Paré says “SEAL Team” is universal, and you don’t have to be American to get on-board. As one of the only Canadians in the cast and crew, Paré thought she’d have a harder time coming to terms with the content of the show. Instead, what she found was that it was relevant to her life and rather than look at it like Americans out to save the world, they’re a team of individuals, regardless of background, working towards the greater good.
“Yes, it’s a show about Navy SEALs, and I don’t think you would find many shows with that backdrop that don’t have an American flag in it,” said Paré. “I don’t think you would find many shows at all that were anti‑American. What the writers are looking at, what we all try to look at is that it’s a nonpartisan group. They go out and fight for our freedom, for our safety sitting here together right now, in ways that I’ve never thought about. These non‑state forces for chaos are not going anywhere, and it’s irresponsible for that not to be a discussion.”
While SEAL Team might look jingoistic (yes, its logo even features the American flag), the show tries to illustrate how cautious the military is about casually entering warfare. They have more at stake than the political figures, away from the battlefield, who seek to blindly enter combat. The image of military people being irrational warmongers is vastly untrue, claims the show’s production team. SEAL Team isn’t about politics either, they attest.
“It’s not about the politics, it’s a human study,” said Chulack.
“The things they do transcend politics… they don’t look at the results of elections,” agreed Cavell. “The work they do — it doesn’t matter who’s in the White House.”
“People who put their lives on the line and fulfill the duty when they may not even agree with a goal — there’s an opportunity to look at all that,” said executive producer Sarah Timberman. “We’re going to reflect the geopolitical reality of the world we live in.”
“[The creative team] comes from different parts of the political spectrum, but what we are united in is our deep regard for the people we’ve met from the SEAL community,” she continued. “I think we’ve learned a lot from them.”
This is about as legit military as you can get
Hayes suffers from PTSD, causing him to touch his leg and make a fist with his hand on occasion. Boreanaz deliberately added on this side effect to drive home the impact of combat on SEALs’ psychiatric health. Aside from these tics, Hayes clearly suffers flashbacks and gap-outs, which, over the season, may directly hinder his performance on missions.
“SEAL Team” Episode 1 features Hayes’ session with a psychotherapist, Dr. Julie Kruger (Reiko Aylesworth), though it’s unclear if she’ll be there throughout the next several episodes. Regardless, in a society that often discards its vets, it’s nice to see the mental-health side of things getting some attention for once.
The drama also boasts several technical advisers who formerly served in Tier One, just like the main characters on the show. You can’t get more real than that.