much this.


While not Remembrance Day-specific, Disney's Dinosaurs finale was way up there, too, in that regard.
 
2013-11-11 11:58:25 AM
Great ending to a great show.  Picked up on an inconsistency.  Blackadder mentions them being in Somme, but the Battle of Somme was in 1916 and the scene was set in 1917.
 
2013-11-11 11:58:35 AM
 
2013-11-11 12:03:59 PM
The making of that scene, and how they thought they ruined it: Link
 
2013-11-11 12:05:55 PM

Pumpernickel bread: Great ending to a great show.  Picked up on an inconsistency.  Blackadder mentions them being in Somme, but the Battle of Somme was in 1916 and the scene was set in 1917.


Plenty of hell left on the Somme:  Ancre offensive 1917, Hindenburg Line 1917...
 
2013-11-11 12:07:05 PM
'it was an exasperating relief...'

The Germans sure didn't think so.
 
2013-11-11 12:08:07 PM
The really sad pat of all this is that all those men bravely gave their lives to put all the pieces in place for Hitler to rise to power.
 
2013-11-11 12:08:42 PM
sad part, not sad pat
 
2013-11-11 12:11:41 PM

GypsyJoker: The making of that scene, and how they thought they ruined it: Link


I remember watching that on BBC4 or something, it is pretty amazing watching the actual raw footage and how naff it looked, and then compare it to what happens once they slowed it down, added the fade to poppies, and the music.
 
2013-11-11 12:12:55 PM
As I tend to do on this day, I'd like to recommend that people with an interest in the Great War read 'Kitchener's Mob' by James Norman Hall (one of the guys who wrote 'Mutiny on the Bounty'). It describes the experiences of an American in the English army during WWI.

Similarly, Bill Mauldin (cartoonist) and Ernie Pyle (correspondent) each wrote some good books in a similar vein about WWII.

All three of these guys wrote about the daily lives of the men - sobering stuff.
 
2013-11-11 12:16:33 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: As I tend to do on this day, I'd like to recommend that people with an interest in the Great War read 'Kitchener's Mob' by James Norman Hall (one of the guys who wrote 'Mutiny on the Bounty'). It describes the experiences of an American in the English army during WWI.

Similarly, Bill Mauldin (cartoonist) and Ernie Pyle (correspondent) each wrote some good books in a similar vein about WWII.

All three of these guys wrote about the daily lives of the men - sobering stuff.


Also, visit the National WWI Museum in Kansas City.  Excellent museum.
 
2013-11-11 12:18:42 PM

Malefic: You did not desert me....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2rx3IAEISA


+1

Here is another from Knopfler
 
2013-11-11 12:20:46 PM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Oh how do you do, young Willy McBride


Do not do that to people at random.  They're not ready.
 
2013-11-11 12:39:33 PM
Are not all wars ridiculous?
 
2013-11-11 12:41:52 PM
My retirement community put on a breakfast for all veteran residents this morning.  I struck up a conversation with this guy with Army Air Corps wings on his hat.  Turns out he had 67 combat missions and shot down two ME-109's, from D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge, all before his 21st birthday.

Some guys....  His memoir: link.
 
2013-11-11 01:03:37 PM
There was some talk about a new Blackadder series, set in the early 50's with a cold war background.
 
2013-11-11 01:04:53 PM
How it all started (Blueprint for Armageddon)

And, no, it wasn't because some bloke named Archie Duke shot an Ostrich because he was hungry.
 
2013-11-11 01:06:38 PM
That scene always makes me tear up.  And the lead up, Hugh Laurie's bit about being the last of the Trinity Tiddlers.
 
2013-11-11 01:11:57 PM

Mad_Radhu: The really sad pat of all this is that all those men bravely gave their lives to put all the pieces in place for Hitler to rise to power.


Woodrow Wilson didn't want to be as punitive at the Germans as the French and British did. He knew that would only breed a bitter and resentful people that would lash out back at the world eventually. That was why he literally died trying to create the League of Nations to help prevent such a future nightmare.

