Carentan Speak on it...
Posted 17 December 2002 - 07:18 PM
Posted 07 January 2003 - 05:15 PM
First, when the company is back in England and they get the word to be ready for a new jump. You see the life fall out of their faces as they realize they may die tomorrow.
Second is where Malarkey goes to get the clothing back from the laundry, and they still have the uniforms of all the guys who didn't survive Normandy. It's a roll call of the honored dead done in a different way than you'd expect.
However, there were so many excellent scenes in that episode (as in all the others), that I can't list them all.
Posted 07 January 2003 - 05:37 PM
I agree with you Kiwiwriter about the scene with Malarkey. He's standing there as the shop assistant is reading off the names looking as if he is thinking of each of those men that were gone that he had spent so much time with.
Posted 08 January 2003 - 03:36 AM
Posted 08 January 2003 - 09:02 AM
I thought the laundry scene was high risk, and a false note would have made it melodrama. But it was acted beautifully, by Grimes and by the laundress. It worked.
Unfortunately, the first time I saw it I was confused because I hadn't registered the transition from France to Aldbourne. Shoulda known.
Posted 11 January 2003 - 12:26 AM
WhitfieldUK, on Jan 11 2003, 03:30 AM, said:
Literally, probably what Kelly said, or incipient hysterical blindness. Literarily, well my guess is, with all the metaphors floating around this episode, he's looking to heaven for guidance or mercy or answers.
Posted 11 January 2003 - 08:54 PM
As a side note, no matter how many times I study the character of Blithe, I continue to come away with the feeling that he may have been a bit "slow" or sheltered by a rural existence perhaps that had left him unprepared for the instant decision making required of combat, though I do feel that he was trying to do his best as witnessed by him finally firing his weapon from his foxhole at the behest of Winters.
Posted 11 January 2003 - 09:21 PM
Major Winters, though, told me that that's how it happened. That takes care of the history. Still, the Blithe characterization drags down, for me, what otherwise was a superb episode.
Dirigoboy, at least historically, you can't write Blithe's reactions off as "rural." He was from South Philly, right Tony? Maybe Warren played him as a Southerner because he could do that accent but not the Philly accent. There wouldn't have been any other reason for casting him as a Southerner, would there? Nah, I refuse to get defensive.
My thunks, Doug