"We have to."
"We were told to."
Sign up for another tour of duty with King Two platoon, TV's original band of brothers, in the second season of this brilliantly executed World War II series. This gritty series captured, with an unflinching, documentary-like authenticity and intensity, the sweat, fatigue, tension, and terror of war. Rick Jason and Vic Morrow command the screen as Lt. Gil Hanley and Sgt. Chip Saunders, who "mother-hens" his ragtag squadron as they battle their way across Europe. Some highly decorated guest stars added spit-and-polish to their episodes: Lee Marvin as a characteristically tough and contemptuous demolition expert on Saunders' case in "Bridge at Calons"; a pre-Green Acres Eddie Albert as a shell-shocked soldier in "Doughboy"; Richard Basehart as a sadistic German officer in the harrowing two-parter, "The Long Way Home"; and James Caan as the leader of a German squad trying to beat Saunders and company to a downed aircraft in "Anatomy of a Patrol." Up for special commendation is James Coburn as a German infiltrator who underestimates the "sucker" Americans in "Masquerade." "The Party," the series' 1963 Christmas offering, is an atypical comedic episode, in which squadron members Caje (Pierre Jalbert), Kirby (Jack Hogan), and Billy (Tom Lowell) engage in a battle of the sexes with three French women, who con the hapless trio into procuring food for an orphanage. Lowell earns his dramatic stripes with the episode "Glow Against the Sky," in which Billy is seriously wounded as the squadron is pinned down by the Germans (referred to throughout as "Krauts"). But remain at attention; the conclusion of Season Two is available separately on the four-disc Mission Two set.