Over There

Season 1 Episode 10

Suicide Rain

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on FX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Angel puts his own life at risk when an American is held hostage. Meanwhile, Sergio and Anna's relationship continues to grow, and Vanessa tries to make up for her past.

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  • A bit more action than in previous episodes.

    I was waiting for an episode of a medic and I was surprised on how they used the medic here. Usually the medic in most cases was shown as the healer and one who holds units together. This instance the medic is the one who is burnt out and in need of rest. What is surprising is the decision of Sgt Scream to send in his best man in a possible one way mission. Seeing how Angel is already a bit messed up from a suicide attack, Scream decides the best way to “fix” his soldier is to face him in a even more dangerous situation. The home front is not boring this episode but still rather slow. Average, very average episode.moreless
  • In a world that usually show people of faith as sex fiends or mentally unstable, it is refreshing to see a real "Angel" come on the scene. It is refreshing to see that even in the midst of total choas, there are those sincerely trying to do good.moreless

    Corporal Shaver is an unhinged medic. He has seen too much bloodshed as a result of combat. He loses all focus here in an attempt to save lives. However, since the war is so harsh, all his efforts ulimately are in vain.

    Angel, on the other hand, tries to do some good everyday. He does what he is assigned to do. The great aunt that raised him commits suicide back home. He is told that she blamed him for all that was going on in the world. As sad as that is, he still tries to do good. The fact that he identifies his evil aunt with the evil woman who bombs a truckload of army supplies is not lost on the audience.

    Sometimes those that society may label as good are not so good after all. And those that society never focuses on may have the most to give of all.

    Excellent episode.moreless
  • This was a great episode - I would have scored it higher if we'd had more time on the homefront.

    I know that the writers had to deal with Vanessa and Sergio, but this didn't seem to be the episode to do it in. The Angel/Shaver story was so powerful, we either should have had nothing from the homefront, or we should have had a lot more.

    The hostage story was very intense. I'd say it was "wonderful" if not for the result. I pegged Shaver for a red-shirt from the beginning, though I liked the character and would have been happy for him not to have died. The episode, though, shows the futility of war from so many angles, it would have been hard for him to have pulled through ok.

    The episode showed the seeming randomness of who the enemy is - is it the little boy with the soccer ball, or the man with flowing white robes, or the cross woman? It could have been anyone, and the choice to use the woman was satisfying - not obvious, but not unrealistic. The insanity of the suicide bomber was illustrated, too. She killed one, many be two soldiers, wounded several more ... but the dead were mostly Iraqis. The actions defy logic.

    It showed the stresses some soldiers come under. While there are soldiers from my town in Kuwait, living in what must be relative peace, there are soldiers out there seeing gunfire every day. The role of the medic in any war was painfully illustrated, with the conflicting loyalties of medical professional and professional soldier highlighted.

    In the end, it was all for naught as the boy died, the hostage was killed by friendly fire (or by the father - does it matter by whom?) and Shaver had enough and met his maker - if there is a maker to meet. And Angel? I'm not sure how he came out of all this. I hope they deal with it carefully over the next few episodes. Did he atone for anything in his actions?

    As for Vanessa, it is good to see her character coming around. I'm not an alcoholic and have not known one who went through AA like she is, so I'm not sure how realistic her apologies are - they seem true to life, though. Her meeting with the principal was, I think, a real boost for her, seeing that others like her have turned themselves around. There is hope for her - except for Dim's accidental missive. That could end her recovery. I hope not, I like Dim and Vanessa and hope they work it out.

    Sergio's storyline is one I want to see a lot more screen time for. I want to see him get right to the edge of doing just what he has said he won't do, and then grabbing himself by the balls and hauling himself out of it. Or, the other woman has a sudden epiphany and backs out at the last minute, leaving Sergio to wonder what he would have done. But to get there, we need to see more of it. These 30 or 60 second snippets are just not enough.

    I won't even mention Bo - his appearance was inconsequential, though the scenes foretell a larger story for Bo next episode.

    All in all, a great episode, with only a few disappointments. I'm glad I'm watching.moreless
  • Shocking and powerful

    I've been waiting a few weeks for a powerful episode like this one! If I hadn't missed the first 2 or 3 episodes, I would say with confidence that this has been the best one so far.

    First, I was glad that we got to learn more about the character Angel. Usually, he's so calm, but during this episode, we saw his pains, struggles and frustrations.

    Second, this episode was gripping! I found myself scared for Shaver and Angel and in pity of the father and his son. Never before has a television show caused me to involve so many of my emotions.

    The last scene was shocking and powerful!moreless
  • The best episode

    I am a full grown man and i nearly started crying i don't cry during sad movies with my girl friend. this was the BEST EPISODE ever. King is my fav. carractor now. Thank you for all of the people that made this show. Please if you havent seen this episode see it emidiatly
Currie Graham

Currie Graham

Corporal Shaver

Guest Star

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Mr. Howard/Mike (Drug Counselor)

Guest Star

Ismail Abou-El-Kanater

Ismail Abou-El-Kanater

Iraqi Father

Guest Star

Josh Stamberg

Josh Stamberg

Lt. Underpants/Alexander Hunter

Recurring Role

Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz


Recurring Role

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