Band of Brothers

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 09, 2001 on HBO
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Episode Summary

The story begins July 1942. Easy Company, 506th Battalion, 101st Airborne Corps arrive in Camp Toccoa in Georgia, under the supervision of Company leader, Captain Herbert Sobel.

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  • "Come on, Gonorrhea, as a fellow Italian you should know that calling this crap spaghetti is a mortal sin." - Frank Perconte

    Although this is the first episode of a really great HBO series, I think that this first episode is really hard to follow. Not only are you being introduced to characters on the fly, which is fine, but in the next second you have no idea what their names are, and pretty soon you associate to them only by their faces.

    This episode is all about the training before the war, and the introduction is really nice into this mini-series. The first few scenes really get you hooked in, and it takes off like a rocket. However, next half of the episode is painfully slow, creeping along with the men talking about how Easy Company is the best platoon.

    Not a lot of story, it's just scenes of them in the training camp, but overall, it's a good start.moreless
  • Tonight is the night of nights...

    The story begins July 1942. Easy Company, 506th Battalion, 101st Airborne Corps arrive in Camp Toccoa in Georgia, under the supervision of Company leader, Captain Herbert Sobel.

    A fantastic start to the series that puts our new heroes through intene training. This was a great episode to begin with because it foccused on introducing the men of Easy Company. The main star in this episode was Captain Sobel played by David Schwimmer in a career best performance, you really hate this man like the company does but at the same time can see why he is like he is. 10 out of 10.moreless
  • Impressive but a bit Confusing

    I finally did it! I finally got around to watching the first episode of a show that's already a classic. By the looks of it I will be watching the rest as it was interesting. But I have to admit that because of all the hype about the series I tried a bit harder to stay with it. It is kind of hard to remember who's who, what they said and what the relationship is between that person and the others. I tried to go off of little things they said or did to remember them and try to connect. And since I had no subs it was hard to hear their names or understand them from time to time even more so than regular shows because of the words they used were things I never heard of. Those words did make the show more authentic though. The clothes they wore were also impressive down to the boots. Also when I saw Schwimmer the first couple of seconds I had to laugh because usually that shouting meant something funny happened but he did a great job, because 5 minutes later I had forgotten he was a "Friend" for ten years and even more so hated his character. Another thing I had to warm up to was the "pretty picture" filming that I think I have Spielberg to thank for. Everything looked really clear HD style and at first I was thrown off by that, made some scenes seem less realistic even though it should have the opposite effect I guess. But that's just me and I'll get over it. So far great episode, good basis if you pay attention to everyone and I'm curious to see what they do next.moreless
  • No man stands alone...

    Perfect small-screen story-telling personified. Excellent scripts, scenes, screenplay, acting, camerawork, location/settings, wardrobe, props.

    Great characters begin to tell the story of how it was for a group of your 'average' American GI's who joined the elite of the armed forces - the Airborne.

    The over the top star studdied cast doesnt detract one bit, from the story as you think it may do with so many heavyweights. No they all do their part - even Schwimmer - who has the unfortunate role of the company leader who is the main catalyst for the conflict in this episode. The focus of the story in this episode is to introduce the main characters and expose the audience to the little details of life at that time. To that end the episode succeeds in presenting the situation and providing an apphreciation to what it must have been like 50+yrs ago.

    With the central thread of conflict and struggle cleverly generated to an internal struggle between the band and its supposed father figure, the screenplay is filled with enough action, trials and tribulations to ensure that viewers arent waiting for any low intensity scenes to double-time through, to the next. Therefore as a viewer you will find that you follow the story on an emotional level as well as one of listener/viewer.

    Furthermore, there are a few very satisfying milestones littering the episode that brings our emotional levels up with the troop.

    Overall there is a good pace to the episode which only adds to sense of expectancy, that the promise of the next episode brings and the opening shots of Operation Overlord.

    A fantastic opening to what I see as the greatest TV war drama there has ever been. Its just a shame there werent more seasons made.

    Big thanks to BBC2 for reshowing it this week - the week of National/Global Rememberance for the indescribable thanks we need to show for sacrifice of the dead on past generations (and future ones now).

    Lest we forget....moreless
  • Great 1st Episode

    Finally after watching the series over and over, I decided to finally write reviews of each episode. I am writing these knowing how the story goes along episode by episode. While you can say the episode is a flashback episode because story starts off a day before D-Day then flashes back two years on how the men of Easy Company 506 PIR started off. I found the introductions very well laid out. The extreme conditions that their commanding officer put the company through seemed a bit too harsh at the time went above and beyond the standards the other companies did in training. Even though you see only moments of each character, the dialogue and acting will get you feel what each soldier is enduring within the company. A great starting episode for an awesome series.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

David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer

Lt. Herbert Sobel

Guest Star

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Jack E. Foley

Guest Star

Rocky Marshall

Rocky Marshall

Earl J. McClung

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Guarnere: I like Winters, he's a good man. But when the bullets start flying, I don't know if I want a Quaker doing my fighting for me.

    • Winters: Nix, what are you gonna do when you get into combat?
      Nixon: Oh, I have every confidence in my scrounging abilities. And I have a case of VAT '69 hidden in your footlocker.
      Winters: (laughs quietly) Really?
      Nixon: Oh yeah.

    • Toye: Hey guys, I'm glad we're going to Europe. (takes out his knife) Hitler gets one of these right across the windpipe. Roosevelt changes Thanksgiving to Joe Toye Day, pays me ten grand a year for the rest of my fucking life.

