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All pictures from a picpams by totallybalancedand tasteofblame. 
 


RECAP: September 13, 1944. Aldbourne, England. The boys are at the dart board. Luz, Guarnere, Toye and Martin are watching. Buck has the dart and he’s playing against Babe Heffron. Babe beats Buck. They decide to make a bet on the next round. Buck takes aim. Luz stops him: “Lieutenant, you gonna shoot lefty all night?” Buck thanks him for the reminder and switches to his right hand. Babe has been hustled.

Guarnere sits down with some of the replacements in Bull’s squad: Garcia, Miller (James McAvoy) and Hashey. Guarnere tells a funny story. Webster listens in and provides vocabulary. They’re a good team. (Oh and Hi Web!)

Guarnere hazes them, good-naturedly, then reminds the nuggets to listen to Sgt. Randleman and moves off. Then Cobb humiliates Miller, implying he doesn’t deserve the unit citation for Normandy, as he wasn’t there. I think Cobb’s parents were very closely related, you know? Miller takes the bar from his uniform, leaves it on the table and walks away. Bull moves in. “Shit, Cobb. You didn’t fight in Normandy neither.”

Gordon announces to the hall that Carwood Lipton has been promoted to 1st Sergeant. Lip smiles adorably. Another “Listen up” and we learn that they’re moving out of England tomorrow.

Next day, Winters describes Operation Market Garden. It’ll be a daytime jump, deep inside occupied Holland. Their objective is to secure the road coming out of Eindhoven so that two British armored divisions can move inland. They’ll liberate Einhoven and wait for the tanks to arrive. It’s a huge airborne operation, under British command. Nixon explains that, if it works, this will help the tanks over the Rhine and into Germany. They hope to end the war by Christmas.

Nixon also says Allied intelligence thinks most of the “krauts” in Holland are old men and kids and that the operation will take the Germans by surprise. Which gives me that sinking feeling like when a character in a soap opera says, “I’ve never been this happy.” It’s the kind of line that exists only as a set-up.

September 17, 1944. The men are getting gear ready for the jump. A jeep drives in with Sobel (!) in front and Popeye standing (natch) in back. Everyone stares as Sobel rides by. Again with the magnificent body language from Schwimmer. He’s humiliated and uncomfortable and trying to hide it. There’s some exposition about Sobel being an “S4”, supply officer. Sobel takes a lame swipe at Sergeant Malarkey and moves on.

Buck and Lipton are very happy to see Popeye. Adorable really is Lipton’s color, isn’t it? Popeye explains that he went AWOL from the hospital for fear of missing Easy’s deployment and being assigned to another company. He still can’t sit down, but he can jump out of a plane.

The men jump into Holland. Those shots of the parachutes and planes are gorgeous.

They’re on the move, through ditches alongside the road. Man, just look at Webster. I think if he could just get close enough to the Germans, he could disarm them with that face.

They approach Eindhoven, take cover, and aim at movement in a window. It’s a woman, tying an orange flag to the window frame.

Eindhoven. The entire town is decked in orange and all the citizens are in the streets, celebrating, as the Americans move through. Some of the fun involves stripping women of their dresses and shaving their heads. These women slept with Germans. Allegedly. The male alleged collaborators are being executed in a separate celebration just outside town.

Many women are kissing our boys. Lipton is grinning some more. He stops to pull Perconte’s head out of some woman’s chest, with an adorable “Pardon me.” Talbert is seriously making out with a girl, but after he’s pulled away she gets the terrible haircut.

The officers are trying to move the men through town. Winters has stopped and is looking through binoculars. Nixon: “Dick. Clock’s ticking.” Winters: “Yeah.” Winters puts away his binoculars and a woman comes up and kisses him. Nixon, meanwhile, is being kissed by at least three women, the last one getting a slight smile and a “Thank you. Very kind.” out of him.

I have to stop here and admire Damian Lewis for a second. Not (only) because I want to talk about him in any sort of kissing scenario, but because he plays that tiny moment so perfectly. During this Eindhoven section, it’s clear that he and the other officers are not about the reveling, they’ve got a job to do. But when the woman comes up to kiss him, he doesn’t resist. He’s not annoyed or embarrassed. In fact, he leans into it a bit, but it’s all very polite and perfunctory. He doesn’t enjoy it, but there’s no prudishness any other kind of emotion. It’s like, “Look for snipers. Kiss woman. Discuss next move with officers.” I’m glad DL didn’t play it shocked or weirded out or flustered or even taking a moment to enjoy it. It’s more...efficient, the way he does it. Absolutely perfect.

