While I enjoyed the series for the most part, I was annoyed by how left wing it was–considering its writers were ultra-left wing no surprise there. But what really disappointed me was how everyone treated Frank Burns. The man could never have a legitimate complaint, he was always brushed aside, he was treated with contempt, and even the priest treated him this way.
I rise in his defense to say that this character was going through the same miseries as everyone else. Had less skills to deal with the situation in which he found himself and yet no one made allowances for him or treated him with much kindness. Sure, they’d throw him a bone now and then, but the general attitude was one of total negation of him as a person. Am I the only one who feels like this character was just a convenient whipping boy for those who hated conservatives? I know Burns was a hypocrite, but that too was the way he was written.
When Charles Emerson Winchester III and Col. Potter came along, they softened some of the hard line leftist rhetoric, but I always felt like Burns was only there to be a cardboard figure for them to abuse.