Six Season One, from the History Channel follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six. It is a tale of modern American warriors whose mission is to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. Unfortunately this plan goes awry when the team uncovers a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite special operations unit, what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat, and the life-and-death decisions they make.
Six is created by William Broyles Jr and David Broyles. William is known for creating the show China Beach in the late 80’s which I thought was pretty enjoyable and entertaining. He also wrote the screenplays for Apollo 13, Cast Away, Jarhead and Flags of Our Fathers. I’d say he is a fairly underrated writer but his scripts are memorable for their characters and attention to detail. That same care is given to the History Channel mini-series Six.
Right away I was interested in Six because I saw that Walton Goggins was involved. I enjoy the depth and vulnerability he brings to his character portrayals. The rest of the cast are not unknowns, and some of them have been in a few television shows recently, but they are small enough names that it doesn’t take you out of the story to see them on screen. Rather than thinking of them as actors you start to buy in to them as their characters and I like that in a TV show.
That’s one thing this mini-series strives for is a balance of character drama with war action and tinted with a realistic telling of a true story. This may put some off if the viewer is expecting non-stop action and battles. But I commend the show for trying to show characters with real moral dilemmas and decision making that is not simply good vs evil. I have never served in the military so I cannot attest to how accurate the situations are but as a viewer it seems to be pretty grounded.
The show itself is not perfect and the more military/special ops/terrorist cell shows and movies you have watched will alter how fresh the story lines come across. The history channel does put the description “inspired” by true events rather than “based” on, so it’s more of a thematic realism than a beat for beat retelling of a true story. I think it’s important to remember that this is a vehicle for entertainment or for getting a point across rather than being a documentary about SEALs. With that in mind it’s easier to forgive the parts that don’t exactly mesh cohesively together or parts that seem to be amplified for dramatic effect.
The picture quality looks like what you would expect a modern moderately budgeted television series to look like. It is obvious that Six Season One was shot digitally. There are some filters for night vision and sepia tones during captivity scenes. You will notice some CGI effects but nothing that took me out of the show. All in all I think Six has a solid visual presentation.
It is a little unfortunate that only a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio is offered. Master lossless audio is missed, as some of the explosions and chaotic scenes seem a bit flat. The low end doesn’t have as much punch as I feel it should. Other than that the audio is decent, the dialogue is crisp and clear. It’s not a bad audio track by any means, it just feels like a downgrade of what should be offered on a modern show in the current format. English and Spanish subtitles are included. A code for a digital copy of the show is also included.
There are no special features on this release.
Six Season One Final Thoughts:
Six Season One is pretty interesting and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing what season two has in store for us. I enjoyed the writing and the acting even though it may be considered more of a military soap opera. It’s a shame the audio is compressed and that no special features are available. However it seems that a lower price point for 8 episode mini-series was the focus for this release and at the time of writing could be bought for $19.96. For almost 6 hours of entertainment that is pretty hard to disagree with. I’d recommend picking it up from Amazon or other fine retailers if you have any interest in the show.
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