One of the last series set during World War II, this program -- in syndication it was titled Black Sheep Squadron -- was loosely based on the memoirs of Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington (played here by Robert Conrad).
A decorated Marine fighter pilot, Boyington commanded a squadron of misfits who were dubbed "The Black Sheep." Mixing simulated as well as archival war footage, the show re-creates the era as well as any program from its time. Some of the episodes were predictable. In "The War Biz Warrior" a movie star finds out that real warfare is far different than that portrayed on a Hollywood movie set, though, ironically, that's where the show was filmed. Of course, to produce a TV series you have to smooth off the rough edges, but the show did its best to keep things as authentic as possible within the parameters of prime-time drama. This set features the remaining episodes from the first season and sadly offers no extras, something both World War II buffs and the show's fans would surely have welcomed. (P.F. Wilson) Grade: B+
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