Recap: Generation Kill: Episode 1.06

Monday, August 18 by

Episode: "Stay Frosty." Hey, look! We’re six episodes in and the war is still all screwed up. Who could’ve seen that coming? It’s incredible how things just keep getting worse for these recon Marines. It wasn’t bad enough that they had to deal with inept officers, but now they have a bunch of dumb-ass civilian soldiers out in the field putting everyone at risk.

What happened:
With the initial assault in the history books, the recon Marines are worried that they won’t see any more action before the end of the war. Luckily, there are still plenty of hostiles along the road for them to engage. Of course, the in-fighting is more intense than the fire fights. The stupidity that some of the soldiers seem to display is every bit as deadly as an untrained enemy with an AK. Given the chance, I would punch Captain America right in the face. I find myself hoping that he takes some shrapnel. Not enough to kill him, but just enough to shut his stupid ass up for a little while.

The most enfuriating part:
Watching Delta company shoot at their ow brothers with reckless abandon was easily the most horrific thing I’ve seen on the show so far. I get pissed when Max Powers’ posts get more comments than mine. I would probably be even more pissed than that if he was laying down machine gun fire on me.

Sgt. Brad ‘Iceman’ Colbert
The Iceman has reall taken the spotlight when it comes to character development. I’m not crazy about the fact that he seems to be losing his cool as the show progresses, even if it does improve his relationship with his fellow troops. I liked him better when he just sat there, staring through his gun scope and brooding at everyone.

The reporter:
He seems to be getting a little annoying, too. I’m not sure how bringing up the WMD situation was going to help things. In fact, I don’t see how it was going to do anything except get him shut out of the soldier’s lives. It’s like he was thinking, "Hey, why don’t I remind these guys that they might be out here getting shot at by mistake?" Nice decision making.

The confrontation with the Iraqi woman:
I’m the first one to admit that I know relatively little about Iraqi culture, but a woman going up to some male soldiers and being a smart ass to them seems pretty out there. I’m not a stickler for reality, but I wouldn’t be into it if the troops had ridden into Baghdad on unicorns either. Who am I kidding? That would be awesome.

Next week:
For the big finale, the boys are rolling north of Baghdad through a territory that’s chock full of hostiles. Since I’m not expecting any real sense of closure, I’m hoping that they at least sprinkle in a fair amount of action. I also hope that everyone makes it out alive. At this point, killing one of the main characters would just seem like a half-assed attempt to end the series. I’d rather they all live happily ever after, drinking MRE milkshakes on the flight home to their girlfriends. I guess it doesn’t always work out like that, though.

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