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Bomb patrol - Channel 5.

Following US EOD teams operating in Afghanistan.

45 mins in, they've just lost 1 remote vehicle and deployed the second which has fallen into the crater from the first explosion.

Nice to see some similarities with the British.
Following US EOD teams operating in Afghanistan.

45 mins in, they've just lost 1 remote vehicle and deployed the second which has fallen into the crater from the first explosion.

Nice to see some similarities with the British.
It beats their typical mounted TTP of driving over IEDs. They have the audacity to call it a find!
Being somethiung of an anorak. I noticed that one team appear to be wearing crye multicam (mtp) and another the older style US desert cam, whilst the escorting US army team were wearing the standard US army cammo pattern. How many different types of comouflage do the US military have?
how does it compare to the bbc3 doco?
It's made in the modern dumb-it-down style. Almost everything gets said twice, by the crew and by the narrator. Then after each break, we get reminded of what just happened before the break in case we have forgotten it. Plus being American, there's loads of Whooping for each small thing so it makes for an irritating soundtrack. Fortunately the narrator doesn't join in the whooping as well. In case we forget they are in Afganistan, it gets pointed out every few minutes that they are vunerable because of X, Y or Z; and specially vunerable at this particular time because of something or other. The start of the next episode is certain to repeat some of this episode to remind us that they are an American bomb patrol EOD crew and where they are and what they are doing there.

There's this Petty Officer boss who seems to say, "Woah!, woah!, woah!" for everything and his crew need to guess at what particular, "woah!" he means each time.

Overall it's pretty average, I reckon that the content of these 10 episodes could easily fit into 8 if it wasn't for the repetition. I've set the timer to get the rest of these in case it grows on me, but if something better comes along I'll change channel.
I didn't make it past the first 5 minutes, it was too Police Interceptors for me with jerky camera action when simply introducing the platoon commander.

I turned over and watched Peter Taylor's Iranian Embassy doc instead. "Get ye fockin heed oot of tha way!"
I did wonder whether the concerned locals, who had called in Felix after remonstrating with the Taliban for laying the device so close to their mud huts, had expected the team to defuse it. The prog didn't show the reaction of the Afghans as the septics blew it in situ with accompanying whoopin' an' a hollerin'.
Clearing an area never having left the comfort of your seat. FFS.

Only watched one episode and that included one clearance where after 2 attempts at blowing up an IED imbedded in a road, the PO in charge of the squad moved in on foot to locate the thing by uncovering both it and the pressure plate and place a charge.

However, what struck me was with the other squad (think the program follows 2 squads) was the general lack of cohesion with the squad leader clearing an Afghan police compound, that had been taken and deserted by the Taliban, without informing his squad who were supposed to be in an overwatch position. They were left completely in the dark by a lack of comms (he wasn't responding to their radio calls) and even had to reposition themselves to be able to continue having a visual on the man. Very strange and the squad were not a bunch of happy bunnies on the reunion.
I had to be reminded by the OH to "calm down dear" at several points through that little performance..!

As Ding pointed out the Chief did not seem to move his gluteus maximus once during the serial demolition of all his remote means by the chimp in the back. I HOPE that there was a slave screen in the front of the vehicle so that he could see what the No2 was seeing and that he was not just relying on what he was telling him..

My No2 would have had a pigstick shaped groove in his head after the first performance.. did you pick up his suggestion that he just shoot out the first barrow to stop it jamming the second one...?

And why did the Septics just leave the container lying there in the first place - It's like planting a lamp post and not expecting dogs to piss on it..

.. and as for forensics or exploitation.. words fail me!

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