Generation Kill follows the highly trained Marines of First Recon Battalion through the first 40 days of the Iraq War. The seven-part miniseries portrays the true story of the young Marines’ experience at the tip of the spear of the American invasion, as they contend with equipment shortages, incompetent commanding officers, ever evolving Rules of Engagement and an unclear strategy. Generation Kill is based on the award-winning book by Evan Wright, who was embedded with First Recon and originally reported the story in a series of articles for Rolling Stone.
Episode #: 1
Title: “Get Some“
In Kuwait, US First Recon marines prepare to invade Iraq as the “tip of the spear for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soldiers in Bravo Company make friends while combating boredom, supply issues and inclement weather. They meet their commander, Col. Stephen “Godfather” Ferrando, as well as a writer – “Scribe” – who is embedded with Bravo’s Platoon 2 unit, led by Sgt. Brad “Iceman” Colbert.
Episode #: 2
Title: “The Cradle of Civilization“
Bravo busts north and gets lucky that the only bullets flying are those from Platoon 3 leader, “Captain America,” They continue to lag behind other companies, partly because of a wrong turn made by Cpt. “Encino Man” Schwetje, who blames his mistake on Colbert. Wanting real action the platoon finally gets “lit up” in a violent but successful skirmish.
Episode #: 3
Having survived its trial by fire, Bravo presses forward. On new orders, they try to take control of a dangerous situation created by “Encino Man.” The men then trek through the night to gather reconnaissance before British paratroopers can hit an airfield controlled by Iraq’s Republican Guard. The men are instructed to shoot on sight. Trombley takes the order too far and wounds two Iraqi boys.
Episode #: 4
Title: “Combat Jack“
First Recon regroups, but the abandoned supply truck has been looted, reducing rations to one meal a day. Low on morale, Alpha receives a new mission: recover the body of a murdered Marine in Al Shatra. Meanwhile, Bravo pushes north, clearing hamlets under heavy fire. Bravo sets up a roadblock and the men debate the proper protocol for stopping cars.
Episode #: 5
Title: “A Burning Dog“
The men of Bravo are frustrated by the fickle nature of the war. First Recon receives intelligence about an ambush at a bridge and they wait out an assault before Colbert’s team leads Bravo across. First Recon’s men examine the enemy casualties, and discover their foes were not who they imagine. Bravo continues north, where they must set up another roadblock and destroy the Republican Guard outpost.
Episode #: 6
Title: “Stay Frosty“
The violence of “Captain America” wears on his troops and “Encino Man” puts Fick on notice. After a friend shares horror stories about the Marine Reservists, First Recon heads to Baqubah to combat Iraqi armor with those same reservists in tow. The mission is a success, but it is soon overshadowed by an accusation against Sgt. Kocher that he mistreated a prisoner. First Recon moves into Baghdad.
Episode #: 7
Title: “Bomb in The Garden“
With only one translator for the battalion, First Recon can only send sporadic patrols into Baghdad. Their attempts to help the Iraqi people are thwarted by ever-changing assignments, lack of supplies, and cultural misunderstandings. The Marines reflect on their time in Iraq and organize a football game. “Scribe” says his goodbyes to the men and one of the Recon Marines shows the movie he’s put together.