Sept. 30, 2001, 6:57 p.m. CST
by Gary Yogurt
Sept. 30, 2001, 8:15 p.m. CST
Good thing about cable is the nonstop repeats. It was either this or Alias, and this is gonna be easier to catch later.
Sept. 30, 2001, 8:59 p.m. CST
I must say, Mr Moriarty, that you are easily the best reviewer on the site (perhaps the best in print, such as it is?). Everyone here constantly falls victim to tongue in cheek, self-referential slapstick and pompous, self-important fanboy complaining. This review is not just a summary of the episode but an in-depth analysis of the characters, the situations and of course it never fails to give everything all important context. Not to sound like too much of a fawning kiss-ass, but you are the last reason that I read this site. I must say, however that the sound on the main page is really starting to grate on my nerves.
Sept. 30, 2001, 9:50 p.m. CST
There will be a marathon of the first 5 episodes of Band of Brothers tonight (10-1-01) starting at 8PM EST on HBO. GC The Jessica Steen Page http://www.jessicasteen.com/
Oct. 1, 2001, 2:58 a.m. CST
EZ Company assaults a dyke? Now that would be worth subscribing to HBO for...I wonder if it was graphic like on 6 feet under--did they show the guy from "Office Space" with the dyke bent over a car in a parking garage? Maybe Ross attacked her from the front. Atten-Hut! Assaulting Dyke, sir!
Oct. 1, 2001, 5:15 a.m. CST
by Dr Dave
I have to watch these episodes on Sun PM. Seeing these in letterbox with Dolby Digital reveals the true cinematic nature of the filmwork. Full screen through lousy TV speakers just won't cut it anymore.
Oct. 1, 2001, 6:37 a.m. CST
And, by the way, great review Moriarty. You and Lexy Dupont are easily the best writers on this site and its always a pleasure to read your stylish, analytical approach. As for this series, what can I say that hasn't been said already? I am already a fan of Winters and Nixon. When I watch I'm always looking forward to the next scene with Nixon just because the guys got a great presence. I hope this becomes a big stepping stone for both these actors, whatever their names are. If anyone is going to watch the five episodes tonight, pay attention to how they treat the Germans they capture (and those they decide not to capture). Enjoy this one. Zubalove out.
Oct. 1, 2001, 7:08 a.m. CST
and I liked last nite's ep, but it felt uneven to me. Kind of like they had the acts switched around. Maybe if I hadn't been doing laundry at the same time... AD out.
Oct. 1, 2001, 9:04 a.m. CST
by Lt. Torello
...as we know what Easy Company doesn't -- they're about to go into the meatgrinder of the Battle of the Bulge. I haven't had the priviledge of getting advance review tapes of the show (like Moriarty has) but if they present this, the most intense battle of the ETO, with the same brilliant writing, direction, acting, and documentary-like second unit work as the previous shows, those of us who've really studied WWII will finally see the no-bullshit account of The Bulge we've long waited for. The '65 movie version was pure crap (despite a cool cast). This and "Buffy" (seriously) are the only two shows I care about right now. Currahee!
Oct. 1, 2001, 9:59 a.m. CST
by Badger Of Chaos
There were references made to this in the first two episodes. I realize that its not being emphasized as much (as in Saving Private Ryan), because of the progression of the series. When Winters first became Easy company's CO, the men were curious, but not to any major degree. Most were just thankful that it wasn't Sobel taking them into battle. After a time, the men truly came to respect Winters. He was a good leader, he took care of his men. They didn't care what he did before all of this started. However, it seems to me, after this very Winters-centric episode, that his life before the war plays a significant part of the person we've come to know. All of these soldiers had lives before the war, but they didn't leave them behind completely to go fight for their country. We're talking about students, teachers, accountants, fathers, sons, men and boys from every walk of life.... the may have left their homes, family, and friends, but they took part of their lives with them into the war. I see this in Winters. I do not know what he did before the war, and I also have not read Ambrose's book. But I have come to see Winters as a man of faith. Possibly a man of religion. A priest or a pastor. Winters, to me, shows that mentality. - "I'm not a Quaker"
Oct. 1, 2001, 10:17 a.m. CST
...Interesting observation. More evidence to support your theory: The guy never cusses (unless you count "crap"), now this doesn't mean that men of faith don't cuss, or that men not of faith do cuss, but the implications that he answers to a higher power in his conduct are definitely there. Also he suggests that that dude from "Office Space" should stop drinking.
