SEAL TEAM is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand; Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies; and Clay Spenser, a young, multilingual, second-generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team’s success are troop commander Lt. Cdr. Eric Blackburn, who serves as a leader and confidant both on and off the battlefield; CIA analyst Mandy Ellis, who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists; and Lisa Davis, a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds (CBS Press Express).
Seal Team is one of the best military dramas on the air.
As I wrote in my recent article titled “Television’s Seal Team Expertly Balances Military Action With Human Drama,” Seal Team continues to push the envelope and delivers quality, high octane drama. Each episodes brings us the best of what television has to offer in excellent written scripts and gut wrenching performances. It’s a must see show. So why aren’t more people watching?
I can’t presume to speak for the viewing habits of the public, but I feel that perhaps the drama of Seal Team hits too close to reality for some. While a show about what the country’s navy seals experiences while endeavoring to protect the us and keep the country safe may be appealing for those interested in military dramas, the premise may likely have others looking for lighter viewing fare. The current state of the world has become disconcerting with people worried about safety for themselves and their families as they seek to have the best life possible. Violent actions triggered by hate and ignorance have become the new norm. For me a series like Seal Team shows there are still heroes in the world fighting for what’s right and willing the put their lives on the line for it.
Bravo Team’s leader Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) is tasked with making decisions for the team that endanger them with one wrong one possible yielding a fatal outcome. The pressure of that along with dealing with his family issues at home pull him in two directions where he must strive to remain even keeled. Boreanaz delivers gut-wrenching performances; he’s a television vet with more than twenty years experience, so Jason’s psyche is in Boreanaz’s capable hands. While David Boreanaz arguably makes Jason a compelling character, the rest of the cast equally delivers praise as well. A.J. Buckley, Max Thieriot, Neal Brown, Judd Lormand, Toni Trucks and Jessica Paré all bring heart and strength to their characters. Seal Team’s episodes are compelling and strong. Season 2 is even better than the first season and if given a renewal, the third season can rise the show even higher.
Like Bravo Team itself, Seal Team faces challenges in particular ratings. But ratings, although important are only part of the package. Seal Team does well enough to warrant it continuing to air. More people should be watching this show and I hope that a renewal will give them the chance to see what they’ve been missing.
Here’s hoping Seal Team Season 3 will be part of the viewing schedule next season.
Seal Team airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.
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