Well, I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming. Long-time fans of the “G.I. Joe” comics are familiar with multiple version of the G.I. Joe’s base known as “The Pit.” While the locations changed — from underneath a chaplain’s school to a multi-story bunker in the Utah desert — the fundemental idea and structure of their headquarters remained the same…an underground fortress.
Bearing that in mind, I’ve been curious to see how director Stephen Sommers planned on tackling the Joe lair. I had naturally assumed it would follow the same format. I assumed wrong.
The classic “Pit” has gone mobile; it’s now a giant vehicle ringed with turrets and presumably a huge interior cabin. Hasbro boasts their toy version (unveiled this week) expands to three feet in length, and having seen it in person I don’t doubt their math. It’s huge, even bigger than the Rolling Thunder toy from the ’80s (although still smaller than the iconic U.S.S. Flagg carrier.
The original headquarters was always located underground to keep it away from Cobra’s prying eyes (though they moved kinda frequently as Cobra would inevitably locate the base). But now we’re dealing with a moveable HQ, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand, it may look super cool on-screen and if that’s the case, then I suppose I’m all for it.
But — and this is the nerd talking — it seems woefully unrealistic and combined with things from the trailer (like the “accelerator suits” that give them hyper-ability) it could be a sign that we’re looking at a high-tech version of plastic army men instead of the drawn out, fairly realistic Joe that we know and love. Then again, brainwashing an entire town isn’t pulled from the headlines either so perhaps my logic is flawed.
So I remain unsure of my feelings. Perhaps I just hate change. But what do you think, fellow Joe fans. Are you psyched to see a “Pit on wheels”? Chime in below.