back to my Unit"
Pfc. Bo Rider
When a U.S. Army unit arrives in Iraq for their first tour of duty, they
quickly find themselves engaged in a bloody firefight and discover the essence
of who they are as soldiers. Some show more mettle in the face of death,
while others become paralysed from fear. Under the guidance of their sergeant,
the soldiers begin to form the bonds of brotherhood that are forged only
The squad is assigned to roadblock duty and is forced to shoot two motorists
who ignore their orders to stop. Meanwhile, Bo's estranged, alcoholic father
visits him in the hospital.
The squad helps guard a prisoner who undergoes both physical and mental
distress in order to find out vital information. Bo requests to be taken
off morphine. Sergio attends a family support group meeting. Eddy finds
I Want My Toilets
Angel's rifle skills come in handy when a supply truck must make a delivery
to a dangerous area. Terry makes the house wheelchair accessible in preparation
for Bo's return home.
When Smoke is implicated in the death of a civilian, his mother takes the
news hard. An embedded reporter disappears after suggesting the death was
an Iraqi set up. Also, Bo gets his new prosthetic leg.
Ma, I'm Only Bleeding
The squad races against time to rescue journalist John Moffet before his
abductors execute him. The team also learns a bounty has been placed on
Smoke's head. Meanwhile, Bo returns home and Vanessa finally hits rock bottom.
The squad is assigned to guard a prison that is in not so good condition
and soon find themselves in a dangerous situation. Mrs. B temporarily returns
home to care for her autistic son.
The squad is assigned to protect workers installing a pipeline. Meanwhile,
Mrs. B is AWOL in Hollywood mixing with some questionable characters and
Bo tries to run on his prosthetic leg.
Spoils of War
The squad faces a moral dilemma when they discover millions of dollars.
Mrs. B returns from being AWOL and finds a friend in Dim. Meanwhile, Bo
is training hard to return to his squad and Vanessa is sticking with AA
and trying to make amends.
Angel puts his own life at risk when an American is held hostage. Meanwhile,
Sergio and Anna's relationship continues to grow, and Vanessa tries to make
up for her past. Orphans The squad is ordered to evict the residents of
an orphanage. Sergio is conflicted over his attraction to Anna. Meanwhile,
Terry looks into why Bo has stopped receiving his military pay.
Weapons of Mass
As the squad searches for an elusive bomber a squad of under trained Iraqi
soldiers joins them. Meanwhile, Bo confronts his father and Vanessa continues
to struggle with her alcoholism.
Follow the Money
The squad is assigned to protect a civilian convoy. Lt. Underpants leadership
skills take a toll on the squad. Back at home, Bo meets somebody who may
be able to help him get back in the Army and Sergio receives surprising
news from Anna.
For the first time ever a TV series is set during a conflict
that is still going on but can 'Over There' capture what it is like for
soldiers that are serving in Iraq?
From legendary TV producer Steven Bochco and up and coming
series creator Chris Gerolmo comes a series that shows you the war through
the eyes of the men and women serving in Iraq. With no political agendas
or opinions as to whether the troops should actually be there or not, the
show took a no holds barred approach of showing the Iraq War, with all its
problems and horrors in tact.
Here we follow a squad of rookies into combat and the repercussions,
consequences and impact on them, their families and the Iraqi people they
are assigned to fight and protect. The removal of any higher levels of command,
allows the show to remove any reason for what they are doing and just follow
them as they follow orders, like any other squad in the suck.
With no glorification of the war, reality is paramount and
the real reason for the success and failure of the show. While the show
was a critical success in the US and around the world, the audience numbers
dropped as the season progressed. The lack of a positive agenda and the
reality of the show, meant that the show didn't really promote America's
participation in the conflict or do anything to push recruitment. The programme
never showed the military in a negative light, it is the reality of the
show that was seen as the negative aspect, especially when you consider
the war and occupation is still going on.
