Seal Team: Season Four              review Bobby Blakey

When Seal Team premiered on CBS in 2017 I was instantly a fan. The series stars David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, and Toni Trucks, with all of them great and the series goes all in with the action and drama. Now the series is heading into its fifth seasons so what better time to head out on their previous ops with Seal Team: Season Four.

Seal Team follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand; Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies; and Clay Spenser, a young, multilingual, second-generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication.

 Season four of Seal Team finds Bravo Team up against some of the biggest obstacles yet, both on and off the battlefield. Jason Hayes wrestles with the toll of his long career as a Special Operator and struggles to guide an evolving Bravo Team. Also, Ray Perry delves into the world of Special Activities, and Clay Spenser and Sonny Quinn face unexpected crossroads in their personal lives.

I am continually impressed with the way this show has put everything together. It dives right in and lets you know that this is going to push the boundaries of the military action drama. While it does take you into the personal issues of each character it balances it well to keep it from being some silly over the top drama instead of the focus on the team itself. The realism of their real life issues affecting their mindset in missions is an issue that no doubt is a factor for these real life soldiers. It also showcases the mindset these guys have to be in to be able to hold these issues at bay the best they can to still do their job without endangering themselves and the rest of the team.

This season further stepped up the battles, but this time even more not on the battlefield letting us in on the effects of war. Dealing with PTSD and the emotional drama of killing, fighting and being tortured is something the real soldiers deal with every day and this season did that issue honor diving in head first. Have no fear, there is still plenty of action and gun fights, but the effects that the personal drama have on the field of battle makes for more issues that you may not always think about. I applaud this for not only bringing light to the issues, but it also helps to further humanize these soldiers that can often times come off as almost robots in their purpose.

Boreanaz is excellent in the role of team leader and along with his team members you really believe in their brotherhood even when there are issues within the ranks. For this season it was Neil Brown Jr.  that to really step up with not only the ordeal that Ray goes through but the lasting effects of it. During all that he is also dealing with a different position that puts both he and Bravo 1 at odds. At the same time the rest of the cast all get story arcs for themselves both at home and on the battlefield further pushing these characters evolution further and making you care about every one of them.

The series also takes on the sexual abuse and harassment that has been more highlighted in the military as of late over the last couple of years. It is yet another important element to deal with and handled well in a way that helps to drive the story and character development forward without derailing what this show is at its core.

I was a bit worried that after the first season it might lose its focus, but it is fully sited in on its target and continues to impress with every season. You feel like you are on these missions with these guys and despite knowing that typically in these shows you never really lose the main cast, you still get that feeling that no one is safe and that goes to the credit of the overall production and performances. I loved this season even more than the first three seasons and already ready to suit up for new missions in season five. I hope this will be a show that will stay on active duty for years to come. The action seemed more intense this time around as well as the emotional impact all of the aftermath continues to have on the entire team unfolding in different ways.

​In addition to all 16 episodes of the season this release is loaded with bonus content including commentary, deleted scenes, and numerous featurettes taking you behind bringing this series to life. Grab your copy of Seal Team: Season Four available now from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment.

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