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MASTERS OF THE AIR: Part Eight and Nine

"An Exciting, Heartfelt Tale of Survival"

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Part Eight and Nine of MASTERS OF THE AIR bring the Apple TV+ series about the 100th Bombing Group during World War II to a rousing conclusion. Captain Crosby must make navigation maps for 200 bombing runs for 72-straight hours before the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Meanwhile, three black airmen are shot down while attacking German positions on the French Riviera. They’re transferred to Stalag Luft III, where they meet Major Cleven. Cleven’s buddy, Major Egan, also ends up there. Finally, Major Rosenthal’s plane is shot down over Berlin in 1945, while the POWs are sent on a forced march to Nuremberg.

Part Eight of MASTERS OF THE AIR is slow and uninvolving. However, Part Nine is one of the most exciting, heartfelt episodes. Rosenthal’s plane is shot down, and the POWs wonder if the Germans will kill them before they can be rescued. Part Nine of MASTERS O THE AIR also has a strong Pro-American, patriotic tone. However, both episodes have several obscenities and several profanities. Also, Part Nine paints a too rosy picture of the Soviet Union’s Red Army.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, Pro-American, patriotic worldview opposing German National Socialism during World War II and supporting the end to mistreatment of black people in the United States, marred by a rosy picture of Stalin’s Red Army that was also fighting Hitler’s Germany, plus one Holocaust victim who lost his whole family says he thinks God has abandoned him;

Foul Language:
Six obscenities (including two “f” words), three strong profanities mentioning Jesus, five GD profanities, and one light profanity mentioning God in Part Eight, and 12 obscenities (including five “f” words), three strong profanities mentioning Jesus, six GD profanities, and one light profanity in Part Nine;

Violence:
Strong violence includes brief images of facial wounds of two airmen in an American plane hit by explosions over Berlin, an explosion rips through the back of the plane, man jumps out of plane going down but survives parachute drop despite being hurt, some bodies of Holocaust victims are shown at one death camp, young German soldier uses bayonet to stab escaping American POW to death, struggle over guns, German troops beat up American POW when three of his buddies escape but they are stopped by man’s commanding officer, American fighter plane strafes a line of German and POW troops marching on a road at night, there’s a skirmish between American troops and airmen and German troops at one POW camp as an American plane strafes the camp from the air;

Sex:
No sex scenes, but married airman goes to visit his English mistress in a London hotel but she leaves him a letter breaking off the relationship because he’s married;

Nudity:
No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
Some alcohol use in Part Eight and Nine and especially Part Nine as people celebrate the end of World War II in Europe at an air force base bar;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Lots of smoking and man takes amphetamines or uppers to stay awake for 72 hours to make lots of navigation maps for airmen going up in bombers in the runup to the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 4, 1944; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
An airman quotes Nietzsche warning that people fighting monsters should be careful lest they also become monsters, but another airman who made a positive reference to God earlier disagrees and says that the German people and the National Socialists are getting what’s coming to them because of their wickedness and brutality during World War II.

More Detail:

Part Eight and Nine of MASTERS OF THE AIR bring the Apple TV+ series to a rousing conclusion as Captain Crosby coordinates navigation for bombing runs during the 72-hour leadup to the D-Day invasion, Majors Cleven and Egan try to escape when the Germans send the POWs on a forced march deeper into Germany, and Major Rosenthal’s plane is shot down near Berlin. MASTERS OF THE AIR , but it has strong foul language, Crosby takes stimulants to stay awake to navigate bombing runs for 72 straight hours, and the last episode has a rose-colored view of the Russian Army, which raped and pillaged its way across Eastern Europe and Germany during World War II.

In Part Eight, Captain Crosby plans the navigation for 200 missions for the three days before D-Day, the invasion of Europe, on June 6, 1944. However, the doctor gives Crosby amphetamines so he can stay awake for 72 straight hours. Eventually, he passes out and sleeps through the actual invasion and has to hear about it from Major Rosenthal.

Meanwhile, three black Tuskegee airmen are shot down while attacking some German positions in French Riviera. They are transferred to Stalag Luft III, where they meet Major Cleven, who is involved in preparations for a possible breakout, because the Red Army is approaching the camp. The prisoners grow concerned that the Germans might decide to execute them before they evacuate the camp, just like they did the 50 POWs who led the famous Great Escape. Major Cleven asks Alexander Jefferson, one of the Tuskegee airmen to help draw maps for the prisoners in case they have to escape.

Part Nine of MASTERS OF THE AIR, the last episode, starts with the exciting story of Major Rosenthal’s plane being shot down on Feb. 3, 1945 over Berlin. He gets picked up by the Red Army and witnesses the horrors of the Holocaust at a small death camp in Poland.

Meanwhile, Major Cleven, Major Egan, the Tuskegee airmen, and other POWs at Stalag III are forced to march more than 50 miles in freezing temperatures. They are then taken by train to Nuremberg and then interned at Stalag XIII. With the Allies closing in on Nuremberg and Berlin, the men wonder whether the Germans will try to kill them or march them somewhere else.

Part Eight of MASTERS OF THE AIR is rather slow and uninvolving. According to the movie, by the time of D-Day, the Allied air forces had pretty much established mastery of the air over Europe, with the Luftwaffe fighter planes virtually eliminated as a threat. That doesn’t make for much of an exciting, suspenseful episode.

Part Nine of MASTERS OF THE AIR is the total opposite of Part Eight, from the very beginning when Major Rosenthal’s plane experiences tough going over Berlin in February 1945. After that rousing beginning, the episode shifts to the tense situation at Stalag Luft III, where the POWs are on tenterhooks after learning that the SS are taking over the POW camps because of the Great Escape, as depicted in the famous 1963 movie by the same name. As the Allies close in on German forces, the POWs are afraid that the National Socialists aka the Nazis will just execute the POWs in cold blood, like they did the 50 top officers involved in the Great Escape. Their fear increases when they realize they’re being transferred to a POW camp outside of Nuremberg, which was the center of some of the biggest Nazi rallies before the war.

Thus, Part Nine is one of the most exciting episodes in MASTERS OF THE AIR. It also has a strong Pro-American, patriotic tone, especially toward the end. In addition, it shows how badly Hitler’s National Socialist Party damaged Germany, as a modern industrialized nation.

That said, Part Eight and Nine of MASTERS OF THE AIR each have several strong, unnecessary obscenities and profanities. In addition, Part Nine presents a too positive view of Stalin’s Red Army, which pillaged and raped its way throughout Eastern Europe and Germany as it invaded. It’s estimated, for example, that up to two million women were raped by Stalin’s army. Also, about 5,000 to 7,000 American POWs in Poland and Eastern Germany were taken by the Soviets and sent back to Russia or Siberia, in violation of their treaty agreement with President Roosevelt and the United States. Rape was also a problem with some of the U.S., British and French troops invading Nazi Germany and its occupied territories.

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.