Over There

Season 1 Episode 5

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 24, 2005 on FX
8.7
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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 setup. Also, Bo gets his new prosthetic leg.

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  • Step up from last episode.

    8.4
    While for the 1st time in modern warfare we get to see a lot of realtime action in Iraq, we get to see this films thanks in large part to embedded reporters. This episode seems to reflect the sentiment on how embedded help and hurt the war effort. While its common knowledge that even these embedded get censored and also they don't get to see the military operation as a whole thus we only get to see part of the real story. I like how this episode tackles this whole situation. The squad does seem to do the right thing but portrayed in the wrong light. While in most real life cases the truth doesn't come out and we are left only wondering what really happened.moreless
  • The media is the bad guy. Hey, where have I heard that one before? The guy from Saved by the Bell with the impossible last name to spell drops by and holds up the camera. Guess what he sees? War is ugly.moreless

    8.5
    If there is a moral to this episode, it is news footage is distorted and only tells one version of the truth. The fact the bad guys are able to manipulate our media is not lost in the mix. Smoke being controversial should surprise no one. The real surprise here is the turn of conscience for the jouralist. Now, that is news.
  • In this series that seems to be designed to persuade one to examine their views about Iraq, this episode takes on attitudes towards the media. But as an example of storytelling, this episode is as cheesy as it gets.moreless

    6.1
    This is my first review, whether I write reviews for earlier episodes at a later time or not remains to be seen, but certainly for anyone who reads the forums here my conservative politics should be obvious, as well as the fact that my politics have a great deal to do with how I frame my view of this show.



    As such, I wound up with mixed feelings about this show. The portrayal of media bias is beyond the anything Rush Limbaugh would ever say, the show actually goes so far as accusing the news wire services of editting footage to completely change the context and impugn American soldiers. I can't be certain, but I think they even may have taken a break from non-specificity and named a real life news service.



    Another first would seem to be that the story isn't complete, from the preview it looks like it continues next week?moreless
  • When the unit takes on mortar fire from a seemingly deserted town, an Iraqi child and mother are reluctantly killed. A reporter has joined the unit and captures everything on film, which is then used for propaganda purposes (by both sides)and leads him imoreless

    10
    Tonight’s episode was both, moving and realistic. Mark-Paul Gosselaar was a great bonus as well. Both sides of the conflict were apparent; the soldiers protecting themselves in an uncertain and nerve wracking situation, which led to an unarmed woman and child being killed, and then the wrenching pain of the citizens that were witnesses to their deaths. The media cutting up the footage and using it (along with sound bites) for shock value was something that we have become all too familiar with. The reporter discovering the truth and alluding to its exposure, sealed his dismal fate. This too is something we have come to understand all too well, speaking the truth when those with power wish to keep it secret, for whatever reason(s), often leads to the “whistle-blower’s” demise in one way or another. I love this show for its intelligence and courage and refuse to miss an episode, however, the one thing that I never get after watching it is a good night’s sleep, perhaps that is a good thing.moreless
  • I felt the journalist took too much attention off of the solderiers and took away from the whole show. The also spent way to much time on the death of the mother and child. The plot was not the same as the previous episodes which had more meaning to them.moreless

    7.0
    I felt the journalist took too much attention off of the solderiers and took away from the whole show. The also spent way to much time on the death of the mother and child. The plot was not the same as the previous episodes which had more meaning to them.
Juan Pope

Juan Pope

Mad Cow

Guest Star

Kirk B.R. Woller

Kirk B.R. Woller

Dr. Muecke

Guest Star

Joyce Guy

Joyce Guy

Mrs. Williams

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Lilly McDowell

Lilly McDowell

Krista

Recurring Role

Adam Storke

Adam Storke

Captain Baron

Recurring Role

Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz

Anna

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