THE LONG ROAD HOME: EPISODES 1 and 2

"Soldiers with Incredible Courage and Faith"

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Summary:

THE LONG ROAD HOME is a dramatic TV miniseries from the National Geographic Channel that follows American forces in Sadr, Iraq in 2004 who are ambushed by Islamic militants and face extreme odds to survive. THE LONG ROAD HOME is an intense war series, but the first two episodes have a very strong Christian, moral, patriotic worldview. Caution is advised for some strong war violence and foul language.

Review:

THE LONG ROAD HOME is a dramatic TV miniseries from the National Geographic Channel premiering November 7th, 2017 that follows American forces in Sadr, Iraq in 2004 who are ambushed by Islamic militants and face extreme odds to survive. A fantastic cast helps make this TV series radiate with hope, faith and courage. THE LONG ROAD HOME will leave viewers grateful for the sacrifices made by our armed forces.

Based on a true story, the TV series follows the 1st Calvary Division as they try to help build Sadr, Iraq after Sadam Hussein was ousted from power. The soldiers are good men with virtuous intentions to help the locals, but it becomes clear that many of the locals don’t want the soldiers there. One day while helping some civilians, the division’s convoy is ambushed, and they’re forced to take shelter and wait for backup. However, it becomes clear it’s going to be much harder to get reinforcements than they thought.

The first episode of THE LONG ROAD HOME is seen from the perspective of Lt. Shane Aguero. It shows his family life back in Fort Hood, Texas. Aguero has a young son and daughter, and his son clearly is having difficulty with the thought of his father being gone for a year because he’s acting out angrily. Aguero ensures his son and his wife that he’ll be fine in Iraq, because Sadr is considered the safest city in the country. Little does he know that he’ll be battling for his life and the life of his men.

The second episode is seen from the perspective of Lt. General Gary Volesky, a committed Christian whose wife Lean (Sarah Wayne Callies) helps lead the Gold Star families support group at Fort Hood. Volesky has never lost a man under his leadership. So, he promises the loved ones of his soldiers that he’ll keep them safe and bring them back. Back in Iraq when the convoy is under attack, Volesky is at the base trying to find every way he can to get his men safely back to headquarters.

THE LONG ROAD HOME has strong actors throughout, and some intense action sequences that keep the jeopardy high. From a dramatic and written standpoint, it’s not as intense as a movie like AMERICAN SNIPER, but for a TV series, it’s exciting and powerful. Best of all, the show, especially in the second episode, has very strong Christian content. Volesky exhibits a strong faith and prays many times throughout the episode. In fact, it may be one of the strongest portrayals of faith on TV this year!

The TV series is also strongly patriotic. While a younger Iraqi man shows his disdain for the Americans, the young man’s father actually says he’s grateful to the Americans for taking down the brutal Iraqi dictator Sadam Hussein. It honors the sacrifice of the men who fought and died, and treats them as the heroes they are.

The first two episodes of THE LONG ROAD HOME have some intense war violence and a smattering of foul language (mostly “s” and “h” words). So, caution is advised for older children.

Content: Very strong Christian worldview and content with multiple prayers, scenes in church serves, and statements about God not giving anyone more than they can handle and trusting His will, with very strong patriotic content showing American soldiers wanting to do what’s right and helping the locals; moderate war time violence with battles that result in many people getting shot, some brutal wounds are shown, including bullet wounds and missing limbs, a child’s foot has a terrible gash on it; 31 obscenities (mostly “s, “a” and “h” words) and two light profanities over two episodes, soldiers joke about a local whose name is “Mothar Focker,” man vomits; no sexual content, but character jokes about how he had a dream about his wife and he was grateful he wasn’t next to his fellow soldier, otherwise he’d be “humping” him; no nudity; no drinking; smoking of cigarettes; and, a child is disrespectful to his father.

In Brief:

THE LONG ROAD HOME is a dramatic TV miniseries from the National Geographic Channel. It follows American forces in Sadr, Iraq in 2004 who are ambushed by Islamic militants and face extreme odds to survive. The miniseries looks at the events from a different soldier’s perspective each episode. In the second episode, viewers see things from the viewpoint of a Lieutenant General who has a deep faith in Jesus Christ. He does everything he can to get his men out safely.

The first two episodes of THE LONG ROAD HOME have strong performances. Some intense action sequences keep the jeopardy high. From a dramatic and written standpoint, it’s not as intense as a movie like AMERICAN SNIPER, but for a TV series, it’s exciting, powerful and compelling. Best of all, the show, especially in the second episode, has very strong Christian content. In fact, the episode may be one of the strongest portrayals of faith on TV this year! THE LONG ROAD HOME has some intense war violence and a smattering of foul language; so, caution is advised for older children.