Out of the Blue

I could have stood a little less advance hype about that Band of Brothers dealie on HBO last night, but that was pretty impressive stuff. For the most part this easily matched the scope of a major motion picture, and considering it's an ongoing mini-series, I imagine the whole thing must have cost at least a gazillion dollars. I think I'm most impressed with its willingness to deal with the aspects of war that are impossible to paint in a heroic light, so that it's not just the "good guys versus the bad guys." As someone who once questioned why HBO was so determined to create original programming, I have to say, they have gotten to the point where almost everything they air is significantly better than almost everything on traditional network television.

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I really enjoyed BoB, although I could've done with out the emotional "this is an important show" music in the beginning of each episode. It had a lot of great little touches, including the German from Eugene, OR and the flaming bodies falling out the planes hit by ack-ack fire. The battles were well done with hand-cam scenes giving a "you are there" feel. You had the Lt. dropping a grenade he had just pulled the pin on, improvising a means to destroy one of the artillery pieces and a bastard CO making the company run a 3-mile hill after eating a bunch of spagetti.

(a later scene with Cpt Sobel in the Colonel's office reminded me of the end of "Good Morning, Vietnam". I was waiting for the Col. to tell Sobel "I've covered for you alot of times because I thought you were a little crazy. But you're not crazy, you're just mean".)

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