RoyCharacters wooden; they might seem less wooden if they shoot more terrorists. Lots of family tropes/cliches; need a lot less of that, hopefully terrorists kill their families. Need more action; what action there was so far was good enough. Not expecting that much from this show.
TommyThe first episode delivers on the action, not on par in terms of action-direction as you would find in a higher budget show but none the less serviceable. The melodrama added by family conflicts are hopefully just used in this first episode to set up the fact that the family lives of these soldiers are not good and won’t come back to bite us.
MattIf action is your thing then this show will probably satisfy that itch.There is potential for intelligent viewing here with some of the moral dilemmas presented but that could just be wishful thinking considering how stereotypical this show can be.
RoyOh god why? Just shoot some people. Why are they back in America. I thought they were gonna get serious. Serious about crushing my dreams is more like it. This show is reminding me of Colony. And we all know you can’t spell ‘colony’ without ‘colon’. That is what this show is. A colon spewing forth horrible images and sounds.
TommyWell, already my hopes from last week are dashed. The hyped up mission that ended the last episode turn out to be fairly simple and is done within the first 10 minutes? Afterward we dive right back into the family dramas all of which are cliche to the hilt or just very uncomfortable to watch. I understand that the filmmakers want to make the lives of these guys important and seem real but this drama is uninteresting and what we all want to see is the team going out on missions and doing cool stuff. I did like the bro moment between Bear and Alex but that’s about it...
MattOne factually accurate terrorist recruitment scene can not redeem pure garbage. The weirdest thing about this episode is that we seem to be re-treading family relations ground that was firmly established in the episode one. Rip’s rescue is my only draw card and we haven't even started rescuing him. Boring, Redundant, stereotypical trash.
RoyThis episode of SIX is what the show should have been to begin with. There was some action and the scenes revolving around drama were showing how the story got to the point it is rather than getting in the way of anything progressing. I really liked all the sequences involving Rip’s escape attempt apart from that one dumb guy who got himself killed. How can he not know that Boko Haram loves killing people and that they would definitely kill him, especially after he saw them kill some other guy for trying to help them? The flashback scenes showing Rip training the team and how the current predicament came about were a good inclusion. SIX needs to continue these trends and I will be on board.
TommyThis third episode was much more inline with what i expected for the series. Showing us scenes that have real stakes with a bit of family drama scattered to humanise the members of the team. This is essentially all about Rip, how he built and lost his relationship with his crew, his family life falling around him, the degradation of his mental state and a his current attempt to escape with the other prisoners of Boko Haram. I have to say it was fairly solid overall, hopefully this marks the end of episodes that have the majority of the run time devoted to low-stake family conflicts
MattEpisode 3 was a definite improvement on what we have seen from SIX so far. Rip’s backstory is explained well in a non contrite way. Aside from a weird flashback or two I think this episode offered a more well rounded story with enough action and suspense to get me through. Would it change my mind on the entire series? Not quite but it’s a step in the right direction.
Six has returned to its old ways. Boring family things. There have been way too many episodes mentioning Bear’s testicles. I don’t care about this even a little bit. And Ricky’s wife… the writers are trying to make her fit every single trope about annoying wives. If you took away the first half of the episode it would have been fantastic because the second half of the episode had lots of pretty good action. One of the SEALs got shot and had to be medivaced. He was a bit of a wanker throughout the episode so I was happy he got shot. It isn’t that good storytelling when a viewer is happy when one of the good guys gets shot but at least it elicited a response. Here’s hoping the last half of the episode is a sign of things to come.
What makes me so sad about SIX is that there are some very important points being made concerning global conflicts and the players within them. Not all terrorist are motivated by greed, not all soldiers are pure and SIX at times becomes a very philosophical show demonstrating that the world is not as black and white as we all like to think it is. These moments are overshadowed in this episode however with completely artificial drama and really strange christien overtones. Specifically Bear’s concerns that his sins resulted in the death of his infant child. I understood what they were trying to do here concerning bear’s character development. But it came across as very confusing and only helped to increase my resentment of this show.
Most of this episode continues to deal with family issues, with Bear it’s his infertility, Buddha has to deal with potential infidelity in his marriage? For Caulder, he has an Impetuous daughter and Chase (the new guy) continues to deal with his initiation to the team.Rip doesn’t feature much as he is tied to a cross for the majority of his scenes but we do get a decent scene between him and one of the younger members of Boko Haram. The last 10 minutes or so we get the SEAL team going in to get Rip and a nice little shootout ensues but doesn’t really make up for the rest of the needless drama. Also one of the SEAL guys gets injured but I could not feel much for that character as he was never really featured until this episode and he was only there to continue putting pressure onto Chase.
RoyOh, Shitface died. It is bizarre that they decided to go with this because we as an audience don’t care about Shitface. I like the idea of the episode; that the SEAL team will inevitably have to deal with the loss of some of their compatriots, but why not kill off a character who has actually had characterisation [such as it is in this show]? I felt this type of drama was appropriate and it didn’t really bother me as much as the usual family drama, but it was still all implemented rather poorly. The highlights of this episode were the scenes between Rip and his terrorist captor Michael. I was surprised to find myself being drawn towards the characterisation of Michael, having previously seen him as a run-of-the-mill action-show villain. As such, watching him spar with Rip was entertaining. I only wish they would have shown us he was interesting earlier.
