Patreon Post Unlocked: M*A*S*H


You may not think of the TV series MAS*H (1972–1983) as a frock flick. But the half-hour sitcom was set during the Korean War, from 1950-53, and located in a U.S. Army Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near Uijeongbu, South Korea. This also happens to be my favorite TV show ever, I’ve seen each episode of the 11-season run a billion times, and I can quote the dialog from many of them by heart. I adore Alan Alda and his character of Hawkeye Pierce for his combination of comedic chops and humanitarianism. So it’s about time I throw my beloved show a bone!

Read all of this review of MAS*H (1972–1983) here!

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

11 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I really loved the gags played on Frank by Hawkeye, Trap and BJ. One that sticks in the mind is the Adolph Hitler School episode.

  2. Trystan L. Bass

    Do you even read our posts? I explained in detail how the show used the 1950s setting accurately while also conveying contemporary issues & looked at the costuming in-depth. There’s about 4,000 words going over the historical accuracy of the show, give it a shot.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      Sure, but are you actually reading our posts? You keep dropping in to complain about things that we’ve addressed ad infinitum. If you have a specific critique of something we’ve actually said, fine, but if you’re just going to randomly whine, why are you here?

  3. Tracey Walker

    I loved MASH so much. I’ve been kind of afraid to do a rewatch in case it didn’t hold up, but youve inspired me to give it a go

  4. Elise

    Reading this post, I felt a “click”, because I never found a man in a dress to be a funny gag, and I’ve spent the last number of years as an LGBT ally. Funny how a show can can have one intent (make a silly gag), but activate a person for another reason (queer ally and advocate)

    Yes, I know that Klinger was supposed to be a funny character who tried to leave the war by virtue of insanity, but to young-Elise, I felt uncomfortable that people were laughing at such a person in such clothes. If he were really that committed, then there must have been something essential there.

    Starting to get work, again. Looking forward to supporting the Patreon, again!

    • Trystan L. Bass

      Yeah, it was definitely a joke of it’s time, both the 1950s & the 1970s. What I always appreciated, watching originally & since, is that the main sympathetic characters within the world of the show didn’t mind or particularly make fun of Klinger wearing dresses & just found it to be a personal quirk. There are even a few touching speeches (by Potter & Hawkeye) paying tribute to his dresses as a coping mechanism & spirit of ingenuity.

      Oh & good luck with getting work! No need to support our Patreon unless you can easily afford it <3

      • Elise

        Yes, true, it was a deliberate joke at the time, and also some fun for the audience. Of course, child-Elise wasn’t so well-versed in storytelling strategies, she only saw that a man seemed so comfortable in a very coordinated “female” outfit, and felt that it must therefore be correct, and not funny. And yes, it was neat to see those around him simply accept him. Older Elise also sees an interesting parallel from “cross-dressing” absurdism and Camus’s absurdism of war. Thank you for bringing up this wonderful and wonderfully layered show, along with your remarks on it. (comments make me feel awfully special) And wahoo for affording luxuries, and thanking you all for making this pandemic ever so much more bearable.