Over There

Season 1 Episode 12

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2005 on FX

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  • Alot better than recent episodes.

    I liked this episode because it showed a little bit of observational skills goes a long way. The Iraqi soldier noticing the bottle of Nutella is great on how some people take surrounds for granted. The way that solider kept staring at the bottle gave a clear indication something was not right which brings me to my next point, I also like how allies are portrayed as almost a enemy and joint forces has a little bit of politics involved. It’s clear that some officers really don’t have any leadership skills and some things cannot be taught at a military school. The home front slowed down the storyline yet again but this time there was a little twists and turns.
  • The show was more about the people than the event. There was no big message it was trying to send. But the people acted well, the writing was good, and who needs a message beyond War is bad?

    Mrs. B got a haircut. This small detail is just the kind of thing that people do. She also sends a clear message to Dim that thier one time was just that. Dim's wife still struggles with her Alcoholism. Sergio finally gives into temptation, only to be rudely interupted. The focus seems to be on relationships here.
    Tariq did his his day on the show. It was a small and meaningful day. The ep explains his motivations for being in the Army. His distrust of their Iraqi trainees is apparent from the word go. The irony is a tip from one of the trainee's helps to stop a bomber.
    The Lt. is both glory hungry and dangerous. If this show's previous episodes are any indication, things will not go well for him.
  • I thought this was a great episode, tying up some loose ends and delivering a powerful punch.

    This episode was terriffic, and a perfect setup to the season finale, which I now think is coming far too soon. I'm not big on buying seasons of shows on DVD, but if they release Over There on DVD, I'm getting it, and this episode convinced me.

    Oddly, the scenes "over there" were not the ones that really hooked me on this episode, though there were pivotal moments: the integration of some Iraqi soldiers (a critical step should our real hero-soldiers ever get to come home), and the downfall of Lt. Hunter (Lt. Underpants). His incompetence is now more apparent than ever, and the scenes for the next episode promise to finish out this storyline to some conclusion - hopefully a satisfying one.

    The presence of the Iraqis caused consternation for our heroes as they saw how badly equipped and trained they were. I found the "whipping them into shape" scenes a bit overdone - I don't think they could have done it as quickly as it seemed to happen. But that's OK, this is TV, and time compresses. The revelation that one of the Iraqis is British-raised and able to speak English took some of the pressure off Tariq to do translating for us, and he had a key contribution to the revelation of the Iraqi bomber's location. I would like to see his character continue to be featured.

    Tariq told us more about his own life, and how he has come full circle. His story is compelling, and I imagine it is common for Iraqi-Americans. The story of his parents and their troubles post-9/11 is a reminder to us all of how damaging prejudice can be... and at the same time, we can see that same prejudice ooze out of Tariq as he confronts and coexists with the Iraqi people and Iraqi soldiers. It is almost as if the writers are telling us: Prejudice is bad, we're all prejudiced. There is truth in that.

    Back on the home front is where we got really kicked in the teeth by this episode, though. Vanessa's soliloquy, both before her AA collegues and in front of the web cam, show her struggles with her past and her present. We don't yet know how Dim is feeling about all this, aside from his desire to take revenge with Mrs. B. There may or may not be time to deal with this before the season finishes. If not, it is a worthy storyline for a second season.

    Bo confronts his father in a barroom showdown worthy of any good action movie. The writers made Bo Sr.'s speech sufficiently vile, yet totally believable, that we were just itching to have Bo Jr knock him on his ass. Bo took a few licks, but even with his leg folded up underneath him, he took the big man down with a vengeance. On reflection, his father represents the failure that Bo could have been ... and still could be. I think he lashed out because he was offended, hurt, and afraid. In the end, this may be all the satisfaction he'll get, as he'll probably never get his money back, but that may not matter.

    The most poignant arc in the episode, though, was Sergio and Anna's. The climax could have been just that -- but that would have been too simple, and I'm glad we were being lifted up to expect one conclusion and got thrown down with a completely different one. I've never felt for Anna in any way. She could have left Sergio alone, but she persued him. He let himself be pursued, of course, so he is far from blameless, but he at least felt ashamed, she never did. But when we saw the dress-uniforms in the doorway, and heard the "I regret to inform you," we could feel her anguish. The shots with Sergio listening from the kitches were filled with just as much anguish, as we saw hiim wanting to comfort her, but also realizing that the same visit could await him at almost any time. I hope the writers leave this arc alone, let it simmer until next season.

    All in all, a very satisfying episode.
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