The film makes it clear early on that hope is something to be lost--long before that bus trip, but that entire last sequence is the final nail, so to speak. The film is as bleak a message about hope/surviving to better days as Night of the Living Dead. Just say the name...Trapper...Trapper....Trapper. Now tell yourself he was the best..... But by the Charles era, the series had really become that "Very Special Episode" show, so any war experiences were just serving the need to make "THE STATEMENT", losing the earlier, and arguably more appealing character interplay. ...or Patty Duke's "Patty Lane" character from her 60s series.