Monday M*A*S*H Discussions offers fans the opportunity to offer their opinions on a wide variety of topics relating to M*A*S*H. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. My hope is these discussion posts will continue to elicit comments in the weeks and months after they’re initially published. Have a suggestion about something you think might be worth discussing? Let me know and maybe it will become my next Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topic.
Ferret Face suggested today’s topic: How would Colonel Blake and Charles interact?
Blake, Meet Winchester. Winchester, Meet Blake.
Have you ever wondered whether Colonel Blake and Charles would get along had the two characters met and worked together at the 4077th? I hadn’t given it much thought. When I asked readers to offer ideas for future Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topics, Ferret Face suggested discussing which main characters who never met would have the best interactions. Rather than use that as a single topic, I’ve decided to split it into multiple topics for various parings, starting with Colonel Blake and Charles.
At first glance, it seems obvious that Charles wouldn’t think highly of Colonel Blake upon first meeting him. At times, Henry came across as something of a buffoon. But after thinking about it a little more, I started to wonder if perhaps Charles would be fine with a laid-back commanding officer like Henry Blake. If Henry Blake didn’t bother him, he wouldn’t bother Henry Blake.
Unlike Frank, Charles had no desire to command the 4077th. He wasn’t obsessed with military discipline and Army rules and regulations. He enjoyed his downtime, the ability to occasionally relax and forget about the war. True, he’d likely consider Henry an intellectual and social inferior, but would that infuriate him? Would it even annoy him? I doubt it.
As for Henry, I imagine him being apprehensive about Charles at first. But after realizing Charles wasn’t going to come barging into his office every day with complaints, he’d realize Charles was obnoxious most of the time but a talented surgeon and considerably less annoying than Frank Burns.
Hit the comments with your thoughts.