SEAL Team (2017– )
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The Graveyard of Empires 

Following a helicopter crash, the SEAL Team must proceed with the mission as hostiles bear down on them and an injured and impaired Jason goes after their target alone.


David Boreanaz


Benjamin Cavell (created by), Ed Redlich | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Boreanaz ... Jason Hayes
Max Thieriot ... Clay Spenser
Jessica Paré ... Mandy Ellis
Neil Brown Jr. ... Ray Perry
A.J. Buckley ... Sonny Quinn
Toni Trucks ... Lisa Davis
Jackson White ... Dave Medders
Maz Siam ... Nouri Halani
Judd Lormand ... Lt. Commander Eric Blackburn
Ryan Abelson Ryan Abelson ... Teenager 1
Shayan Safar ... Teenager 2
Tyler Grey ... Trent
Justin Melnick ... Brock
Dan Briggs ... Derek
Scott Foxx Scott Foxx ... Scott Carter


Following a helicopter crash, the SEAL Team must proceed with the mission as hostiles bear down on them and an injured and impaired Jason goes after their target alone.

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Action | Drama | War






Release Date:

9 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The "grassy knoll" is a reference to the site where some believe an unknown sniper participated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. See more »


Dave Medders: Jason Hayes isn't afraid of anything, huh?
Jason Hayes: What are you laughing at?
Dave Medders: You. I'm laughing at you. You can't admit you're afraid of failure. You can't admit that you're afraid of failure! Oh, no, you can't be afraid of failure 'cause you already failed. Yeah, you did. Alana. That friend you got killed, Nate. That little Syrian boy with his lungs on fire. How about those 46 numbers you still got in your cell phone? They're dead men.
Jason Hayes: What'd you say to me?
Dave Medders: They're all dead men!
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Definitely potential. Solid tactical drama. Less PC than first half.
14 May 2018 | by imdb-42248See all my reviews

This was a solid episode, the series is on a roll. Dig the focus on action and dirty politics.

Initially rated 1/10, "Social Justice Warriors". First half was weak and brimming with PC indoctrination. The unrealistic / unprofessional risk-Americans-to-save-the-children VX gas plot was godawful. Jason's divorce and Stella's immaturity were grating. The constant feminist narratives - cross-dressing oppressed Muslim girl and "the daughter's the terrorist, you silly sexist!" were rather on the nose.

Now it's a decent military show. Solid, but a little cliché, lacking edge.

I've watched every episode and Cavell and co have found a nice balance between their progressive values (Mandy and Lisa are realistically strong for women in a male-dominated environment) and a respectful and sympathetic portrayal of the team. We're seeing some interesting character nuance, less driven by race/class/gender politics. Neal's shoulder and Jason's inner distress point at the vast world of apolitical but real issues available to our writers. "Six" for example drew some realistic edge from Rip's war crimes vs. Seal Team's righteous moral paragons. Ever read the article "The Crimes of Seal Team Six?" "Seal Team" could be a lot "darker and edgier".

Liked Boreanaz's direction, especially the first few minutes after the crash. The dead pilot / screaming inner Jason had a tinge of distasteful anti-"alpha-male" / anti-"toxic masculinity" critique to him, but was interesting and well-acted. Welcome the sophistication, worth the benefit of the doubt. More psychology / flashbacks could be nice, if done gracefully (not anti-war / anti-male gender-deconstructionist critique). Screaming pilot interlude was a bit like the training flashbacks in "the Unit", but way smarter.

Clay and Stella. Currently meh but they have potential. She's hot and smart which is awesome, but this subplot is way too treacly. He should stop being such a whiny ***** and letting her wear the pants. It's unattractive and cringeworthy. No wonder she's checked out. She dug him because she's a ball-buster but he's a badass navy seal who makes her feel like a woman. What happened to that cocky dude she picked up in the bar? Make him someone that men wanna be and women wanna be with. Stella has potential. She started superficially strong but weak inside. Let her be "weaker" on the surface but stronger inside. She's obviously not committed right now, but she could forget the critical theory for a minute and "fall for" Clay. She always holds him at arms length with her "empowered woman" boundaries and dissecting the relationship. Aren't they supposed to be engaged? Obviously the lukewarm status quo can't last. Mercifully a minor part.

Paré's character is solid. Her sexy pout is sometimes out of place but love the deception / spy games / power games. Do more power games.

Plot could be better with a dash of Bourne or Le Carré - it's all a bit lily-white and cliché at the moment. The British contractor angle is promising. Maybe bring in the Russians, run shady black ops, or do some other international Charlie Foxtrot plot line. Maybe something a little more outlandish. Global intrigue, sex and explosions a la old "Strike Back" (Stonebridge and Scott) before the disastrously propagandized current season could be fun.

Watching this ad-free. Real creativity is a lot to ask of network show, anything too dark, edgy, or complicated makes audiences less receptive to ads and doesn't work when it's chopped up. At least Cavell and co are trying.

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