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“Generation Kill”: Folks, you’re really missing out

POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

It hardly seems possible, following all the accolades David Simon and Ed Burns received for the final season of “The Wire,” but the duo’s current seven-part miniseries “Generation Kill” seems to be chugging along far underneath the radar.Genkill07simon_2

I can understand why: Iraq War films have been having a difficult time breaking through theatrically for awhile now, and the same reasons for their failure on the bigscreen — uncomfortable subject matter, violent, many view our invasion of Iraq as wrongheaded — make it a tough sell on TV too.

While watching anything Simon and Burns (pictured above) create is a given — the pair are currently putting together “Treme,” about the post-Katrina situation in New Orleans — the first “Gen Kill” episode wasn’t the easiest piece of material to digest. Characters were hard to distinguish from one another, dialogue was dense, there were a ton of military acronyms and the language was coarse.