Ron Livingston is just right too --- you can see that Nixon’s slightly more distractible, but still on-task.

The officers discuss securing bridges. A very handsome Dutch Resistance guy gives them intel on German movement.

Nighttime. Hoobler rouses Webster and Van Klinken and leads them toward a house, so as to sleep indoors like people. A guy comes out of the cellar door, identifying himself as Dutch. Webster answers him in Dutch. Mary sighs and fans herself with her recapper’s notebook.

Hoobler suggest that some food would be welcome. The man fetches jars of preserved Dutch fruits and vegetables. The most adorable little boy in Holland comes out of the cellar. Webster employs The Face and a bar of chocolate to charm the boy speechless. Ok, he wasn’t that chatty in the first place, so I might be projecting a little bit here.

Daytime. They ride down the road on tanks, past a road sign for Neunen. Webster, who is so close to overtaking Nixon as cutest smarty pants in the whole war he can taste it, tosses out that “Noy-nen” is the birthplace Van Gogh.

Hoobler and Cobb are straight and speak dismissively of Harvard men.

Lt. Brewer (I think) is up ahead and there are bad vibey looks on everybody’s faces. Bull yells at him. Brewer turns his head, gets shot, and falls down in the middle of the road. Bull runs to him and calls for a medic, who is also shot. Hashey finally gets what war is like. The replacements discuss remaining very low to the ground. Bull tells them to get on their feet and run.

In town, the men move from one small piece of cover to another. Web is in the lead as his group squats behind a wall. He quite nicely takes a deep breath and closes his eyes for a sec as he takes off running for the next wall to hide behind. An old man gestures out a window and yells something in Dutch. The guy next to Web asks what the old man said. Webster: “He said, 'Away! Away!' Which either means the Germans have gone or he wants us to go. I don’t know.”

I wonder whether Webster and Nixon would be willing to have dinner together and just talk about anything at all, possibly in other languages, and let me just sit there and drink a martini and listen. Maybe they could be wearing dinner jackets.

Bull and Martin, on either side of the road, each spot German tanks covered in straw and lying in wait for the Allied tanks that are rumbling toward them. Martin and Babe go warn the British tank driver and tell him to blast through the building that hides the tank. But the Brit boggles Martin with talk of avoiding unnecessary destruction of property. The British tanks rumble forward and see the Germans a second too late. Lots of firing. Bull yells at everybody to fall back. As one of our tanks explodes, Bull gets hit by shrapnel. He goes down in a trench and crawls forward as fast as he can, with a burning tank ambling dangerously above him on the road. Martin watches helplessly from afar.

Two shoulder-held launchers take out two German sniper positions. Van Klinken is shot; Hoobler and Roe go to help. Buildings explode.

Sweet little Pfc. Miller gets his head shot open. Garcia and Hashey are sad. Buck gets shot in the leg/ass area. Malarkey calls a medic and they want to carry Buck away. Buck tells them to leave him behind because he’s too heavy (which, I think he has a point) but the guys get a wooden door, Buck hangs on, and they drag him to safety.

Everybody’s jumping onto trucks to retreat. Winters is yelling at everybody to move it. Nixon comes up and stops a few feet from his left flank.

Nixon: “How bad?”
Winters: “I don’t know yet.”
Ping! Nixon is shot in the helmet and he goes down.
Winters: “NIX!”
Winters runs to Nixon, bends down and lifts Nixon’s head.
Nixon: “I’m alright. I’m alright…. Am I alright?”
Winters: “Yeah. You feel alright?”
Nixon: “Yeah. Quit looking at me like that!”

I just...I cannot properly express my love for Ron Livingston at this moment.

And one thing I didn’t notice the first (or third) time is that the two of them then move out of the open area of the road where Nix had fallen. They scoot over alongside a truck. Winters puts his body in front of Nixon with his back to the direction that the shots came from, and turns to look in that direction, as if he’s worried about another shot. How gorgeous is that.

Lipton reports four dead, 11 wounded and Randleman missing. The men ride away in trucks, shocked and shaken. Webster wipes a lot of blood off his hand. Guarnere asks “Where’s Bull?” Martin doesn’t know.

