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Think Like A Pirate - From Down Periscope

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Published on Feb 21, 2012

(Turn the volume up to hear) This is a study, albeit a humorous one, in creative initiative and the necessity of preserving creativity, morale and command authority to make that initiative effective. In life, this often makes the difference between success and failure and frequently mitigates otherwise unmitigatable risk. Vice Admiral Dean Winslow (Rip Torn) gives Lieutenant Commander Thomas Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) a change in perspective. Dodge, already with a reputation for not always going "by the book," bemoans imminent failure in what he perceives is a doomed mission. Winslow encourages Dodge with faith in his character and and advice to "think like a pirate." Dodge takes Winslow's faith and advice as encouragement to use highly creative initiative to achieve his mission. Pirates had to be very quick and creative thinkers using very unorthodox "outside the box" methods to achieve their objectives and remain alive. In a "pirate" spirit, Dodge doesn't just think outside the box, he crushes, shreds and burns it all throughout the film. This particular set of scenes portrays how Dodge takes Winslow's "think like a pirate" advice to a literal extreme. Dodge has a serious problem with his executive officer, Lieutenant Martin Pascal (Rob Schneider), who is not only rigid with "the book," but morale destroying in the process, undermining command and jeopardizing the mission by thwarting Dodge's creative initiative. Finally, Pascal attempts to take command of the boat from Dodge. This scene shows how Dodge takes Winslow's advice quite literally (and very humorously) to get his problematic and near mutinous executive officer off the boat so Dodge and his remaining crew can fulfill their mission.

Down Periscope is a Fox produced comedy film, directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, Lauren Holly, Harry Dean Stanton, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern and William H. Macey. It is a comedic blend of "fish out of water" (female in male-only sea duty, nuclear sub commander on a diesel boat) and "band of failure-misfits make good" (the assigned crew) story types. It incorporates a host of other character actors portraying outrageous comedic misfits.

Read about the song, Blow The Man Down, sung at 0:32, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blow_the...

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