And then the other nations knew that the LoN would keep them from kicking the Germans, so they castrated it's powers as much as possible.

Sadly, the French & Brits tortured the sh*t out of Germans without mercy for years, and when the global Depression hit, the Germans were finally fed up with it. The League of Nations collapsed, and the rest is Infamy.
 
2013-11-11 01:12:02 PM

SmackLT: Did anybody else notice the timestamp on this thread?


Nice touch
 
2013-11-11 01:14:15 PM

JasonOfOrillia: That scene always makes me tear up.  And the lead up, Hugh Laurie's bit about being the last of the Trinity Tiddlers.


This.
 
2013-11-11 01:26:11 PM
One of the best parts about the edit they did is that they don't actually show the characters dying.  So you can pretend there's a chance that at least some of them survived.
 
2013-11-11 01:33:17 PM

TV's Vinnie: Mad_Radhu: The really sad pat of all this is that all those men bravely gave their lives to put all the pieces in place for Hitler to rise to power.

Woodrow Wilson didn't want to be as punitive at the Germans as the French and British did. He knew that would only breed a bitter and resentful people that would lash out back at the world eventually. That was why he literally died trying to create the League of Nations to help prevent such a future nightmare.

And then the other nations knew that the LoN would keep them from kicking the Germans, so they castrated it's powers as much as possible.

Sadly, the French & Brits tortured the sh*t out of Germans without mercy for years, and when the global Depression hit, the Germans were finally fed up with it. The League of Nations collapsed, and the rest is Infamy.


Pretty much this.  The French & Brits wanted their pound of flesh on the Germans, but it came back to bite them in the ass in the worst way possible.
 
2013-11-11 01:41:42 PM

stumpwiz: My retirement community put on a breakfast for all veteran residents this morning.  I struck up a conversation with this guy with Army Air Corps wings on his hat.  Turns out he had 67 combat missions and shot down two ME-109's, from D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge, all before his 21st birthday.

Some guys....  His memoir: link.


My wife used to take care of Paul Fung, Jr. at the nursing home she worked at.  Not only is he a noted cartoon artist, he flew fighters in WWII in the Pacific.

He drew a collection of his famous characters (Blondie, Dagwood, Rocky and Bullwinkle, etc.) and autographed it for the littlebopper.

I always wondered, but never had the temerity to ask, about what it was like being an Asian in the USAAF in the Pacific region during WWII.  I suspect that he had to put up with a lot of mistrust, just based on his looks.
 
2013-11-11 01:50:02 PM

UNC_Samurai: Today's recommended YouTube viewing: Paris 1919, the dramatization of Margaret MacMillan's book.

Making war is unfortunately easier than making peace.


I really think WWI may very well piss me off more than WWII. WWII, at least, sort of had people acting as the initial agressors. WWI appears to be a war that happened because every side involved decided it was *too much effort* to not have a war. No farking wonder the US took so long to get into WWII: After WWI, I imagine the sentiment in the states was "This AGAIN? No. fark you guys."

Mad_Radhu: The really sad pat of all this is that all those men bravely gave their lives to put all the pieces in place for Hitler to rise to power.


Well, no, that was more the British and French being total farkwits after the war. IF they hadn't intentionally economically crippled Germany, I'm not sure Hitler would have been able to rise to power.
 
2013-11-11 01:55:25 PM
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields
 
2013-11-11 02:20:20 PM

Felgraf: Mad_Radhu: The really sad pat of all this is that all those men bravely gave their lives to put all the pieces in place for Hitler to rise to power.

Well, no, that was more the British and French being total farkwits after the war. IF they hadn't intentionally economically crippled Germany, I'm not sure Hitler would have been able to rise to power.


What I was saying is that the victory the Allies fought and died for wound up being pyrrhic victory because it put the French and British in the position to be total farkwits, which over the long term screwed everyone over. It's much sadder than giving their lives for a war that was for nothing, because in the end their sacrifice made everything much worse than it was before. All the way around it was a unmitigated disaster for the world. About the only good thing that came out of it was showing everyone that chemical weapons are a TERRIBLE idea in war.
 
