I find myself anticipating the next episode and how it is going to start. I always watch the episodes in a comfortable place, like my bedroom or the living room. I get the sense that the men from Easy Company are a part of my life now. Their stories become engraved in the back of my head. This episode we start with the interviews from the surviving soldiers. The feelings that were felt when they lost someone close to them in the division. They had to make sure they made it through, that is all they ever thought about. They knew that not everyone will be able to see home again.
Once I saw the title of the episode “The Last Patrol”, I knew that something was gonna happen. I’m already mad at the fact that most of my favorite characters Ssgt. Toye and Sgt. Muck died or got wounded off. Okay so now Pvt. Webster comes back from being wounded. He is treated like an outcast from his own peers in the unit, because he was gone so long. He was treated like a replacement, which was like a kick in the dirt to a lot of soldiers. Lt. Jones was another fresh face, straight from the academy. He was trying to earn the respect of others, and that was by going out into battle. The second platoon was given a mission, to go on a night patrol. They were given the mission to bring back German prisoners for interrogation. TSgt. Malarkey has been on the front line ever since the Easy Company was dropped into battle on D Day. He has seen all his friends struggle to stay alive. Lt. Jones saw it as an opportunity to prove that he can lead the men into battle. I don’t know about the next guy, but I would want the new person just learning the ropes to have me as a test dummy. I am surprised that every last one of the men were not sick. Captain Lipton came down with I believe it to be Pneumonia. The weather was freezing cold, and they took showers inside a fort. Captain Winters wouldn’t allow Lt. Jones to lead the patrol, but he was to go. The risk was high of someone ending up dead, since they were advised not to wear their helmets on the patrol. I find that crazy to believe that the commanding officers would send the soldiers on a patrol without proper gear. I see a pattern with the music selection for the show. It consist of one violin playing, then which turns into 2 or 3 more. Then they play in harmony, for the scenes to come. It always comes together when a big decision is being mad, or the reaction to the decision. The violins play while the men prepare for their patrol, which will lead them into enemy territory.
The soldiers manage to make it across the river, then the hard part comes. The capture the Germans and try and bring them back across. The gun play starts, all you hear are missiles being launched and the bullets being fired. I have to give it to the sound effects. I don’t have surround sound, but it sounds like the bullets are flying right past my ears, and I’m trying to run away across that river too. The mission was complete but not without a scratch. They lost Pvt. Jackson to a grenade that blew off half his face. The men didn’t know how to handle death after death. There was many that took to liquor just to ease the pain of what they had to over come everyday.
I was pissed off when Colonel Sink tried to make the men go back out, for a second patrol the next night. Captain Winters knew they couldn’t handle another mission like that one. His face read how he felt about losing another man in this division, and didn’t care about the person giving the orders at the moment. This had to be my favorite part when Captain Winters goes to brief the men. He tells them to get a good nights rest. Captain Winters is the man; if I ever joined the Army. That is who I would want leading my group. He is level headed and not going to risk soldiers’ lives for bragging rights.
The bond of the men are getting stronger and stronger, as I watch each episode. They don’t take things for granted because of the circumstances. This episode brings out the patriotic feelings and love for what these soldiers had to go through. I can’t wait for the next episode. I am kind of getting upset the season is almost coming to an end. I rate this episode a 5 out of 5. I feel like I felt their pain a little bit more. The conditions they have to deal with over seas, while the people back home don’t even know what you have to do to survive. The right to fight, but is the American people understanding the struggle these men went through for the win. They showed the emotional breakdowns of the soldiers I have grown to love. It is a wonderful message which they got across to me. It was nicely executed with the music, which always captures me into the story line a little bit more. There is more to come, and I can’t wait!!!