GI Joe vs. the A-Team

While reading Brandon Harnish’s piece today on G.I. Joe, I was reminded that I was watching the opening sequence on YouTube a few weeks ago (’cause I apparently have no life):

Inspiring stuff. I wonder if the Pentagon has a long-term contract with Hasbro toy and game company. Here’s the voiceover – “GI Joe is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world”

Note that America’s highly trained special mission force exists to defend “human freedom” not “American freedom” or the Constitution. I guess the military oath, which only mentions defending “the Constituion of the United States” is about as important in G.I Joe World as in real life.

Of course, if you want a 1980’s show about heroic mercenaries being persecuted by the U.S. government, you should be watching this:

And incidentally, we all knew by the time we were 9 that it was much cooler to watch Robotech than G.I. Joe. At least in Robotech, made by the Japanese, people -even some main characters- died in battle.


11:01 pm on September 17, 2007