'Catch 22' - TV Review

It's been many, many years since I read the book. I remember liking it, although I think I was young enough that I saw more humour than darkness. This is very fucking dark - and apparently very accurate to its source material (I'm too far removed from my reading of the book to be sure of that).

This is a six part TV series, each episode running 45-50 minutes.

Christopher Abbott is Lieutenant John Yossarian, a bombardier in the United States Army Air Force assigned to Italy. He chose the position of bombardier as one that required training so long he assumed the war would be over before he reached the front, but he was wrong. Now the Germans are trying to kill him and every time he gets near the mission limit that would get him sent home, the mission limit is raised. He tries a number of stratagems to get out of his duties, but he inevitably ends up back on a mission. And as the war proceeds, he watches as war brings out the worst in a number of people, and many of his friends die.

How can I say this? It's very well done, it's good ... and it was way too damn dark to be watching in the middle of COVID-19. I needed something more up-beat ...