June 12th, 2006

Radar Again - by silver_sunn101

Corporal Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly

This is a week early, but next week, I will be away at a convention, so:

Title: An Innocent Goes to War
Character: Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly
Author: hobsonphile
Spoilers/Notes: I will only be addressing the television show, as I consider the movie and the novel (not to mention the unsold post-canonical pilot) interesting academically, but not germane to my interpretation of the character in question.


Imagine, if you will, that your platoon’s position on a numbered Korean hill has just been besieged by North Korean and Chinese troops and that you have been cut down in the fighting. You have been loaded onto an ambulance at Battalion Aid and transported over rough roads to the nearest MASH unit - and, unfortunately for you, you have remained relatively conscious through the whole process, hearing the groans of your fellow soldiers and smelling the blood, mud, and rot. The ambulance stops, the doors are thrown open, and among the men you see clamber into the vehicle is a little teenager wearing coke-bottle glasses and a wool cap. He is collecting personal items and peering at dog tags, scribbling down names with a too-short pencil on a clipboard he carries in his left hand.

When the boy – although perhaps you are about the same age and thus see the teenager as a peer – approaches, he notices that you are conscious, and he begins to talk to you. Maybe, as he is making note of the lucky charm you carry in your pocket, he asks you where you are from. Maybe he asks you what happened to your platoon in the hills. Then, before he moves on to the next patient, he may tell you not to worry – “These surgeons are the best I’ve ever seen.”

You have just met Corporal Walter Eugene O’Reilly – or “Radar”, as his colleagues universally address him - the 4077th’s company clerk.

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That Old Dirty Bastard – Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Title: That Old Dirty Bastard
Author: alazysod
Character: Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell
Fandom: Prison Break
Spoilers: Through the end of the first season.

Michael: Does T-Bag have a real name?
T-Bag: That is my real name.
At first glance, Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell is nothing more than a basic, one-dimensional villain that occasionally—okay, frequently—hits on the main character. This is a man who kidnapped, raped, and killed six students in Alabama, and it “wasn’t always in that order, either.” He rules a nasty white supremacist gang in Fox River, and he isn’t afraid to slit a guy’s throat or incite a riot.

This man has no redeeming qualities.

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