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Brett Mann
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posted 07 December 2005 10:26 AM      Profile for Brett Mann        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has anybody watched any of this series? It's strange, slanted for sure in its depiction of every American soldier as fundamentally decent and moral, even the interrogator Colonel in last night's episode who was "forced" to threaten a captured insurgent with sending his sister to be tortured by the Pakistani Intelligence in order to learn the location of stolen stinger missiles. While the whitewashing attempts of this series are clear, at the same time, it cannot help but show American audiences that this war is far more morally troubling than they wish to contemplate. Politics aside, I think it is a watchable, well-made programme. Any Over There lovers or haters about?
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Bacchus
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posted 07 December 2005 12:23 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ive seen two episodes which were chilling in their depiction of what is happening as well as what it is doing to the mentality of the soliders serving there. We will have some really warped people coming back from that place
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Brett Mann
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posted 07 December 2005 07:21 PM      Profile for Brett Mann        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Many American commentators have noticed the disconnect between the reality of the Iraq war and American public consciousness. Compared to the level of citizen involvement in WW ll, the Iraq war is just another tv show for many Americans. This particular tv show has the potential, maybe, to awaken the US imagination - the font of real action and change. At the very least, it grounds the subject in some level of reality. Over There is interesting because of the attention to detail and attempts at authenticity it demonstrates, predictable flag-waving notwithstanding. Last night's episode was centred around the ethics of torture, and (allowing for the obligatory fire fight), confronted the viewer with some interesting moral dilemmas. And of course, fairly pat answers, but at least the issues were raised.
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Bacchus
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posted 07 December 2005 10:13 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Except for the fact that it has been cancelled and will not return except on dvd
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posted 07 December 2005 10:25 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That was quick; how many episodes were filmed?
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Bacchus
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posted 08 December 2005 10:43 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm 12 or 13 I think before it was axed. A typicla HBO season
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