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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

What "West Wing" did for the White House, "E-Ring" does for the Pentagon

Author: Dave Eaton from Rochester, New York
9 November 2005

Into what has become a recent sub-genre of network television -- that of the government operational-situation drama -- NBC's newest entry, "E-Ring," boldly enters the arena.

Sharing the same network as the hugely successful "West Wing," "E-Ring" draws inescapable comparisons to its popular predecessor. Simply put -- what "West Wing" did for the White House, "E-Ring" does for the Pentagon.

Helmed by Hollywood uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, E-Ring is set in the all-powerful outermost ring of the Pentagon's five concentric corridors, where special-ops military responses to the ever-changing world situation are planned and executed. As one might expect, such an open-ended, dynamic setting lends itself to an almost limitless list of scenarios -- ripe for the traditional hour-long TV drama format.

The basis for "E-Ring" centers around a newly-assigned special-ops Army major, Jim Tiznewski, or "J.T.," played superbly by Benjamin Bratt. The series follows Tiznewski from his initial posting to the Pentagon from his former field-operations status as he reports to his new C.O., played by film veteran Dennis Hopper in a canny bit of casting. Along the way, the pair deal with up-to-the-minute intelligence reports from around the globe, determine which are deserving of immediate military attention and then apply the appropriate response.

Bratt and Hopper are joined by a well-placed supporting cast, including Anjenue Ellis as the tough-as-nails Marine Sargent who serves as the logistical guru who holds the Spec-ops planning office together; Kelly Rutherford, who plays the high-ranking civilian counsel acting as a legal liaison between the Pentagon and the White House; Joe Morton, as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Spec-ops who serves as the ranking decision-maker for Bratt and Hopper; and, in another bit of brilliant casting, former "Brat-Packer" Andrew McCarthy as a slippery Congressional liaison (a casting choice not unlike that of Rob Lowe in the early seasons of West Wing).

Although original plans for the series apparently called for Bratt's character to be married, those plans were changed in favor of having "romantic interests." It is hard to imagine that the first of these "romantic interests" could be improved upon -- at least from a plot standpoint -- as his first live-in girlfriend is a covert CIA operative who sometimes "unofficially" hands him key bits of intelligence. This development should remain an interesting sub-plot for many episodes to come.

What impresses me, as a viewer, is that the show has the ring of authenticity. Although I have never served in the military, a friend of mine has -- even spending time in the Pentagon itself -- and reports that, although the show has the usual amount of TV glamorization added to it for dramatic purpose, it has enough accuracy to hit close to the mark. Characters in the show might bend the rules occasionally, but respect for chain-of-command is inherent throughout.

Also impressive is that the show does not take on a level of high-handed moral "preachiness" which might mar a lesser show. The main theme to "E-Ring," if there is one, is that the military takes care of its own -- because others won't -- and this is done with a minimum of political strings attached.

Between the excellent cast, intelligent story lines which are suitably complex without being burdensome and the high-quality Hollywood-like production values undoubtedly insisted upon by Bruckheimer, "E-Ring" has the potential to be a sure-fire hit -- providing NBC gives it enough of a chance for it to find its audience.

Grade: 9, out of 10.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable show, even if not perfectly accurate

Author: temp0-1 from Boston, MA, USA, Earth
26 April 2006

The political and bureaucratic hurdles facing covert operations make an interesting and informative juxtaposition to the actual operations themselves. The show is like the West Wing (with somewhat less left-wing bias) combined with The Unit (without the soap opera/Desperate Housewives storyline). The characters are realistic, and the special forces exploits appear fairly plausible; however, I doubt that Pentagon staffers head into the field with any regularity, even if that does make for good television.

I enjoy E-Ring and hope NBC or another network picks it back up and continues to run it. (It would be amusing if E-Ring were to go the way of JAG, which started on NBC, was dropped at the end of the first season, and then ran for nine additional, successful seasons on CBS.) Whoever runs it, I certainly hope the show is not killed for good.

Thanks for reading.


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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

One of the best new dramas!

Author: SonicStuart from Kansas City, MO
25 November 2005

I think of "E-Ring" is a NBC's version of FOX's "24" but yet a in different style. "E-Ring" is about a former CIA agent, Jim "J.T." Tisnewski (Benjamin Bratt) who is an irreverent and resourceful U.S Army Major who works with Colonel McNulty (Dennis Hopper) in the military team. It's a hub of highly explosive conflicts between American military heroes and the civilians to whom they report -- a world where crises can escalate into life-and-death climaxes, for individuals or entire nations! I'm glad Jerry Bruckheimer decided to do this show instead of making another CSI show because those CSI shows are kind of getting out of line! Plus I wonder if Dennis Hopper's character will die at all? Because vast majority of the characters he plays, most of them die. But if you want a show with good action, you should check out this one! This show premiered on NBC, September 2005.

User Rating: 9/10


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Grading the Show E-ring

Author: njricky from United States
4 July 2006

I really enjoyed the show, E-Ring. I am a veteran of 26 years military service and got to work briefly at the Pentagon and found the show to be very authentic.

I have not heard if the show is coming back and would be extremely disappointed if NBC does not bring it back.

All the actors are superb and I have been a huge Dennis Hooper fan since the 60's. Benjamin Bratt is very talented and does add a lot the the show. The rest of the cast are superb also.

Please bring back.

