October 29, 2018  (Web Review)

SEAL Team: Season One

Paramount, 6 discs, 939 min., not rated, DVD: $46.99

Reviewer rating: 2.5/4

After 12 seasons starring in the crime procedural Bones, David Boreanaz took the lead in this military-action-drama series that dispenses with the high-tech weapons and flashy style of so many TV action thrillers to focus on the discipline and physical challenges in the modern age of military missions. Master Chief Jason Hayes leads an elite Navy SEAL team and Boreanaz downplays his gift for easygoing humor to create a character who puts his men and missions first, to the detriment of his home life and his marriage. Max Thieriot costars as Clay Spenser, a second generation soldier struggling to get out from under the shadow of his father as he undergoes rigorous SEAL training, evolving from an arrogant hot shot to a team player. The second half of the season sends the team on an extended mission into the Middle East, where they investigate the ambush of a fellow SEAL unit with CIA Officer Mandy Ellis (Jessica ParĂ©), a trusted field veteran who values the team as much as the outcome of the mission. SEAL Team is a rugged, lean show that focuses on tactics, field preparations, and camaraderie between missions, while also exploring how the demands of military life can strain relationships. The series doesn’t break new ground and rarely offers surprises, but it does deliver realistic action, offering a respectful tribute to American servicemen and women. Presenting all 22 episodes from the 2017-18 debut season, extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. A strong optional purchase. (S. Axmaker)