Band of Brothers

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 2001 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Easy Company is then given the objective of taking the town of Carentan. Carentan must be controlled by the Allied Forces in order for armour, men, ammo and vehicles from Omaha and Utah beaches to link up and move inland, eventually to get to Germany.

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  • The Story of Blithe.

    Well as the episodes goes, it is getting better and better. The most captivating thing in this episode, was of course Blithe`s story. The most exposed aspect in this episode is the fear factor in war and Blithe is the perfect illustration of this aspect. From the man who hid instead of looking for his mates to the man for stood up in war and face his fears, it was captivating. It was not confirmed in the episode but I guess the blindness he had was just a pretext to return to england, but his change of mind after talking to the Lieutenant adds so much in the energy of the show. Ironically he ended wounded, later dead as mentioned at the end of the episode but his first actions(hiding, fake blindness) does not make him a coward, he wasn`t one...that was just a perfect example of how war was hell for these man and how lost they could be. The intensity was again overwhelming in this episode. I`m starting to love this show. :Dmoreless
  • "I want light and noise discipline from now on. That means no talking, no smoking, and no playing grab-fanny with the man in front of you, Luz." - Harry Welsh

    In this episode, we really see some story come out. Instead of people dying in mid-sentence, we get to also see some injuries happening during this episode, whereas before the friend would turn, the character was no longer there, and they kept on charging. Also if you like the war movies/tv shows for blood and guts, this one certainly doesn't skimp on that at all; it's flying everywhere in this episode!

    Probably one of my most favorite scenes is the one with the German family. It's peaceful for almost a whole minute as they realize, then we get back to the normal pace.

    There are a few tidbits thrown in that I enjoy as well, including the army knocking over a bible/cross and candle to set up a machine gun out a window in one of the houses. The scenes in the town are probably the best ones.

    You definitely get a sense of developing storylines now, not just dead-ends or simple storylines that span just a single episode.moreless
  • Battlehard

    This episode focuses on two main (sub)plots, Pvt. Blithe and the taking of the town of Carentan. To that end it splits the first two episode in terms of action and character development, having an equal amount.

    Expect lots more combat sequences, the first showcasing small scale urban combat, including house clearing, deadly arty bombardment onto a fixes position and ambushes. The second is a classic hedged field encounter with tank support. These sequences of scenes are not as intense as those in Ep. 2,but they do superbly show the frantic, dirty, noisy, confusing, surreal and unpredictable nature of combat. Loads of detail packed into these scenes coupled with a slightly slower speed

    As for the second subplot, this stems around the events of Pvt. Blither who is your quintecesscial example of someone who was never born to fight.

    There are other points of interest including Spiers 'sinister' action from the previous episode growing into monstrous feat as paratroopers enhance the feat through bravado. Perhaps though the highlight of this episode is Pvt. Blithe's personal journey. For me this brought an extra dimension of human failing to the proceedings It made me feel sympathy for his character, something that wasnt present in episode 2.

    More amazing screenplay, acting, dialogue, action and plot put this on more or less the same footing as previous episodes and ends in what is the most poignant ending so far in the series.moreless
  • More battle sequences and character development.

    While there was some historical inaccuracies in this episode regarding the main focus of attention. Private Blythe view point of the war is an interesting angle. Since there was different directors in every episode it great to see the same storyline done in different ways. This episode has great action sequences that include artillery fire and tanks. You get to see how much better trained Easy Company is compared to the rest of the 506. The acting is once again top notch. The military hospital although not needed was a nice touch to put a human face behind just plain numbers of casualties. Another great episode.moreless
  • A bit better than the rest, but still in great need of improvement.

