Evan Wright in Generation Kill

I find it interesting that the creators of Generation Kill decided to include the Evan Wright character in the miniseries and that Evan Wright wrote himself into his novel. Compared to the David Simon approach, I like this portrayal. It first helps explain the credibility of Wright’s reporting. We know that he gained trust from the other soldiers (particularly with the MOPP suit incident). But, these friendships also suggest to us that Wright may be bias because he is fond of the soldiers on a personal level and has bonded with them. I think Wright’s character also adds to the situation. Like Bayliss on his first day at Homicide in the pilot, Wright’s naivete allows the viewer to enter the world through him. When he asks a question, the viewer’s inquiries are answered. He allows the miniseries and the novel to explain basic things within the marine world.

On that note, I think the transition from the book to the miniseries is interesting. Watching the first episode and reading the beginning of the book, I noticed that a lot of things that Wright learned through private conversations are converted into public ones. The book does a much better job of explaining where information comes from. For example, the book quotes Fick as discussing his concerns with ROE in private (33). Yet the miniseries has that statement as a public speech. While I like both portrayals, there are clear accuracy questions in the adaptation of the novel.

One response to “Evan Wright in Generation Kill

  1. I did not identify with the Evan Wright character in the mini series in the same way I did with him in the book. Because the character entered the series after I was in the environment I saw him as an interloper. The soldiers’ dialogue about the media’s portrayal of soldiers in the past made be continue to distrust him. Even when the soldiers welcome him into the group I remain weary of his presence. The distrust could be remnants of other portrayals of journalists in media as self serving. Not unlike Simon’s portrayal of journalists. I don’t think this was Simon ans Burns intent but when there is the team/brotherhood mentality why identify with the most tenuous member of the group.
    Although, I didn’t like Bayliss the first few episodes either.