Somehow I never managed to catch Generation Kill when it aired on Pay TV, but from tonight it airs on ABC2.
This 2008 HBO miniseries on the US invasion of Iraq surely packs a punch.
It is based on Evan Wright’s book, who was an embedded reporter with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marines. Here he is played by Lee Tergesen, who will be recognisable to many largely thanks to Oz and Desperate Housewives. True Blood‘s Alexander Skaarsgard also appears.
It was The Wire‘s David Simons and Ed Burns who co-created the 7 part series.
Shot in Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa, this is about as real as you will get for a TV drama on the Iraq war.
It is confronting, brutal, bursting with testosterone, and as they say, there is money on the screen. The episodes are quite long too, 69 minutes, but playing on ABC2 you won’t be interrupted.
It starts tonight at 9:30pm rated M. Highly recommended.