Over There

Season 1 Episode 3

The Prisoner

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 10, 2005 on FX

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • Informative and fun to watch at times.

    This show really has no qualms about showing US troops in a different light. I like that it shows how far Military intelligence especially CIA operatives go to obtain their goals. The torture used is not unique but rarely shown on TV. I like how the Colonel explains how the prisoner is already guilty by not protesting this type of torture. Once again even though it is important to show how life is on the home front , it does drag the show down a little at times. I like how Angel becomes their Sniper and how the squad appreciates his talents.
  • This was an exciting episode, but I agree with other reviewers that some tactics used were not well-thought out.

    It has been a few weeks since I saw this episode, so I'm working from memory - forgive me if any details slip my mind.

    This episode follows my favorite this far (5 episodes into the series). It was a good follow-on to Roadblock, but the two need not have been connected. Each stands on its own pretty well.

    This was a very exciting episode, but I agree with reviewers who have said that some things done just make no sense. Our heroes should have guarded the perimeter of this small village - they could have prevented the insurgent attack completely if they'd intercepted them well outside the village. The air attack on the buildings seemed like overkill (though I'm sure soldiers under fire would welcome any help from the air at any time). But though these things do not hold up under scrutiny, they nonetheless added to the tension.

    I'm willing to forgive these issues in exchange for the character development. I have a feeling we have not seen the last of Ryan. He could be a very interesting recurring character, though I'm not sure how our heroes and he might cross paths again credibly. I was especially thankful that Dim got some education from Ryan, and in doing so, we got some from him. His revelation that his greatest fear is something happening to his stepson sheds new light on his relationship with Vanessa and even with the painfully brief goodbye he and Eddie had in the first episode.
  • great episode, along with the past ones. this episode focuses on interrogation. another episode with great acting and action packed scenes.

    great episode, along with the past ones. this episode focuses on interrogation. another episode with great acting and action packed scenes.

    i have close friends that are in the army and are actually "over there". its great to see a show with such passion and drama. not only is it a good tv show but it is a nice reminder for those of us here enjoying our freedom.
  • Why are they ruining an otherwise great show???


    This was easily the worst of the series. What in God's name are the producer's thinking?

    It was nothing but a collection of liberal anti US military clap trap. They had the interrogators doing things that made Gitmo look like a vacation resort.

    And (spoiler) why in God's name would we drop a bomb on the stingers???? Think people! How on earth would we ever know if we had actually found them if we blew the place to smitherines??? Wasn't the whole point to make sure we had regained the weapons so our helo's would be safe? So we take one guys word that their on this farm and then bomb it into the stone age?

    That's got to be the stupidest thing we could possibly do. Not to mention of course we have to have the evil American soldier betray the 'noble insurgent'!

    We would of course raid the farm, only kill the people with guns, and take and count every single stinger so we would know for sure that we have them all back and its safe to fly again.

    I hope as the previous reviewer said, this one was an abberation or this series will be very short lived.

    And the firefight was rediculous. We don't call in a bomber strike to take out 2 guys on a fricken roof. Why would they sit in place all night never once thinking about obvious tactics like using a grenade launcher, flanking the enemy, etc. Instead, they stay frozen in place all night waiting for daybreak even though they are the only ones with night vision goggles. Why on earth would you wait till the sun comes out to fight in that case???

    Once again, find someone who actually knows something about small arms combat as a technical advisor. This is getting downright embarrassing.
  • Strong scripting, fantastic action sequences, great direction.... If only it wasn't a liberal-propaganda pile of horse ****. (And I'm a liberal!)


    Don't get me wrong, now. I gave this series a 9, and I stand by that, overall. It should also be noted that I disapprove of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and think President Bush is doing a poor job (though, previously, I was pleased to find that the series had not really shown a left- or right-leaning political bias that I could tell). But this episode was chock-full of some seriously ridiculous B.S. I won't give any of the plot away, but I will say that all reason and actual truth of military tactics/behavior was cast aside for the sake of demonizing our military and keeping with the doom-and-gloom, "War is hell" theme. Spoken from a war-hating liberal, this episode (or at the very least, its ending) represents the very worst of B.S. political propaganda.

    On a technical/artistic level, this episode was as good or better than the previous two - which is why I was generous enough to give it a 3 - but I have to say that I *really* hope the writer doesn't continue in this direction. Can we call this one a fluke, apologize, and move on in a more intelligent direction? Please?
  • An amazing action-packed episode.

    Over-There is becoming one of the best shows on TV and this episode just goes to show why. It had great action sequences blended together perfectly with in depth character development. The urban combat was an intense sequence. It was a great fast paced action sequence. One of the best I’ve seen in a while. You also find out what is happening to Bo and his recovery. His wife finally discovers the true reason that he wants to go back to his unit. You also find out what is going on with Dim's wife, and it focuses on his take on the whole situation. It's an amazing episode in this great series.
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