Over There

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 27, 2005 on FX
8.7
out of 10
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When a U.S. Army unit arrives in Iraq for their first tour of duty, they quickly find themselves engaged in a bloody firefight and discover the essence of who they are as soldiers. Some show more mettle in the face of death, while others become paralyzed from fear. Under the guidance of their sergeant, the soldiers begin to form the bonds of brotherhood that are forged only through war.moreless

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  • Good drama tackling a hard subject.

    9.0
    The pilot episode works very well to introduce to us all the characters in the show. The backgrounds of each person is unique but it’s their uniqueness that makes it an interesting show. One of the uniqueness is Angel. This grunt is a singer songwriter, what the writers has his character do is he ends up writing a song about them and it is used in the credits. The use of women in the military is somewhat accurate in where they are in danger even though they are used in support positions. The action is decent and is on par with what actually happens. Great start to a series.moreless
  • Worth watching from begining to end

    10
    I normally don't like a show until the second season or so. I am set in my t.v. routine. When the previews for this show aired, I gave up a show I was watching to see what this was about. I have never regreted it since. I love this show and think every episode is something to talk about for days. I personally have not found one thing wrong with any of the episodes. I love the closeness you feel with the characters. It makes you feel like they are your friends over there fighting and you cry and laugh with them. I love the show and hope it goes on for a few more episodes.moreless
  • Good action but very average otherwise.

    7.5
    I started watching this expecting a pretty gungho kind of drama and I guess I wasn't disappointed in that respect...it was very American. It was good and the action sequences were very well done but haven't we seen all this stuff before ? The tough Sergeant, the sensitive one...etc etc...I'll stick with it though to see how the characters develop and to try and count how many bullets get used in each show. Why do the Americans need to fire 100 rounds when only one is really needed :-)moreless
  • This episode introduces the members of a fire team, their families and the Sergeant involuntarily extended to lead them. It deals with their initial reactions to Iraq and war zone they have to serve in.moreless

    9.1
    Filming a (relatively) mainstream series about a war currently being fought is ambitious and potentially disastrous. I tuned into the pilot episode wondering what direction Steven Bocho was going to take. When the ending music started, I can honestly say I was pleased, relieved, and more than a little startled with the final result.



    The writing and character development was top notch and promises to be the strong point of the series. From the beginning, I was interested in each member of the fire team and wanted to know more about who they were and what motivated them. Even more impressive was the fact that I also wanted to see how the families were going to fare through this ordeal. Even now, I have to keep reminding myself that this is a pilot episode and that the actors are still getting used to their characters.



    The episode doesn’t forget that the series is about the military and a war. It includes firefights that are chaotic and downright scary. The actors were properly attired and showing military discipline you’d expect from an active duty, deployed unit. Finally, the story doesn’t romanticize combat or take it lightly. It is a real part of the story leading to a startling and horrifying final scene. Bocho may have promised not to delve into the politics of the War in Iraq, but he certainly doesn’t have a problem making some striking statements about the dangers this (or any) war.



    In closing, I highly recommend this series for anyone that wants a serious, sobering look at the life of the soldiers and families involved in the Iraq War.

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  • "Going downhill fast"

    2.6
    I am a vet from OIF1 and I have watched the all the shows I thought the first two were right on but this third show. I wish that the show didnt go this way and they need to do more researh for better shows. They messed up on a lot of things from the rank to the costumes of the soliders to the prissoner. The show must remember that the world is watching and the public thinks that everything is real. So in that light, this show should show the real way prissoners are treated and not how a few are treated. This show has the chance to sway the way people think about this war. I am very Hopefull this show will be better and do more reshearchmoreless
Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Avery "Angel" King

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Chris "Sgt. Scream" Silas

Lizette Carrion

Lizette Carrion

Esmerelda "Doublewide" Del Rio

Luke MacFarlane

Luke MacFarlane

Frank "Dim" Dumphy

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Brenda "Mrs. B" MItchell

Brigid Brannagh

Brigid Brannagh

Vanessa Dumphy

Chris Gerolmo

Chris Gerolmo

Spotter

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Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Unknown

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Patrick Renna

Patrick Renna

Medic

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Adam Storke

Adam Storke

Captain Baron

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