Bull’s in some kind of drainage pipe under the road, watching Germans roll into town for the night. Then he moves to a barn. A man and his daughter come in. Bull gets the man to cut the piece of shrapnel out of his shoulder. A German team comes in to check the barn. One lags behind and, hearing a noise, reluctantly investigates. Bull has to kill him.

This is the episode where Hoobler gets slightly good-looking, IMO. Hoobler and Guarnere decide to go look for Bull, but Guarnere needs to go find more ammo. Hashey and Garcia volunteer to go instead of Guarnere. Webster and Cobb go too. They make their way along a ditch, back toward the town, hiding from the Germans driving along the road.

Back at camp, Winters leans awesomely against a night sky as Eindhoven burns in front of him. Winters: “They’re bombing Eindhoven.” Nixon: “Yeah.” Winters walks over to Nixon. “Come on Nix, let’s dig in for the night.”

Nixon talks more about Eindhoven.

Nix, honey, that’s as clear an invitation as you’re ever going to get out of Dick Winters. How can I help you if you won’t help yourself? *sigh*

Oh well, Morning. Bull leaves the barn, finds Miller, and sadly takes a dog tag from his body. A jeep comes to find him and he rides back toward Easy. Along the way, they meet the rag-tag search party and give them a ride too. When they get back, Martin’s happiness is all over his face. Bull and Martin are great in this episode. Dexter Fletcher does a consistently wonderful job as Martin. Those eyes are incredible.

Guarnere, to Bull: “I don’t know whether to slap ya, kiss ya, or salute ya.” (heh) “I told these skalliwags you was ok.”
Bull (looks at the search party): “They didn’t listen?”
Guarnere: “I told them don’t bother.” (But it was his idea to look for Bull in the first place.)
Bull: “Never did like this company none.” (Because he does like them. Boy code is super duper easy to crack.)

They’re retreating. Winters doesn’t like retreating. “How are the other divisions faring up North?” Nixon (long pause) “I think we’re going to have to find another way into Germany.”

The tag says that the 101st, as a whole, lost 750 men, and 2,100 were wounded. The 506th regiment lost 180 men; 560 wounded. At Arnhem, the British 1st Airborne lost nearly 8,000 men.
 

Poll #1298726 Replacements

Slap Ya, Kiss Ya and Salute Ya

Cobb, Martin and Bull
5(25.0%)
British Tank Driver, Webster and Buck
2(10.0%)
Sobol, Nixon and Winters
4(20.0%)
Guarnere, Guarnere and Guarnere
2(10.0%)

Worst WTF Moment:

Brewer is shot in the middle of the road.
0(0.0%)
Eindhoven women get free haircuts.
4(19.0%)
Bull out-crawls a flaming tank.
1(4.8%)
Miller is killed.
5(23.8%)
Buck is hit in the assal area.
1(4.8%)
German tanks are hiding under straw.
2(9.5%)
That kid has never had chocolate.
0(0.0%)
Bull kills the German.
0(0.0%)
The Germans bomb Eindhoven.
2(9.5%)

Best OMG Moment:

Eindhoven welcomes the Allies.
2(9.5%)
Malarkey and the boys save Buck.
2(9.5%)
Hoobler and the boys go back for Bull.
2(9.5%)
Brewer is alive.
0(0.0%)
Nixon is alive.
5(23.8%)
Bull is alive.
3(14.3%)

Best Bromantic Moment:

Luz helps Buck take Babe for two packs of smokes.
1(4.8%)
Bull is nice to his replacements.
0(0.0%)
Lipton is happy to see Popeye.
0(0.0%)
Lipton laughs as he pulls Perconte free of Dutch breasts.
0(0.0%)
Winters and Nixon wipe off girl germs.
0(0.0%)
Boys drag Buck to safety on a door.
1(4.8%)
Nixon tells Winters “Don’t look at me like that!”
5(23.8%)
Winters wants to “dig in for the night” with Nixon.
2(9.5%)
Martin and Guarnere are happy to see Bull.
2(9.5%)
Bull is touched that his men risked their lives to look for him.
0(0.0%)

I’d like dinner and martinis with Web and Nixon in dinner attire. What would you like?

