Last night after co-hosting a great You Served Radio show that was packed with some great guests I finally got a chance to watch the new Military Channel show Special OPS Mission. This new reality show features Will Willis. On Wednesday, CJ and I interviewed Will for You Served Radio that will be played on a later date.
Will is an ex-Ranger and end AirForce Pararescue Jumper (PJ). PJs are like a EMTs on steroids that can take lives as easily and efficiently as they can save them.
The premise of this new type of reality show is similar to Survivor-man, in that Will operates largely independently. Except for strategically placed surveillance cameras, pretty much all the footage of Will is from the cameras he carries or are mounted to his weapon. He talks to the cameras (you the viewer) as he would a newbie on his team. He operates solo so there are no team members for him to talk to regularly. Just as he would coach a new team member on a training exercise, Will passes tidbits of info to the cameras explaining why he is doing something, his thought or decision making process, etc.
In the first episode his mission is in an abandoned hospital that four opposing force (OPFOR) members (who are two ex-Marine Force Recon guys, and ex-Navy Seal and an Ex-Army guy) have four hostages. Willâ€™s mission is to â€œeliminateâ€ the four opposing force members and rescue the hostages.
They are using special Simulation rounds that are like paintballs but they are loaded on the end of real brass casings and with gun powder. These special rounds are only available to military and law enforcement and can be fired from normal weapons.
I think it was a great show and was very accurate. There was not a lot of â€œHollywoodâ€ to it. As Will and the OPFOR all acted as any professional soldiers would. I easily found myself half-way through the show yelling at the TV rooting for Will. Every time he took down one of the bad guys I was cheering.
For the normal civilian on the street or for the military family member who has maybe heard some acronyms or things in the house, this is a great teaching tool into the vernacular of the combat soldier. It also demonstrates the tactics and technical expertise of the combat soldiers of today and how there is so much more to effectively taking out an enemy than just pointing a weapon and pulling a trigger.
If you have Military Channel then be sure to catch the show. If not, then keep an eye on www.hulu.com for when it becomes available on there.
I give Special OPS Mission a big Bouhammer Thumbs UP!!