on February 3, 2005
Season 2 sees the grunts transferred out of the front line, into a "in the rear with the gear" situation.
What really happened is CBS wanted to try and attract female viewers, to what was essentially, a male targeted show. In short, isolated instances, it worked. As a full season, it didn't work so well.
This is also the season that saw the show loose the backing of the US military, because of their objections to the story lines, which saw someone going nutjob practically every week: in the first 9 episodes, at least one character, main or secondary, goes nutjob.
That and the show seems to have changed from the "this is the life of a combat soldier in the Nam" of season 1, to a cross between ER and any early evening female oriented soap opera, which just happens to be set in Vietnam (something we are reminded of by the obligatory 2 to 5 minutes of "combat" added into the episode which frequently are jarring to the rest of the show, as they really have no reason to be there other than to remind us the story is taking place during a war). Heck, even Anderson isn't a rock anymore (in season 1 when he went flaky it was striking because it was so out of character, in season 2, it is the norm).
The combat no longer seems to be the main point of the show in season 2, it just seems to be there to set up the requisite psychotic episode that the other 38 minutes will focus on.
ToD was (and is) one of my all time favourite shows. Reading this review, it might seem like it isn't. Its still a good show in season 2, its just not really the same show as in season 1....