God is my Director

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If you have a problem, if no-one else can help…

Posted by Martin on December 21, 2006

My latest television addiction is The Unit – or – ‘What David Palmer did next after 24

It’s the ‘based-on-real-events’ story of an elite Delta Force team, headed up by Jonas Blane, the character played by the brilliant Dennis Haysbert (pictured). Called simply ‘Alpha Team’, they go to the places where no other soldiers can or will; they do the jobs that even Jack Bauer wouldn’t touch. Assassinations, death-defying rescues – all in a day’s work for Jonas and his men. And to give the show some depth, we also get to see the lives of their wives and families, living together back on base – nervously waiting to hear each week if their men have made it back alive from their latest mission.

All good fun, but it took me a few episodes to work out what was really going on here. This speech, from Jonas to another character, helped me to catch on:

‘No matter how blessed out lives, how charmed our existence, things still inevitably, irrevocably go wrong. Your mother swindled out of her savings. Your estranged husband runs off with your kids. Your best friend goes on vacation in a foreign land and disappears. Eventually, bad things find us all. You ever hear of the “Get of Jail Free Card”? This is a get out of hell card. At some point in your life, God forbid you have nowhere else to turn, call that number.’

Remind you of another show, anyone? Remember, Blane’s part of The Unit is called ‘Alpha Team’…

Here’s another quote, this time from that other show:

‘In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…’

They’ve re-made The A-Team! People should know about this. Tell your friends.

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