Veritas wrote:Honestly, the move baffled me completely. On the one hand, it could be a goof - or pressure to raise Duke's visibility with the movie coming out. But it's one heck of a goof to make, and one that never should have gotten through the first-string editing. In that light - unless we want to seriously insult someone, and I would prefer not to -we have to assume that this was done for a very specific reason, in all its flawed reality.
We saw, back in Snake Eyes: Cobra Command #9, Hawk essentially ordering Duke to take command, a scene that puzzled me, not simply because of the nasty "old boys club" feel to it but because after that, it was never mentioned again. The last we heard of it, Duke was to tell Scarlett of the change in command - but throughout CC, she's seemed to be the one in charge. Then, BAM, we get Duke promoted and Scarlett ordered to toe the line - as if she would do anything otherwise (which seemed to run entirely counter to what followed in the conversaton - that touchy-feely comforting thingummy).
If I had to hazard a guess? Hawk did it to set Duke up for a fall. Duke screws up, Hawk get shunted back to command. That's the "manipulative bastard" angle circa Chuckles' in the last issue.
OR... if Duke WAS promoted by that senator guy who was playing solitaire and then hobnobbing with the Baroness... then HE is setting Duke up, feeling that without Hawk, this untested leader will be sure to screw up in a way that could justify the entire elimination of the Joes.
The latter actually makes the most sense to me; Cobra's pet politician would have a vested interest in NOT bringing in another general. He also wouldn't want Scarlett moved up - she's successfully, more or less, seen the Joes through the CCW and is a strong leader. There's also the psychological angle to it - a promotion of someone apparently unsuited to command, or undeserving of such a wildly unorthodox promotion could create a schism within the ranks - dissent within the Joes as to who SHOULD be in charge, amplified as things start going wrong in spades.
Congressboy also doesn't have the power, apparently, to shut things down 100% - so the best he can do is prop things to fall in the direction he wants. So... wha'cha think?
Gosh, I love being a character junkie...
Tiger71 wrote:...(snip)Maybe Duke will get his true rank back, E-8. (Although if he had started this series with his movie rank of Major, this would have all been fine.)
shanecdavis wrote:Ummmmm Veritas, you might be confusing Dwayne Johnson with someone else. Not only is he not white, he's not even half white. His father is black and his mother is Samoan. There are only two other actors that I would have seen cast as Roadblock - Ving Rhames or Michael Clarke Duncan. Since neither of them have the charisma that Johnson does, Roadblock would have been more of a secondary character, which would have changed the complexity of the entire movie. We will soon see if centering the movie around Roadblock/Johnson was a good call or not.
Mamu_Nestor wrote:it was Captain Hauser in the movie...
Tiger71 wrote:Mamu_Nestor wrote:it was Captain Hauser in the movie...
The file cards for the Movie version of Duke say "Major", but since I haven't watched the movie in a while I won't dispute that the movie may have said something different.
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