Nat Geo - "Inside Combat Rescue", a Shameless Plug

chaosmos wrote:

Officially I can't approve of individuals who may or may not be posting high quality full episodes on Youtube... but I can see how it may be the only choice currently for those without cable TV...

Thanks for the heads up. I did make use of the Youtubes last night to watch the first two episodes. They were quite excellent. It has actually made me more excited for my long-term goal of becoming an ER physician.

Watching EP4 right now. I don't even have the words to convey the complexity of emotions this show evokes.

I think I got my wife, the nurse, hooked on this show, as she'll pull it up off the DVR before I do. Good show.

Hey, chaosmos. This is a great series! I missed it on NatGeo, even though I have cable, so watched the first 4 episodes online. Are there 2 more not posted? I thought I saw it was 6 episodes total.

Also, who directed the 4th episode? It felt very different from the first 3. Not bad, just a very different style and tone.

I think the camera limitations actually worked in your favor. It really drives home the chaotic aspect of it all. You never have a big pull back shot of all the action to make you feel like you're in control as a viewer. It really adds to the tension.

Also, if you think it's relevant, can you comment on how many missions that show up on the TV versus how many you actually saw them complete? Were there days when they didn't go out at all? I guess I'm curious how many missions you had to choose from when you were crafting the narrative for each episode.

One random observation: I was really expecting more screaming and crying. So many of those guys missing half a leg just looked dazed. Were they already pumped full of morphine by the time the air rescue arrived? Or maybe it was shock? Or maybe I just don't understand how the human body handles that kind of trauma.

Catch part 5 on Monday the 18th.

Druidpeak wrote:

Catch part 5 on Monday the 18th.

This is another one I did the primary editing on, so check it out! Not for the squeamish if you have a thing about scalpels and throats, though...

Great questions and observations, Montalban. I can answer a few of them.

As far as Episode 4 feeling different... The same overall producing/directing team supervised all the episodes, but each had its own editor and story producer. I think what you're noticing is that as they evolved, each show began to reflect the personality and style of the one or two guys we profiled in that episode. Justin is a very strong character with a very dramatic way of expressing himself and I think it resonated in the tone of his show.

There were long stretches with no missions at all. I think they went several weeks at one point. Then there would be a surge of activity and missions around the clock. It was pretty random. Obviously we elapsed time and cheated the chronology a bit sometimes to amp up the story (Like Hitchcock said, Drama is life with the dull bits left out...) Because we focused on individual characters, we mainly tried to choose the missions that highlighted their stories. But there were some pretty spectacular missions that we knew we were going to use no matter what (FOB mass casualty attack, taking fire over Kandahar, etc).

As far as the screaming and crying - many times the injured did get some painkillers in the field, but I think another factor is the helicopter noise. Anytime they are in the helo, the engine noise drowns out even the loudest screams unless you've got a microphone right in your face (as the PJ's had on their helmet cams). Don't get me wrong, these soldiers are tough as bulls, their fortitude is astounding. Their bodies can take a beating that would crush my puny frame, but I suspect they were vocalizing their pain sometimes and we just couldn't hear it.

chaosmos wrote:
Druidpeak wrote:

Catch part 5 on Monday the 18th.

This is another one I did the primary editing on, so check it out! Not for the squeamish if you have a thing about scalpels and throats, though...

Nice episode! I feel strange saying that about injuries and war, but you know what I mean. Nice production, in other words.

Did you ever find out what happened to the cric patient? Every time the ANA ambulance shows up at the airstrip I curse a bit because that means we won't see the hospital hand-off to get more info on how things turn out.

I had no idea how informative this series would be regarding Afghan and American cooperation. We hear a lot but just don't see much of it at all here in the US. It's an even tougher dynamic than I had imagined.

Fantastic series. All around, good TV.

Well done chaosmos!

We just finished watching this series and it was FANTASTIC.

My wife and I were on the edge of our seats for most of the series and the wrap up brought tears to us both. Our brother in law is a Pedro pilot in the 33rd RQS - he wasn't in any of the episodes, but provided tons of very interesting behind the scenes info on the operation. We were curious if our close ties to the subject matter affected our perspective of the show and the intensity. Judging from the other responses, I guess not!

Talking to our bro-in-law, it sounded like there was going to be another series - I hope that's the case.

I've been watching it all along, very well done and engaging. It's pretty amazing what these guys go through on a daily basis. God bless them.

Arise thread! I've been wanting to watch this since it came out, it is now on Netflix. Woohoo!

It's a very good series, and I think there is a second season. Saw some episodes I had not seen before on NatGeo last week.

I think the new "season" is just one two hour long episode. To be honest, while it was still interesting, it was not near the quality of the first run.

A family member is the Commander of the 33rd RQS and he said during their last deployment, they were bored silly and I think he only got to fly one time in a 3 month outing...he said if they had any calls at all, they were usually ANA related pick ups. They may not have been able to get enough footage for more than an extended episode or two.