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Special Ops Force

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(ended 1999)

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  • Season 1 Episode 20: Top Event

  • Nitpick: Kasima Fada is supposed to be a Muslim woman who commands men into becoming martyrs for Allah, yet she wears tight fitting clothing and no headscarf, as an Orthodox Muslim woman would. Many Muslim countries have less stringent dress codes for women, but these are supposed to be fanatics, so her immodest clothing would definitely be an issue for at least some of the men, unless it was only being worn to disguise her to any American opposition.

  • Season 1 Episode 19: Payback

  • Michaels puts a plastic bag over Frank Broderick's face and then pours water over him. This is the torture technique known as "waterboarding", which causes the victim to feel as if they are drowning. This interrogation technique dates from the Spanish Inquisition, and is favored by some because it leaves no physical marks on the subject.

  • Season 1 Episode 17: Tight Spot

  • Goof: The collar tabs and shoulder boards of the Korean Colonel are incorrect. The stars are positioned to form a triangle, but they should all be in line with each other.

  • Nitpick: CJ's demolition charges are used as decoys and as antipersonnel weapons. But many go off behind the North Korean soldiers in the brightly lit territory directly in front of the compound's fence. There is no way CJ could have planted them without being spotted by the guards on duty.

  • Season 1 Episode 16: Scorned

  • Nitpick: Matt and Benny Ray tail Rolov in their usual vehicles- Matt's vintage convertible Corvette, and Benny Ray on his red, white, and blue Harley. Both are eye catching and memorable, the last thing you want when trailing a subject. They should have each used a mid-sized sedan of neutral coloring instead. Maybe that's why Rolov loses them so easily.

  • Goof: Raptor is shown changing into a diaphanous dress with a handgun strapped to her outer thigh. A real assassin would not have worn a weapon under such a sheer dress, but if she had, the pistol would have located on the inside of her thigh, where is would not have bulged as noticeably.

  • Season 1 Episode 15: Apres Vu (2)

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

  • Season 1 Episode 14: Deja Vu (1)

  • Goof: When Margo is shooting at the firing range, her target is shown full of holes in both the middle of the torso and the head, but when she pulls it off the hanger, the sheet has no holes in those kill zones.

  • Nitpick: Matt's team seems to have forgotten the First Rule of hostage rescue: Make real sure your hostage isn't just another tango!

  • Season 1 Episode 13: Hired Guns

  • Nitpick: When the team disables the guards after their capture, they pick up the fallen soldiers' guns but don't grab any spare magazines. Bullets go fast in a firefight, and spare mags would be of as much if not more value than a second rifle, and getting them would have only taken seconds.

  • Nitpick: The soldiers of Njazidja must be very sloppy, missing all the hidden weapons on the team. For example, Chance's belt buckle knife is a common hidden weapon that they should have caught, but in a real prison, prisoners would not even be allowed to retain a regular belt. It could be used either as a weapon (garrote) or to commit suicide, something they would want to deny a prisoner who was being held for ransom as he was.

  • This is the first time the team was approached by an outside client before Trout talked to Shepherd.

  • The flag shown as they arrive is reminiscent of the actual nation of Comoros, which is located in the area pointed out on Matt's map. The history quoted for the fictional "Njazidja" (aka Grand Comore) bears strong resemblance to Comoros, which has had some twenty coups or attempted coups since the nation declared their independence from France in 1975.

  • Season 1 Episode 12: Surgical Strike

  • Goof: When the General starts crawling towards the detonator the timer reads 26 seconds, but the actual time elapsed before the explosion is 40 seconds.

  • Goof: When Chance sets the timer for the explosion he says that he's going to set it for a one minute delay. But when their cover is blown, he says he's going to change it to 45 seconds, but never actually does it, it just turns on set at the shorter time.

  • Goof: When rescuing CJ, Matt throws two knives, first at a guard, and then at the General. But this is a goof for two reasons, the first being that since the General had a gun on CJ and the guard was standing at ease, Matt should have targeted the General first as the most dangerous target. The second reason is that Matt was standing behind a wall, and had no clear line of sight to even see the General, let alone hit him with a knife throw to the heart from five meters away!

  • Goof: When CJ is hit by the cattle prod, his fingers straighten out and spread to their furthest extent possible. But a cattle prod delivers an electrical shock, which means that his muscles should have contracted, causing his hands to respond in the opposite manner and clench into fists.

  • CJ is quite good at pretending to be Irish, perhaps because his mother was Irish. CJ took after his English father in his political leanings, apparently, because he served in Northern Ireland with the SAS.

  • Chance gets quite exercized when Benny Ray is overly critical of the Muslim faith, hinting that he is perhaps Muslim himself. But in other episodes he wears a cross.

  • CJ says that Colonel al-Qadhafi has fifty children. Officially, he has eight children, seven sons and one daughter, as well as one adopted daughter. Hanna, the adopted daughter, was said to be killed by the 1986 US bombing of Libya, which was ordered in retaliation for several acts of terror believed to be sponsored by the Libyan Government.

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