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I’ve just seen the new TV Series Army Wives on Lifetime.

First let me say, I don’t normally watch a lot of TV. I have a few favorites that I watch, but even those will sit on my DVR till I have time to watch and I’ve been known to watch 3 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy back to back.

I tried not to watch all the previews online or read many sneak peek reviews so that I wouldn’t already know the best parts.

My first reactions are I really like the show. It was actually better than what I was expecting. But hold on….lets not get too excited yet.

My favorites:

1. The music! Including the track: Is This Love? – http://thomasandersonmusic.com/

2. I like Roxy and I totally buy into that story line. It’s a little racy, but very believable. She has the best dialog.

3. The camera style / visual look of the show. Recreating the military / army experience visually is very hard to do. The different shots they used, a little hand held camera action, kept it interesting and appealing to the eye.

Least Favorites:

1. “Soldiers don’t like their wives to work”.

2. The son hitting Catherine Bell – “Thats way to Lifetime” (a quote from Marie) and the “dismissed” line.

3. LTC Joan Burton dancing on the bar. Not sure just what “she did” that when her husband finds out “won’t love her anymore”, I’m guessing she wasn’t faithful. That person will be at the “Hail and Fairwell” around episode 4.

Totally did not like:

1. Why is it there has to be a half naked women shown on the screen. This is a show FOR women. I can never understand why stuff like this happens. Where are the young men doing PT with no shirts on? or a locker room scene….something people!!

2. The sex in the bathroom stall – call me a conservative.

Hope they add in future episodes:

1. A more diverse cast. Where’s the latin girl and/or guy??

Technical points:

1. In the opening scene as they are showing the base; the part I did ask the husband to watch to see what he recognized from his old Navy base and he said, “Yes, those are the old boomer baracks and officer housing.”

2. As far as the Tea Party having enlisted and officer wives there…..the dialog states it was a “fundraiser”, not a “social event”. In the Army world and Air Force they do have formal balls that I’ve been that include officer and enlisted. I’ve also attended as a DoD Civilian. I’ve also attended coffee’s with both officer and enlisted wives in the Army world and FRG related events at a CO’s house in the Navy world. There has been a TON of debate on this issue over at the Army Wives blog.

My recap:

I do have some hesitation in giving my green light to this series.

I have questions like:

Am I just so happy to see a series about Military Wives that I will overlook the offensive scenes of Roxy in her thong, the sex scene in the bathroom stall and settle for the “jody bar” references to get to the “good” scenes like PVT LeBlanc teaching the kids Army lingo and him helping Roxy iron his uniform shirt? (but then geez…Roxy is in her underwear. Why do we need to see that? I am the only one not ironing in front of my kids in my underwear?)

I think if I can remember this is a Drama and not take it too seriously then it will be good summer entertainment, a guilty pleasure. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but my DVR tapes Grey’s. I love that show because it is filled with a mix of drama, fantasy, sap, ….it makes me laugh, cry and lets me relax for 45min. If Army Wives does that, then I’ll keep watching. (Even if I have to fast forward through the offensive parts – I do that on Grey’s too.)

Oh, I really like Brian MacNamara and I really think his character matches up better with Catherine Bell’s character.

I expect that around episode 7, now that would be “so Lifetime”!

Update:

Can someone tell me why on the Lifetime website the female Soldier, Joan Burton, doesn’t have her rank listed like the guys do?? hmmm

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