2013-11-11 02:56:34 PM
I'd never seen the Black Adder as a kid, I grabbed it off NetFlix on DVD and watched it from the beginning.   Watching that last episode was very difficult, I knew what was coming, but, being American, didn't anticipate the poppies.  Damn class nine dust storm in my living room.

/CSB
 
2013-11-11 03:06:53 PM
My favorite scene from this season was the coffee scene.

"...since then I've been using sugar substitute..."
 
2013-11-11 03:07:24 PM

Felgraf: UNC_Samurai: Today's recommended YouTube viewing: Paris 1919, the dramatization of Margaret MacMillan's book.

Making war is unfortunately easier than making peace.

I really think WWI may very well piss me off more than WWII. WWII, at least, sort of had people acting as the initial agressors. WWI appears to be a war that happened because every side involved decided it was *too much effort* to not have a war. No farking wonder the US took so long to get into WWII: After WWI, I imagine the sentiment in the states was "This AGAIN? No. fark you guys."

Mad_Radhu: The really sad pat of all this is that all those men bravely gave their lives to put all the pieces in place for Hitler to rise to power.

Well, no, that was more the British and French being total farkwits after the war. IF they hadn't intentionally economically crippled Germany, I'm not sure Hitler would have been able to rise to power.


Not really. The Germans had barely made a dent in there reparations when it was frozen because of the global recession. The rise of Hitler has much more to do with the failure of WW1 being blamed on Socialists, Communists, and Jews.
 
2013-11-11 03:22:06 PM

Tom_Slick: somedude210: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Still the finest and most powerful ending to a TV series ever made.

This will always make you sad though:

[www.mash4077tv.com image 480x360]

Not really, they all made it home.


Except for Lieutenant Colonel Henry Braymore Blake.
 
2013-11-11 03:32:50 PM
I have the WWI dog tags that belonged to my great-uncle, whom I was named after. He was mustard-gassed in France.
 
2013-11-11 03:33:29 PM

dittybopper: You know, it's made all the more powerful if you watch the entire "Black Adder Goes Fourth" series.  It's all jokes, until that very last scene of the very last episode.

/I have a punning clan.


It's even more so if you watch the entire four series.  The first three have some mass death at the end where most of the characters die, and it's always played for laughs.

I didn't know the ending of the fourth season before I watched it.  I think I sat there stunned for a good five minutes- Jurassic Bark is the only other thing I've ever seen that had that kind of effect on me.
 
2013-11-11 03:33:58 PM
Powerful television, which my PBS station didn't air as it was scheduled because we were doing the run up to the first Gulf War.

/I guess reminding people that death is the result of war is bad for jingoism.
 
2013-11-11 03:40:56 PM
My favorite WWI related song - (even though it destroys me).

Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
 
2013-11-11 03:45:17 PM

Skleenar: How it all started (Blueprint for Armageddon)

And, no, it wasn't because some bloke named Archie Duke shot an Ostrich because he was hungry.


It didn't even really start because a Serbian anarchist shot the Archduke of Austria, although that's where most people like to tie it to.
 
2013-11-11 03:58:41 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Skleenar: How it all started (Blueprint for Armageddon)

And, no, it wasn't because some bloke named Archie Duke shot an Ostrich because he was hungry.

It didn't even really start because a Serbian anarchist shot the Archduke of Austria, although that's where most people like to tie it to.


I think the general thought is that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand merely supplied the spark to a conflagration that was seemingly all but imminent to the Europe of the day.  In Dan Carlin's take on it (the link above) the presumed imminence of some sort of grand European war was in large part the impetus for the German's aggressive moves immediately following the Austro-Hungarian move against Serbia.

static.guim.co.uk

"Leave us out of it"
 
2013-11-11 04:30:10 PM
Mrs. Grubermann can't watch any of the episodes from Season 4 due to this episode.
 
2013-11-11 06:21:30 PM

happydude45: I have the WWI dog tags that belonged to my great-uncle, whom I was named after. He was mustard-gassed in France.


Your great-uncle was named happydude?
 
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