SIX™ follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors whose mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite special operations unit, what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat, and the life-and-death decisions they make.
What We Thought:
Six is yet another solid scripted drama from The History Channel. They’ve had some really good mini-series and along with Vikings, they are putting together some quality shows as well.
The show focuses on the professional and personal lives of members of SEAL Team Six. You see how their job affects their families and personal lives at home. From not being able to talk about what they do or simply being apart from their loved ones, being one of the world’s most elite fighting teams takes a toll on each and every member.
The 8 episodes of season 1 follow the members while they try to track down a former member who had been taken hostage along with a group of students and their teacher by Boko Haram. When it is discovered they have a former Navy SEAL as a hostage, they try to ransom him back to the US. A Muslim terrorist recognizes the SEAL and wants revenge on him for something he did two years prior.
The show lives and dies with Walton Goggins. He plays Rip, the former SEAL taken by Boko Haram and eventually ends up in possession of an extremist. Goggins is one of the best TV actors of the past 20 years. From The Shield to Justified, he is amazing and he’s fantastic in this as well. He is hands down the heart of the show.
As someone who supports the military and currently has a nephew in the Navy, I liked that the show gives a look behind the curtain. We don’t always see the family side of soldiers and how difficult it is to balance their lives as soldier and civilian. Relationships struggle or fall apart from the stress or lack of time together. A member is killed in action and you see how all the families come together to mourn. You see the human side of soldiers. We need more of that.
I quite enjoyed Six and I’m looking forward to future seasons. I thought the production value was really good and I’m glad they allowed some swearing as well. It felt honest and authentic. Goggins is great and the rest of the cast are solid too. If you missed it on TV, definitely pick up the Blu-ray.
Cast & Crew:
- Walton Goggins TV’s “Justified” and “Vice Principals,” The Hateful Eight
- Barry Sloane TV’s “Revenge” and “Longmire”
- Kyle Schmid TV’s “Copper” and “Being Human”
- Juan Pablo Raba Netflix’s “Narcos,” TV’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
- Edwin Hodge TV’s “Chicago Fire,” The Purge
- Brianne Davis Jarhead
- Nadine Velazquez Flight
- Dominic Adams TV’s “Devious Maids”
- Nondumiso Tembe TV’s “True Blood”
- Jaylen Moore TV’s “Chicago Med”
- Donny Boaz TV’s “Dallas”
Recommended If You Like:
- Lone Survivor
- The Unit