    • Guarnere: My brother's in North Africa. He says it's hot.
      Malarkey: Really? It's hot in Africa?
      Guarnere: Shut up!

    • Perconte: This ain't spaghetti. This is Army noodles with ketchup.
      Guarnere: Well, you ain't got to eat it.
      Perconte: Come on, Gonorrhea, as a fellow Italian you should know that calling this stuff spaghetti is a mortal sin.

    • Soldier: Oh, Easy Company! Don't worry. While you're running, we'll take your dames to the movies for you.
      Liebgott: Good, they need some female company.

    • Bull: (to Lt. Winters, as Easy Company is marching one Friday night) Sir, we got nine companies, sir… well how come we're the only company marching every Friday night, twelve miles, full pack, in the pitch dark?
      Winters: Why do you think, Pvt. Randleman?
      Bull: Lt. Sobel hates us, sir!
      Winters: (pauses a moment) Lt. Sobel does not hate Easy Company, Pvt. Randleman – he just hates you! (rest of Easy Company laughs)
      Bull: Thank-you-sir!

    • Toye: Three day supply of K-rations, chocolate bars, charms candy, powdered coffee, sugar, matches, compass, bayonet, entrenching tool, ammunition, gas mask, musette bag with ammo, my weapon, my .45, canteen, two cartons of smokes, Hawkins mine, two grenades, smoke grenade, Gammon grenade, TNT, this bullshit, and a pair of nasty skivvies!
      Perconte: What's your point?
      Toye: This stuff weighs as much as I do, I still got my chute, my reserve chute, my Mae West, my M1.
      Perconte: Where you keeping the brass knuckles?
      Toye: I could use some brass knuckles.

    • George Luz: (imitating Maj. Horton) Is there a problem, Captain Sobel?
      Herbert Sobel: Who said that? Who broke silence?
      Edward Tipper: I think it's Major Horton, sir.
      Herbert Sobel: Major Horton? Wh, what is he… Did he join us?
      Edward Tipper: I think, maybe, he's moving between platoons, sir?
      George Luz: What is the god-damn holdup, Mr. Sobel?
      Herbert Sobel: A fence. Sir, uh, god… barbwire fence.
      George Luz: Oh, that dog just ain't gonna hunt. You cut that fence and get this goddamn platoon on the move.

    • Richard Winters: These men have been through the toughest training the Army has to offer, under the worst possible circumstances, and they volunteered for it.
      'Buck' Compton: Christ, Dick, I was just shooting craps with them.
      Richard Winters: You know why they volunteered? Because they knew that the man in the foxhole next to them would be the best. Not some draftee who's going to get them killed.
      'Buck' Compton: Are you ticked because they like me? Because I'm spending time to get to know my soldiers. I mean, c'mon, you've been with them for two years? I've been here for six days.
      Richard Winters: You're gambling, Buck.
      'Buck' Compton: So what. Soldiers do that. I don't deserve a reprimand for it.
      Richard Winters: What if you'd won?
      'Buck' Compton: What?
      Richard Winters: What if you'd won? Don't ever put yourself in the position where you can take from these men.

    • (on a boat headed for Europe)
      Warren Muck: Right now, some lucky bastard's headed for the Pacific, get put on some tropical island, surrounded by six naked native girls, helping him cut up coconuts so he can hand feed them to the flamingos.
      Joe Domingus: Flamingos are mean. They bite.
      Wayne Sisk: So do the naked native girls.
      Frank Perconte: With any luck.

    • Cpt. Nixon: Sobel's a genius. I had a headmaster in prep school who was just like him. I know the type.
      Richard Winters: Lew, Michaelangelo's a genius. Beethoven's a genius.
      Cpt. Nixon: You know a man in this company who wouldn't double-time Currahee with a full pack just to piss in that man's morning coffee?

    • Herbert Sobel: What's your name, trooper?
      Donald Malarkey: Malarkey, sir.
      Herbert Sobel: Malarkey. Is that slang for bullshit?
      Donald Malarkey: Yes sir.

    • Guarnere: Once we get into combat, they only people you can trust is yourself and the fella next to you.
      Toye: Hey. As long as he's a paratrooper

    • Luz: (imitating Sobel) Are those dusty jump wings? How do you expect to slay the huns with dust on your jump wings?

    • Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

    • Sobel: This man has 200 prophylactic kits in his locker. How in the name of God is he going to find the strength to fight a war?

  • NOTES (8)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Slovakia: Currahee (Currahee)

    • Tony Blair (UK Prime Minster from 2 May 1997–27 June 2007) personally met Steven Spielberg to request that the series be filmed in the UK.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 5, 2001 on BBC 2
      Germany: April 3, 2003 on Premiere 1
      Denmark: May 8, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Greece: October 25, 2007 on SKAI
      Slovakia: August 26, 2009 on STV1

    • All of the insignia are either originals or exact replicas, down to an identical stitch count on the "screaming eagle" patch, and "wings" pins cast from original molds.

    • The wardrobe department hired the Corcoran Boot Co. to manufacture 500 pairs of paratrooper jump boots to the original Army specifications.

    • The actors endured a grueling two-week boot camp where they learned the basics, from how to wear a uniform and stand at attention, to sophisticated field tactics and parachute jump training. The average day was 16 hours long, beginning at 5:00 a.m., rain or shine, with strenuous calisthenics and a three-to-five-mile run, followed by hours of tactical training, including weapons handling and jump preparation.

    • More than 2,000 extras worked on the miniseries during the course of production.

    • Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Steven Ambrose passed each of the scripts around to real-life soldiers of Easy Company to guarantee the authenticity of the miniseries.