The characters and stories of 'Over There' cover most aspects
of how anyone serving in the military affects them, their families and the
people of the country they are serving in. As you'd expect with any Steven
Bochco production each member of the squad is expertly realised. The banter
and camaraderie is here in abundance as Sgt. Chris "Scream" Silas, played
by the talented Erik Palladino, head into conflict. Luke MacFarlane, Keith
Robinson, Kirk 'Sticky' Jones and Omid Abtahi excel in their roles, playing
the characters as they need to be played with all the confusion, anger and
fear that conflict brings. As this is a modern war, there are now female
soldiers serving and Lizette Carrion and Nicki Aycox make Pfc. Esmeralda
"Doublewide" Del Rio and Brenda "Mrs. B." Mitchell as believable as their
There are also stories from back home in the US. After the
events of the first episode, we also follow the story of Pfc. Bo Rider,
played by Josh Henderson, as he tries to cope with his life changing injury.
We see how Pvt. Frank 'Dim' Dumphy wife Vanessa, played by the talented
up and coming actress Brigid Brannagh has trouble coping with her husband's
absence. They also show what it is like when the husband is left holding
the baby as his wife goes to war, with the story of Pfc. Esmeralda "Doublewide"
Del Rio's husband Sergio.
With excellent writing and characters it is hard to find something
wrong with the show, except for one blatantly obvious standout failure,
which is really nothing to do with the main elements of this show itself.
The credits for the show are ingeniously show at the end of the show, allowing
it to get straight into the action but this also means that the appalling
theme tune kicks in at the climax of every show. Written and sung by series
co-creator Chris Gerolmo, the track sounds like something that has escaped
from the heady days of bubble-perm rock from the 1980s. It is awful and
makes you want to mute the sound as you watch the final scenes of the show
With so much potential for more stories and continuing the
ones that they have already introduced, it is a real shame that 'Over There'
was cancelled after only one season. This is a show that will be appreciated
over time and American viewers might realise that was an excellent programme
that showed the gravity of modern warfare.
PICTURE AND SOUND
Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
soundtrack the transfer is very good.
Listen to commentary track contributions on 'Pilot' from co-creator/writer/director
Chris Gerolmo and co-producer Joan Gerolmo, on 'It's alright Ma, I'm only
bleeding' from military advisor SSgt. Sean Bunch and Iraqi advisor Sam
Sako and from cast members Luke MacFarlane, Erik Palladino, Keith Robinson,
Kirk 'Sticky' Jones, Omid Abtahi, Lizette Carrion and Nicki Aycox for
'Spoils of War', these three commentaries are fun and informative. The
cast track is very funny and reflects the camaraderie of the squad and
the other two reveal fascinating insights into the production of the show.
Weapon Debriefing (5.39 mins)
Armourer Vince Flaherty takes you through the weapons used on the show
including, AK-47s, PTMs, M-4s, Berettas, MT-49s and M-16.
Tour of Duty: Filming Over There (76.59 mins)
Co-creator/executive producer Steven Bochco, co-creator/writer/director
Chris Gerolmo, executive producers Joan Gerolmo, Nelson McCormick and
Jeffery Downer, director of photography Rick Bota and stars Josh Henderson,
Luke MacFarlane, Erik Palladino, Keith Robinson, Kirk 'Sticky' Jones,
Lizette Carrion, Nicki Aycox, Omid Abtahi, Brigid Brannagh, Sprague Grayden
and Lombardo Boyar take you behind the scenes of the final programme of
the season and unbeknownst to the production crew, the last ever show.
The cast and crew reveal how the show came about and how they wanted to
approach the show. The casting is also discussed as they put the emphasis
on young, up and coming actors who could portray both the soldiers in
the war zone and their families back home. This is a really good documentary
that takes you behind the scenes of a big budget, high concept TV show.
Previews of M.A.S.H. and Prison Break on DVD
Fox have done a good job with the complete series box for 'Over There'.
The documentary is extremely good, offering an insight into how the programme
came about and what goes into making the show. The commentaries are also
good, meaning fans of the show will find out everything they need to now
about the show.
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