    Well it's picking up. This episode felt more thematic, as it focused a lot on Private Blithe, which was an improvment. However the show still suffers from a severe inability to present their characters. Each episode still features at least six or seven different soldiers who all look pretty much the same in their gear and uniform, and we aren't given any clue as to who bears what name. The ones I recognise are Winters and Nixon, as they are kind of leads, Lipton and Malarkey, since I've seen enough of the actors before to recognise their faces, and I think I know who Perconte is. Other than that, I can't tell who's who and the show seems to have little interest in me being able to do so. Characters are introduced in the night, or in the middle of a battle, or in a crowded scene, making it nearly impossible to distinguish who that person is. This is really starting to annoy me; I shouldn't have to rewatch episodes several times over just to know who the heck a certain soldier is. If they're that important to the plot they should have been given a proper introduction.

    I'm also a bit displeased with the fact that they seem to rely heavily on gruesome battle scenes to fill the episodes. It's a war story, and the battles did take place in real life, so I don't question the fact that they are depicted. I'm just not very impressed with the fact that they throw in long battle sequences and lots of gruesome shots of people being blown to pieces, and even one guy getting run-over by a tank. War is gruesome in real life, but when done on TV there's a limit to how much they can show before it just gets over the top. Instead of focusing on body parts being blown off they should focus on the emotional aspect, and try to tell the audience what it can be like to experience something like that. That, after all, is what interests us as an audience, and that is what will get the point across that war is an awful thing. They do try to do that to a degree, but since the show is crawling with characters you don't remember the names or faces of it doesn't work. Let us get to know who the characters are first, then take us along for the ride with them.

    The storyline with Blithe however was an excellent example of when they do the emotional aspect right. He was properly introduced, we got to know him and we could easily tell when he was on screen during the battle sequences. His fear and anguish was really able to get through to the viewer since we knew who the character was. A lot of us probably would react the way Blithe did; it was a great character to identify with. I also found one thing interesting, with the little speech one of the other soldiers gave him, about already being dead. The soldier was telling him that he needed to accept the fact that he was already dead before he could be of any use as a soldier. Yet it felt like Blithe was the only one who actually was "dead" from the start. He had given up before he had even begun, and the look in his eyes in his last scene was like he was thinking "see, I knew this was how it would end". I think they did that subplot very well.moreless
Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Denver 'Bull' Randleman

Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston

Capt. Lewis Nixon

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

T/Sgt. Donald Malarkey

Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg

2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough

1st Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton

Ross McCall

Ross McCall

Joseph D Liebgott

Marc Warren

Marc Warren

Pvt. Albert Blithe

Guest Star

Ezra Godden

Ezra Godden

Robert Van Klinken

Guest Star

Adam James

Adam James

Cleveland O. Petty

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The episode states that Albert Blithe died of his wounds in 1948. Blithe actually surivived his injury and would remain in active service with the Army until his death in 1967.

    • Goof: When the troops enter the city of Carentan, they're being attacked by a German M42 from a window and fire back. During this exchange, bullet-holes appear and disappear on the advertisement-sign attached to the house.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Luz: (impersonating General Taylor) Gimme three days and three nights of hard fightin', and you will be relieved!

    • Frank Perconte: How far do you think we're going?
      George Luz: Jesus Christ, Frank, I don't know. Until they tell us to stop!

    • Nixon: Harry, what exactly are you doing with your reserve chute? You've been hauling that thing around ever since we jumped?
      Harry: Gonna send it to Kitty when we get back to England. Silk. Figure it'll make a good wedding dress, you know, what with rationing and all.
      Nixon: Geez, Harry, I never would have guessed.
      Harry: What, that I'm so sentimental?
      Nixon: No, that you think we're going to make it back to England.

    • Perconte: (about his collection of souvenir watches) They're all ticking, unlike their previous owners.

    • Luz: (imitating Gen. Taylor) Now the thing to remember, flies cause disease, so keep yours closed!

    • Lt. Speirs: We're all scared. You hid in that ditch because you think there's still hope. But Blithe, the only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. And the sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function. Without mercy. Without compassion. Without remorse. All war depends on it.

    • Welch: I want light and noise discipline from now on. No talking, no smoking, and no playing grab-the-fanny with the man in front of you, Luz.

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