‘Seal Team’: Could the Show Have a Major Time Jump?

by Lauren Boisvert
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“SEAL Team” is about to go into an intense arc, and it could include an unusual narrative device for the show. It usually stays in the present, showing action in real-time instead of relying on flashbacks or time jumps. But, with the new undercover mission taking place up to 6 months in the future, “SEAL Team” might employ a little creative storytelling.

It’s possible this episode (or episodes, if it’s an arc) could involve a pretty significant time jump. Bravo Team is going undercover in South America with no communication and no connections to the Department of Defense. They’re going to have to survive on their own, with no help from outside.

Narratively, it doesn’t make sense to show everything in real-time, like “SEAL Team” usually does. With the exception of a handful of episodes, all the action is in the present. But, with an episode that takes place over months, you have to employ a few time skips.

This is going to be a tough one for Bravo Team, for sure. A lot of milestones, a lot of close calls, and a lot of stress are plaguing the guys, and now they have to leave for possibly 6 months. Sonny has a new baby, Clay’s baby just barely survived being born early, Ray is still struggling with his post-traumatic stress, and Jason has been coming to terms with his traumatic brain injury. Things have been mounting, and they’re just going to keep mounting whether they’re in the states or on a covert op. Hopefully, things go well for Bravo; they need a win.

‘SEAL Team’: When Judd Lormand Realized Impact of Show

Judd Lormand, who plays Eric Blackburn on “SEAL Team,” realized the impact the show has when he spoke with veterans. “It was during our pilot,” he said. “I was talking with two of our consultants, both of these guys served as operators in different aspects of the military. I was talking to them in New Orleans, and I realized one of them had a massive injury, very visible, to his left arm from war. Then, the other guy had a very similar massive, visible injury to his right arm.”

The actors really get a sense of the magnitude of what they’re doing when they meet with veterans, both those working on the show and fans. “That was one of the first things that really touched me,” Lormand explained. “We’re playing these guys that do this. They’re here to help us get it right, but seeing the long-lasting effects if you make it out alive, seeing that first-hand was a gulp moment.”

“SEAL Team” is one of those shows that takes creative liberties, sure, but they still bring it back to what matters; the accurate portrayal of active-duty servicemembers.