Thursday, April 17, 2008

Most Excellent

As a nice follow on to Jetstream .... CARRIER

A 17 person film crew joins a 5,500 person floating city ~ the USS Nimitz ~ on a six- month deployment. The show is done as 10 one-hour episodes airing from April 27 - May 1, 2008 on PBS.

Check out the video on the right hand side of the page. Although a little long, it's well worth the time.

You can find a listing of the episodes here.

There looks to be a real emphasis on following the human factor, the stories of all the different people that make up the crew, from the 19 year old air men, the cooks, garbage handlers, the "shooters" and, of course, the pilots.

As just one example, Randy Brocks, who was literally abandoned by his parents, at age 3, at a carnival. And who is now waiting for his girlfriend to give birth to their first child while he is on deployment. But don't shed too many tears ... Randy Brock has served in the Marines for 13 years and has participated in five deployments. He continues to serve as a gunnery sergeant with maintenance control for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232), also known as “The Red Devils,” which was his role during the deployment featured in CARRIER. He was born in Oklahoma, has lived in Texas and Rhode Island and currently resides in California.

Some great quotes from the video:
The whole ship exists so that I can go off the end. So that I can go fly.

The Nimitz is high school. The pilots are the jocks.

Guys are different ... sometimes you just don’t wanna talk about sports, and flying, and porn. . .

Thanks, Lex.

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