Marine Recon

Season 1
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This is the real war in Iraq with real soldiers and real terrorists. And real footage so intense you'll forget you're not really there. Experience the fears, frustrations and raw emotions of real soldiers in this 4-part documentary.
Starring
Gordon Forbes IIISteve Gellar
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Brothers In Arms
    July 31, 2005
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Meet the men of Alpha Company in the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and experience their final weeks of training before deploying to Iraq. With Hollywood special effects and actors, see how these Marines prepare for a new kind of war.
  2. 2. Strangers in a Strange Land
    July 31, 2005
    53min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Join Alpha Company in Iraq's Sunni Triangle where it's 115 degrees by 8:30 a.m. Go with them as they hunt insurgents, a job that can seem tedious-until an IED detonates underneath your vehicle or a suicide bomber blows himself up 30 feet in front of you.
  3. 3. In The Wilderness of Zaidon
    July 31, 2005
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Get inside the heads of the men of Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, and find out why they became Marines. Then find out what is behind Iraqi insurgents' actions. Patrol with the Marines under the scorching sun and the constant threat of death.
  4. 4. Rules of Engagement
    July 31, 2005
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Alpha Company's mission is winding down, and the Marines are fighting an unexpected and extremely dangerous enemy: complacency. But the Marines need to stay on their toes as they hunt down a notorious terrorist named "Scarface."

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Directors
Gordon Forbes III
Producers
Gordon Forbes III
Season year
2005
Network
Kinonation
Content advisory
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GBReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat except for Forbes' narration
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This was, for the most part, a great series, especially starting with episode 2 once they are in Iraq, but like another reviewer noted, I too could have done without some of the narration. Forbes continuously makes it sound like he is one of the marines with phrases like "our mission," and his constant complaining and cheesy cliches get old fast. He is there earning a paycheck and trying to gain journalistic notoriety, not fighting for our country like they do. If this had been exclusively about the bravery of the marines and not his own, I would have given it 5 stars. I've seen another one he did that was similar but including his son so it was more about their experience and I was fine with that, it was the story, but his "borrowed" valor in this instance was self-serving and inappropriate.
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Dan.I.AmReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsMay God bless my beloved Marines.
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All things considered, this was an outstanding documentary because it was told by the Marines themselves.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
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Excellent
JimmyReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsVery fun and educational about what we were doing in Iraq
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Fantastic description and narrative. He was obviously there to record the story but didn't seem to get in anyone's way. He had information so that I felt as if I had set through a military briefing.
My only negative on it is that it is only 4 parts. I would like many more episodes done by this guy or others he trains.
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J. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsFour Stars
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enjoyable
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NULLReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsWorth the watch.
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Decent. Except the "journalist" is a wanna be and refers to himself as I. And "I" could care less what he thinks. He even refers to insurgents as 'hadjis' as in "the 'hadjis' are everywhere." I doubt he is using it in its correct term, which is a respected Muslim who has made the trek to Mecca.
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HarrumphReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
1.0 out of 5 starsA director out of his depth.
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Forbes shows that he is a master of cliche in this one dimensional and superficial series which has few saving graces to reward the viewer.
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Stargazer66Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsThese 5 stars are for the outstanding Marines of 3d Recon!
The true value of "Marine Recon" is the camera being in the middle of everything, with a live mic. I felt like I was there. The journalist doesn't make a sound when cameras are rolling, so the viewer gets to know these fine Marines, their distinct personalities and "special skills," like Doc, their champion-juggler medic. Doc was featured juggling on a kid's TV network, providing endless fodder for brotherly teasing. The viewer follows 3rd Recon through grueling training, straight onto the battlefield in Iraq, on patrols, knock & talks, endless circle talk, rolling up bad guys, as well as seeing them have fun with each other during minimal downtime, and more. I learned a lot & I love these guys!
Mad respect for their honor, bravery, commitment to excellence, the Corps and each other. 3d Recon Marines, past, present and future, exemplify the Marine Corps Values: Honor. Courage. Commitment. I would add: Valor. Duty. Country. Sacrifice. Family. God. Strength. Leadership. These are some squared away Marines! I could go on.
3d Recon: Always Beside You. Semper Fi, Marines!!

The narration didn't bother me, but I certainly understand the valid comments and criticisms other reviewers made. The narration, which seemed minimal to me, was added after deployment. The camera person did a great job and the production values are excellent. For me, this series was outstanding. I highly recommend it. I wish there were more episodes, too!
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