In theory, this could be the most perfectly constructed show in history. Half episodic action and half serial drama supervised by one of the best writers of our time. Somehow, it isn’t quite achieving its potential in practice, but it’s close.
With a fairly limited number of major characters, The Unit never feels tied to anyone or anything and can use its parts as little or as much as it needs to in any given episode. It also doesn’t seem to suffer from the same time constraints other shows do. It can start a subplot and resist the urge to wrap it up, or even refer to it, in the following episode. It can even nibble at the edges of political commentary without the appearance of an agenda. Which is good, because I don’t think the audience for its lead-in, NCIS, are open-minded enough to consider both sides. Most importantly though, it has the best shootouts on TV. The best in a long time. In fact, better than most movies can muster these days, and that’s much appreciated.
And it might only get better as the cast adjusts to Mametspeak, something only the actors in his plays have had an opportunity to do in the past.There’s also the possibility of Lee Tergesen becoming a long standing nemesis. And nobody can tell me that isn’t great news. Even if they didn’t see his episode early this season.