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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing, 5 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: The Unit - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 1 Jan 2008, 18:21:22 GMT
I'm not best at describing things but i was a fan of denis in 24 myself, and this series completly demonstrated how blo0dy good of an actor he is, the speech's he gives are fantastic. i enjoy anything to do with special forces and secret goverments etc and this to me is the crown jewl in all the great shows i've seen it really is fantastic. the story lines are very well written and todate i have not seen a bad eps of the unit! i have giggles like a little kid the way they get thigns done!!! Well done to the writters please keep them coming!!!!

Posted on 1 Jan 2008, 18:21:25 GMT
I'm not best at describing things but i was a fan of denis in 24 myself, and this series completly demonstrated how blo0dy good of an actor he is, the speech's he gives are fantastic. i enjoy anything to do with special forces and secret goverments etc and this to me is the crown jewl in all the great shows i've seen it really is fantastic. the story lines are very well written and todate i have not seen a bad eps of the unit! i have giggles like a little kid the way they get thigns done!!! Well done to the writters please keep them coming!!!!

Posted on 2 Feb 2009, 10:09:05 GMT
Mr P says:
Agree with your review. It could have been a great fun series to watch, but the inclusion of the wives and girlfriends stories meant that in a 45 minute show only 23 minutes was the military action. I watched two episodes then gave up in disgust. It's more like a soap opera than an action thriller.
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