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Army Wives Review: Haven't We Been Here Before?

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Coming into Season 6, I was genuinely hoping this would not be the final run for Army Wives. As we are now four episodes from the end of it, though, "Centennial" has proven that wish might have been misplaced.

Did I miss the memo that the entire writing staff was replaced? What the Hell has happened to what was once one of my most anticipated Sunday programs? I barely recognize it anymore.

Honestly, I try. I really do try to find something good in every episode because I know how depressing it can be when you turn up to read about your favorite program and someone is slamming it.

But let's be realistic here. Army Wives has become such a downer it's difficult to sustain life support by the end of the hour each week. Who's with me? Some of you have to be. You've been watching as long as I have. Remember when it was a show built not only on the perilous circumstances of being an Army wife, but on the lasting friendships formed because of those very situations? 

Fort Marshall Celebrates

The Centennial celebration of Fort Marshall was a perfect time to take a break from the downtrodden bad luck everyone has had lately and just let our beloved characters enjoy each other's company. Truly engage in the historical aspect of Fort Marshall and show pride for their accomplishments. Be proud to be an American.

Is that really such a bad thing? As a country, have we gone so far beyond what we stand for that we can't even allow one of the last remaining television shows depicting military life to honor our accomplishments without pointing out that someone might disagree with us?

To say I was disappointed is obviously an understatement. Michael telling Joan to tone down the security was foreboding. Joan knew better. We all knew better. Anyone with a brain knew better. Michael should lose a star for letting it happen. Frank should gain one for jumping in front of the man who let it happen. I'm completely frustrated. I used to watch Army Wives and come away feeling better for having done so. Now I feel embarrassed. Something has gone horribly wrong.

If Claudia Joy isn't back by next week, the story should have been put on hold. I get that Kim Delaney had issues during the filming this season, but to keep her out of episodes that make absolutely no sense makes, well, absolutely no sense. It wouldn't have hurt to put in a filler (God forbid) fun show while she got back on her feet. There comes a point where no matter what crazy pitch flies at you, it just doesn't soar. The Claudia Joy pitches are all going foul.

Who was surprised that one of the LeBlanc babies was in distress? There wasn't a snowball's chance in July that they would have a happy birthing situation. That's a given. If the story could turn toward morose then, by golly, you could guarantee that turn. Was anyone else disappointed that Roxy and Trevor didn't at least have one girl? Kudos for naming one son after the actor, Drew Fuller. As one of the best television dads and husbands on the air, he most certainly deserved to have the little fighter named after him.

Here's the fun part of the night: Penny and Gloria were wearing the same color scheme in their opening scene. Jackie and Denise were both wearing the same royal blue color at the hospital. Denise's outfit looked like a modern version of the outfit I wore for Bi-Centennial day in 1976. Which seems to fit... since this was the centennial episode. Someone on set seemed more concerned with the visual flow of the camera than content. It worked. I noticed the outfits!

We had a five-month time jump and we're supposed to believe that Denise and Frank were still huffing over the fact that Frank was left behind. I don't think they mourned Jeremy that long. Outfit color schemes were more integral than the reasoning of emotional arcs of main characters. Good to know. I wonder what that means for the remaining four episodes. Oh, I bet Roxy will jump out of the hedges and lash out at Jackie for making her change her attire for the FRG meetings. Remember when that was an issue? Yeah, me neither. That was on the other side of this season going terribly wrong.

Finally, let's chat about Hector. Can we please hope he's finally on his way out? Gloria is so good and kind. She reached out to Penny, carrying her husband's bastard, with more warmth and compassion than he did. All he did was call her names and try to place blame everywhere for his actions but on himself. It's not very often that you feel for a girl who got pregnant by sleeping with someone's husband, but I felt that for Penny. She seemed like a good kid, strong like Gloria. It's time to toss Hector out with the trash.

Nowhere to be found were newlyweds Charlie and Nicole. Writing off one couple (Pamela and Chase) and writing on three more (Jackie and Kevin, Gloria and Hector, Charlie and Nicole) was too much for the show to handle. There are so many balls tossed into the air and they're just writing whatever cluster of balls fall into the same spot on the floor. It's not working. I don't have faith that they're going to get it together before the season concludes. I don't know if they're going to have another season.

