He makes his way to France to join the French Foreign Legion (which obviously doesn’t pan out).
He tries to bike down the entirety of the West Coast but gets hit by a car. But I felt the same hunger when I was young, and I was afflicted with the same naïveté.
Throughout my recaps of the last six episodes, I’ve been constantly hammering away at what I thought was a galling lack of focus on Bergdahl’s mental-health issues.
These episodes, which should really be considered two parts of a whole, are bookended with Bergdahl mental-health assessments.
And instead of explaining his actions, or who Bergdahl is as a man, each lands with a mysteriously dull thud.
I didn’t want what I considered banal professionalism.
Some of the best infantrymen I knew had received waivers. These were tough kids, most of whom were hardworking and didn’t take for granted the second chance that military service offered them.
You can’t lay all the blame on the recruiter who “let” Bergdahl enlist, or the on the waiver system itself.
By way of explaining why, I also need to apologize.
This episode (two, actually, posted back to back on subsequent days), however, was a first for me: It made me cry.