Generation Kill

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 27, 2008 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bravo Company awaits for their next orders for a recon mission, having survived its first trial by fire; whilst scoping out a roadside firefight, they watch in shock as a regimental combat team arrives with guns blaring, and they watch on as the hamlet is obliterated; Encino Man requests an artillery strike on a phantom RPG team; Fick tries to take control of a dangerous situation; Ferrando issues a new, more urgent order shortly after Alpha Company shells Ar Rifa.moreless

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  • The war continues.

    "Those guys waving at us are probably the same ones who tried to kill us yesterday."

    Generation Kill is one of the most realistic, genuine shows on television. It's gutwrenching, not for the weak at heart production is second to none. I've been singing the show's praises for three weeks now, but I finally have some complaints about it. With only a few weeks left the writers and producers don't seem to be building up to any payoff or climatic ending. It looks like we are going to get conversations about male droppings every single week. Some of the dialogue is inappropriate mainly the comment about a picture of a girl having a masturbation stain on her face. The action also seems to be one of the weaker parts of the show, when in any other program it is the complete opposite.

    Generation Kill is a fine offering from HBO, but it appears that things are going downhill and fast.moreless
  • Here we go, a Band of Brothers type show with the modern USMC. This is the first episode of this series I've seen so I'm looking at this an introduction to the whole deal.moreless

    Technically the show looks good on the screen. Never having been in Iraq or serving with the US of A armed forces, the South African location and sets, props and documentary style camera work really help to sell the drama. The negative would be the cliche troops, who seem to be written as the same stereotypes as seen in almost every military film before. Also, these guys are supposed to be an elite Marine Recon combat unit yet they come across as poorly disciplined conscripts. The original source material is available in parts on the web so a viewer can read how the embedded reporter grew closer to the troops as he rode along. A reporter is seen in the episode but he has very little dialogue and seems to have no real reason to be there. The nuances of military rank and respect seem to be missing and so the officers are depicted as weak and ineffectual. Even the Sergeant-Major gets slagged, a little unusual for a troops' pov film. So my take is good visuals offset by poor, central casting writing.moreless
  • Alright

    In my opinion, this episode felt alot longer and dragged on to me, either I'm getting tired of this show or this episode was slowing down the story.

    If it was slowing down, it shouldnt be, its a mini-series and I expect that the episodes should fly-by because of the amount of stuff they need to pack into the whole series.

    The episode wasnt bad, but wasnt absolutely amazing either. The scene towards the end when Godfather was explaing his options was good, because we dont get to see him as much as I would like.

    A bit more action in this episode also, but to me it wasnt as exciting as scenes from other eps.

Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård

Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert

James Ransone

James Ransone

Cpl. Josh Ray Person

Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Evan 'Scribe' Wright

Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas

Sgt. Antonio 'Poke' Espera

Stark Sands

Stark Sands

Lt. Nathaniel Fick

Billy Lush

Billy Lush

Lance Cpl. Harold James Trombley

Brian Wade

Brian Wade

Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje

Special Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When James Ransome (Ray) calls Trombley "f**knuts", that's a homage to HBO's The Wire, where Ransome's character was constantly called just that in the second season of the show.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lance Cpl. Trombley: We ought to shoot some of these dogs.
      Sgt; Colbert: Trombley, I keep telling you we don't shoot dogs. We shoot people. And we generally only shoot people if we have to.
      Lance Cpl. Trombley: I'm afraid of dogs.

    • Lt. Fick: (hiding behind a Humvee during a fire fight) Most people in America right now probably think of Iraq as a dangerous country. Now, if I were to stand up, I might get killed. But to us, behind this wheel, it's pretty safe. So to us Iraq is a safe country now. I feel pretty safe. Do you feel safe?
      Wright: Pretty safe, I gues.
      Lt. Fick: See? It's all relative.

    • Cpl. Gabe Garza: Sergeant, I just lost my helmet.
      Sgt. Antonio 'Poke' Espera: What you wanna do, hold a funeral?

    • Cpl. Josh Ray Person: Right! 'Cause we're gonna drive 40 kliks off-road in the dark to an airfield with Republican guard on it by ourselves. And they say I did to much acid in high school.

    • Cpl. Harold James Trombley: Look, I didn't mean to shoot innocent camels, all right? I'm sure I shot people.

    • Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert: Gentlemen, we just seized an airfield. That's pretty fuckin' ninja.

    • [referring to Cpl. Trombley]
      Cpl. Josh Ray Person: He's a psycho - but at least he's our psycho.

  • NOTES (5)