Episode: "A Bomb in the Garden." I’m a little sad that our time with recon is over, even if the last episode didn’t exactly hit me with a mortar shell of awesomeness.
The troops roll through the city, trying to help out the civilians who all seem to really want valium. They take fire the entire time, which is how I think the customer service people at department stores should have to work. They would probably be a lot less mouthy about letting you return DVDs if there were AK rounds whizzing by. After the Marines take cover in a cigarette factory, they realize that the war is over, but they still have to clean up the complete mess that the country has become. Once the guys get mail call, the show falls into a pit of talking about feelings and experiences that I could’ve done without. I would rather the show just end with no closure, than having to watch a bunch of guys try to explain how war feels for a half hour. The shirtless football game at the end was a little more than I needed, too. It was almost like the volleyball scene from Top Gun, only not quite as gay.
Some things I learned from watching this show:
There are few people that know less about the news and current events than I do, so I went into Generation Kill not reall knowing what to expect. What I found is that it mirrored a lot of what I have heard from my friends who have been over to Iraq. If you take fire with someone, they become someone you either really love or really hate. The food sucks and everyone else in the world really does hate us.
I really hate montages, and the Johnny Cash one at the end of this show was no exception. I like that song, too. It just seemed way too cheesy. It’s like a little highlight show in the middle of the series.
The extra stuff:
If you were really into Generation Kill, there’s a ton of other stuff out there to watch and read about it. You can read the book, which a lot of people seem to be doing, and there are a ton of extra features on HBO on-demand. Or you could just sign up for the Marines. I’ve actually heard a few people tell me that this show made them want to enlist. Even if they have no plans to actually act on that impulse, it still seems kind of weird. After having just watched 8 hours of guys get completely fucked over and almost killed, I’m eager to keep my space here as a civilian pussy. It’s like seeing Deliverance and then going out and buying a canoe.