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post #16 of 30 (permalink) Old 2016-02-29, 05:16 PM
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Wow! Thanks for that info MAXAM. It makes that episode way more disturbing.
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post #17 of 30 (permalink) Old 2016-03-10, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tonight's was another good episode in this series. The thing I like about this show is that's not all about shooting and blowing up buildings. It depicts some of the hard decisions that the team has to make and the unexpected consequences that happen when things go awry.
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Tiger tank?

In tonight's episode the Allied agents were pinned down in a field by a Tiger tank. I seem to recall that a real Tiger 1 had interleaved road wheels and I'm wondering if they used a mocked-ed up Russian T34 as was used in "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan." In "Fury," starring Brad Pitt, they used an actual restored Tiger 1. Also, I'm not so sure that the group would also have access to the U.S. M1 carbine in the time of the August 1942 Dieppe Raid but I guess it's a possibility. Nit picking aside, I think this is one of the best CBC co-productions I've seen in the last few years as the acting and stories are quite believable. IMHO
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Do all the actors actually speak German? Or is it dubbed in later on?
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Torben Liebrecht, who plays SS Officer Franz Faber, is German. His wife, Sabine, is played by German born actress Livia Matthes. Please see Cast - X Company for further info. I think by using actors speaking fluent German adds realism to the show.
I'm glad, they didn't have actors speaking English with a phony German accent as Marlon Brando did in the "Young Lions"! The director and producer tried in vain to get him to drop the accent but Brando threatened to quit the production if they wouldn't go along with his demands.
Most of the film critics panned his performance. One said that his,"Nasal voice sounded like a "Katzenjammer Kid (a popular comic strip at the time) with a very bad cold."
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Nit picking aside, I think this is one of the best CBC co-productions I've seen in the last few years as the acting and stories are quite believable. IMHO
Agreed, I think it is an excellent production.

(I share the earlier scepticism about whether their radio could communicate directly back to Camp X).
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It might be possible to reach Camp X on occasion, but certainly not reliably.

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In post #11 I mentioned info that I got from the CBC website, that is no longer online, that the Type B Mk.2 suitcase radio had a range of just over 500 miles.

BTW: In searching Wikipedia regarding the Dieppe Raid I found an interesting item about the top secret German Freya radar system mentioned in last night's show:
"One of the objectives of the Dieppe Raid was to discover the importance and performance capability of a German radar station on the cliff-top to the east of the town of Pourville. To achieve this, RAF Flight Sergeant Jack Nissenthall, a radar specialist, was attached to the South Saskatchewan Regiment. He was to attempt to enter the radar station and learn its secrets, accompanied by a small unit of 11 men of the Saskatchewans as bodyguards. Nissenthall volunteered for the mission fully aware that, due to the highly sensitive nature of his knowledge of Allied radar technology, his Saskatchewan bodyguard unit were under orders to kill him if necessary to prevent him being captured. He also carried a cyanide pill as a last resort."
So, once again the programme used an actual wartime event as a storyline in X Company.
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I am really quite enjoying the series....Do we know if another season is planned???
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Excellent series .Didn't think i would find much in it but have instead found it to be mostly riveting .
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Do we know if another season is planned???
There doesn't appear to be.

"On March 4, 2015, CBC renewed the series for a second season with ten episodes, two more than the first season of eight."

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Regarding a season 3. I don't think the CBC has announced anything official yet about continuing the series but I did hear the upcoming April 6 episode referred to as the season finale in a recent ad. That would seem to imply that a third season might be in the cards.

I like the series although the subplots involving Aurora and her German friend are a bit too "soap opera-ish" for me. However my biggest complaint is with the seeming ease characters move between Ontario and Europe. One week they're in France and next week back at the Canadian camp. Little script time is spent on how they are picked up and dropped off. I doubt if movement in wartime was really that easy or happened that often.
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I had that same problem with that Revolution show that got canceled. How fast they got to one place and the other by foot. Complete horse****!

Just trying to remove that damn setup progress bar.
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I find the outer space graphic they use as well to show the transitions in the drama from Europe to Canada a bit anachronistic too. A space age view prior to the space age just doesn't fit.

Likewise I don't like aerial shots of pre-1903 dramas and movies, especially battle scenes. I know it's just a drama but it just makes them look unrealistic and devalues the production. A good production draws you in and makes you forget about the cameras, mics, crew, equipment etc. These fancy shots just remind me of all the crew. But that's just me being cranky...
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