Oct. 1, 2001, 11:56 a.m. CST
by Badger Of Chaos
In "Crossroads", in Winters dialogue with Nixon with regards to his drinking, he reiterates a line of Nixon's but excludes taking the lord name in vain. From "For God's sake" to "For Pete's sake." That was one of the key moments that has led me to my idea, and convinced me to write all this...
Oct. 1, 2001, 3:45 p.m. CST
The lack of drinking and cussing might be due to where he was brought up from. As stated in the book, Winters grew up in Lancaster County PA, Amish country. He attended community college before enlisting and joining the Officer Candidate School, and becoming a platoon Lt. for Easy Company. Lewis Nixon by comparison is from a completely different background. He is from a wealthy family in New York, traveled extensively around the world before going to Yales, and enlisting. I sincerly hope that there an incident towards the end of the war that HBO include in episode 10. The part about the discovery of a great cache of best booze in Europe by a non-drinking Winters, who let Nixon take care of redistribution.
Oct. 1, 2001, 8:38 p.m. CST
Sir, I read everything you write. I think you're one of the better critics on the net. While, I don't agree with everything you write I usually respect it but I feel you made a HUGE mistake this week and I want to point out it out as a constructive criticism so maybe you'll think about your perspective on the show before you write. I know, from your first review, you've seen all 10 episodes already. You know what we do not about the next 5 episodes. By mentioning that Winters was in the opening "testimonials", you may not have realized what you were giving away. Now we know he lives. Sure, it was likely considering he's had some scenes relatively alone (only stuff we would know if he was still alive) but Steven and Tom have admiteed some dramatic license. There's a reason, Steven and Tom chose not to tell who the veterans at the beginning are. So we're unsure of what will follow. And, in a small way, you ruined part of that. So, I don't mean to be rude but consider how your perspective of the show is different before you write or I'll just have to wait until ep. 10 and come back and read them all at the end.
In the opening of Episode 5, one of the guys says, "I don't know how [Winters] survived, but he did."
Oct. 1, 2001, 11:28 p.m. CST
...I agree. I was disappointed that Moriarty did that. Was there a spoiler warning beforehand (you know sometimes AICN puts tiny red spoiler warnings on the main page right by an article, and I never seem to acknowledge their presence until it's too late)?
Oct. 2, 2001, 10:04 a.m. CST
... what in the hell is up with that iron monkey ad that keeps flying past my screen every time I open up the main AICN page? Is that shit annoying, or what? I can't even access a link until it's finally through cavorting across the page and then it trails around (generally right where I want to click, no less) for another 20 seconds until it finally dissappears. I'm all for Internet advertising but COME ON!! That shit just makes me want to chuck a "Potatoe Masher" through my computer screen.
Oct. 2, 2001, 1:01 p.m. CST
by Coolhand Luke
the best channel out there. From Band of Brothers, The Sopranos, From Earth to the Moon, Oz, Six Feet Under and to a lesser extent Arli$ and Sex in the City, they have set themselves apart from the rest of the crappy shows that are on TV now. I've never been as moved by a TV show as I have been from watching Band of Brothers. Bravo HBO! And shame on the Emmy people if they don't get their act together and start rewarding the superb HBO shows.
Oct. 2, 2001, 7:32 p.m. CST
Oct. 2, 2001, 7:36 p.m. CST
Quick questions for you folks, is the show coming on DVD any time show, because I dont get HBO, I live in Canada and we dont get any real good American channels, except for TBS, and some crap know as UPN!
Oct. 2, 2001, 10:11 p.m. CST
Actually, we do get it in Canada. BoB is being played on the new Movie Central station on Tuesday nights, mostly. Pretty erratic schedule that started on Sunday night for the premiere and now seems to be Tuesdays and sometimes repeated on Fridays. While on the topic of great HBO films though... anyone else see 'Conspiracy' with Kenneth Branagh as Heydrich and Stanley Tucci as Eichmann in the true story of the meeting to decide the "Final Solution"? Totally captivating stuff.
Oct. 4, 2001, 7:03 p.m. CST
I too think Winters is a man of faith, probably a Christian. It popped out for me when he changed Nixon's line to Pete's sake, and I thought about it....have I ever heard this guy swear or do anything that was really wrong? Not that I can remember. This only makes me respect the character and the man more. -Fett