Beer and mechanical bull riding with Shifty and Bull in blue jeans.
2(10.0%)
Spaghetti and chianti with Guarnere, Toye and Perconte in leather jackets.
1(5.0%)
Iced tea and UST in plain white tees with Winters and hmmm….maybe Doc Roe.
5(25.0%)
Cookies and milk with Lipton, Popeye and Babe in their jammies.
0(0.0%)
Pistols at dawn with Speirs in his dress uniform.
2(10.0%)
I’m coming to dinner with you, Web and Nixon.
4(20.0%)

 

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anatolealice
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Bugger. I only just watched part 2 yesterday.

*hopes Notnetflix is super speedy*

Thank you for the wonderful recap Mary. I won't read it now, I don't want to spoil myself, but they are wonderful to read afterwards, especially for the distracted newbie.
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Well go ahead and post on part 2 --- I think most of us track the threads, so we'll pop back and talk to you.

You're welcome for the recaps! This is a hard show to follow, with so many characters and the military stuff, so I thought they would help. Plus, it turns out they're fun to do. :-)
zommbie1
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
Mary I am blaming you for this. I ended up watching episodes 4-10 in one sitting on Friday night.

And I need to re-watch this episode because I spent most of it being hypnotised by Webs eyes. They really were not fair.
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
*happily accepts blame* It is pretty addictive, isn't it?

And you're right, he doesn't play fair. I think they keep Web in the waybackground for three episodes just so the female viewers can use their brains for remembering characters and plot. Once you've got your feet under you, they feel like you can handle Webster. /the world according to me
aunt_deen
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
Perfect timing. Just watched this last night.

I remember the first time I watched this, being a little bit surprised. We fought in Holland during WWII? I guess now I know why they don't cover this too heavily in high school history classes.

The haircuts were horribly disturbing to watch. I'm wondering if the women wielding the scissors got similar treatment when the Germans came back in.

The guy who plays Cobb looks like Haley Joel Osment's older, slightly homelier brother. And I hope he felt like shit when Miller got killed after being such a sonovabitch to him.

And the "quit looking at me like that" moment was just priceless.

Nix, honey, that’s as clear an invitation as you’re ever going to get out of Dick Winters. How can I help you if you won’t help yourself? *sigh*

I know, right?



Edited at 2008-11-17 12:24 pm (UTC)
zommbie1
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
I remember the first time I watched this, being a little bit surprised. We fought in Holland during WWII? I guess now I know why they don't cover this too heavily in high school history classes.

It is interesting because the fighting in Holland came as no surprise to me but then I have mainly studied the European side of the war. Americas involvment in wwII is usually covered in a very short time ;)

The haircuts were horribly disturbing to watch. I'm wondering if the women weilding the scissors got similar treatment when the Germans came back in.

The treatment of the women who had "consorted" with the Germans in occupied Europe was truly awful and it continued for a very long time afterwards. The children born to those women were often ostracised as well. I remember reading a book as a child about a "Tyskeunge" in Norway and being very disturbed by it.
aunt_deen
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to drop in on one of my colleagues in the Social Studies department and ask what the curriculum includes. Because it's entirely possible that I did learn about Market Garden but forgot about it. But mainly I remember learning about the bombing in England, the occupation of France, D-Day, and then of course Pearl Harbor and all the Pacific Theater stuff.

And it's just as I read your comments that I realize that I misspelled "wielding."

*slinks off to edit*
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ilovehulajosh
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
I watched this at the weekend.

My great aunt was studying in a convent near Eindhoven when the Germans first invaded. The story goes that she was out on a balcony enjoying the 'fireworks' when a nun dragged her in doors. The 'fireworks' were anti-aircraft blasts. Bless she was very young and naive.
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
And the "quit looking at me like that" moment was just priceless.

Yeah. Ron Livingston's delivery of those lines is so right. He's really great at that very subtle comedy. He's a little panicked ("...am I alright?") and I love how RL goes right for that. People are getting killed right and left, and he's fine. But he's rightly scared and he loses his cool a little.

And then the "quit looking at me" is so great because it's a little high-pitched and still scared and it also tells us (because we can't see Winters' face very well) that Dick must have a really terrified look on his face. (Aw!) And that is not helping Nixon to calm down. *g*

Men in a gesture like that (one holding the other's head) is something I find really touching for some reason. Doesn't Toby hold Josh like that, after he's shot?
aunt_deen
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Nix has a veneer which is always present and that bullet knocks it right off. So he's feeling vulnerable trying to get it together and it freaks him out even more to see how scared Dick is.

