View Full Version : Over There: The FX original series about present day combat in IRAQ

07-28-2005, 01:03 PM
The first episode was great. This could be another Band of Brothers in the making.

2 female troopers are caught with a group when they're caught out in the open under fire, having been the convoy truck drivers.

One, in trying to find privacy to "squat" while they're close to pinned down and dug in, inadvertently discovers the Iraqi flanking manuever being made by insurgents in a Mosque.

Washington doesn't want the troops firing on a Mosque because it looks like we don't like Muslems this way. The troops are under fire and have to return fire to survive. They're fresh out of boot camp out there, but they don't care if they follow orders or not if someone's shooting at them. The bullets start to fly. One Iraqi gets blown apart from the waist up and they show what's left of his intestines sticking out of his pants. Pretty graphic.

Anyway, the cast includes:

"Mrs. B" - Age 19 or 20. Timid chick that won't go to the bathroom in front of the guys and who can't dig a foxhole, but who screams and gives off their position when she gets mad because the guys try to help. I don't think she's married. I think the B's for *****

"Double-Wide" - a black or mixed-race mother of a small infant. She is the other driver the braver of the two women. She made her first kills last night.

"Bo" - the 19 year old football quarterback without quite a complete scholarship. Before leaving for deployment, he and his young wife "did it" in every room of their house. He's getting the rest of his GI Bill to finish funding college, except that a land mine under their truck caravan just blew the bones out of his leg (great special effect if you're not eating while watching this - lot of meat and blood shown). He was evacuated at the end of the episode and will be the "rehab veteran" in the show.

"Angel" - black dude from Arkansas who wanted to be a Broadway singer after being a great gospel choir member in his church. He doesn't like the other black dude, but he's a great shot.

The other black dude - he's from the streets and handy with his rifle. He thinks Iraq reminds him of home and calls the Sunni Insurgents Crips or Bloods or something I can't post here. If he could kill some of them at a McDonald's, it would all be the same as Los Angeles or somewhere to him. He's proud of his kills and thinks black men have to look out for themselves in a white man's world.

The black lieutenient - an idiot, he's needlessly agressive with his men. The white sergeant already got him in trouble with the white captain. Angel thinks he deserved it for a bad deployment call, but the other black guy thinks it's a racist thing.

The white guy with glasses - he screams ugly things at his wife when he's home. He leaves for Iraq, decides he appreciates her and is sorry now, but she's "doing" another guy no sooner than he'd left. I think she's pregnant with his child by next week's previews, but maybe it's the new guy she's boning. However, they have a kid (probably hers but not the soldier's) who's going to be kidnapped or something next week according to previews. This takes place back in the USA - so no one's confused.

The white sergeant - he thinks all the new kids are morons and are going to get killed. He wanted to go home but got stuck with another month or more of duty. He also thinks the black lietenient is an idiot. He's the tough guy or "Tom Berenger" if you're comparing this to Platoon.

The white captain - he's a nice guy. He's smart. Not much else is know about him yet except that he cares about the men under his command.

The Iraqi insurgent leader - he's a prick that wants a lawyer now that he's been captured. He wants to know when they are going to make him take his clothes off and do "gay stuff" or pose with their female soldiers. It looks like he'll aggravate the men into an unlawful killing next week. While the other Iraqi dudes look like "towel heads" (sorry PC people - term from the show just like "Seppies" is from SW), this guy looks like a night club player or something. He's too slick and western to belong with the other ones. If he's not murdered next week, he'll be an interesting diversion.

Anyway, who else caught this? Re-runs might be on Monday or Tuesday next week.

New shows are Wednesday nights at 10pm, and re-run immediately afterwards (11pm) on FX (Pacific time).

08-11-2005, 04:01 PM
I watched the second episode (the roadblock assignment) before #1. It probably would've been smart to start with #1 but hey, a different tape was in the machine.

It holds my attention so far.

08-12-2005, 11:46 AM
I get home from work, looking forward to Wednesday night's ep of Over There and what do I find? Instead of repeating it at 11 p.m., like FX has done with other shows in the past, FX is rerunning their new comedies.

Well, at least I had a tape to tape Inspector Morse off PBS last night. :thumbsup:

I'll have to catch the OT rerun this weekend.

08-18-2005, 07:18 AM
Got around to watching 'the Prisoner' episode. Very good.

08-22-2005, 06:58 AM
The most recent episode which opened with the guys in the latrine, one of the grunts was reading a porn magazine (the old Playpen standard). I thought it was illegal to have pornography in a Muslim country? I know for a fact that it's OK if you're on a Navy ship but in-country?

08-26-2005, 08:25 AM
The local newspaper had a features article about Over There. It's not doing too well in the ratings. Started off well, but ratings have dropped off.

I get the feeling there won't be a season 2.

I'm still enjoying the show.

09-07-2005, 08:00 AM
Caught up on all the episodes now.

I read an article where this show wants to be like Combat! from the 1960s (if you remember that show; it's out on DVD). After reading that, I look at the show in a different perspective. Kinda unbelieveable that Sgt. Scream and the squad would go on a rescue mission in today's world of special operations troops (Scream and the boys would pull perimeter security while the SF operators would do the actual rescue) but that type of mission/assignment was done by Sgt. Saunders and his group all the time on Combat!

09-26-2005, 11:00 AM
Last week's episode was interesting. A morality tale ala Three Kings or Kelly's Heroes.

Mrs. B's problem was resolved a little too easily, I thought.

09-26-2005, 07:32 PM
yeah it was like 3 kings, but Mrs.B's driving rocked. This week looks to be good too.

09-28-2005, 11:14 AM
Have'nt seen the show and probably never will as it will no doubt be cancelled before its picked up by any of the channels I have on this side of the pond but out of curiosity is it set in our world ie. is Bush the prez if so do they slate him or his policies in the show.

09-28-2005, 11:17 AM
Yes, it is set in present-day/time Iraq.

09-30-2005, 06:28 AM
It does take place, present time, current world affairs. No real mention of "politics" etc. Mostly just what the military has to deal with in Iraq, with a Hollywood spin.

10-05-2005, 06:56 PM
I just don't see it catching on, just another war movie.

10-06-2005, 07:14 AM
While watching a preview for the next episode, something struck me: There's not much for the women to do. I know it's a good representation of the modern military to have women involved, but do the women really add anything to the story?

Mrs. B's AWOL storyline was interesting. Double-Wide's home situation is interesting but she's limited to making the weekly phone call home and that's about it.