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Here's a good example of that tried-and-true rule. One person called the
show an Intelligent A-Team, and, for the first season anyway, that was the
best possible description you could get. Five HIGHLY trained and skilled
mercenaries, four ex-SpecOps soldiers and the lady an ex CIA field
agent/troubleshooter. Officially, they're guns-for-hire; independant
SpecOps, bodyguards, and security consultants. Unofficially getting most
their money and jobs from a backdoor of the State Department, working
missions where secrecy and official deniability is paramount. If they're
caught, the US government doesn't even know they exist.
The first season was spectacular. The actors were all form-fitted for the roles and the action had Jerry Bruckheimer written all over it. If you wanted to see what real military special operations were like, this was as close as Hollywood can get. Then they screwed it up....
In order to spice the show up and add some color, the Powers-that-be dumped the very professional Mark Sheppard and Real Andrews and replaced them with conciderably less professional but more colorful Eigenberg as a mouthy ex-DEA agent and Dennis Rodman as an independant freelancer who occasionally works with the Team (Rodmans schedule prevented him from committing full-time to the show). Within two months the show went from an intelligent A-Team to an A-Team Wannabe. The quality of the show dropped rapidly and so did the number of watchers. It wasn't long until the show was finally cancelled altogether. As it was, Soldier Of Fortune was great. If they hadn't tried improving it, it could've lasted a good five years more.
Oddly, I found myself actually watching this show late night during its
syndication runs. What confounds me is how a moderately enjoyable light
fare like this can be cancelled, and yet the absolute junk of Walker:
Ranger and Martial Law is still in production.
In any case the most I can say of Soldier of Fortune, at least in its 1st season, is that it's a smarter and grittier A-Team. Villains do die and some members of the team actually are believable as former SpecOps operatives, particularly worthy of note is Tim Abell, who himself was an Army Ranger. Brad Johnson was born to play a military man and Melinda Clarke is stunningly gorgeous.
Jerry Bruckheimer puts his usually polished, right-wing slant on episodes. Themes like Patriotism, Self-sacrifice, and Honor are routinely addressed though not necessarily explored to any depth. At the end of a few episodes, I did feel like waving a flag.
Like I said, this is not like reading Proust, but it was enjoyable on late night syndication. After Dennis Rodman joined in Season 2, the show became truly ridiculous. By moving production to Montreal and trying to create a more "hip" crew, the creators destroyed what I thought was interesting chemistry.
As far as hollywood TV goes, I think this is probably the best military
ever made. The characters have realistic military values. Duty, Honor,
Country, Loyalty and others. The same values that are imbedded into
If you want realism, the episodes are full of real life crises from s*** holes across the world. Harry Humphries does an excellent job providing military realism. A considerable base of knowledge was placed into the show (at least the first season), that it could be sold as believable to even those with some military experiance.
The failure of the show was undoubtable due to the times. In 1997 the United States involvement in the world was reactive, and the Military played no role but as a peacekeeper. The show also failed in not reaching the neccessary audiences through advertising and good time slots.
The show had a great impact on me. I connected with the values portrayed and started a career for myself in the United States Army.
In my opinion, SOF: Special Ops Force is an overall good show that is fun to watch. Lately, however, the story has been really weak and the action seems to have been toned down. There is nothing wrong with his acting, but i think dennis should not be on the show at all. Maybe once and a while he could appear as a special guest. He doesn't show up often, but his super- hero macho character that saves everyone at just the right time is kinda lame. I would like to see more action scenes and longer ones, not just plain shootouts. The series should go into different locals sometimes, just for more of a story, like to the islands for example. We've seen europe about 100 times in that series and it gets dull after a while. Also i think its about time for SOF to gain some more popularity by starting on a movie, that way it could be known worldwide.
Would love to know where to go to let the "Powers that be" know that many would be interested in DVD sets of this show, anyone know if there is a site to show interest? Even looked on networks like TNT and Spike to see if they would air the show. This show was engaging and fun. Characters you could stay with. But agree with other reviews. Season 2 cuts and reshaping of team hurt the series. As a covert team, Dennis Rodman is hard to hide. I have seen other UPN shows headed to DVD, would love to see this one. There is a DVD of season 1 finale but that is not enough. Anyone who like action/adventure shows would love this. When there is a problem regular government finds to hard/embarrassing, etc., they turn to SOF,INC
I'm sorry that it isn't on DVD in Belgium or I would have bought all the seasons. I loved te series and my friends too. If they ever decide to take it out on DVD, don't' forget Belgium, I think it would sell fantastic. I regret it that it was over and there were no more episodes. In Belgium it is only been showed on TV once. Think about us adrenaline junks. We want more and on DVD with Dutch subtitles. I never heard of Tim Abell before but his acting was first class also for the others like Brad Johnson and like a lot of viewers of this series I was amazed by Dennis Rodman. I think it was his best performance until then. In mean while I've seen more pictures with him and there all funny. Greatings from across the ocean.
I've always been an 'A-Team' fan, and when I saw 'SOF Inc.' I thought
it was the 'A-Team' for the 90's. Well, it was. Then they changed it
way too much with the second season and it just wasn't the same
anymore. I hope that the guy responsible for that never lives it down.
I hope that someday a network is created just for all action movies and TV shows. 'SOF Inc.' would be a perfect addition. If you like action shows and movies and you haven't seen this one, you should try to find it if it ever makes it to DVD. The first season is worth it, even if only for the writing. The second season was okay but the chemistry just wasn't there anymore.
Okay, okay, so this entire series exists solely for the purpose of putting
Dennis Rodman and his multi-piercings on the air, but hey, it's not bad.
So you've got this team of five special agents that go around doing these international deeds of good will and shooting people for kicks. That's actually not that bad. Brad Johnson, Tim Abell, and Melinda Clarke bring the same brand of action and drama that was present in the cancelled "Soldier of Fortune, Inc" (a better title than what they've got now), and newcomers David Eigenberg and Dennis Rodman bring the comedic relief. How can you not get a kick out of Dennis?
On the down-side, the main purpose of this show seems to be Dennis getting rub-downs from beautiful, scantily-clad women. Ignoring the fact that a 6'8 man (with more piercings than some countries and flourescent hair) is trying to "blend in", there's also the problem that his character is identical to the one he's supposed to be replacing, who was a core member of the show's predecessor.
But back on the up-side, Eigenberg is brilliant in his portrayal of Nick Delvecchio. How can anyone not love this guy? Cross Gilbert Gottfried with Casper the Friendly Ghost, and you've got it.
This show has a chance, and possible staying potential, but it would be a good idea to see if former cast-mates Mark Sheppard and Réal Andrews can be lured back. The show has lost much of its appeal without the camaradie that marked the other series.
Actually this show is so full of cliches it stinks. The russians/koreans/iraqians/arabs are so unbelievable stupid they're silly. Not much to be said about directing. The female in the crew is the only enjoyable thing to watch.
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