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"The Unit" First Responders (2006)

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First Episode Makes Me Want To See More

9/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
20 January 2007

We are introduced to this new TV show with a a couple of the Special Ops members in Afganistan, in disguise as locals. The divert the attention of some local army commander and then lock in on their target, a military supplies guy, give the OK and a jet sends a missile down on him and his building, blowing everyone to bits.

We are then introduced to the wives of these guys and the commanding officer of the group, -"Colonel Tom Ryan" (Robert Patrick) and then go to Idaho where one of the same guys "Jonas Blane" (Dennis Haybert) has a new recruit, "Bob Brown" (Scott Foley) with him and they are visiting a former member of the group. By coincidence (?!!) a mid-sized charter plane is hijacked in the northern part of the state by Middle Eastern people, so Jonas and Bob head on up, with reinforcements on the way.

In the meantime, the hijackers kill three National Guardsmen to tried to break into the plane from the rear and are executing a hostage every 20 minutes.

It looks like Jonas, Bob and the rest of the team have to stop this nonsense in a hurry.

This was a very good opening episode and gives me enthusiasm to continuing watch. I just hope they don't go too much into soap opera, stuff, such as I saw in the last 30 seconds of this episode.

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Pilot Synopsis

10/10
Author: canroberts from Virginia, United States
5 September 2006

No spoiler here. This pilot episode establishes the main characters and sets the mood for the rest of the season. The Unit thrusts you, adrenaline pumping, into the world of the United States Army Special Forces.

In this episode the Unit, a secret detachment of highly trained U.S. military operatives, are tasked with stopping a jet liner high-jacking in progress. The team must arrive on location without alerting the enemy, board the aircraft, and terminate the terrorists before they kill another hostage. Meanwhile, the wives of current Unit members meet the wife and daughter of SSG Bob Brown, a new soldier to the team. While she is adjusting to Unit life, she learns what the Unit's mission truly is... to do violence on their behalf, so they and the rest of the U.S. may sleep peaceably at night.

-- I for one cannot wait for the second season to start.

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Loved it. See it.

7/10
Author: (mick@nzreporter.com) from New Zealand
11 November 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Guns, hostages, terrorists and the good guys always win – but we all know that's not real life, right? Not in this case.

The Unit is based on the true story "Inside Delta Force" by Eric L. Haney, who was one of the founding members of Delta Force back in the 1970's.

Think you've heard it all before? Episode one starts off introducing the audience to Molly Blane (Regina Taylor) chatting on the phone to Marge's gift shop about a mirror – but isn't this is a story about gung-ho super soldiers? Clearly not.

The story continues to unfold, introducing Tiffy Gerhardt (Abby Bramwell) picking up pictures of her husband Mack, who she hasn't seen for a while; he's been deployed.

"Where are they sending him this time?" she is asked.

"Oh, he's working on something down in St Louis," Tiffy replies, as she looks thoughtfully at the photograph.

Cut to: Afghanistan, where Mack sits in a cafe, watching as a group of soldiers pull up in a jeep.

Simultaneously we see a Mercedes winding its way into the hills; the audience finds out it belongs to an arms dealer that the elite delta force unit has been sent in to kill.

Jonas Blane (Dennis Haysbert), team leader, shows the way as it becomes apparent their mission could be jeopardised by the platoon of local militia passing through, shooting a mule to create a distraction.

Meanwhile Mack Gerhardt (Max Martini), his trusty number two, and heavily-bearded Charles Grey (Michael Irby) set up a tripod to laser mark the arms dealer's motorcade.

Just in time, they get a lock, and it's bombs away as a waiting fighter jet drops the mother load, blowing the car and a large complex of buildings sky-high.

Bullets whizz by as the local militiamen realise this small group is responsible, and at any time, one false move means certain death.

But clearly, these men are no ordinary soldiers – these are a highly-trained and organised group of elite soldiers, capable of pinpoint accuracy and taking control of any situation if they have to.

The audience watches as they melt away, disappearing into the crowd.

Cut back to home at Fort Griffith and we meet Kim Brown (Audrey Marie Anderson) meeting the wives of her husband Bob's unit for the first time and discovers – this is no ordinary unit.

To start with, everyone in the unit seems to live on Maple Street, and everyone zealously guards the secret of what their husbands do, watching every comment and keeping the "cover story" up that their husbands work in administration in the 303rd Logistical Studies Unit.

Things quickly go from bad to worse for Kim as she realises she's trapped in Maple street with these women as her newly-adopted family, much to her dismay.

Asking where her newly recruited husband Bob (Scott Foley) is, she learns he is on a "training mission" in Idaho.

Enter Colonel Tom Ryan, the well-known face of terminator 2, and it's great to see actor Robert Patrick back in the saddle after being off-screen since then – to whom she puts her concerns.

But he just brushes her away, making it clear that the wives of his team are expected to be just as tight as the unit itself.

Her ideas of living off-base away from army life fade away as day turns to night, and we're back with the unit, assaulting an airplane that has been hijacked.

Kim sees the event on TV and realises the truth; her husband is in the thick of it.

Three men approach the back of the plane and are gunned down, which causes Kim to faint – the doctor is called and tells her she is pregnant.

It couldn't get any worse.

In the meantime her husband is in his element, sneaking up on the terrorists, taking them out, and saving the day.

The story comes to a close as husbands and wives reunite and the audience is introduced to the human side of the team.

Team leader Jonas is a different man at home, where his wife Molly reminds him to take out the trash.

Molly raises her concern that Colonel Ryan keeps sending Mack out on missions, but Jonas reminds Molly of the realities of this particular unit.

But all is not as it seems, as the last scene focuses in on the Colonel in bed with Tiffy, Mack's wife, and fades to black.

The Unit was nominated for best dramatic pilot in 2006 at the Artios Awards, which are given for casting in film, TV and theatre, and I think that was a deserved honour.

The Unit kept me interested throughout – I enjoyed the interplay between the lives of wives back home and the reality they face as their husbands are deployed, and may not return, as well as the massive action scenes.

There is a very genuine "look and feel" to the whole show – story lines feel realistic and the effects are superb.

I particularly liked the parachute jump from 35,000 feet scene – where the jumpers just got on with it, doing their job.

The camera follows the guys down, in the dark night, and the audience really feels the vast distance between us and the ground below where lights twinkle, and hear the rush of the wind passing by as the soldiers fall.

I recommend you get the series out – it's all good and it works for the guys as well as the gals.

What a great night in, if you're relaxing at home with the missus.

Hoooah!

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