“The Unit”: Nearly as Violent as “24”

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unit.jpgIt occurred to me last night while desperately trying to find something besides “The Unit” on TV: “24” has taken a lot of heat for the violent tactics of its agents, but no one is talking about “The Unit.” Why just last week, the black ops unit that gives the show its name rescued a young woman from a cult, and took her sister along to help. When they found the young woman in bed with the cult’s leader, the sister killed him in a fit of rage. The unit concealed her crime to protect their cover, even lying to the local police officer who investigated. My best guess as to why the show doesn’t get more attention is that it’s incredibly boring, and sexist to boot. (The show spends half its time focusing on the wives, who talk almost exclusively about how important their husband’s work is.)

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