Over There misses humor
However, I did think that both episodes that I saw were a bit heavy, over dramatic, in dialogue, and severely lacking in the kind of humor that most 20 something's engage in--even in war--that served as a release for an obviously tense and dangerous job. After having been embedded in Iraq with both the Marines and the Army, I am convinced that soldiers are thankfully a bunch of ordinary guys and girls, a few years out of their teens, and prone to just goofing off. In that sense, I think the soldier's humor is more realistic in the documentary Gunner Palace or our own Virgin Soldiers. In one case specifically, I remember some rumor that Jennifer Lopez had been killed, by what or whom no one seemed to know, but the J Lo conversation within the unit the next few days became so funny it eclipsed talk of the war itself.
That is not to say that I didn't enjoy Over There, and in fact, I will be watching this week's program about embedded journalists with great interest. However, I am doubtfull the series will truly capture what young soldiers talk and joke about above and beyond the war in which they find themselves.
Here is the link to Over There if interested. http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/overthere/main.html