The pilot episode of Steven Bochco's Over There
is as riveting, unexpected, and shocking as the series premieres of the legendary producer's Hill Street Blues
and NYPD Blue
. The first television drama set in an existing war being waged by the United States, Over There
concerns the first tour of duty for a young, U.S. Army unit sent to Iraq. Unlike any number of movies and TV shows starring middle-age actors portraying American fighting forces in past wars, Over There
's combat soldiers look and act like the barely-out-of-high-school young adults (many of whom, in Over There
, joined the military out of economic necessity) most of our real-life troops actually are.
Whatever one's feelings about the Iraq war, Bochco and co-writer and director Chris Gerolmo (Citizen X) cut through the politics to get to the individuals whose lives are on the line, who left behind families to find themselves in a most alien environment, fired upon for reasons they may not fully understand. Gerolmo does a superb job of showing us combat conditions in desert sandstorms, with rookie soldiers hanging tough under intense heat while insurgents fire from a distance at anything that moves. This is a new kind of war show, yet in many ways Over There embraces a few sentimental conventions, notably scenes in which the unit's members explain the origins of their nicknames ("Angel," "Dim," "Doublewide," "Mrs. B," and more). In the Bochco tradition, when violence comes, it comes as a grievous surprise. --Tom Keogh
From producer Steven Bochco ("NYPD Blue," "L.A. Law," "Hill Street Blues") comes the first scripted television series set in a current, ongoing war involving the United States. Gritty, intense, evocative and emotional, "Over There" takes you to the front lines of battle and explores the effects of war on a U.S. Army unit sent to Iraq on their first tour of duty, as well as the equally powerful effects felt at home by their families and loved ones.
A must-see show for all Americans, "Over There" is not about politics or policies. It's a true-to-life depiction of our courageous soldiersthe everyday heroes who fight for freedom under extraordinary conditions.
Includes an exclusive behind the scenes featurette!