SEAL Team (2017– )
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Let's get one thing straight - this show is intended for the military-inclined audience and/or military enthusiasts. I was never a SEAL, but rather a Pararescueman for the USAF who served two tours overseas; many of the "cheesy" interactions and "campy" dialogue alleged by non-military serving reviewers are very realistic. This is how we talk. We crack poor, inappropriate jokes at the worst times because laughter - regardless of the timing - is our only weapon against the crippling anxiety that comes with combat deployments, regardless of who you are. Most of us shield ourselves from our own thoughts, especially when it's quiet, and even our loved ones (including those we served with) through humor. That is how we act and this series portrays that sense of fear amicably from the perspective of a real soldier. We speak quickly, we use jargon, we live and breathe what we do at that level because of the years of dedication to the cause that it takes just to get to that point.
Second, this inane need to downvote the series based on a "female operator" is not only ridiculous - but inaccurate. She is not an operator like the rest of the men, clearly acknowledged in Episode 2 when she tells Clay (the strap) to sit in the back with "her" and the "rest of the support team". She works in a TOC, a 'Tactical Operation Command'; the TOC is our lifeline when we're out in the field. Often times, your commanding officer, a procurement officer (supply), relief team and general support staff (including special JTF attachments like OSI, ATF, JAG, etc.) are on standby and are communicating with other assets in the general vicinity to coordinate the mission as it progresses.
Third, the technical adviser for this show is far more capable of portraying our armed forces in a respectable fashion than the vast majority of other shows on television. I saw a lot of complaints about Episode 1's "boat scene" shootout; clearly you've never fired a weapon on a moving skiff in the dark to understand that you're firing for effect - to suppress. Sure, you hope to land the shot, but a bouncing, lightweight skiff on top of firing at a moving object from another moving object makes even the best shooters in the world miss shots; that's just practical application to a common sense scenario. The show handles some complex issues, and my only complaint thus far has been the HALO/HAHO jump (would have to re-watch to see which it was) without the proper altitude gear - a minor flaw, certainly not enough reason to "stop watching" in disgust. I've also seen a few comments about how "predictable" and "archetyped" the characters are - well, no shit. That's precisely the reason they've made it to such top-tier outfits; no loose cannon or quirky halfwit makes it to teams like these because there's no spot for someone who's unpredictable. I feel like all of the "unrealistic" comments come from those who have nerved served and don't understand the military as a whole besides some bullshit "news" report they see on television masquerading as fact.
To close out, learn to enjoy quality shows for what they are and stop believing you're forced to pick extreme scores to show how outraged you are by a show; if this is honestly so poor that it deserves a '1' and is the worst television show you've ever seen - I'd love to see what television you feel deserves a 7+.Don't be so over-dramatic, and moreover, stop judging what you don't understand.
I want to finish with a comment (here's the minor spoiler) on one scene from the last episode that really got to me. The team was on its way to a mission and came upon a set of flag-draped caskets in a hangar. No one said anything, but the looks on the faces, the body postures, said more than enough. This scene was eloquently set up, and then sprung with no warning. A series with even slightly worse writing would have had someone lash out with some cliché phrase about how "we're gonna get the bastards that did this", etc. But the approach taken here was so much more effective. When you see coffins like that, it is deeply affecting, and that is exactly how they played it.
Now, SEAL Team, I dig this show. I'm by no means an operator but did spend time around them, and a bunch of time in the service. They get a lot right in this show and must have a great crew of Subject Matter Experts (SME's) attached to the show. A big plus is not every show is a shoot out!
David Boreanaz stands out; especially his matter of fact, no sh*t stance leadership style. He's getting it right in this role, a bit better than the "sniper" FBI agent from Bones.
Check this show out. Don't just watch one show, give it a few.
There are some rough edges like low dialogue voices, or sometimes unrelated sequences of training camp and trainees. I think if the writers could make better relation to main story, it could be bang on!!!
Final word... I like this show very much, a little more work on small details will make it absolutely perfect.
PS. Acting skills of David Boreanaz is wonderful! Two thumbs UP!!!!
The camaraderie and dialogue is pretty accurate, actually. These guys are your brothers. Family. Units become incredibly close-knit and you would die to save them, simple as that. Yes, we cracked stupid jokes, that's a coping mechanism.
Sure, it's not 100% accurate, It can't be. It's TV. Entertainment. But it doers a damn good job of portraying the life.
And as for the dumb comments about it being government propaganda, politically correct, whatever, you guys are talking nonsense. In fact, I don;t understand why you're watching it if that's what you think. Go and watch Dancing With The Stars or something.
This is a very entertaining show.
In my opinion nice tone and great acting. I was very worried about seeing David B in something so fast, so soon. However this suits him as an actor, I don't see him as Agent Boothe (Bones)anymore. I believe there is mystery to his character yet to be discovered. I think I found a new TV show I Enjoy but not binge worthy yet, Like NCIS. There is shacking on the camera. I think it gives you a perspective like watching it on their helmets, like how they show the Seal's on NCIS. When taking down a high level target. I'm in Season 2 and It honestly gets better and better....
The plot is poor, as well as the realism. The characters are not believable at all. The female CIA character is probably the worst, horrible casting. Probably a good actor, but not believable at all as a senior CIA case officer.
To add to this: - The main character has a micro helmet. - Extremely poor cheek weld all over. - Tier 1 operators missing their targets at 20 yards in the laughable boat chase, while the terrorists are delivering suppressive fire at a bag 1 yard from the boat. - Only an idiot would be that aggressive in critiquing the operator who shot the terrorist with a suicide vest.
SIX had at least better realism, the actors had put in the work, but it suffered from a very shallow plot, and poor dialogue.
This show fails in both regards...
Technical stuff is nothing to write home about either. VX gas is so incredibly lethal IRL that the second episode seems absurd.