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Some things:

→ This episode is also one of my favourites and it's so epic this is pretty long.
→ I love Colbert's smile after Ray's 'I've written USA with my piss' moment. It's adorable.
→ I love the whole King of the Road segment, Pawel ♥
→ I'm so pleased that Ray's pimp glasses saw the end of the invasion.
→ Eric Ladin does the best WTF?! faces.
→ Without his Kevlar he does look like Mr Potatohead.
→ The shots of them outside before the helicopter goes over are wonderful, the dust and the gaps in the building behind them. I'm just very pleased by the aesthetic of it all.
→ I don't like Ray starting to withdraw, it's so sad. There's a quote from TWOP about how Ray is morale for the platoon and he gets Walt and Brad out of their funks and then when he's in his no-one can help because there's no Ray for Ray. It's so sad.
→ Oh Sixta! I adore him. It's amazing how one little moment can totally change your perception of a character.
→ Stark also gives good WTF!Face.
→ Jon Huertas has the most adorable smile. As does Stark. I just really enjoy seeing proper smiles on the boys' faces.
→ I love Brad and Evan sniggering away behind Ray in that scene.
→ Doc Bryan is so fierce.
→ I know I've said it before but I really do love this show's use of negative space, and how it makes such good use of the natural swathes of colour.
→ I'm very taken with Brad's hand resting on Poke's shoulder. I think there should be more BFF fic about them. I mean c'mon Brad pulled strings to get Poke assigned with First Recon.
→ Nate just looks so broken now. I've just finished reading One Bullet Away and it's even more depressing how he thought they'd be able to repair the damage they'd done and then they just kept being moved on. If anyone wants to console me with fic, ASkars, Stark or chocolate I wouldn't say no. *sniffs*
→ I freaking LOVE the blue. I don't know why I just utterly adore it.
→ I find it amusing that that is probably the most tame Billy Lush's hair has been in it's life. I <3 his curls.
→ The moment where Ray snaps just kills me. [livejournal.com profile] thelackoflight has a far far better picspam of it. James Ransone is just fantastic.
→ I also love the use of silhouettes.
→ Why isn't there more Q-Tip/Christeson fic? Either slashy or otherwise.
→ Yeah that's Brad and Nate eyefucking again don't act so surprised!
→ I love the fact that Brad and Ray 'make up' settle back into their momentum in a completely silent fashion. I could write paragraphs on the subject. Urgh they make me ache from adorableness, whether you see it slashily or not.
→ Walt!!!!!!! Pawel needs to do some sort of romantic comedy where he's the adorable best friend that you wind up liking more than the main guy and who has adorable scenes and gets to smile and be goofy in an adorable fashion. It's like the word adorable came into being purely so there was an appropriate word available to described Pawel.
→ And the creepy/depressing ending. It's so phenomenally good.

The following quotation is from Nate's book, it's the last words in the book so if you don't want to be spoiled stop reading now.




I took sixty-five men to war and brought sixty-five home. I gave them everything I had. Together, we passed the test. Fear didn't beat us. I hope life improves for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, but that's not why we did it. We fought for each other.
I am proud.



Credits: screencaps by [livejournal.com profile] peopleareshapes & [livejournal.com profile] the_grynne, script from [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis

Date: 2009-09-06 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruasonid.livejournal.com
... I agree with you. in everything. does that count as scary? because I think it most definitely does! I could quote everything you said and just write something like "this this" or "IA!" or idk, something.

I'm pretty new to the GK fandom, but I watched the show for the first time ~6 months ago when they were showing it on tv here. Couple of months ago I got hooked on True Blood and have re-watched GK couple of times. Just can't get over the fact how awesome that show is. And the book! I haven't read Nate's book yet but that is definitely on my to-do-list.

Why isn't there more Q-Tip/Christeson fic? Either slashy or otherwise.
the lack of Q-Tip/Christeson fics makes me really sad

Date: 2009-09-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asdfg.livejournal.com
Nicely done :) And yes..I agree I don't like seeing Ray all sad and withdrawn either. But that is also why I love this episode so much. It shows that war affects everyone, that no matter how you try to beat it's magnitude down through cracking up jokes or making sarcastic comments, the dark effect is in you somewhere waiting to be let out. I'm glad, though, that Ray had that mild break down in Iraq. As the audience, we're left with hope. That Ray is dealing with what he has experienced face on.
Edited Date: 2009-09-06 12:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-06 12:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I agree. It's the same when Brad retreats under the humvee after Trombley shoots the shepherds you realise for all his cold exterior when doing his job that he's just as effected by the horrors of war as the newest, greenest recruit or civilian.

Date: 2009-09-06 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I'm v. new, about 3 months now. I didn't watch last year and it's been on my list for a while and I finally got round to it and got hooked.

Nate's book is fantastic, I really can't praise it highly enough. It'd be a gripping and interesting read without all the GK background.

Date: 2009-09-06 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aboutademongirl.livejournal.com
I don't like Ray starting to withdraw, it's so sad. <--- there's a bit in the book about how Colbert and Person start to have problems towards the end. Wright says something about it being something like two rockstars being on tour together for too long.

