Well you can catch the 2nd episode on Wednesday at 9pm, ITV.
It was worth a laugh, especially when the horrified police officer was walking round looking at the carnage with the CO (AKA Col Dan Fortune from Soldier Soldier..Type cast par chance?). Passing one of the bidies with it's skull blown off, the copper gives Soldier B grief and the CO says "is he yours?" Soldier B replies "yes sir, and 'im in the stairwell an' all" "Hmmmm...Greedy!" says our wafty-haired boss-man. Classic!
The plot was thin (who would send the SAS in to break up a bank siege when it is less than 24 hours old?? and box only seemed capable of dropping in one mike and a CCTV camera), but hey, quality entertainment. Good to see Chris Ryan has finally done something useful with his life (bit part player).
Of course if you want to see some decent espionage, watch the Bourne Identity, much better.
I think this was actually very realistic, in particular the training aspects. For instance, it shows the favourable results of some specialised training and testing methods;
- How to cook a three course meal (with wine) for about a dozen blokes in a combat situation; ten marks are deducted for every random shotgun shell found in the soup.
- How to covertly board a helicopter, by using slightly longer than normal grass in the midle of a housing estate as concealment.
- How to pinch the RAF's hotel rooms for the night without them noticing (although as most SAS troops are not well trained enough to find the sheets in the cupboard, they are permitted to wear body armour to bed to stop them getting chilly).
- And for the highly skilled operator only, the more trusted members are allowed to stick pins in pretty pictures of buildings. Although until a series of exhaustive safety and competency tests are passed, candidates must train with PVA glue in case they prick themselves.
At all times, a pair of furry mittens are tied to the troops sleeves so they don't forget where they are.
Only the first series, it went crap after that. Although, I did appear as an extra on a couple of occaisions. Any excuse to wear my mess-kit on tv!
I didn't see last week's installment, so maybe it has happened already, but I wish Sgt Matey or whatever the Mitchell Boy's new character is called would just get on and shag the Int Burd, coz it's only the prospect of that happening that keeps me in any way interested. I almost thought it was quids-in when he called round in the middle of the night and she was in her dressing gown and bugger-all else. The least she could do was let him open it all the way and give the lads a peek
Noo - it got better after that - better totty anyway (Major Voce and the very sexy Serg MacCleod). Plus one of the COs was yummy - he started bonking the medical officer, Sadie. Those three beat Robson and Jermome hands down..
I thought the fire-fight at the check point was a bit A Team-esque...... millions of rounds expended at 3 feet range, yet no bugger hit! At one stage I thought a car would roll over and 3 guys would get out shaking their heads while BA Gwant was shouting "I'll get you Murdoch...FOOL!"
That's the thought I had. The CO is Cowley, Kemp is Bodie, and the Chick is Doyle.....
I suppose it could be "The Professionals" of the 21st C
Dah-dah-dah-wop-wop-Dah-dah-da-da-Da-da-da-da-da-dada.... lol is there a mobie phone tone anywhere?
There ratings it's had so far , seem to suggest a second series
Maybe there will be , and the Kemp/Ryan character can be more developed , so the General public will say ~"He should be in charge, he is soooooo a Top Sasser bloke, just like that Chris Ryan, who should have been in charge of that patrol that got lost/zapped/bagged/filled in, it wouldn't have happened if he's been in charge, and a lot more Iraqi's would have got slotted,and it's so unfair, which comes out in his book that he was the best person on the ground by far and McNab was nothing but a Cockney tosspot, etc etc etc
Still, no doubt the BBC will take a look, and having made SAS are you tough enough? (F**k me that Postie was, and that chick should do the Commando course) might look at comissioning McNab to do one of his works of works of fiction as a TV mini series.....
Wonder which one they'd use first?
Sorry about the rambling, tooth/abcess giving me hell again, I'm delirious...
Forgive me for being such an anorak, but did I spot the Man Ryan, playing a character in the last episode? I couldn't bear to watch it all, and to be honest, I only watch it to catch a glimpse of the CO (who I have a complete thing about..... )