Sorry so late. Satellite went out this week, I had to scramble.
Patrolling with NVGs on, Kocher and his team snatch up a lone armed Iraqi. Aside from interrupting the guy taking a dump, which I don’t think the Geneva Conventions covers anyway, it’s by the book. Then Captain America comes flying over the the side of the berm like he was shot of cannon and fucks everything up, because yeah, that unarmed guy Kocher’s now got cuffed and is pushing in front of him? Yeah, that guy was trying to kill Eric, man!
Just in case anyone had a doubt, Captain America has lost his fucking mind. Officially. The guys in his platoon aren’t even bothering to talk behind his back about him anymore. Though, the guy who tells him his hamster’s jumped the wheel does call him “Sir.”
Thus opens the next-to-the-last episode, Stay Frosty. Frosty, because, see? Captain America, hell, everyone, not so frosty. Get it? I’ll just say here at the beginning, that therein is my problem with the episode. Too much telling, not enough showing. No stray unconnected dots, pretty much every punch is telegraphed. A few examples:
Manimal being a dog to the Iraqi woman on the roadside/Manimal being a bigger dog to the female Marine later.
Exposition about the Iraqis using helmets to escape detection by thermals/Gabe finds an Iraqi helmet/his team gets shot at by the reservists.
Unnamed character out of nowhere shoehorned into scene so that we completely understand about the reservists about to show up.
Just like every other time I have a negative criticism of anything Simon/Burns & Co have done, I feel like a schmuck for saying so, because they are who they are and have done all the awesome they’ve done, and I’m sitting on my couch, barely able to crank out a post per show. Nonetheless, this episode felt off-target, not of a piece with the others. That’s my story and I’m stickin to it.
Of course, it’s still pretty great…
The scene of Colbert dancing or flying or whatever he was doing was the highlight. Wonderful, though it would have been perfection without the exposition between Ray and Evan. Still, there was enough wtf? left in, and jesus did we ever need a palate cleanser right there after the dee-secration of the filtration dee-vice scene. Now we know why Sixta exists. Because when you routinely condition people to act like violent animals, well, they aren’t going to stay inside the lines and someone has to be there to kick them in the head and make them stop. Remember Ray’s reference to pit bulls? I once saw a pit bull attack another dog. There were dozens of people around, some of whom tried their best to separate the dogs but the pit bull was like a machine without an off switch. Then two guys ran up with their cooler and threw the ice, freezing water, cans of beer, all of it, on the dogs and that did the trick. That’s what Sixta is for.
Is it just me, or did anyone else have the same sick feeling at that first long shot of the refugees on the road, like any second we were going to see them blown up by an artillery attack? That rubber band just keeps twisting and twisting and twisting all through that scene, aaaaaand sure enough, there goes an old man’s head. You have to feel for these soldiers, I guess, because any man, woman, child, or small animal in their vicinity seems to die violently no matter what they do. I mean they are supposed to be expert killers, not killing people by accident. Which, of course, is one of the things this episode hit us over the head with. We’ve seen it every week, so we didn’t need Poke and Ice Man to spell it all out for us.
That’s what Stay Frosty was about though, more than anything. Drive around the head, run over the body. You can’t win. Simultaneously blowing the shit out of a country and saving it at the same time is pretty close to impossible, especially when the whole premise is a lie to begin with, especially when you don’t do it with enough personnel and resources, and especially when even the good guys have to throw away the rule book because it’s irrelevant because…see beginning of sentence, and repeat. Eight thousand Sixtas couldn’t unfuck things at this point, and remember: this is only a month in.