Stars Earn Stripes--Anyone Watching?

#1
Posting this in the US forum vs the more general entertainment forum as I'm sure the UK people 1) Can't view US programming on NBC and 2) couldn't care less about this show.

My Dad initially told me about it a couple weeks ago, and when he told me it was hosted by Weaselly Clark, I told him I really wasn't interested in anything Clark was involved in, given his idiocy in Kosovo (you know, like trying to start WWIII over some office space), and from conversations I've had with people who knew/served under him in the service.

But last night I was sorely afflicted with insomnia, and flipping through On Demand I saw it and decided to give it a try, watched the first two episodes.

Frankly, it's an interesting idea. They have 8 stars/celebrities each partnered with a current or former Special Operations guy. They have a couple of SEALS including Chris Kyle (author of "American Sniper"), a Marine from a FAST team, a Delta operator, a Navy Corpsman assigned to Marine Force Recon, an SF guy, and for variety a NYPD cop (former GySgt from the USMC) and a SWAT team commander. The operators team with their assigned celebs, put them through training, and then in pairs they go through live-fire (yes, they give Hollywood actors full-auto weapons with real bullets even) training simulating (very loose definition of simulating) special operations scenarios. Kind of fun to watch Nick LeChay try to puss out over fast-roping from a helo onto a rooftop. Terry Crews (from "The Expendables") almost drowned in the heliborne water insertion in the first episode, had to be pulled out by a rescue team, as did the trainer from "The Biggest Loser". Eve Torres, WWE female wrestler, is looking INCREDIBLY fine, as her US Special Forces oppo lets her know every five minutes on the show (I'm betting he's already tagging it behind the scenes, she keeps giving him kitten eyes) and she's got a damn impressive door-breaching kick. Picaboo Street, the US Gold Medalist is holding her weight, but I tell you, Todd Palin really impresses. This isn't a political thing, in the first mission, Todd, an old fart by most standards, hits the water in the heliborne insertion and reaches the boat first, then on hitting the beach, has to take over Crews' role (Crews was pulled due to near drowning), bangs out both his and Crews' mission, beats out the operators on his squad in low crawling and slogging through some very difficult bog terrain, and essentially functions like a "one-man army". SEAL Chris Kyle says as he watches the operation, "Next time I go to war, I want Todd Palin on my team." Of course Todd can claim reason to be there himself, as 4 time winner of the Iron Dog sled race, an outdoorsman, hunter, and Bering Sea fisherman (makes a man hard). He's a very game competitor.

Fortunately, Wesley Clark's presence on screen is very limited, and it's fun to watch celebs rolling around in the mud saying "wow this is really hard!", and they all are competing for donations to military-related charities, so it's all in a good cause. Amazingly, nobody's managed to shoot themselves yet.
 
#6
Being Septic I could watch it on TV but have no desire to watch. I have seen trailers and that was more than enough.

That said, I don't watch any "reality" TV shows. Only one I ever watched was "The Great Race" when my son lived with me as he liked it.

Also I am busy watching the Red Sox lose baseball games.:crying::crying:
 
#7
Being Septic I could watch it on TV but have no desire to watch. I have seen trailers and that was more than enough.

That said, I don't watch any "reality" TV shows. Only one I ever watched was "The Great Race" when my son lived with me as he liked it.

Also I am busy watching the Red Sox lose baseball games.:crying::crying:
I work til 11 PM so miss most of the Cards games. :(
 
#8
I work til 11 PM so miss most of the Cards games. :(
AT least Cardinals have a shot at a wild card slot. Red Sox have no hope until next season. (If they hire a couple of decent pitchers who also want to win games).. At least Cards play real baseball with no DH.

(Sorry Brit people, baseball stuff)
 
#9
AT least Cardinals have a shot at a wild card slot. Red Sox have no hope until next season. (If they hire a couple of decent pitchers who also want to win games).. At least Cards play real baseball with no DH.

(Sorry Brit people, baseball stuff)
We lead the league in runs and batting averages. We just need to put it together.
 
#10
Do you Americanos not have a baseball thread? Not criticising, got into baseball myself when channel 5 started over here & I was a dole mole ( Astros had Bell, Bagwell and Bieggio(sp?) In the line up)
 
#11
There's full episodes on YouTube. Reminds me of a high-budget version of that terribly dire "Commando VIP" a few years back starring the titted one from Ultimate Farce and a few other shitty supposed celebs.

That said, having just read American Sniper, Chris Kyle is decent and there's some acceptable birds in this.
 
#12
I've got an idea for a somewhat similar show- "Mongs Earn Medals". We get some complete spackers, give them automatic weapons, get some some ex-special ops types to lead them on missions...what could go wrong?
 
#16
I have seen one episode or two but it's not that interesting to me. Celebrities undergoing tough training conducted by real military trainers for no other reward than maybe making the celebrities realize that the soldiers really do have a tough job is not enough for me. I did get a chuckle out of the one male celebrity being called a pu$$y for hanging back when it came time for him to do a fast rappel out of a helicopter but that's pretty much the only laff I saw. Some guys don't like playing the dope on a rope game. I would rather watch Wipe-Out. There you pretty much know what's going on with that. Contestants are bashed, pummelled and embarassed on national TV what's not to love? :? :p

 
#17
Wasn't there a similar Brit series back in the 80's?

Hosted by General Hughes, of the Liverpool Regt 'n based in BAOR. Featured a fair spattering of Royals amongst the celebs as I recall.

"Missions" probably included breaking into the RHQ, while doing a weekend extra, to skiff the coffee mug of a foxy WRAC pay clerk, a role fulfilled by Linda Luscardi; getting dropped off at the adjacent RCT barracks main gate, as a decoy, while doing a runner from a boxhead taxi.

Or am I bit confused?
 
#18
Wasn't there a similar Brit series back in the 80's?

Hosted by General Hughes, of the Liverpool Regt 'n based in BAOR. Featured a fair spattering of Royals amongst the celebs as I recall.

"Missions" probably included breaking into the RHQ, while doing a weekend extra, to skiff the coffee mug of a foxy WRAC pay clerk, a role fulfilled by Linda Luscardi; getting dropped off at the adjacent RCT barracks main gate, as a decoy, while doing a runner from a boxhead taxi.

Or am I bit confused?
Possibly but highly unlikely that the Americans would consider copying UK shows

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_television_series_based_on_British_television_series]
 
#19
Be more "realistic" if they got them pissed the night before and then took em on a BFT at 06.30. For the more authentic squaddie experience!