Originally posted by Moe_in_Texas
I'm not hearing anything good about this show from the troops...
Sounds like they're mostly missing the forest for the trees, which any skilled professional would do after watching a Hollywood attempt to portray their profession. Don't get me started on the technical nonsensicalities whenever Hollywood tries to work molecular biology into a show (even if it's in almost every episode of CSI, they don't get any better with practice).
It's unlikely a squad would be in a stand-up firefight after a week in-country. Most soldiers there probably never see a stand-up firefight. The odds against the same unit losing a WIA to an IED the next day are near-astronomical. During the firefight, the soldiers were bunched way too close together. There seemed to be little or no coordination between units. I don't imagine they'd be screaming at each other, for any reason, while digging foxholes in exposed positions. On the other side, even poorly trained insurgents probably don't mill around firing wildly in the open like they did. As the article pointed out, IED's aren't marked with flags, and trucks never pull over to the side of the road (for precisely the reason depicted in the show). As for that lambasted IED incident, they didn't show the immediate reaction to it, only the later aftermath - once a response force had secured the area and an ambulance had arrived. Seems reasonable for a buddy to turn his concern to a comrade then,
But all that misses the point. It was a stylized but still reasonable depiction of what "war" is like Over There. It will surely get more reasonable as the characters settle in - they tried to squeeze a little too much into the pilot, which necessarily had to show the arrival of the squad in Iraq. Watching them fill out forms and pull guard duty for a week probably wouldn't have made good TV. And it's a damn sight better depiction of Iraq than the alternative...which is nothing. We all agree that the news coverage is terrible. There's little or no footage available showing soldiers doing their jobs. And print media and blogs just can't convey a message like TV can. So nitpick all you want, but it was A) entertaining and B) fills a gaping void in our public consciousness.