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Band of Brothers

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 Band of Brothers is one of the best TV shows–no, cinematic experiences–I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. I’ve always liked WW2 stories so I’m a little biased, but I think this is right up there with Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad in terms of thematic depth and gravitas, and seasons 1 of Lost24and Dexter in terms of overall entertainment and watchability.

In Band of Brothers you follow the harrowing exploits of Easy Company of the 101st Airbourne Division from the beginning of bootcamp through the end of the war, and get a true-to-life re-enactment of what it was actually like to parachute into France on D-Day and fight your way into Germany as the Third Reich toppled.

There are so many good things to say about this show it’s hard to even know where to start, but here’s a quick summary:

  • The grainy visual style is perfect for recreating the WW2 experience. It makes you feel like you’re watching a high-quality documentary of live footage, not a polished, pristine Hollywood production.
  • The audio is second-to-none, especially in the battle scenes, which are just awesome if you have a good surround sound system (it’s just mayhem–bullets whiz all around you, explosions hit like punches, and screams of orders, terror, and agony come from all directions).
  • Speaking of the battles, of which there are many, they’re just outstanding. They’re every bit as thrilling and downright intimidating as what you experienced in Saving Private Ryan.
  • The pre-show interviews with the actual men of Easy Company are poignant and add a deep emotional undercurrent to the show itself. You’re not watching a tale spun by a writer–you’re watching a lovingly crafted tribute to men of incredible strength and valor.

Whether you have any particular interest in WW2 or not, Band of Brothers is one of those shows that everyone should enjoy.

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