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Generation Kill: Behind the scenes

Posted: August 10, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Generation Kill: Behind the scenes

Posted: August 10, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Generation Kill #2

Posted: July 22, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Episode 2 of the 7 part series has aired and it’s all coming along nicely. In the same way as The Wire manages to do, it starts to get under your skin, yet for long periods there doesn’t seem to be that much happening. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start doing plot-spoilers for Generation Kill but I’ll flag up if/when I manage to see an episode.
The script is typically smart and savvy with some really meaty deliveries, particularly from the ‘Joker in full Metal Jacket’ character, Cpl. Ray Person (James Ransone AKA Ziggy in The Wire Season 2). We see the boredom, the futility, the homoeroticism, the bigotry and the fear of soldiers in Iraq. The Vietnam comparisons have never been more blatant than with the wired, witty banter being spat out by this hodge-podge of a battalion.THis episode sees the Marines encounter their first bit of proper action and the Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright (Lee Tergesen) gets his first taste too. Excellent stuff.

Generation Kill #1

Posted: July 20, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I managed to get my hands on the first episode of Generation Kill, HBO’s new 7-part mini series based on the book of Evan Wright, the Rolling Stone reporter who was embedded with the First Recon Battalion of the US Marines in Iraq in 2003. He subsequently wrote a series of articles and released the book. Now, in a lip-smackingly good turn, the crack team from The Wire, of Ed Burns and David Simon, have shot the series based on said work.
This first episode sets itself up with we, the viewers, being shat into a scene we know nothing about, and with exposition being kept to a minimum. A marine’s pre-credits take on a destroyed Kuwaiti battlefield is wonderfully Wire-esque and we are introduced quickly to the mixed bag of Marines.
Those familiar with HBO will be glad to see Ziggy from Season Two of The Wire in a lead role as a smart-ass radio operator/driver, joined by Oz’s Beecher as the nervous hack arriving in a Superfly t-shirt and quickly winning the grunts over – after initially being treated with contempt – thanks to his stint as a one-time writer for Hustler magazine.
In the next hour we get savvy, sharp, jargon-heavy dialogue with no concessions made for the viewers’ civilian status, keen observations of the boredom of army life, black humour, tough-talking and a disregard for authority that McNulty would be proud of. I read somewhere that Simon and Burns could be the goggle box equivalent of Hemingway and their hard-ass literary approach certainly backs up this theory.
There are only 7 parts so I expect things to move swiftly along, the usual HBO heads to pop up and this to be a cracking show, more than capable of filling the Mad Men-sized hole in my television schedule for the next while.

Read more on wikipedia, hbo and buy the book at a dead cheap rate from amazon