When I read the synopsis for Over There I was thinking The Unit, but set in Iraq with a regular Army squad. Alas it was nothing like it.
Instead we get a series that is very hard to get into – the characters have no lovable traits to endear them to you until you’ve spent over half the season wondering why you’re still watching – had I been watching it weekly on TV, I wouldn’t have made it past week one or two. By the end of the season you do have an attachment to the characters, but even that isn’t enough to save the series from everything else that is wrong.
Unlike The Unit, where the wives left behind worked together as a team, looked after each other and made their own viable storyline, Over There’s spouses all have their own individual problems that create far too many differing stories lines and only creates a muddle of unnecessary distraction.
With the show being named Over There, the focus should have been kept over there – the presence of spouses left at home could have been hinted at, but just as the soldiers left them at home, so should the story writers.
But then it’s not as if the storyline does anything for the series, there a couple of interesting situations, but by far the majority of the season is wasted on pointless missions that make little sense and offer no real reason to stay tuned in. Whilst this may be more authentic to the situation in Iraq, it doesn’t make for good television drama.
And then there’s the first year film student, lets practice with interesting shots, montages and filters, coupled with the we don’t have the budget, lets use grainy tv news footage spliced between our actual scenes. There’s just no cohesive whole to this programme and it only highlights the bad story writing and clichéd shallow characters.
All in all, Over There had a lot of potential, but delivered next to nothing.
Food for thought
Is it ok to kill a few to save many?
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence & Sex Scenes.
Genre: Television Drama.
Actors: Erik Palladino, Keith Robinson, Josh Henderson, Luke MacFarlane, Kirk ‘Sticky’ Jones, Lizette Carrion.
Release Date: Available Now.