Can we discuss this tomfoolery that is "Coming Home" on Lifetime?
Well, it's my blog, so I do what I want, but I figured I would make you feel included too. Anyway...
Like I'm sure 90% of the military community did, I decided to check out Coming Home when it premiered. I was thinking "Well, this should be interesting, but homecomings are fun and amazing and awesome, so why not?"
I can't even begin to explain the feelings that came when I watched that show.
Well, that's not true. I can. Most of them were irritation and confusion.
The ONLY one that choked me up was the boy who was picking which school he wanted to go to and his dad surprised him for the press conference. And the only reason why I liked that one was because it was the least staged and faked one out of all of them.
I get they're trying to film a show, but homecomings are not staged. They do not happen like that. A television host can't just call up the commander of a ship and say "Hey, can you send home this guy so he can spend 4 hours with his daughter?" and the commander doesn't say "SURE! Let me coordinate ships and planes and spend millions of dollars for this E2 to walk around a bar in his cammies!" (Which by the way, apparently there was a Marine on the show this past Sunday who was wearing his cammies out in town in a bar in Oceanside. Another thing that makes me go "Wha?"... I did not watch, this is all information I've gathered from friends).
There was also one that broke my heart more than it warmed it. That would be the one where the two dads surprised their kids during an assembly in front of the whole school. The school put together a whole assembly, with every kid in the school in attendance, in a military town, where there are guaranteed to be more than just these 3 kids with military parents, so that all 200 of those little kids could see their 3 classmates welcome home their dad. What about all the rest of the kids? All I was thinking was that some of these kids are thinking "Is my dad/mom here too?"
That made me so sad.
This show makes me sad. If I wanted to watch a fictional show based on the military, I would watch Army Wives (which I do). This "reality" show is garbage. And I know most are, but at least they TRY to make it look real.
Alert to the civilian population: Coming Home is FAKE! Homecomings are nothing like that.