The Brave revolves around top secret missions operated by a special ops unit behind enemy lines.
Movies based on military, especially the ones related to special forces and top-secret missions have always been box office hits. The Behind Enemy Lines series, Black Hawk Down, American Sniper and Tears of the Sun are some of the most brilliant examples of that. They have inspired many among us to join the military forces.
Banking in on the same idea, NBC’s new TV show, The Brave premiered on September 25, 2017. This American military drama has been created by Dean Georgaris, Daniel Cohn and Jeremy Miller. Starring Mike Vogel and Anne Heche in the lead, The Brave revolves around top secret missions operated by a special ops unit behind enemy lines. At one end, we have Capt. Adam Dalton (Mike Vogel) as the head of the special ops team that comprises of sniper Jasmine ‘Jaz’ Khan (Natacha Karam), combat medic ‘McG’ McGuide (Noah Mills), communications expert ‘Preach’ Carter (Demetrius Grosse) and intelligence officer ‘Amir’ Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal). The team at the other end is headed by Deputy Director of Intelligence Operations, Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche), cultural specialist Noah Morgenthau (Tate Ellington) and mission coordinator Hannah Archer (Sofia Pernas).
From the very go, the premiere episode jumps into action, with an American doctor who is kidnapped in Syria. What follows is the accumulation of intel, sharing of information to and fro between the two teams (the special ops unit and the intelligence analysts), as the unit tries to take on a group of terrorists and rescue the doctor. The episode sure ends leaving the audience seeking more as the last scene shows a suicide truck exploding near the beach where the team is relaxing after the mission in Turkey.
The very premiere episode doesn’t take time to develop the story behind each of the characters, except that of Patricia Campbell, who has recently lost her son in combat. Playing major cards, like putting a woman combat agent in the team, playing some of the scenes a little realistic and no James-Bond style big bangs and actions serve well, but the show gets a little cocky and overdoes the same. The special forces unit doesn’t look as interesting as they should, even though special care has been taken into attributing unique identities to each of the characters. The comms expert is a bible-loving preacher, while the intelligence officer belongs to the Muslim community and these sure are bound to bring some tensions sooner than later.
With just the first episode in place, it is too early to tell. We will have to see, how the show moves on in the hands of the people behind the show. The premise of the show looks interesting and as long as they put up interesting missions, better plots, well-development of characters, The Brave is bound to resonate with the audience. Episode 2 of The Brave premieres on October 2, 2017.
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