Shootout! (2005– )
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This show is good because it has a mix of real footage, interviews with the veterans, rejectors, and digital layouts to get an idea of the location the soldiers are in.
Having rejectors for most of the show helps, because not every event of WWII was filmed, and it helps out greatly to get a better idea of what was going on.
I hope the History Channel will start to show this show more often, and have more episodes.
Every episode centres around an American led battle so if you're expecting an episode featuring the likes of Waterloo , Verdun or Stalingrad you will be disappointed . If the battle doesn't feature the Americans then it didn't happen hence we get episodes exclusively centered around the likes of The Battle Of The Bulge , Okinawa and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan . Some of the episode headings are misleading . Season Two's " Afghanistan's Deadliest Snipers " doesn't feature snipers at all but war porn featuring fire fights between " American warriors " and the Taliban . If you're expecting the longest sniper kill in history by Rob Furlong in 2002 then you'll be shocked to find he's conspicuous by his absence . It should be remembered that Furlong was a Canadian soldier so maybe that's why he isn't named checked . Since then Furlong's record was beaten by British Army sniper Craig Harrison . Don't expect a Hollywood movie featuring Harrison or Furlong any time soon . Another irritant is the over use of expressions and phrases that belong only to American English hence we get " American warriors " and " These guys were totally hardcore fighters " etc etc
What stops SHOOTOUT being dumped alongside DEADLIEST WARRIOR in the deranged televisual guilty pleasures bin is the technical merit it brings to a tired formula of talking heads interviews , reconstructions of battle and computer graphics . It's superbly edited and never boring but its in your face style is rather tasteless and over whelming and while it may claim to celebrate courage it seems to constantly and subjectively wave an American flag in a way not even John Wayne could have envisaged
It is unwatchable. It is not history in a sensible documentary format.
The narrator is hyper and makes it seem like the film is based on some child's Commando strip comic. I almost expected to see voice bubbles with "Achtung!" on screen.
Shoot Out is an utterly dreadful format and evidence of The History Channel dumbing down. Other parts in the series, such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, I have not seen but, if The Big Red One's format is a guide, then they'll be best avoided. Indeed, the subject matter for those parts of the Pacific War has been well served in other programmes on this same channel.