Yossarian just cannot catch a break. Try as he might to decouple himself from the military forces – both Allied and Axis – that are hell bent on his destruction, he continues to fall from one surreal misfortune to the next.
After witnessing Nately’s death and burdened by the guilt of the circumstances that expedited it, he requests compassionate leave so that he can travel to Rome to tell the prostitute girlfriend of his friend that her fiance in dead. Base martinet Colonel Cathcart (Kyle Chandler) flatly refuses, which is probably not the smartest move when you have a man on the edge of nervous and emotional collapse – as Yossarian gets a plane and heads to the Eternal City anyway.
What he finds though is as desperate and black of any of his experiences in combat.
Catch-22 – Thursday at 9.00pm on Channel 4.