Men in a gesture like that (one holding the other's head) is something I find really touching for some reason. Doesn't Toby hold Josh like that, after he's shot?

He does. Toby's helpless and panicking and yelling for help and Josh topples sideways and Toby just lunges and gently catches Josh's head before it can hit the pavement.

Another great holding-the-head moment is in Knight's Tale after William is freed from the stocks and the prince tells him to take a knee. William is shaky on his feet and Chaucer is cradling the back of his head and their foreheads even touch before he steps away and kneels.
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
As I think I've mentioned, the way I see Winters and Nixon is that they are very complimentary. Nixon's role is to be the more...sanguine one, I guess. Notice that he's usually the one walking up to Dick or following Dick --- not the other way around. He asks what's on Winters' mind. He engages Winters more. He looks at him more. He reaches out and talks and smiles. He maintains the relationship, and he's happy to do it.

What's fun for me are the few moments in the piece where the roles are revesed. Therefore, I absolutely love Winters yelling Nix's name and running to him and looking at him all scared. There are a couple more role reversals upcoming, but this is....my second-favorite. /cryptic, only not to aunt_deen.

William is shaky on his feet and Chaucer is cradling the back of his head and their foreheads even touch before he steps away and kneels.

Ooh, you are so good for the Knight's Tale moments. :-D

Good to know my West Wing brain hasn't gone soft after all this time of not-rewatching.

Edited at 2008-11-17 04:11 pm (UTC)
aunt_deen
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
There are a couple more role reversals upcoming, but this is....my second-favorite. /cryptic, only not to aunt_deen.

Yeah, when is that other moment? I've only seen the series once so each ep I'm rewatching I'm wondering if it's coming up. :)
tomfoolery815
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Irish! Ana! Good to see you here! Zommie, you've posted in one of the earlier threads, right? If not: Good to see you, too.

Ah, Mary, now you've gone and created an expectation that after I watch an episode, there will be a excellent, delightful recap waiting for me. You have only yourself to blame.

In fact, he leans into it a bit, but it’s all very polite and perfunctory. He doesn’t enjoy it, but there’s no prudishness any other kind of emotion. It’s like, “Look for snipers. Kiss woman. Discuss next move with officers.”
I noticed that, too! I even rewound to make sure. He leans into it, but it's totally a matter of manners for him.

Nixon: “Yeah. Quit looking at me like that!”
I just...I cannot properly express my love for Ron Livingston at this moment.

It was incredibly bromantic. This must be conceded, IMO.

Nix, honey, that’s as clear an invitation as you’re ever going to get out of Dick Winters.
Ha! :-)
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Mary I am blaming you for this. I ended up watching episodes 4-10 in one sitting on Friday night.

Ah, Mary, now you've gone and created an expectation that after I watch an episode, there will be a excellent, delightful recap waiting for me. You have only yourself to blame.

Yay!
*dances around lj, accepting blame left and right*

...it's totally a matter of manners for him.

Yeah, and the beauty part is that there's nothing on his face in the moment after. That's what's so telling.

Whereas Nix is slightly blushy.

"Ladies, my boyfriend is standing right there!" Heh. Sorry. I'll stop slashing soon. /not likely

Edited at 2008-11-17 06:07 pm (UTC)
tomfoolery815
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Men in a gesture like that (one holding the other's head) is something I find really touching for some reason.?
It is touching. Like Liebgott holding Tipper at Carentan.

It's such cultural conditioning. American for sure, possibly all of Northern Europe: Straight men aren't supposed to be tender with each other like that. I suppose it's moments of extreme crisis that wipe away that conditioning and bring the tenderness, the basic humanity, to the surface.

Bull: “Never did like this company none.”
That's "I love you guys, too" for those of you scoring at home.

This is obviously Bull's episode. They do a nice job of setting up why the men would go on an incredibly risk search for him. (It hardly matters that they couldn't find him.) Bull puts Cobb in his place after he's rotten to the replacements, and gives them a series of practical bits of advice before and after the jump.

As the RL Man of Easy says in the beginning, the replacements were eager to prove themselves to men they idolized. Going to look for the man who'd helped keep them alive, to the point of insisting that their NCO stay behind, sounds like a way to do that.

Bull even plays straight man for Buck as they set up the sting to get Babe's cigarettes. "Nice shot, sir!"
tomfoolery815
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Whereas Nix is slightly blushy.
He is, isn't he?

