To make another suggestion for this series on the whole - - a bit more care and attention really should’ve been paid to making these characters more visually distinct from each other.
There are a lot of players in this fray and, during the assorted group shots of the various guardsman, it’s hard not think that half of them are getting the exact same wavy bob from the same barber down at the barracks. And when all your characters are wearing the same uniform, with the same general build, it might be worthwhile to give one an eye-patch, or a mustache, or something distinctive enough to make them stand out immediately.
And I’d extend this suggestion the various divisions, too. I’m having a harder time keeping track of the difference between the Recon Corps and the MP’s because they don’t have any immediate, visual identifiers. Different symbols on their jackets - - which aren’t directly visible most of the time, mind you - - really aren’t enough.
Compare and contrast ALIENS with BLACK HAWK DOWN, for example. Both flick are about squads of soldiers. You can immediately differentiate every Marine in the former movie, however, because they all individually customize their armors. In the latter movie, however, it was notoriously difficult to keep track of which famous actors were dead and which ones weren’t because they all were wearing the same outfits, with the same buzz cut do's.
For a show that’s devoted so much screen time to presenting the tactics of these guardsmen in clear, easily discernible charts, it’s puzzling why they wouldn’t have the same sense about presenting the characters.
Now, I’m guessing plenty of you are going to pipe up, now, and say you’ve never had any trouble with this, whatsoever, throughout the entirety of the show. Well, +500 Honorary XP to you!
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