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Generation Kill 1 Season 2008

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (164) IMDb 8.7/10

All seven episodes of the HBO mini-series following the opening weeks of the Iraq war from the perspective of a batallion of young American marines. Far from home and positioned at the forefront of the assault on Baghdad, the men rely on humour, grit and camaraderie as they face unwieldy military bureaucracy, over-zealous and incompetent commanding officers, constantly changing rules of engagem...

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Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone

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1. Get Some

In the northern desert of Kuwait, First Recon Marines prepare to invade Iraq as the 'tip of the spear' for Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the Camp Mathilda staging ground, soldiers in First Recon's Bravo Company combat boredom, cramped tents, a lack of Humvee supplies, mustache protocol, officer ineptitude, a wind storm, an espresso machine fire, and rumors of J-Lo's death while awaiting orders fr...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 8 minutes
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2. The Cradle of Civilization

Under orders to consider any Iraqi carrying a weapon hostile, Bravo busts north towards Nasiriyah. Prompted by an anxious Major General Mattis, Ferrando orders Bravo to cross the Euphrates the next night, but they end up entering Nasiriyah by day, driving through the city with minimal gunfire, save for an AK-47 assault by Platoon 3 leader 'Captain America' McGraw on an empty car. Heading north ...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 7 minutes
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3. Screwby

Having survived its first trial by fire, Bravo presses forward, awaiting orders for a new recon mission. Scoping out a roadside hamlet, the company watches in horror and disbelief as a regimental combat team arrives with guns firing and the hamlet is obliterated. On new orders, Bravo heads to the town of Ar Rifa, where Fick tries to take control of a dangerous situation created by Encino Man, w...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 3 minutes
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4. Combat Jack

Having raced to capture the airfield, First Recon is now miles ahead of the rest of the American force and has some time to rest and regroup. The abandoned supply truck has been looted and destroyed and the company is now down to one meal a day. After expressing their dismay to their commander, Alpha is tasked with a different mission: to recover the body of a captured Marine who was murdered i...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 6 minutes
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5. A Burning Dog

As they scope a tiny hamlet, the men of Bravo are frustrated by the capricious nature of the war, and Colbert struggles to defend the actions of the higher-ups. First Recon finally gets a chance to use their skills and exploit some intelligence from Iraqi locals about an ambush at a bridge ahead. They quickly discover that the enemy combatants still have some fight in them. After regrouping, Br...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 9 minutes
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6. Stay Frosty

Outside of Al Kut, Captain America is over-eager in his attempts to subdue a prisoner, while his men's growing disillusionment with his command is growing more apparent. Meanwhile, Ferrando relays to his officers the news that his counterpart in the Regimental Combat Team has been relieved of duty despite achieving his objective. Encino Man takes Ferrando's speech to heart and puts Fick on noti...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 6 minutes
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7. Bomb in the Garden

Bravo reaches Baghdad, where the men are shocked by the sheer size and scope of the city. Hampered by having only one translator for the battalion, First Recon can only send out sporadic patrols into the city. During those patrols they discover the list of problems the Iraqis face is much greater than the Marines could imagine. While Colbert worries about his friend Kocher, who has been demoted...

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2008 1 hour, 7 minutes
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This 7 part series is excellent. The producers of "the Wire" and "on the corner" are really on a roll. If you want a truer picture of events in Iraq other than the political polemic and media propaganda then this is the one to watch. The novel which it is based on is well worth reading too as it is more detailed and somewhat more descriptive.

Like the 'wire' the series producers/writers assume the audience has an intelligent and inquisitive mind which wishes to be engaged fully. This is not your usual Hollywood fodder.

This series manages to give us a view of events from the perspective of the grunts on the ground and it doesn't really hold back on language, explicit detail or events. Like the wire - you get the realistic use of language, its like you are overhearing the conversation and it takes a little while to tune into the lingo.

