Seal Team: Season Five                  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. After four great seasons on CBS the show transition over to Paramount+ exclusively which also allowed it to step it up in the world of action and adult language. If you weren’t able to check out the series on its new streaming home, then now is the time with Seal Team: Season Five.  

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. Vital to the team’s success is Ensign Lisa Davis, a no-nonsense, take-charge officer.

 

In season five, the Bravo team must execute high-stakes missions on foreign soil, but also face explosive troubles much closer to home. The band of patriots selflessly put their lives on the line for a call of duty that includes rescuing a weapons expert, taking on an enemy’s nuclear program, and racing against the clock to stop a terrorist attack. Trust will be tested, commitment will be questioned, and unlikely heroes will rise.​

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 continues to do 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 continues to be 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. This season continues to let the rest of the cast shine as well with each getting their own arcs to not only further their evolution, but also get you more invested in their mindsets in the field. At this point in the series you have to be fully invested and care about them all. They are all equals at this point despite their tenure and are there to call each other out and keep them in check which doesn’t always go well. This is another layer that keeps you fully invested in their brotherhood and humanity.  

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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 as much as the previous ones and already ready to suit up for new missions in season six. 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 14 episodes of the season this release is loaded with bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, and numerous featurettes taking you behind bringing this series to life. Grab your copy of Seal Team: Season Five available now from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment.

 

Check out Seal Team season six when it premieres September 18th on Paramount+.

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