Thursday, January 26, 2023

Special Forces

Of late my husband and I don't seem to like a lot of the same television shows.
This is a new thing. But we have enough TVs that we don't have to worry about it, it's just a new thing over the last 2 years it seems.

I was going to read one evening and I curled up into the corner of the L-shaped sofa with my book and my blanket and I was all set. Rick came in to watch TV. I said go for it, I'm reading, it won't bother me/

He began to watch a program called Special Forces. I'd hear something and look up and before you know it I am asking him what the hell these people are doing. Well, fast forward a couple of weeks and I've seen every episode now. From the outside, it sure doesn't appeal to me. But then you get these people who are such wackadoodles it's hard to look away.
Special Forces is exactly what you think they are. 

Wikipedia says, "Special forces and special operations forces are military units trained to conduct special operations. NATO has defined special operations as "military activities conducted by specially designated, organized, selected, trained and equipped forces using unconventional techniques and modes of employment".

This is the synopsis of the show by the channel it airs on.
Selection for the Special Forces is a test unlike any other. Sixteen celebrities from all genres will take on, and try to survive, demanding training exercises led by Directing Staff (DS) agents, an elite team of ex-Special Forces operatives. In this unique series, the only way for these recruits to leave is to give up on their own accord, through failure or potential injury, or by force from the DS. Viewers will see the recruits face the harshest of environments that simulate the highly classified selection process, pushing themselves in the ultimate test of their physical, mental and emotional resilience – revealing the celebrities’ deepest and truest character. The 16 celebrity recruits include Danny Amendola, Mel B, Hannah Brown, Tyler Florence, Kate Gosselin, Dwight Howard, Montell Jordan, Gus Kenworthy, Nastia Liukin, Carli Lloyd, Beverley Mitchell, Kenya Moore, Mike Piazza, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Anthony Scaramucci and Jamie Lynn Spears.

Now here is what I found so interesting. The younger athletes all behave as though they have always gotten participation trophies because when they get yelled at it's not their fault, you're being mean to me. It makes me laugh.
Also, the dudes who say things like, I'm tough this can't break me. The one fella who said this was the first one to say, "Nope I'm outta here" on the first episode. That made me laugh too. The older athletes don't behave this way.
I find the personality struggles very interesting.

I've been very impressed with some women, most who's names I can't recall. But Mel B. (spice girls) was stronger than I ever thought.
Would you have thought she would be so tough? I didn't and I was wrong, but something triggered her in an episode and she was never the same. One of the women was something I would assume you'd see in a victorian movie, she got the vapors, or she is going to cry because it's hard. Stuff like that. Hasn't even done anything yet or knows what they are going to ask of her but it's hard and it's scary and she will burst into tears. Not just tears but the ole Ugly Cry. She was always crying and whining and I just wanted her to go home if she couldn't straighten up and fly right. I get it, I'd cry too sometimes, but if you saw this young woman you'd want to slap her to get a grip. I felt bad at first, but then I saw she was her own worst enemy. She got what she wanted when she behaved that way. So it works for her I suppose. But some of the women like Kate Gosselin from the reality show Kate+8. Well, she is just like you'd think she would be.

I could NEVER EVER do any of this. Heaven knows I am not saying I'd do better. Nope but then I would never apply to this show.
115 degrees and you want me to run? I don't think so!
Dangle from a Hi-wire? No!
Sinking a vehicle while I'm inside and I have to get out before I die? No F'ing Way EVER!!

So I'd be the person who would say, Here's my badge, I'm done, I'm a wussy and you can call me names. Not gonna do it. The first hour I'd be gone.
They are dropping like flies on the show as well. No one thus far has been asked to leave they have all left on their own accord because it was too tough or as the one kid said, "The Staff is not giving me respect." Yes, Special Force Staff is to give YOU respect.
Again, another participation trophy kid, you can spot them a mile away.
But the one who really got me. Using your kids. It's so hard, I've never been away this long. (bullshit, you're an actress, like you don't ever leave home to work?) So she wanted to leave because she missed her kids so badly. I would think she knew before she left that it would be 10 days away and she cracked in the first 8 hrs. C'mon, what did you think was going to happen? That kind of thing annoys me. If you know you'll miss your children, then don't sign up! Or miss them but do what you signed up for. It was an easy excuse to leave as far as I could see it.

Anyhow, I did finally finish my book but now Rick has got me watching this crazy stuff. Have you seen it?


Anonymous said...

What a crazy sounding show! I taught school up until last year, and if anything hard came their way, too many of my students would cry and even go so far as to complain to their parents. Who would call the school. I can’t imagine a single one of them making it on this show.

Mike said...

In the real special forces, crazy people sign up. I can't imagine celebrities pulling this off.

Cruisin Paul said...

I'm not interested about the special forces but I'm son interestec with this book I'm reading. It's called " Deadline " with Virgil Flowers a very special police officer. Every one of the books I've read begin with an interesting idea and then continues with people being shot and it gets more interesting after every page. What type of books do you enjoy Peg?

Cruisin Paul

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Paul, humor(David sedaris), thriller (girl on a train) biographies. Drama/comedy (she's come undone)by Wally Lamb to name a few.
My book choices are like my movies. I don't do a lot of violence in either. This book I referred to was a biography about a young man who everyone thought was brain dead. He was alive and heard EVERYTHING they said. It was amazing.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Anon, sad really isn't it?

Mike, the bigger the ego and mouth the more they fail.its fascinating to me how those cornered handle themselves.

Anonymous said...

So, I would NEVER have watched this show without your mentioning it. It did strike me as interesting, though, so I watched first episode and will definitely go back to see more. I'm not sure why I watch people attempting crazy physical things that I would run from, but I do enjoy it (especially now when I've already watched so many movies and am kinda looking for something new!)

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Nina, heaven knows its not normally something I'd ever watch either and look at me. I can't wait to see if you feel the same about some of these folks as I do.

Susan Kane said...

I have decided that reality shows like this play on so many emotions. I now watch Gr. British Baking show and its offshoots. We also watching Forged in Fire, just because we want to make our own metal weapon.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Susan, Forged in fire huh? Hmm...