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Emblematic., 27 December 2010
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Deming, New Mexico, USA
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The series began in some clarity. We know what the goal was -- getting
through jump school even in the face of relative incompetence -- and we
could tell one soldier from another because we could see their faces.
But as episode followed episode, though we could follow the general progress of Easy Company through the battles of the European theater, the stories got murkier. In full combat kit, especially bundled up in winter gear, it was more difficult to tell who was who. Some members of the company dropped out, sometimes to appear irregularly in later episodes. Some episodes introduced a completely unfamiliar character and kept him as the central figure in a story that could have stood on its own.
But "The Last Patrol" is emblematic. It represents the series at its best. Winters is back as a captain. The men are dog tired but carry out a dangerous mission successfully, at some cost to themselves. The fire fights are done convincingly. The ending brings a sigh of relief, even though a character we've come to respect is committing a crime to achieve it.
If you were to see only two episodes, the first one and "The Last Patrol" would be a good choice.
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