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I how Martin came to the Hawke after completion of the boot camp. The way he was roughed around by his crew mates and how eventually he became a part of them. What is you favorite moment during Martin's inititation into the ship crew?

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When he played slapsies with the chief was probably the funniest part. It seemed like such a ridiculous game, but the chief obviously took it very seriously!

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My favorite part was definitely when he played slapsies with the chief too! It was funny, but I think it also taught the chief a lesson! It ended on a good note between them though.
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I have to agree with the two ladies in their opinion about the initiation on the ship. I also thought that the slapsies was one of the funniest parts due to the sheer ridiculousness of it. I did like how serious the Chief took this which made me laugh even more.
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Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 07:02
When he played slapsies with the chief was probably the funniest part. It seemed like such a ridiculous game, but the chief obviously took it very seriously!
Yes, I liked that part, too. Too bad all wars can't be decided with a game of slapsies.

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I enjoyed the image of Zach tagging along with the ape assigned to train him. The thought of a big, strapping farm boy following his trainer everwhere struck me as funny.

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I chuckled at the redundant threats of bodily harm. Palmer to Zack:
“Okay, Martin. You’re projectile man on the starboard gun. Any questions? No? Okay, just don’t drop any rounds. If you blow us all up, I’ll have to kill you.”

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MsH2k wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 00:53
I chuckled at the redundant threats of bodily harm. Palmer to Zack:
“Okay, Martin. You’re projectile man on the starboard gun. Any questions? No? Okay, just don’t drop any rounds. If you blow us all up, I’ll have to kill you.”
Yes, that is a good one!! Although I have to admit I didn't recognize it until you mentioned it!!!

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MsH2k wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 00:53
I chuckled at the redundant threats of bodily harm. Palmer to Zack:
“Okay, Martin. You’re projectile man on the starboard gun. Any questions? No? Okay, just don’t drop any rounds. If you blow us all up, I’ll have to kill you.”
Anyone who was raised on a military base will appreciate that one, I heard similar comments to that one growing up, and I live in South Africa! It just shows how many similarities there are in the military worldwide.

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I thought it wasn’t too bad of an initiation, really. It could have been a lot worse. My dad was a sergeant in the Army way back when and the jokes they pulled on new people were out there. I thought he got off quite easily except maybe his hand slap game and a few curse words thrown at him.
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Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 07:02
When he played slapsies with the chief was probably the funniest part. It seemed like such a ridiculous game, but the chief obviously took it very seriously!
Me, too. If it's real, how terrible the chief's face to look at. The audience are pretty awesome, too. Chuckling at the back of the audience mind seems so disgusting on the target. :lol2:
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Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 07:02
When he played slapsies with the chief was probably the funniest part. It seemed like such a ridiculous game, but the chief obviously took it very seriously!
I think so, too! The seriousness with which the chief took it added to the humor of it all.

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MsH2k wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 00:53
I chuckled at the redundant threats of bodily harm. Palmer to Zack:
“Okay, Martin. You’re projectile man on the starboard gun. Any questions? No? Okay, just don’t drop any rounds. If you blow us all up, I’ll have to kill you.”
Ha! That one is definitely good. That is also the kind of dark humour that makes historical (war) fiction so good. The fact that the characters can actually laugh about something which would kill them all - and that is a statistical possibility.

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I would say when he played slapsies with the chief. This is my favourite part of the initiation.

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DonnaKay wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 09:55
I would say when he played slapsies with the chief. This is my favourite part of the initiation.
I really like scenes like these. They're like anti-climaxes but good, because they still exceed your expectations.

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