Special Ops Force

(ended 1999)


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  • Season 1 Episode 1: Genesis

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Over the Wire

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: For Love or Money

  • 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.

  • Goof: When the Iranian helicopter chasing Shepherd and his companions is enveloped in a dust cloud while flying low, it starts to go down due to a mechanical failure. Many helicopters do crash during this phenomenon, which is called a brownout. But the cause isn't from a failure of its mechanics, it's because a lack of visibility makes the pilot hit the ground because he can't see exactly how much space he has to maneuver or whether his helo is parallel to the earth as it must be.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Broken Play

  • CJ tells Matt about his brother Danny's death in Libya, which will become an issue in the later episode "Surgical Strike".

  • When Chance is injured and bleeding, he grabs some spider webs and puts them on his wound. Spider webs have been used as dressings for wounds since the first century AD, and contain a natural coagulant, vitamin K.

  • Goof: When Andrei is beating Chance with the baton, you can see it bend as it hits, and it stays bent when Vlady orders him to stop.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Collateral Damage

  • The song the Chilean Colonel is using to annoy the Sendero Luminoso terrorists is called "Teddy Bear's Picnic". Strangely, it's being sung in English, rather than Spanish, the lanuguage of both the terrosists and the Chilean soldiers.

  • Season 1 Episode 8: La Mano Negra

  • Shepherd's Rule of Mission Ops: Best contact with the enemy is no contact at all.

  • Goof: During the rock climbing sequence, they have great difficulty climbing the rock face, even with a rope. But their rope is secured at the top of the cliff- how did it get there?

  • When Drummer describes the protections he designed for Pajaro's camp, he mentions "punji sticks". These are simple wooden stakes which are often used as booby traps. They can be deployed in many ways, but one of the most effective is to dig a pit and position the sticks so that they are pointing downwards inside of it. That way, when the person tries to get out of the pit, they cannot do so without either severe damage from impaling themselves on the sticks, or are forced to spend a great deal of time and effort to remove the sticks from the pit first. Punji sticks were also often poisoned with fecal matter to insure a dangerous infection was incurred by any wound caused by them. These weapons were often used in Vietnam, among other places.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Missing in Action

  • We see Benny Ray's kids for the first time in this episode.

  • Season 1 Episode 10: Last Chance

  • Goof: This episode aired as the tenth episode of the series in the US, and the seventeenth in the UK, but there are clips shown as memories from episodes that aired after this one did in both countries.

  • Nitpick: They are worried that Margo might have injured her neck in the crash, but then they use smelling salts to bring her around, which makes her flinch away from the odor violently.

  • The episode's graphics spell the Nicaraguan city "Ocotal", and later "Ocatal". The correct spelling is "Ocotal.

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