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Old March 13 2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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The Captain Gold plot thread in "Turn the Page"

....was I the only one reminded of the tontine that Colonel Potter was part of in "Old Soldiers" in M*A*S*H? A lot of the elements seemed to share in common with that episode: Old group of battle survivors, usually affable/good natured CO in bad mood and snapping at people, CO turns out to be the last survivor of a tontine and drinks with his subordinates/new friends.

Was this an intentional homage? Or was it just a coincidence? Anyone ever ask Dayton or Kevin about it?
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Old March 13 2014, 02:03 PM   #2
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Re: The Captain Gold plot thread in "Turn the Page"

The creators of SCE have made no secret of the fact that Gold was directly based on Colonel Potter, and that M*A*S*H was a major influence on the series as a whole. (My brief for writing Tev when I introduced the character in Aftermath was "Charles Emerson Winchester the Tellarite.") So yeah, I'm sure the tontine reference was intentional.
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Old March 13 2014, 09:16 PM   #3
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Re: The Captain Gold plot thread in "Turn the Page"

Everything Christopher said above is accurate. Dayton, Kevin, and I all agreed to do an "Old Soldiers" pastiche when we relaunched Corps of Engineers.
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Old March 14 2014, 01:24 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. Glad I wasn't just imagining things or reading too much into it.
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