DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Monday -

IWON­DER if I’mwast­ing my time talk­ing about Gen­er­a­tion Kill . . . prob­a­bly. Still. I might just push on. Like some sort of te­dious zealot with a pam­phlet at your front door. Be­cause I don’t think I can as­sume you’re al­ready watch­ing it. Or that you saw it when it was on Fox­tel. Or that you’ve read Evan Wright’s book it’s based on. I don’t know any­one who’s watch­ing this, but I’ve heard peo­ple talk­ing about it. It’s by the same guys who did The Wire, is what they say about it.

It’s not big and bloated with stir­ring shots of the Amer­i­can flag in the back­ground or the fore­ground or any­where. The mu­sic isn’t rous­ing. It’s usu­ally just the marines sing­ing. Last week it was Tainted Love as they drove along. One of them had just been out­lin­ing his post-war plans to open a gay bar called The Golden Stream, whose key ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture would be a two-way mir­ror ev­ery­body would uri­nate against. Ge­nius, you’ll agree, and re­ally, it’s just for­mal­is­ing some­thing a lot of foot­ballers al­ready do now any­way.

I’ve come to not even think of Gen­er­a­tion Kill as a show about war. It’s not even very vi­o­lent. Peo­ple die, but not the ones who are sup­posed to. Like

Not vi­o­lent: Alexan­der Skars­gard in Gen­er­a­tion Kill

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