The Unit 4 Seasons 2006

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Season 1
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1. First Responders AGES_12_AND_OVER

The Unit's newest member and his wife quickly learn the ropes from the team and their wives after terrorists hijack a plane and threaten to blow it up.

Starring:
Dennis Haysbert,Regina Taylor
Runtime:
44 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Davis Guggenheim
Starring Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor
Supporting actors Scott Foley, Robert Patrick, Audrey Marie Anderson, Max Martini, Abby Brammell, Demore Barnes, Michael Irby, Nicole Steinwedell
Season year 2006
Network Twentieth Century Fox
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 20 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
A U.S delta force unit led by Jonas Blane(Dennis Haysbert) and under the overall command of Col Tom Ryan(Robert Patrick)trawl the world and home soil putting out fires that range from hijackings to 40 lb bombs to guarding political summits etc.Their missions are constrasted with their families lives on base and the steps they have to take to protect their husbands real identities.
Military soap opera has some excellent performances,a thoughtful and well drawn account of the lives of those left behind and some exciting and hair-raising moments for the "Unit".
Created surprisingly by David Mamet and Shawn Ryan(The Shield)The Unit is a well written and engaging series marred only by the occasional story lull,some obvious twists and a preposterous final episode that was just too silly for words.Haysbert stands out as the beacon of responsibility and decision making in the field in a well chosen cast of characters who are all allowed to develop quite nicely.
Solid Entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
This is a great series, which we discovered by accident on DVD and thoroughly enjoyed. It can be characterised as a kind of mix of action thriller and soap opera--Spooks crossed with, say, Neighbours--but lest that put you off, I hasten to add the mix is generally very well done. The characters are great and you really get to know them well over the course of the series. The actors are excellent, and the plots generally tight and interesting(with one or two rather unrealistic ones, such as the final scenes of the final episode, which raise a good many questions that aren't answered.) And although there are some cheesy and corny moments, by and large there is some genuine exploration of the ambiguous double world inhabited by these elite soldiers and their families. We certainly couldn't stop watching, once we'd started!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Power on 5 Oct. 2007
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I bought this purely on the strength of Dennis Haysbert being in it after admiring his work as President Palmer in 24, but after watching this it is a reminder that it takes more than just a great actor(s) to make a great show.

The writers of The Unit have tried to make each episode individual with regard to the stories but this has the unfortunate consequence of making it feel rushed as writers are fighting against the time restrictions of an episode whilst characters get weighed down with dialog because of the need to explain a whole new scenario.
Couple that with the unnecessary viewpoint of the army wives's perspective alongside the main story and it feels like the opportunity to show the men in full on action has been, sadly missed.

This is a shame because you want to like these men, and you want to see what these highly trained special forces can really do, but they never really face a challenging enough adversary to impress the viewer, and they always get it right and go home to their wives at the end of the day.

On the subject of the wives, it seems like they were thrown into the mix as an afterthought to maybe draw in some female viewers, but in the process, not really adding anything to the story or the enjoyment but holding it back in most cases.

It's unclear to me exactly who this show is aimed at as there doesn't seem enough involvement in either the wives or The Unit's character development to feel any empathy or respect for them. Your not really given any time to get to know anyone or care what happens to them as it makes you feel like you are an observer skimming over the surface of their day to day lives rather than being privy to, and involved in a great story.
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By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2011
Format: DVD
If you like the usual US action/thriller series, then this is for you. It's a bit like 24-lite, with a bunch of wives thrown in to broaden the viewing demographic.

As usual, the lead guys are as tough as they come, being able to do anything anywhere and are utterly convincing in their many disguises to locals around the world, regardless of the colour of their skin (yeah right). It has a Mission Impossible (series) feel to it, with the soldiers only needing to don a flat cap and leather jacket to blend seamlessly into eastern European life. Apart from those little amusements, it's actually an interesting and exciting series, with plenty of action and also stuff going on at home to keep their wives occupied.

The lead wife is a bit of a Mother Teresa character who's so perfect you can't help but hope something goes badly wrong for her, and luckily it does. To complete the usual requirements, you also have sassy wife and bad wife.

As already said by others, the last episode is ridiculous beyond belief, probably penned by the normal writer's teenage son for a laugh after having just watched Top Gun and Mission Impossible, but that aside we're looking forward to getting into Season 2, where I believe things improve quite a bit, which should make a good show great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan. 2011
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I bought this on the strength of other reviews and have not been disappointed, I thought I would struggle and this would be one for my husband to enjoy, but we are both gripped as it has something for everyone...
Showing both the mission stories and the family life, you do immediately get a feel for the characters and we have watched the first two series straight through in a couple of weeks.
Overall great entertainment and a worthwhile buy
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