What do you all think? Am I out of line? I wanted the Centennial episode to breathe life back into the series, but I knew it wouldn't happen. Take to the comments. Debate and prove me wrong!

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    I love Army Wives and have watching since the very first show, which is no easy feat, as it's been changed all over the place in Australia and now I just buy it on iTunes!
    I agree with most on here that the writing has changed to the point that we don't recognise it anymore. I don't mind the new characters,especially Gloria, she fits in well but I really miss Pamela and Claudia Joy.
    It bugged me no end that they held Denise back after Frank got shot. Like that would really happen when she's a nurse and that's her husband hurt. Why wasn't she allowed in the Ambulance with General Holden? It's all just out of control.
    I love Roxy and Trevor together and think he's one of the best Dad's on a TV show.
    It makes no sense to me why they have messed around with a successful formula of great friendship? I will be sad if it does not continue for another season but they have to fix it up to what it was.

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    Nothinig stays the same in the army!!!!! People are always getting moved from fort to fort.... That's a fact so for Army Wives to "keep it real" they have to keep new people and new story's coming:) that's the ARMY

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    Nothinig stays the same in the army!!!!! People are always getting moved from fort to fort.... That's a fact so for Army Wives to "keep it real" they have to keep new people and new story's coming:)

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    Our family has really enjoyed Army Wives and wouldbe disappointed. If it is cancelled. The
    Characters become friends and we would like to follow their adventures in the Army. Please don't leave us wondering! There are so few really good shows. THank you!

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    Hi! Greeting from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I hope that I am not the only guy who enjoys watching Army Wifes! Its such an awesome series and I do hope it continues. I have watched all episodes from Season one to Season Six! I love Roxy! She is the heart of the show, Trevor & Roxy are the best. CJ must be brought back as Gen.Holden would be lost without her. Denise(She was more a stronger in JAG) & Col Sherwood, really does not need anymore pain in their family, let them be stronger. Well bring back Season 7, NO PLANE CRASH N NO BAD NEWS so we here in Malaysia can enjoy it.

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    I highly doubt the plane crashed. I think they just tried to find a new path around the weather. Honestly, even for a show to claim that this kind of plane crashed from lightening or a storm.... let's just say it wouldn't happen. With all of the issues Kim Delaney has had in her personal life recently and not showing up in the last few episodes, I think potentially something happened to her and that is why the general received the phone call, the ability to write her out of the cast. I hope this show returns for more seasons and I really hope they continue to show Roxy and her family, or even start a new spin off on a different base. I was active duty military for four years, and I would say for the most part this is pretty accurate, although it is still not appropriate to have enlisted and officers wives hang out the way they do, all of the drama is really accurate, crazy stuff just happens for some reason in the military.

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    Army Wives was always one of my favorite shows to watch but lately its just not as interesting as it used to be! I miss Pamela and Claudian Joy. I hope we don't lose any of the other original cast members. I'm not really liking Gloria, something about her just bugs me. Especially that accent of hers. Its too much. She annoys me. I hope the show stays but I hope the writing gets back to what it once was in earlier seasons.

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    I don't believe there is a plane crash. I think Kim Delaney is being written out and the Colonel's call at the end was that something has happened to her.
    I love the show and if any of you knew anything about the Army you'd know people come and go. I believe they are trying to keep the show realistic and have achieved that so far. Hooray for Army Wives

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    I love the show. I don't want it to end. I know there are some problems, still I am loyal to it. I truely believe it will get better again. I miss Kim Delaney. Does anyone know what's going on with her? Will she come back?

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    @ Rachel

    Season six may not have been as well-written but season
    seven was great. The final episode was clearly not intended as a finale even though certain scenes made that clear,
    Frankly speaking, the original cast was kept together too long for a realistic show about an Army base. I also note that the the promotions for a general came too fast in relation to those for the lower ranking officers.