Also: I had a long, long comment already formulated in my head, but it disintegrated by the end, into this: CHAFFIN! RAY! TROMBLEY! POKE! BRAD! NATE! SIXTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

I would console you, but my Skarssands attempt is only a drabble with no actual contact.

Date: 2009-09-06 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aboutademongirl.livejournal.com
Oh... and, of course, DOC!

Date: 2009-09-06 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Yeah. I can see how it would be hard for them to coexist for long periods of time in that tiny humvee.

They're all so adorable and wonderful.

Date: 2009-09-06 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aboutademongirl.livejournal.com
They make me flail and sometimes cry. It's nuts.

Date: 2009-09-06 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thedreamygirl.livejournal.com
→ Walt!!!!!!! Pawel needs to do some sort of romantic comedy where he's the adorable best friend that you wind up liking more than the main guy and who has adorable scenes and gets to smile and be goofy in an adorable fashion. It's like the word adorable came into being purely so there was an appropriate word available to described Pawel.
YES! Pawel is just TOO CUTE, I need him to come in more things!!!!

I've loved your spams of the eps :)

Date: 2009-09-06 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
He is so ridiculously cute, have you see Under the Tuscan Sun? ADORABLE!

Thanks.

Date: 2009-09-06 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madgebettany.livejournal.com
Thank you for this whole epic project! GK is so full of great characters and cool visuals that you've shown me something new that I'd missed in every one of your posts.

(Just like in my every rewatch: last time I saw ep7, the scene in the motor pool CONVINCED me that Eric was Brad's woobie before Nate came along.)

Date: 2009-09-06 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Well then this picspam series has worked!

Yes, I can see that train of thought entirely.

Date: 2009-09-06 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberlynne.livejournal.com
Oh, they are just so damn pretty!

And, gah, the end of Nate's book made me BAWL LIKE A BABY! Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate! ♥

Date: 2009-09-06 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Me too. He was just so disillusioned by it all and broken. I cried so hard!

Date: 2009-09-06 06:41 pm (UTC)
ext_11369: ([gk] skies are blue * walt)
From: [identity profile] neversince.livejournal.com
OMFG I would be SO ON BOARD with Pawel doing a romcom! This whole picspam is epic. God, this whole episode is just a punch to the gut, you know?

"We keep killing civilians, we're going to waste this fucking victory. We can't keep doing this."

"Relax, Iceman, relax. The only thing we gotta worry about here are fucking do-gooders. Luckily, there's not too many of those."

Date: 2009-09-06 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I feel I should be a casting agent or something!

This ep kills me to watch because it has some truly adorable moments but so many heartbreaking ones also.

Date: 2009-09-06 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thelackoflight.livejournal.com
no-one can help because there's no Ray for Ray. It's so sad.
Guuuh. I know. There's no one to crack stupid jokes and put shit all over his face just to make Ray feel better.

I didn't notice Brad's shoulder on Poke until my last rewatch. Such a small but wonderful thing.

I love the fact that Brad and Ray 'make up' settle back into their momentum in a completely silent fashion. I could write paragraphs on the subject. Urgh they make me ache from adorableness, whether you see it slashily or not.
IA so much. I love how they say so much with just their glances. One look and they know the other's okay. Their bond makes it that easy.

Haha, Pawel would be perfect for a romcom. Ah, I really want one with him now.

I need order Nate's book already.

Date: 2009-09-06 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
It's so sad that there's no-one to offer him the comfort he is so willing to offer to everyone else.

I noticed it a couple of rewatches ago and just awwwwd at them.

They're just so in sync, like the moment when Ray stops telling Scribe about Brad's breakup and just lets Brad tell it.

I need him in a romcom so I can bleach my brain of Venom. So not his finest hour.

You really do! It's amazing.

Date: 2009-09-06 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thelackoflight.livejournal.com
LOL You watched Venom too? It was so terrible. I was glad he died like halfway into the movie so I didn't have to watch anymore.

Date: 2009-09-07 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Yeah. I needed more Pawel in my life. I've never actually rooted for a character to die before but with Pawel I was just so I could switch it off. It was ridiculous and sooooo bad.

Date: 2009-09-06 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathus-saves.livejournal.com
IM SO SAD THIS IS ALL OVER. I ENJOYED YOUR PICSPAMS SO MUCH. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU DIDNT MESS WITH THE COLORING SO MUCH AND LEFT IT TO IT NATURAL BEAUTY~

no ray for ray..that breaks my heart. i never thought of it like that.

Date: 2009-09-07 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I pretty much just upped the saturation and added some curves so not too much messing.
Thanks.

It's so sad, poor Ray.

Date: 2009-09-07 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elle-bruin.livejournal.com
I'm on this episode for my rewatch and I don't want to watch it since I know it's the end. Ray's breakdown gets me every time; you just don't expect it from him but you know it's inevitable.

Thanks for the awesome picspams. :)

Date: 2009-09-07 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
It's so sad. I hate that it's him that breaks but for the narrative it needs to be him. Urgh it breaks my heart!

Date: 2009-09-07 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missdunham.livejournal.com
UNF The colouring just makes me want to eat it like candy or something! Loved this and Ray! <3 Poor, Ray, having Rudy try and kill you with his thighs of steel

XD Loved it!

Date: 2009-10-22 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sexytrini.livejournal.com
wow! beautiful!

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