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Opinion: Why You Should Watch SEAL Team

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We all have a series we like to watch and invest serious binge time in, that we think is really underrated. You tell your friends about it, post about it on social media, and most of the time your enthusiasm gets ignored like a red traffic light. Sometimes though you will convince people to watch it, and then they love it.

Well, one such series for me is SEAL Team. I have to mention of course that EISH VEE ARRR (HvR) is also a big, if not bigger fan than Kaas.

Very popular in the US (of course), it follows a team of Tier One, DEVGRU (US Naval Special Warfare Development Group is the full unabbreviated name) Operators, known by us mere mortals as SEAL Team 6.

Now if you enjoy military series or movies with a lot of pew pew, this is the show for you. But it’s also more than just that. It also involves their personal lives, and how their families cope with their fast paced, action driven line of work, absent fathers, tragedies, sacrifices and the fear that they might not make it home.

Each of the main characters has their own growing back story and character development, which speaks of a lot more than just door kicking and blowing stuff up.

Aired for the first time in 2017, the series is now 4 seasons and 80 episodes strong, and now is the best time to jump in and enjoy the action. The series has been renewed for a fifth season in May 2021, but we have no word on when it will air yet (*Sad Kaas noises*).

SEAL Team gives you somewhat (very small, of course) of an insight into the shadowy world of Spec Ops, how these guys are recruited and what it is that they actually do.

Let Kasie give you a quick lowdown:

DEVGRU Operators are exclusively recruited from the “normal” Navy Seal Ranks and the attrition rate during selection is very high during their time in Green Team. Imagine being in an already elite squadron, and knowing there are guys that are tougher and more dangerous than you, even after you had gone through multiple combat tours as a Navy SEAL….eish.

Their training is more advanced than what normal SEALs go through and extremely rigorous. Accidental deaths during training is not uncommon.

Anyway…enough nerding out, Kaas. Let’s get to the good stuff, the series.

The main reason to watch SEAL Team is of course the Pew Pew element, and the series is very much action driven. Combat sequences do not look stinted or low budget in any way as you might find with some series from a similar vein. Episodes focus a lot on counter terrorism, hostage rescue and whatever Black Ops the CIA can dream up as well as covert operations. So you will definitely get bang for your buck, so to speak.

It also addresses the personal sides of these guys, like personal loss, family intricacies, relationships, father figure absenteeism and PTSD, which the US military seems to struggle with, when it comes to support and treatment for its soldiers.

SEAL Team has a great cast with David Boreanaz (you might recognize him from Bones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), as Master Chief Jason Hayes, leader of Bravo Team, aka Bravo 1. Max Thierot (Bates Motel) as Clay Spencer (Bravo 6), Neil Brown Jr. as Raymond Perry (Bravo 2 and Bravo’s second in command), A.J. Buckley as Sonny Quinn (Bravo 3 and the funniest guy on the team with his one liners and irrational fear of sharks), Jessica Pare as Amanda Ellis, the team’s CIA liaison and Toni Trucks as Lisa Davis a DEVGRU Intelligence Officer assigned to Bravo Team, to name but a few as there are an assortment of wives, girlfriends and kids.

There is of course a Bravo 4, portrayed by Tyler Grey, an actual ex- Detachment Delta Tier One Operator and the cast’s technical coordinator. He also directed a few episodes.

And then in my opinion, and evidently the opinion of most fans of the show, the real star of the series, Cerberus, the team’s Canine, portrayed by Dita the Hair Missile (she even has her own Instagram Page), a Belgian Malinois, with her owner and trainer, Justin Melnick as Bravo 5 and Cerberus’ handler.

So…if you are wondering what to watch next during these Covid riddled times of isolation (Kasie forgets it’s not normal for, well, normal people to isolate themselves like he does), give SEAL Team a go if action is what you crave, but you also want drama and see a Combat Canine doing the Doggo on bad guys.

You won’t regret it.

Last Updated: July 7, 2021

11 Comments

  1. The TLDR version; if you need 2 reasons to watch this series. Dita the Hair missile and later her sister Pepper the Dutchy. Both trained as detection K-9s turned actresses. Stars of the show.

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    • MonsterCheddar

      July 8, 2021 at 11:51

      I think thats actually Pepper in the photo.
      Awww daddy…

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 8, 2021 at 12:41

        I really hope that’s actual and real body armour for doggos in K9 or in the military, because that looks freaking awesome.

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        • MaSeKind

          July 8, 2021 at 12:44

          It’s all cute now, but just imagine that running towards you at night. You’ll need them brown pants

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        • HvR

          July 9, 2021 at 06:47

          Jip real, K9 Storm is the manufacturer.

          IIRC SEALS spends about $30k to kit out a dog. Level 3 body armour with cameras, mics and speaker encrypted radio system. Special rigs for helicopter drops, other rigs for HALO jumps and special protection and inflation rigs for low level helicopter water jumps.

          Then the handlers carry a special RUF medical kit just for the doggo.

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  2. Mandalorian Jim

    July 8, 2021 at 12:40

    I really didn’t know this show existed. Thanks Kaas, I’ll add it to my evergrowing list of shows and movies to watch. I’ll probably check out Tomorrow’s War this evening, or most likely tomorrow evening.

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  3. MaSeKind

    July 8, 2021 at 12:42

    I just finished The Man in the High Castle. I was aware that the ending was bad, guess the whole 4th season is weird. But damn that was the worse series ending I’ve ever seen. I’m not even mad, if was that bad.

    Anyway need something new to watch. And I like Angel. Just think I’ve had enough drama with High Castle and all their shenanigans. But will put it on the list. Was onboard when I saw the doggo

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 15:06

      I’m not going to post any spoilers but I think from around season 3 the wheels started to come off, because the writers had the exact same problem that the writers of Lost had – they had gotten away with mystery box story telling for so long, and they had reached a time where they actually had to start making sense of things (explore the “whys” and the “hows”) – and they couldn’t, because they had written themselves into a corner, because up until that point, they could rely on mystery box story telling…

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  4. Mandalorian Jim

    July 8, 2021 at 12:37

    So. basically this isn’t anything like Jane the Virgin? 😛

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    • MonsterCheddar

      July 8, 2021 at 13:01

      Jane the what?

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    • Original Heretic

      July 9, 2021 at 04:56

      Any show about virgins these days have to be about 12 year olds.
      Kids are messed up these days.

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