Thank You

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

please don't complain

Author: Anawf74 from United States
17 March 2006

To all vets who pick this show apart. I appreciate your views and values to the military as to what is right and wrong as far as uniforms and chain of command. You have to understand this is Hollywood and do you really want the average American to know what we really go through and what really goes on in those special ops deployments. it would really scare the hell out them. the average American doesn't want to see or hear about the true goings on. they want all of the good guys to win every time and the bad guys to always die. So please don't criticize this show for the small errors the average American doesn't see them only a few special people knows between the right and wrongs of the show. remember Russia, Viet Nam, and Korea all had their propaganda this show is ours. again i appreciate all the true blue Americans

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

clear violation of "Posse Comitatus" and treason

Author: steven_j_blake from United States
16 November 2005

There is a serious problem here with the show "e-ring" being sponsored by and having partial creative control in return for access by the pentagon, tonight's show, sickeningly named "delta does Detroit" shows clear and flagrant violations of Posse Comitatus, a foundational element of our country and our democracy, a bright blood red line against the use of the military in any law enforcement involving us citizens or others in the US by the military.

In addition portray the FBI as an impotent useless bureaucracy that can do no better than push papers around and would be happy to have the pentagon take care of all national law enforcement.

Otherwise the production values are good and Bratt does a good job of portraying a self-righteous self-important treasonous "ends justify the means" circle in the crack.

I would say people should not watch this show, but I think you should, so you can listen and understand the siren song being sung by the pentagon to the generation of Americans who watch this show and are educated as to how America should be run by these shows.

don't believe me? just keep this statistic in mind: the average American is now watching 6 to 9 hours of television.

The president has already stolen the unconstitutional right to declare war at will from the people of the united states, among other blatant anti-American acts, such as torture of American citizens, authorizing the CIA to operate nationally, with assassination powers, when will we wake up?

Steven James Blake Citizen of The United States of America NOT the "STATE" of America

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Author: cityjeppe from Sweden
6 July 2006

By far the worst example of American war-on-terror propaganda so far. Summary: Muslims = evil terrorists. US military intelligence saves the world from Muslims. Civilian bureaucracy and international opinion is threatening to the nation just as much as terrorists. Europeans are bad. Israelis are good. Acting is limited to harsh faces and simple lines. The dialog is frightening bad and only serves the purpose of explaining how evil the terrorists are and how heroic the Americans are. There is a lame attempt to introduce a romance but is so utterly boring that watching ice freezing is more sexy. The producers also have thrown in the mandatory "good Muslim", just to explain that there are, in fact, some Muslims that are not rotten to the bone. In essence the show is nothing more than US propaganda. I have no doubt that the already brainwashed American audience will love this show. But for non-American viewers its just an other flabbergasting example of American ignorance and hawkish war-mongering. As long as shows like this keep pumping out its black and white pictures of complex political problems, there is little hope for the world. It's not only bad. It's dangerous.

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Rather boring...

Author: buiger from Monaco
17 April 2012

Nothing special. The series never managed to get above par and actually become involving. The main problem was that the principal premise on which the whole thing is based was wrong. In each episode, the good guys are trying to convince the bad guys (the bureaucrats) that they need to utilize special ops for this or that reason.

The result was basically boring after the first episode. So much more could have been made out of this. If they had used the time to explain the actual actions and how they are executed rather than for the haggling inside the pentagon, the series would have been much more involving.

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E-Ring, with Hopper, was one of the worst shows to hit the airwaves.

Author: MadMax4333 from United States
4 June 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Now that Dennis Hopper is dead, I've been wondering what quixotic and absurd thinking perpetuated his acclaim? He couldn't really act and looked dull on screen and no matter what role he played, he was always dopey-looking Dennis Hopper, never very convincing, in my opinion.

And, E-Ring, in particular, was one of his worst, embarrassingly bad efforts. Speed was just as bad. The list of his bombs is endless.

Many viewers inexplicably liked this silly show, which was nothing more than a Hollywood/USA propaganda concoction, with a premise that made absolutely no sense. I am not the first to have voiced that comment. Far too many factual details were completely wrong. Hopper was awful, his stodgy dialog ridiculous. Bratt, whose boyish good looks and brash attitude kept his career alive - longer than it should have - was not nearly so boyishly good-looking any longer, and he never could act either. His staggering lumbering macho efforts were laughable. The best thing that can be said about this show is that it is gone. We can be grateful NBC, in axing this thing, was not as stupid about programming as previously thought.

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Not Crap At All

Author: Francisco Aliberti from Brazil
16 January 2009

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By far the best example of American war-on-terror so far. Muslims = evil terrorists. US military intelligence saves the world from Muslims. Civilian bureaucracy and international opinion is threatening to the nation just as much as terrorists, maybe more. Europeans aren't bad. Israelis are good. Hamas is bad. Acting is emotional and silent, most of the time, which proves that the actors are good if they can transmit what they want without words. The dialogs are strong and decisive, most of the time making you want to go back to hear it again, and serves the purpose of explaining how evil the terrorists are and how heroic the Americans are.

There is a small attempt to introduce a romance but they focus more on the friendship relationship between the co-workers. The producers also have thrown in the mandatory "good Muslim", just to explain that there are, in fact, some Muslims that are not rotten to the bone, which is hard to believe. In essence the show is nothing more than very good US propaganda. I have no doubt that stupid ignorant narrow minded Swedish people won't understand the meaning of this show.

As long as shows like this keep pumping out, showing that the world is in fact black and white and that complex political problems can't be solved by bureaucratic politicians, there is still hope for this world. It's not only good. It's a must have.

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