Winters and Nixon stroll toward the gang. "Easy Company!" barks Speirs. "School circle!" The gang jogs toward Winters. "President Truman received unconditional surrender from the Japanese," he relays. "The war's over." It was D-Day-plus-434 for Easy Company when World War II finally ended, and the men's expressions show varying degrees of surprise at the sudden finality of it all. "Regardless of points, medals, or wounds, each man in the 101st Airborne would be going home," Winters narrates. "Each of us would be forever connected by our shared experience, and each would have to rejoin the world as best he could." Everyone cheers, delighted at the good news. Winters and Nixon watch the men sprint back to the barracks. "Lewis Nixon had tough times after the war," Winters tells us. Apparently, he divorced several women before finding Mrs. Right -- an angel named Grace, who married him in 1956 and gave Nixon the happy life he always craved and deserved. "My friend Lew died in 1995," Winters says sadly. If anyone doubts the ineptitude of Webster-as-narrator, they should juxtapose episodes eight and ten. Damian Lewis infuses his words with so much more care, turning ordinary sentences into nuggets of light emotion, never overstated and never tossed off like boring voice-over work. During this last scene, you can feel how much Winters respects each and every man of which he speaks, especially Welsh and Nixon, and even Bull Randleman. Sorry to harp on Eion Bailey yet again, but I'm sort of stunned that the production crew let him get away with being so lackluster during his special episode.
Band of Brothers
Episode Report CardHeathen: B+ | 1412 USERS: B-
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Band of Brothers