‘Seal Team’ Producer Explains What Sets Their Show Apart From Other Military Dramas

by Lauren Boisvert
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“SEAL Team” is already a powerhouse of a show; you can’t have a series about an elite military team and not make it as realistic as possible. But what element really sets this show apart from other military dramas? Producer Benjamin Cavell has the answer.

“One thing that ever other military show gets wrong is that it’s not funny enough,” said Cavell. “Their interactions and lives in the military can have funny moments, so we have tried to incorporate humor.”

David Boreanaz has also said that they use laughter to get through painful or emotional situations on the show. People in real life do that as well. Ever crack a joke to try to cheer up a friend going through a tough time? It’s the same concept that “SEAL Team” employs in its stories. They treat these characters like real people, and consider how real people get through difficult times. Often, they turn to humor.

That’s what works on “SEAL Team”; it’s so realistic in every aspect, that you sometimes forget you’re watching a show. The crew goes to painstaking lengths to make sure everything is legitimate as possible. They hire veterans, including Tyler Gray, actor, and producer on the show. Gray is an Army veteran and was wounded in Iraq. He plays Trent Sawyer and also consults on the details. Gray, and other veterans in the business like him, is what makes “SEAL Team” what it is: an emotional roller coaster, yes, but an extremely accurate one.

‘SEAL Team’: David Boreanaz Discusses Jason’s Hardships

Jason Hayes, played by David Boreanaz, has had some difficulties recently. He’s made a career out of the military, and that’s definitely affected his body and mind. He’s been having memory issues and blackouts, which can be catastrophic in the field. Not just for Jason, but for his team as well.

In an Instagram video, Boreanaz discussed some of the things Jason will be going through in the rest of season 5. “He can wear and tear, and he can burn rubber—a Ferrari F8 that understands the pounding of a Mustang. He’s a handful,” said Boreanaz, discussing his character. “There will be an issue in one of these episodes touching back into some of the brain issues he had in the past, some TBI.”

TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury, and it’s a common occurrence among active service members. With how long Jason has been in the game, his age and experiences are catching up to him. Will he be forced to retire if things get worse? Having a leader with memory problems is a great risk when you’re in the high-stress situations Bravo Team constantly finds themselves in. Hopefully, Jason gets help soon and doesn’t hide his problems from the team.

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