MattThis has to be one of the worst episodes of television I have ever had the mispleasure of watching. From having sex with a dead dudes wife to a glock being pulled at a wake. This tv series has hit the lowest of the low. There is ten good minutes in this episode between Rip and Michael and that’s it. These moments aren't even good enough to redeem the episode.
TommyNot even a lick of action this time around however despite that i felt that the drama that was shown was actually not bad. A fair amount of time was spent with the SEAL team as they process the death of a team mate which I don't think the audience will feel but it was executed fine. The scenes between Rip and Michael are good with those characters exchanging nice dialogue, particularly from michael who shows a more logical and thought out terrorist leader. The other major thing that happened was the womanizer team member having sex with the dead team members wife. This came out of nowhere and actually surprised me and i’m somewhat interested in seeing this pan out, but it'll probably be very soap opera-ey and again take the focus away from actual missions. So yeah...
RoySIX trudges on. Like a man through a desert. We can only hope he dies soon so his suffering ends. Like the desert, SIX offers more of the same this week with no sign that anything will change. Bear is still a loose cannon. Michael is still the only vaguely interesting character. There is still too much artificial drama and not enough shooting. For SIX to have any redemption it has to do something completely unexpected like waterboard some children or have RIP and Michael become pals. With two more episodes to go I expect very little. The only hope I have is that the series ends in a big gun fight with explosions.
MattOffering anymore thoughts on this pile of shit is pointless
TommySo this week shows more about why I don’t like this show very much and it’s not even that there isn’t enough action. I think the main problem i have with this show is that it mishandles the drama. For instance in this episode Bear punches Caulder in the face when he is confessed to. Buddha steps up and makes these guys deal with their emotions which is fine, but really, it should be Bear doing this as the new team leader or Buddha being the team leader. It’s this kind of stuff that takes me out of the show and the quality of the action or other distractions isn’t good enough to make up for these negatives. The only silver lining here is that the interactions between Rip and Michael are still good and i kind of look forward to their word battles as they are now locked in together.
RoyThis episode is what I expected every episode of SIX to be. There was good action pacing and tension. The preparation for the mission was exciting. What little family drama there was got drowned out by the action and setup for the action. It is a bit silly how the show is still trying to convince us that Bear is a good leader when he is still completely a loose cannon. Buddah needs to be the team leader because Bear is going to get more people killed. I am looking forward to see how the burgeoning relationship between Rip and Michael developes into the spin off series “The Exciting Adventures of Rip and Michael.”
MattA definite uptick from the usual crap I have come to expect from this show. But my general distaste (hatred) of this show has tainted it so thoroughly that my *enjoyment* of this episode was done through very gritted teeth. But I have to be fair. There was some action and decent character moments which did make this at least watchable.
TommyWith only one episode to go this feels a little too late to make any reasonable impact but I have to say that the ratio of family drama to mission drama is much better this week. For the first time the majority of the episode is about the execution, planning and ancillary details of a mission. Everything that happens is also appropriately tense, logical and reveals some cool stuff about the behind the scenes intelligence that is gathered. The only real hiccup for me is that they try again to have Bear come across like a good leader doing the classic “talking to his troops inspirationally thing” but none of his dialogue is heard which indicates to me that they either couldn’t be bothered, or didn’t know what to write. So overall a good episode I hope the finale at least ends this series on a good note.
RoyWhy can’t all the episodes have been this good? Did I even watch the same show? I can’t say for sure that I don’t feel this way because of the contrast with previous episodes but this episode was great! The action in the first half was exciting and tense; the cooldown in the second half didn’t feel forced like the drama in the rest of the series. The only bad things about this episode are very minor, like Bear still being kind of an arsehole. This all just makes me that much angrier at the rest of the season for being so bad compared to this. I almost want to watch the next season to see what becomes of Rip and Michael, but then I remember how boring episodes 2-6 were. SIX definitely saved its best for last, I only wish it didn’t save so much of it.
MattFrom start to finish this was a half decent finale. The first twenty minutes had a great action sequence, nearly on a cinematic level. Characters had some nice moments that felt really genuine and there was a cool little cliffhanger at the end which I did not see coming. All in all a tremendous improvement on previous episodes. Which is kinda the rub here, why couldn't the rest of the show have been this good. Ultimately I feel like there is a decent hour and a half of entertainment in the nearly 8 hrs of this series. So I feel like the ending is an apology for budget constraints and Jeff the intern writing some of the episodes. Ultimately, like Bear's wife, I'm going to be leaving a breakup letter for Six on the counter.
TommyThe finale for this show is like it came from a different show. It doesn’t redeem the series but it definitely is a good episode of television. SEAL team infiltrate the base and we get a cool sequence of battles. Then we get the home sequences where even the drama feels more impactful and meaningful than the rest of the series. Part of that may be because previously these scenes always got in the way of a potential mission scene. Regardless in the case of this episode it works as a nice wind down and then we get something that I think is quite unexpected for this series, but as a fan of Sons of Anarchy, the choice of music here revealed to me the cliffhanger of the episode and i have to say it was still quite well executed and fit in with the world of the show. So yeah, at least SIX ended well.