David Boreanaz has been a TV fixture for 20 years, profitable over wholly completely different fanbases in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and his character’s spinoff) and within the long-running Fox hit Bones. He is heading to CBS for the primary time for the brand new drama SEAL Team, certainly one of several military-driven premieres hitting primetime within the close to future. SEAL Workforce is well the very best of that bunch, and it is first rate on the whole, due to layered and plausible characters mixed with an atmospheric depth that shoots for delicate dread over loud motion. Plus, David Boreanaz stays certainly one of TV’s most watchable actors.
For SEAL Workforce — which I can’t cease calling “Navy Seal,” as a result of I so very not often begin issues with the phrase “seal” — David Boreanaz stars as Jason Hayes, the quick-thinking and emotionally distant chief of the elite Tier One squad. The collection begins off by relaying a key second in Jason’s life that got here as near breaking him as the rest may: the dying of an in depth good friend and soldier-in-arms. The small print behind that dying hang-out him in numerous methods, and when paired together with his never-ending devotion to the job, they create a fairly poisonous elixir that made his residence life implode. Although, in fact, there may be nonetheless one thing there between Jason and oft-ignored spouse Alana (Michaela McManus), and it isn’t simply their children.
But when we’re being trustworthy right here, it is apparent that Jason’s actual household is his work staff, and whereas the wife-and-kids stuff definitely provides to the drama and internal turmoil happening inside Jason’s head and coronary heart, the titular SEAL staff is what makes this present extra enjoyable and fascinating. On his proper facet is his longtime partner-in-duty Ray Perry, whose citizen life is on the flip facet of Jason’s. Performed with a lot gusto and bravado from Neil Brown Jr., Ray has spent sufficient time round Jason to principally be hooked up on the thoughts when on the job, and the latter’s emotional points may probably disrupt that in some methods.
On Jason’s left facet, in the meantime, is Sonny Quinn, performed by CSI: NY and Justified vet A.J. Buckley. Sonny has a questionable previous, due to his generally rambunctious conduct. Whereas he normally falls in line, that may not at all times be the case sooner or later, which may make for extra attention-grabbing private disputes. Holding the staff collectively, a minimum of so far as retaining everybody geared up and in line goes, is Toni Vehicles’ charismatic Lisa Davis, who’s fast to close down bullshit, and can hopefully issue extra into the underlying drama sooner or later.
As for the opposite foremost characters, Bates Motel‘s Max Thieriot performs the overly impulsive Clay Spenser, who’s in coaching to grow to be a member of the Tier One staff, however is at all times getting in his personal manner; making issues harder is the truth that he is a second-generation SEAL whose father launched a polarizing e-book. After which there’s Jessica Paré’s Mandy Ellis, a CIA analyst whose foremost focus in life is eliminating terrorist threats, which turns out to be useful on SEAL Workforce, though this group is about extra than simply taking out the enemy.
As acknowledged earlier than, SEAL Workforce works finest when its militant characters are all collectively. It is simply as pleasurable to observe Jason, Ray and Sonny joking round and being chummy as it’s to observe them within the warmth of a mission, the place silence and unstated understanding are keys to victory. For no matter cause, I truly need to consider that David Boreanaz’s chief is developing with good options on the fly, relatively than it coming in script type, as a result of he is simply that damned plausible.
Do not get me fallacious, SEAL Workforce has fairly a bit of labor to do to recover from the hump of being a reasonably predictable broadcast community drama. The plotting is formulaic, and would not break plenty of new floor in these earliest days, and contemplating sure segments of the day by day information cycle are always tethered to terrorism tales, there’s one thing a bit tiring about all of it, particularly when so many different navy TV collection have used the identical sorts of enemy threats. Fortunately, the present’s extra jingoistic parts are pretty fleeting, even when the missions are extra about how SEAL Workforce‘s foremost characters are affected, versus providing growth for the folks they’re monitoring or saving. It does match proper at residence with CBS’ bread and butter, although, and I would not be in the slightest degree shocked if it is profitable sufficient to encourage a by-product down the highway.
The inventive minds behind SEAL Workforce encourage religion that this might certainly be a present with main longevity for CBS. It was created by Benjamin Cavell, who was a author and producer for the sorely missed Justified, Homeland, and Sneaky Pete, and SEAL Workforce boasts an all-star producer and EP roster. There’s his fellow Justified govt producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, who additionally labored collectively on Elementary. Corrinne Marrian and Daniele Nathanson labored on Homicide within the First collectively, and wrote episodes of CSI and CSI: NY, respectively. Additionally serving as EP and episode director is Christopher Chulack, finest identified for his Emmy-nominated work on ER. And there are numerous extra drama-heavy of us concerned as effectively.
Fitted right into a timeslot between Survivor and Criminal Minds’ newest seasons, SEAL Workforce is destined to grow to be an early scores winner. There’s greater than likelihood that some viewers members will get hooked instantly, as a result of it is a present that feels genuinely invested in its personal storytelling, which may’t be stated for every part else debuting quickly. And when it comes right down to it, even with out the plausible relationships and the gripping suspense, it is nonetheless price watching simply to get Angel, er, Booth, er, David Boreanaz again on night TV.