‘Seal Team’: Should Jason Be the Leader of the Team Right Now?

by Lauren Boisvert

“SEAL Team” is throwing us a fastball of a new episode next Sunday, and the question on everyone’s minds is “Should Jason really be leading Bravo Team right now?” He just found out he has a traumatic brain injury, and now he’s going on a deep undercover op with no communication and no connection to the DOD. Is this really what’s best for him?

The short answer: no, not in real life anyway. If “SEAL Team” was real, of course, he’d be out of the game. He’d be medically discharged so fast his head would spin. But, while “SEAL Team” does its best to portray accuracy, this is still television. And television has to be entertaining. So, Jason is still in the field, still leading his team, even though he basically put them in the hospital in the previous episode.

There doesn’t seem to be any real investigation into Jason’s part in that catastrophe. No one really knows about his TBI because, I assume, the doctor at the hospital legally can’t tell anyone about it. Jason has been doing his own research, but that was cut short when his photo and information was found on an extremist website. He had to gather up his family in case they were being targeted, and his brain injury sat on the back burner.

Now, he’s going undercover; it seems like “SEAL Team” keeps throwing wrenches into Jason’s recovery. That’s definitely going to come back to haunt him. But, you know, that’s what makes good television.

‘SEAL Team’: David Boreanaz On His Work Ethic

It takes a lot to play a Tier-One Navy SEAL, but David Boreanaz seems to have it down pat. He’s been playing Jason Hayes for nearly 5 years; that’s a long way from the brooding vampire love interest on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”

“I just work hard,” David Boreanaz said in conversation with Parade. “I love after a long run, or something, how the body feels exhausted and mentally [spent]; it feels like a sense of accomplishment.”

Boreanaz takes his accomplishments seriously, and works hard to portray an honorable, respectable character on “SEAL Teal.” He’s said of his work ethic, “I remember when I was a kid, I would cut the grass and it took all day, and then I’d look back and see how perfect the lines were in the grass, and I’d say, ‘You know what? That was hard work. I’m a hard-work guy.’ That, to me, is an accomplishment in itself.”

“SEAL Team” certainly puts him through the ringer mentally and physically. He really has to use all his skills to portray Jason Hayes, and what counts is that he’s good at it. Boreanaz has said, “At the end of the day, I like to work and let that speak for itself.”