Special Ops Force

(ended 1999)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 17

    Reasonable Doubts

    Aired 5/22/99

  • S 2 : Ep 16

    The Vestige

    Aired 5/15/99

  • S 2 : Ep 15

    White Dragon

    Aired 5/8/99

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    Welcome to Bent Copper

    Aired 5/1/99

  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Critical List

    Aired 2/27/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brad Johnson

    Maj Matthew Quentin Shepherd; former US Army Special Forces, Counter Terrorism; Special Recon, Unconventional Warfare

  • Melinda Clarke

    Margo Vincent; former Case Officer CIA; Intelligence, Cryptography, Languages

  • Tim Abell

    Benny Ray Riddle; former SSgt USMC, Sniper, Armorer

  • Mark Sheppard

    Christopher 'C.J.' Yates; former SAS, Demolitions Expert, Electronic Surveillance

  • RĂ©al Andrews

    Jason 'Chance' Walker; former Lt Special Ops Aviation, Close Quarters Combat

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the SOF: Special Ops Force guide at TV.com. In a world where there are few obvious "black hats" but many shades of gray, where governments engage in secret wars and espionage that threatens the security of every individual and nation on the planet, a group of highly trained covert military and intelligence operatives have joined forces to become SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC, an elite fighting unit. Led by retired Army Special Forces Major Matt Shepherd, SoF goes where the government cannot and will not openly venture, to protect national and international interests and to maintain the balance of power. During the show's first season it was called Soldier of Fortune, Inc., but when it returned for a second, retooled season, the series was renamed SoF: Special Ops Force.moreless

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  • Quotes (169)

    • Matt: Am I going to regret this? Trout: You'll regret not doing this.

    • Trout: Bottom line, I need a seasoned operator, and you're my number one candidate. Matt: Thanks, but no thanks, I'm no bounty hunter. Trout: I can make it worth your while. Matt: See, now that sounds like a price instead of a reason.

    • Trout: Nice work, you delivered the goods. Matt: (referring to his team's casualties) And we paid for them, too.

    • CJ: (when they are forced to go with the back-up plan) Who was it said, 'Never go out the way you come in?!' Margo: General Custer...

    • Gunter: Earplugs? Benny Ray: No thanks. Gunter: This night will get very noisy. Benny Ray: I like to hear my targets fall.

    • Rico: Can we trust this guy? Tariq: I will do whatever it takes to get my family to the States. Rico: (sarcastically) I don't believe anyone would want to give up Baghdad in the summer.

    • Shepherd: (after being forced to resign his commission) Since when do you salute a civilian? Sergeant: Time we honored the man, not the uniform. (Shepherd returns his salute)

    • Matt: (held prisoner by Humphries) What about Margo? She was just following orders. Humphries: Her I do first. I hate insincerity.

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    Notes (18)

    • Billy Blanks, who plays the champion pit fighter, is best known as the fitness trainer who invented the Tae Bo workout, which is a combination of Tae Kwan Do and boxing.

    • Featured Music "Michael Jackson" - Fatboy Slim (when the HRT is trying to take out the team) "Comin' Back" - The Crystal Method (when Vasquez is committing suicide)

    • Featured Music: "Ready Or Not" - Manbreak (firefight in the parking lot)

    • Featured Music: "No Mercy" - Extra Fancy (as the team storms the ambassador's house)

    • Clips from other episodes Flashback One:
      As the plane goes down, Flying out of Iraq ("Genesis")
      Flashback Two: As they revive Margo, Matt and Margo kissing ("When the Hammer Falls")
      Flashback Three: When Trout is looking for Drummer, SoF Team breaks Drummer out of Federal custody ("La Mano Negra")
      Flashback Four: As Drummer holds Trout in a joint lock, Drummer and Matt running from an explosion ("La Mano Negra")
      Flashback Five: When Trout tells Drummer Matt needs help, Matt saves Drummer's life in Colombia ("La Mano Negra")
      Flashback Six Montage: When Matt tells Chance to fight, Chance vs Colombians ("La Mano Negra"), Chance vs Haitians ("Power Corrupts"), Chance vs Sierra Leone soldiers ("Missing in Action"), Chance vs Pit Fighter ("Power Corrupts")
      Flashback Seven: As Drummer has Nicaraguan in a choke hold, Matt tells Drummer not to kill Colombian ("La Mano Negra")
      Flashback Eight Montage: When Trout tells Drummer he feels responsible for the team, Trout recruits Matt ("Genesis"), Trout hiring Matt to go after Humphries ("Power Corrupts"), Trout hires Matt to look after whiz kid Fillmore ("Alpha Dogs"), Trout hires Matt to go after group with Serin gas ("Top Event"), Trout sends Matt to Sierra Leone ("Missing in Action"), Trout sends them to rescue his daughter from Chile ("Collateral Damage")
      Flashback Nine: Chance and CJ talk about the past, Chance, CJ, and Benny Ray in Iran ("For Love or Money")
      Flashback Ten: Matt and Margo reminisce, Margo in Iran ("For Love or Money")
      Flashback Eleven: Matt and Benny Ray remember Bosnia, Firefight in Bosnia ("Broken Play")

    • Featured Music "Devil Inside" - Skold (during the three-way fight at the trainyard)

    • This episode, along with the next episode "Apres Vu", were shown together as a telefeature. They were also released together as a dvd.

