Kyrgyz 606

Killing Time in Kandahar

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posted Nov 29, 2009
Kyrgyz 606 - Killing Time in Kandahar ()
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Arkady and Vladimir have some time to kill while at Kandahar airfield. Vladimir suggests watching "The Beast", and Israeli-made film from the 1980's. In the film, a lost Soviet tank crew is trying to find their way to the Kandahar road after destroying a village. The tank commander, a psychotic killer, places the crew in continual jeopardy in this pursuit, ultimately turning against his own crew. The film, while definitely anti-soviet, shows individuals as individuals, and doesn't quite give the mujahidin a free pass, either. There were many copies of this movie on our base. Of course, there is no wine in Afghanistan (in deference to the religious views of our Afghan hosts.)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/29/2009 @ 11:32am
And strangely so appropriate to Tacoma for some reason.

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2009 @ 6:23pm
i always watched the beast on HBO (my history teacher called it the hobo channel).

had a cool post-apocalyptic vibe

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2009 @ 8:55pm
Mr. Jinxmedic, in your opinion, is there hope for our empire to fair better than the soviets in the mid east?

by Non Sequitur on 11/30/2009 @ 12:55am
Jinx, if you say "yes" then we need to sit down and have a frank discussion.

by NineInchNachos on 11/30/2009 @ 8:10am
i think the film would have been better with fake Russian accents like in the Hunt for Red October (best movie to watch in the hot tub).

by The Jinxmedic on 11/30/2009 @ 8:54am
I don't think Stephen Baldwin can do a fake Russian accent.

Regarding our empire's future in South-Central Asia (not the mid east, that's somewhere else), I believe that anything I might say as an opinion could be viewed as an official statement, and therefore I must refer you to the 446 AW Public Affairs office. (phew- dodged THAT one...)

by NineInchNachos on 11/30/2009 @ 9:41am
perhaps your opinion can be distilled from the contents of the strip itself...

I await future episodes with Freudian anticipation!

by The Jinxmedic on 12/4/2009 @ 10:38am
Now that you mention it, Arkady does look just a little like "tank boy".

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/4/2009 @ 11:15am
The other fellow looks a bit like Homer Depoe, from the Home Depot. Not the guy with the beard.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/4/2009 @ 11:29am
If you saw the real crew in the mess hall, you would instantly recognize these two as being pretty accurate characterizations of the actual people. Viktor Vasilyvich, however, is a composite of three other members of the crew (not seen in KYRGYZ 606), but are also crossed with Borat (after all, Kazakhstan does border Kyrgyzstan), ultimately making him a four-in-one character.

Homer is A LOT shorter than Vladimir- but what they do have in common is that neither is seen without their hats, so there is that.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/4/2009 @ 11:58am
So he shares that with Beetle Baiey as well.