The Unit: Season 3
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Known only as The Unit, they are an ultra-secret contingent of Special Forces soldiers who operate outside the usual military chain of command. Their very existence is a closely held secret protected by the soldiers themselves. Their wives, who are also in on the secret, strictly adhere to a fictitious cover story that is provided for them. The Unit chronicles a team of unknown heroes who, without ever receiving credit, risk their lives while protecting others.
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Then we get to watch "Bob" chasing the Cub with a Cherokee, with the little clear-view side window wide open the whole time for some reason, and the shot is done from the old cinematographer-crouching-on-the-ground POV, this in an era when everything on earth has been filmed in real action from external cameras.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Unit is back at the airport, standing on the ramp blazing away at terrorists on the roof of a small hangar, and for some reason, these sharpshooters and snipers suddenly can't hit the broad side of...well, of a hangar.
I gave up halfway through the episode and will never watch another. Obviously the series can no longer afford high production values or capable writers. I give it two stars rather than one only because seasons 1 and 2 were so good.
I would take this on an episode by episode basis. They aren't all great but there are some great ones.
When it started the relationships of the operators with their wives was well done - it revealed the challenges of a civilian (wife) trying to deal with a hard core soldier while living a routine day to day life, while somewhat well contrasting it with a soldier who deals with the fragility of life daily, at a level far more acute than just a routine soldier, due to the nature of his missions. This difficult relationship, I believe, is a large part of PTSD. The UNIT's attempt to show this was a decent effort at times.
HOWEVER, apparently the writers lost their way because the entire involvement of "the wives" subsequently degrades to garbage "filler" material, PTA( yeah, like grade school) level, uninteresting and completely unnecessary material in this and later seasons. To the point where I began to fast forward whenever I saw any of the wives show up on screen. This stigma created a "self'cannibalized" event for the show because although there may have been portions that were good that included the wives, I never saw them and am okay with it.
I don't think the quality of good TV or film should ever be compromised or traded for quantity.
The wife of one of The Unit sergeants has an on-again-off-again affair with The Unit colonel. First one wants to get married but the other doesn't; then vice versa. After 2 seasons of this unnecessary melodrama, the whole thing seemed tedious.
The special forces missions continued to be exciting in season 3. The can-do attitude, the willingness to do whatever it takes to win is inspirational. But sometimes they did so with an attitude of the ends justify the means. They stooped to less than honorable behavior in order to accomplish their objectives. For example, the story of infiltrating a Hispanic gang within the Army base involved 2 betrayals of trust.
The courage, skills and never quit attitude of the special forces are admirable. But the methods used sometimes contained ethical compromises that flawed this high standard of character.