    • Clips from other episodes:
      Flashback One: Matt remembers recruiting Margo, Margo almost shoots Matt ("Genesis")
      Flashback Two: Margo reminds Matt about German mission, Matt and Margo kiss ("Power Corrupts")
      Flashback Three: Benny Ray remembers his most frightening moment, Benny Ray in Cuba ("Over the Wire")
      Flashback Four: Chance's most frightening moment, Chance's plane crashes in Nicaragua ("Last Chance")
      Flashback Five: CJ's worst moment, CJ in Bosnia ("Broken Play")

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    Trivia (59)

    • GOOF: The team supposedly is just a few miles north of al-Basrah, but they are in desert terrain. North and east of al-Basrah is the Tigris River, which is lined by vegetation. The terrain should be a mixture of desert and river bottom land.

    • Trout was formerly a Colonel in the US Armed Forces, but is now a civilian, like Shepherd.

    • Matt wears a POW/MIA bracelet for Quentin M. Shepherd, 1-5-69. This is presumably Matt's father, since his own name is Matthew Quentin Shepherd.

    • Nitpick: One man commits suicide with cyanide (thought to be connected to the CIA), rebels are thought to be active in the nearby hills, and then the officer in charge of preparing for Castro's arrival disappears just minutes before El Commandante flies in- why wasn't Castro's appearance called off immediately for security reasons?!

    • Goof: When Trout is ordering Shepherd to take Staff Sergeant Hackin out, Trout calls him "Hackett" by mistake.

    • It's revealed that Margo speaks Hebrew.

    • Nitpick: The helicopter that Keppler flies to track Ari, Matt and Margo has an alphanumeric registration number on the tail, but it uses western letters and numbers, rather than Arabic. Even if the numbers were already on the helo from its country of manufacture, surely they would have changed or added to its designation to reflect its Iranian registry.

    • Goof: Chance, CJ and Benny Ray are supposedly HALO jumping from 30,000 ft into Iran. But they have no oxygen masks, or extra clothing. Above 22,000 ft supplemental oxygen is required, and subzero temperatures would create a real danger of frostbite for them, as well. Also, it's standard for HALO jumpers to breathe pure oxygen while still on the plane to flush nitrogen from their system, but they didn't do this, either.

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    Allusions (34)

    • CJ: Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. This is a refernce to the popular board game Monopoly by Parker Bros. Each time a player circles the board and goes past the position titled "Go", the player receives $200 with which to buy real estate.

    • CJ: Did I miss something? Where does it say that Chance gets to go one on one with Mighty Joe Young?
      Mighty Joe Young was a movie made in 1949 by the same production team that made King Kong. The title character Mighty Joe Young was a giant ape that was brought to Hollywood, only to run amok after being humiliated as a comic stage act. In the end, however, Joe saves a group of orphans from a burning building, and returns to Africa a hero.

    • Guerro asks Margo why they aren't in Santiago de Cuba covering the 26th of July Movement. This is a reference to the start of the Cuban Revolution which overthrew Batista in January, 1959. The 26th of July Movement's name originated from the failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, an army facility in the city of Santiago de Cuba, on July 26, 1953. The movement was reorganized in Mexico in 1955 by a group of 82 exiled revolutionaries (including Fidel Castro, his brother Raul Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos, and the Argentinian Che Guevara). Fidel Castro was born on a sugar plantation near Mayari.

    • Matt and Margo claim to be archeologists working at the ruins of Hamadan. In ancient times, Hamadan was known as Ecbatana, and was one of the capitals of the Persian Achaemenid Dynasty. It is located in the midwest of Iran, in the foothills of the 11,725 ft high mountain Alvand.

    • Cutty, when begging Griffin to get their teammate to the hospital for treatment, says that Napoleon froze to death. This is incorrect, though many of his soldiers froze to death in the Russian campaign. Napoleon died in exile at St Helena from stomach cancer, or, as claimed by some, by arsenic poisoning.

    • Vlady: (referring to his henchman Andrei) Too much MTV, he thinks he is Beavis... He's referring to the MTV cartoon Beavis and Butthead, which chronicles the highjinxes of two moronic high school boys who go by the nicknames "Beavis" and "Butthead".

    • CJ: Bosnia?! I'm surprised you'd ever want to go back there, Major! Shepherd was serving with NATO forces in Bosnia when he was ordered to leave men behind and retreat, an order he disobeyed, and resulted in his leaving the US Army. This was shown in flashbacks in the first episode, "Genesis"

    • Sendero Luminoso (aka Shining Path) Founded in 1980, this group of Maoist revolutionaries fights a guerilla war in Peru to overthrow the government and bring Communism to the country through violence. While their main target is the government of Peru, they have made attacks on Chile and Ecuador, though in those countries their tactics are more those of an established military, unlike the terrorist tactics they favor in Peru.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Great show

    By engdriver, Mar 04, 2009

  • This show never got a fair shake and was prematurely cancelled.

    By Yeehaarider, May 03, 2007