Alarming News

July 28, 2005

Like MASH But Less Funny And Not As Political (By guest blogger Jessica)

I was watching a new drama on cable TV yesterday called Over There. It premiered on channel FX, which is apparently an up and coming cable network that has hot new shows like Nip/Tuck and The Shield. And for someone that barely watches TV, I really do not know how I know such things.

Anyhow, Over There is about a group of rookie soldiers who arrive in Iraq for the first time. The show depicts their lives and their families’ lives back at home and the experiences they go through while fighting in a war that is already well underway. It is the first war drama in which the conflict being depicted is current.

I highly recommend the show. I was pleasantly surprised to find that politics are kept to a minimum. The show focuses on the personal and daily lives of the soldiers, and the realizations they come to while fighting on the front lines. The battle scenes are done very well, and the small things that we don’t think about very often are brought to light in several aspects. Like what the heck you do when you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the desert.

Oh, but it doesn’t have a cool theme song like MASH does.

*UPDATE* Cake Or Death had a different take on the pilot episode as he seemed to think it was a bit more preachy and well, Hollywoodish. We shall see as the storylines develop, I guess.