"Ladies, my boyfriend is standing right there!" Heh. Sorry. I'll stop slashing soon. /not likely
It's your LJ. Plus, your Nixon-Winters slash talk is funny. :-)

Nix and Winters? That is buddies.

Fixed. :-)

Edited at 2008-11-17 06:39 pm (UTC)
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
This is obviously Bull's episode. They do a nice job of setting up why the men would go on an incredibly risk search for him. (It hardly matters that they couldn't find him.) Bull puts Cobb in his place after he's rotten to the replacements, and gives them a series of practical bits of advice before and after the jump.

Yes. And it's nice and subtle and in-character. Michael Cudlitz is great as Bull.

For those who are new-ish --- once you've got B of B in your brain for good, it's so much fun to see alums in other projects together. Michael Cudlitz shows up in Ron Livingston's "Standoff" *shakes fist* and Damian Lewis' "Life". Neal McDonough (Buck) and Donnie Wahlberg (Lipton) were together in "Boomtown", which was another brilliant-but-cancelled.

aunt_deen, when I commented in the Carentan thread, I listed other projects for each of the major actors. Can you believe that I forgot Cudlitz was in Grosse Pointe Blank? It's one of my favorite scenes in the movie (yours too). I'll have to go back and edit that comment.

Edited at 2008-11-17 06:56 pm (UTC)
aunt_deen
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Can you believe that I forgot Cudlitz was in Grosse Pointe Blank? It's one of my favorite scenes in the movie (yours too).

Oh, Bob Destephalo rocks. It's quite possible that I spelled that name wrong. But I do know that he broke Jeremy Piven's collarbone and stole his woman. And later sold him a Beemer.

The hallway scene with the poetry should be mandatory viewing for all boys between the ages of twelve and eighteen.
tomfoolery815
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Neal McDonough (Buck) and Donnie Wahlberg were together in "Boomtown", which was another brilliant-but-cancelled.
Yes they were, and yes it was. As Flipcy has pointed out, shows that are willing to sacrifice mass-audience appeal to tell their story, their way (read: Pushing Daisies) should just skip the major networks anymore and aim for cable. They'll be able to make more episodes, and be loved the way they should.

Sorry. Even if that door's just cracked a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that.

He stops to pull Perconte’s head out of some woman’s chest, with an adorable “Pardon me.”
The look on James Madio's face is priceless!

Another Bull-related moment I like: The Dutch farmer pours a little booze on Bull's wound, then offers him some. When Bull declines, Bull can't see the farmer take a BIG swig.

What do you guys make of the look on the farmer's daughter's face after Bull kills the German?
marymary
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's Bull's episode, and during some rewatch I started focusing on Martin too. He bears most of the terror and sorrow over losing Bull, and he's the one with the magnificent reaction when Bull returns.

One of these times through, I noticed how they set that up. Guarnere and Martin are the two who are gently teasing Bull about his replacements, and they understand that he has a lot of affection for them. Then Guarnere's the one who tells them that Bull is "the smartest man in the company".

Martin and Bull see the tank ambush about to happen, Martin warns the tank driver, to no avail, then one of the exploding tanks wounds Bull. Martin is the only one, as far as we know, who can see Bull crawling away with the blazing tank teetering on the road above him.

Guarnere asks Martin about Bull as they leave him behind. Martin's face is heartbreaking. Guarnere and Hoobler come up with the idea to go get him. When Bull comes back, the faces on Martin and Guarnere really finish the story.
zommbie1
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Zommie, you've posted in one of the earlier threads, right? If not: Good to see you, too.
I posted on one of the first threads but not very much because I was completely lost. the 6 hour Band of Brothers binge took care of that.

Okay re-watching now.

Again with the magnificent body language from Schwimmer. He’s humiliated and uncomfortable and trying to hide it.
The little stop he does when he is behind the truck is awesome. I have to say Schwimmer is excellent in this series.

Those shots of the parachutes and planes are gorgeous.
It is such a calm moment. It is beautifully shot and I love the music they use. Also the scene where Bull helps one of the kids get off his parachute. Perfect.

shallow pool moment. Web can feed me chocolate any time he likes

Question: I thought they took down all the road signs in towns during wwII so that it would be harder for the enemy to find their way. Why are there road signs everywhere?

I just...I cannot properly express my love for Ron Livingston at this moment.
That scene had me giggling like a schoolgirl :D

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