Miraculously the series manages to walk the tightrope of balance very well, giving the views and perspective from the grunts and commanders to the iraqi civilians and more. The wider political perspective is justly criticised and it is blatantly obvious that there is no plan at all for restoring the political and authoritative void left in the country. No one comes out of this smelling of roses and questionable decisions and actions are taken. The differing viewpoints are depicted fairly, cock ups are shown to be what they are and the result of them and of course there are some plainly absurd orders from above. It shows the real war on the ground and not the PS3 war depicted on the news casts of low collateral damage. This is a very thought provoking series which gains momentum as it progresses. The series also has a good dose of the black wry humour reminiscent of Spike Milligan's war memoirs. Highly recommended.
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A really outstanding series with one of the best put downs of all time. The total SNAFU captain pleads with a weary medic for real feedback and is told "Its just that you are incompetent ..." There are many more brilliant observations on the management of war and warriors along with oustanding coverage of incidents during Gulf War 2 and a truly fantasic cast giving an amazing ensemble performance. Even the "extras" are great and the Blue-Ray version has some excellent featues as well as those very high quality pictures and sound. I had the DVD version and thought so highly of it I could not resist getting the Blue-Ray version and gave the DVD version to my son.
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Generation Kill is the spiritual brother to the Wire. Both are uncompromising adult dramas that present the facts with no bias. Where as a miniseries like band of brothers uses every technical trick to make war look almost hyper real, all that technical wizardry is eschewed in favour of a more documentary style. There are no voice-overs, no rousing military music, and no flashbacks.

Indeed the short lived series "Over There" which was a laudable attempt at bringing the realities of Iraq into your living room is shown up here as relying on dramatic clichés that are little more than storytelling tricks. In Generation Kill, if it happens, it happens in real time, and you may miss it- a sombre example being the mutilated remains of a little girl in episode 2 which are half seen as the convoy roars by.

The series is set around a US Marine Recon patrol in the first month or so of the Iraq war. Much of it is through the eyes of an embedded war reporter (based on Evan Wright- the author of the book on which this series is based). If you are looking for an action packed series then this is not the series for you. One the realities of war is the endless travelling along with the fight against boredom being far more relentless than the fight against the enemy. Indeed action is relatively scarce but when things do kick off the engrained training of the marines is shown to stop any panic and help the men through the chaos.

Indeed much of it could almost be described as the first military road movie with the dialogue often happening in the cramped confines of a Humvee rolling in convoy down endless roads and through featureless desert.
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What more can I say. Generation Kill isn't an Iraq version of Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers. It's, as said by Monty Python, something completely different. The show does not have large dramatic firefights, it has small but intense ones. The focus of the show is thankfully not on the combat, but the people who fight, and whatever it is they do in between. From Combat Jacks to just sitting around and drinking November Juliet, Generation Kill is a must for anyone who wants to know what the soldiers thought of Iraq. Furthermore, it seems that anyone who gives crap reviews of the show seems to believe it was conjured up by Hollywood scriptwriters. If the show isn't enough to convince you (which it is), then read the original book. You will realize that these people are real, alive and just being themselves. So stick that up your "unrelatable" characters.
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This is an account of what a reporter sees as he accompanies Marine 1st Recon into Baghdad in 2003. Showing how the soldiers try to cope with confusing conditions, poor supplies, boredom and occassional bouts of violence. When their orders often seem to lead to actions that are misguided and pointless, sometimes leading to innocent deaths, as the rules of engagement seem uncertain and shifting, some soldiers find themselves increasingly uncomfortable about the competence of members of their command and the nature of their presence in Iraq. It also depicts the culture of the combat unit and the types of personalities that they tend to contain. A brilliant series, but not as broadly accessible nor as fascinatingly complex as 'The Wire' (from the same producers and writers). Generation Kill should not be seen as an action movie, but as a great depiction of one sideshow of the Iraq War, showing how chaotic, incompetent and tragically wasteful the deployment of even modern US forces can be. The film 'Fair Game' would be a good companion film to view with this.
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