George Clooney's mini series Catch-22 returns TONIGHT – here's what critics have to say and why lead Christopher Abbott is such a big dealJuly 11, 2019
CATCH-22 returns TONIGHT with its fourth episode on Channel 4, and fans still can't get over how amazing the series has been so far.
Critics can’t seem to get enough of the dark comedy, having praised its cast member Christopher Abbott for his outstanding portrayal in the mini-series. Here's all you need to know about the show…
When does it start on Channel 4?
Catch-22 kicked off on Friday, May 17, 2019.
Episode four will air tonight (July 11, 2019)
And will continue to air on a weekly basis on Channel 4, with the series as a whole running for a whopping six episodes.
If you happen to miss any episodes, you can always watch them on C4’s On Demand.
Why is Christopher Abbott deemed as the star of the show?
Christopher Abbott’s performance as the conflicted bombardier Capt. John Yossarian in Catch-22 certainly didn’t go unnoticed with critics, who praised the actor for his “impressive” portrayal of the character.
Variety’s Daniel D’Addario felt that the series “worked much better than it should” because of Yossarian.
The reporter revealed: “Abbott deserves special mention for cracking Yossarian as he has a glimmer of brashness that, we can tell, was already beaten out of him before the story began.”
The magazine also commended the show for ditching certain elements from the original novel, having shied away from portraying women in a degrading manner.
The Hollywood Reporter continued by applauding Christopher for being able to channel a character so well that viewers truly feel connected with his thoughts, feelings, and pain.
The site’s reporter Tim Goodman claims that the Hollywood star never gives a performance that feels exaggerated – if fans are made to feel sad, that’ll definitely be an emotion the character of Yossarian will get out of you.
Goodman writes: “Yossarian has to be verbally nimble in a way that induces laughter while also being able to project fear, despair, traumatic stress and hopelessness.
“It’s a difficult feat that Abbott manages deftly without going too far toward any extreme. With Abbott finding a middle ground of sorts, it frees up the supporting cast to go skilfully over the top”.
Collider’s Vinnie Mancuso explains how Yossarian’s character feels like a classic Twilight Zone – a man wakes up one day to find out that the world has gone mad but he’s the only one who’s noticed.
“Abbot is fantastic at ‘is no one else freaking out?’ style breakdowns, all wild eyes and clenched fists.
Vinnie added that Christopher pulls off quite the magic trick with his portrayal of the character.
But aside from Yossarian, however, the cast “are the same shape of white dude who, frankly, all even sort of look alike.”
What else is there to know about Christopher’s character?
Christopher Abbott portrays the role of Captain John Yossarian – a 28-year-old captain in the 256th squadron of the Army Air Forces.
He serves as a B-25 bombardier and is stationed on Pianosa’s small island, which is just off the Italian mainland during World War II.
His biggest concern is the thought of people trying to kill him, particularly when he’s flying his plane or indirectly when he’s forced to partake in fly missions.
And it would be an understatement to say that he goes to great lengths in making sure that doesn’t happen.
Who else is starring in the show?
Kyle Chandler as Colonel Cathcart
Kyle’s character Colonel Cathcart is the main antagonist in the series.
He’s a group commander and a full colonel at a U.S Army Air Forces base located in Pianosa.
Colonel goes to great lengths in order to become a general at his base, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes for his superiors to hand him that specific title.
He secretly raises the number of missions that all the men have to fly to complete a tour of duty – which is significantly higher than normal.
Yossarian, in particular, becomes frustrated as every time he is close to reaching the target number of missions for being sent home, Cathcart raises them again.
The funny part of it all is that Kyle’s character has only flown in two missions himself – and one of them was an accident.
George Clooney as Scheisskopf
George Clooney portrays the character of Scheisskopf, who is promoted through the ranks from Lieutenant to First Lieutenant, Colonel and lastly Lieutenant General.
Scheisskopf is only ever truly happy when he’s fighting with the enemy during war – so long as his team is winning.
Scheisskopf has a distinct obsession with parades and neglects his wife’s needs because of it – proving himself to be too busy to pay her any attention.
He’s a training officer at the Air cadet base – the same place where Yossarian and Clevinger are trained before they are sent overseas.
And following General Peckem’s command, Scheisskopf is also sent abroad soon after.
Rafi Gavron as Aarfy
Rafi Gavron’s Captain “Aarfy” Aardvark is the navigator in Yossarian’s B-25, but he’s the kind of person you would not want to be working with on a mission.
He’s constantly oblivious to incoming flak in the midst of a battle, gets lost during trials and operations, and is also known for always having his omnipresent pipe.
Similar to Colonel Cathcart, he wants to climb up the ladder and get into high society.
The name Aarfy is an abbreviation of his surname, Aardvark.
Jay Paulson as Chaplain Tappman
Chaplain Tappman is an Anabaptist minister from Wisconsin.
Tappman’s characteristics are quite different from the others. He’s gentle, very respectful, sensitive and kind – but they’re all traits that nobody around him seems to appreciate.
Chaplain is timid and beyond petrified of authority, which is probably why he is constantly tormented by his manipulative and rude assistant, Corporal Whitcomb.
He’s constantly worrying about the safety and well-being of his wife and children at home.
Austin Stowell as Nately
Nately was sent to the Air Corps after being enlisted by his own family, who believed that the war would be over before he even completed his training.
In other words, Nately would gain the pride of being enlisted without actually ever having to fight or do anything that could put his life in some sort of danger.
He was killed in the midst of a mission after a plane flew into his aircraft.
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Graham Patrick Martin as Orr
Graham Patrick Martin’s Orr is a bomber pilot in the squadron who finds himself dot down and having to land in the sea.
He is described as being a warm-hearted and a simple type of guy but shares the same craziness as his pal Yossarian, with whom he shares a tent with.
He later tries to hatch an escape plan to leave the army, having crashed his plane in the Mediterranean – but does he survive?
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