3 different shows, with varying casts. With more or less the same premise. I always wondered why so many shows of the same type had to come out all at once. (I remember one year I think ever Network station and a few cable as well all had the same type.) This year in a sense, I can sort of understand why. one or 2 may fail and we may be left with one of them or they may all be a hit. (all I ask is if any of them get canned, can the cast(s) move to the remaining? So with two of the shows starting the same week I’m going to review those two and compare them all to see which I think best. This way if you don’t have the time to watch them all I can at least tell you my choice of which is best.
two of the shows premiered in the same week
The first to premier was ‘action/thriller/drama The Brave which stars Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) as Captain Adam Dolton of this special ops field team. Anne Heche as Patricia Campbell the team’s director and Tate Ellington (Quantico) as Noah Morgenthau both in the offices and all three are surrounded by a bunch of others I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of before. This is a look into the lives and personal sacrifices of our brave military heroes. Juggling civilian life with more of a focus on the Challenging dangerous missions to save individuals and take down terrorists.
The first episode they are tasked with rescuing a surgeon with Doctors without boarders who is nabbed not for what they originally think, but because she is a surgeon. I thought this was supposed to be a Seal team but I think someone broke out an Army shirt so that’s a no go. I like the layout of the poster, I see it as showing all the sides of the characters. Profesonal Persona, Friends, mission and so on. To me it tells a story, and shows all the main cast members. So far for me this one is the most believable. Vogel in a sense already played a (former) soldier in Under the dome. Even if he didn’t I say he’s pretty believable at least to this civilian’s eye (let’s just say have had family and might currently still have a few cousins sprinkled through the military!) Feels a little intense at times and worry about (and warming up to) a few characters.
So far in the lead.. I think this one feels like it has more adrenaline in it compared to Seal Team, which comes off feeling a bit tame. Maybe because Seal team seems more family oriented, I’m not sure but I vote to keep watching this one.
The next is Seal Team starring David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot,A.J. Buckley, Judd Lormand, Michaela McManus
This drama about the lives of the Elite Navy Seals as we get to see one of them as he goes through training, the big boys planning for as well as executing (sometimes literally) their missions, as well as some civilian life, but there’s more of that (or at least more often)on this show than on the Brave. Boreanez plays Jason Hayes the big dog, who lost a team member (played by Daniel Gillies aka the suave Elijah from the Originals which plays Nate in this I’m so disappointed he’s not a regular) Michael Rooker Plays the big Chief who we see watching the training of Thieriot’s character Spencer’s.
The poster/advertisement is too boring looking to me(no matter which you look at), is there supposed to be something in the background? To me looks like it might be desert hills. The Brave’s advertisement at least shows me more of what the show will be like. I think Seal Team though is supposed to focus a bit more on family and civilian life than the Brave is supposed to. Mission accomplished the guys are hanging out on the beach and the last scene of the first episode is a bit of a cliff hanger.
Compared to The first episode of the brave (so far) this focuses mostly on family, and some of the members of the Seal team are not as believable as those from the Brave, but that’s just my opinion and from what I’ve seen. Boreanez doesn’t seem to ‘work’ in fatigues, Max Thieriot the runt of the bunch looks like he’s fresh from boot camp(cause he is) and younger here than he did in Bates Motel. I swear you’d think this show was filmed before all his Bate’s scenes! I don’t know why some people look ‘right’ or wrong in Military uniforms to me Not sure if its their build or what. But I can’t help it. (I may not go nuts over people in uniform but I have had a lot of cousins in the military as well as VETs father, uncles, grandfather, family friend and older cousins in the Army, Navy, Air Force (Not sure if anyone was in the marines someone might have been in Coast Guard) but I guess The difference between these 2 shows is The ‘Seal team’ look a bit relaxed to me while on missions. Instead of the ‘stiff, alertness’ the Brave put on. On watching episode 2, I don’t like it as much as The Brave. I am trying to give it all the chances I can (especially being ‘Angel’ is in it)
Official site * David Boreanaz Learned From The Real Deal For SEAL Team
The October 9th premier for the CW drama series VALOR which I think stars Matt Barr (Sleepy Hallow) as Gallo and Christina Ochoa (of Blood Drive) as Nora only because they are featured quite a bit in the previews plus in the adverts but IMDB’s cast listing does not have them as the first 2 on the main cast page and from what I saw listed as ‘unknown episodes’. Their starring line is Joey Thurmond, Jared M. Reeder, Cecil M. Henry . This is about an Elite army helicopter (i never seem to remember the name of them right but I think it’s shadow raiders) unit that perform domestic and international missions. Something tells me if you watch all the trailers on the CW for the show, that you will have seen the whole first episode (just out of order)
I like the use of the dogs tags for the O. I do think they should maybe have had a chopper in there somewhere being its about some elite helicopter squad (unlike Seal team which has it in one of their posters and they are usually on one of those big cargo planes) being as most wouldn’t know what the beret on her head is for. There’s a mystery to this one that starts with he first episode. So I like it for that reason, and frankly in typical CW fashion Matt Barr is really nice to look at shirtless! The mystery is they are flying a soldier back when their chopper crashes, losing their man. Gallo and Madani are stuck (I forget where it was or what amount of time). The soldier they were flying back had some domino on him before he disappeared. Now others with dominoes have popped up. I don’t think they were all the same numbered domino but I am just curious to what that part is all about. Also they have been trying to rescue a couple of their own mates that were captured. This is obviously an on going story, The Brave as far as I see is mostly a mission of the week, and Seal team has a minor mystery in it about Gillies character there are a few other little on going stories but not like Valor’s and so for the most part is a mission of the week deal as well,
Official Site Oh and Matt’s IMDB picture would make you think he’s Chalie Hunnam (even though Charlie Hunam and Travis Fimmel have had Separated at Birth Moments.
Now I know I’m late on this one but I have a good reason on that.
For 1. My computer died (thankfully it did so the end of October, so I got it in time for my mid November birthday)
- I was trying to mull over everything about the shows. They say Seal Team is a hit, but I can’t see how. Yeah its supposed to be the one aimed more at family but I haven’t seen much of that on the show lately. The only ‘hit’ about it is all the Bones in the Bates basement are probably watching it.
I was all three each week if not live then on demand. As for my choice I say The Brave or Valor. Maybe the story telling is just more interesting on those shows