The Brave Season 1 Episode 1 Review: They Will Save You!

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Dr. Kimberly Wells is in a hostile foreign country providing services as a member of Doctors Without Borders when a group with ties to a terrorist organization kidnaps her.

It doesn't look good for Wells until Captain Dalton and his special ops team arrive to save the good doctor from her unfortunate circumstances, but it's not as simple as it seems. 

There are many threatening components and complications involved, but on The Brave Season 1 Episode 1, we see how our military maneuvers to save the day.

Captain Adam Dalton - The Brave

Within minutes of the opening, we are introduced to two teams. Captain Adam Dalton (Mike Vogel) leads the ground operation with Jaz (Natacha Karam), McG (Noah Mills), Amir (Hadi Tabbal) and Preach (Demetrius Grosse) by his side. 

Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche), who is Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency or D.I.A., leads the home operation in D.C. with her team that includes Noah (Tate Ellington) and Hannah (Sofia Pernas). Together, both teams work as one highly-efficient unit to complete the mission, in this case saving Dr. Wells.

Wells has been taken to perform eye surgery on an injured terrorist leader known as Baghdadi. Dalton and his team quickly discover where Wells is being held and eventually learn that Baghdadi, who the military thought was dead, is very much alive. 

This new information changes the game, and Dalton is ordered to kill Baghdadi and forget about Wells. Dalton has no intention of abandoning the doctor and comes up with a plan to kill Baghdadi and save Wells at the same time. 

It's a smart plan because, well, Dalton is a smart guy and a strong leader, and he's got a super-duper team on the ground and at home who excels at every function of their job. And while Patricia may be a rule follower, she allows latitude when it comes to how a job gets done.

Home Team - The Brave Season 1 Episode 1

She didn't tell Dalton he couldn't save Wells, she just said that killing Baghdadi was the priority. Dalton interpreted it his own way and accomplished both.

While the outcome was expected, The Brave did an excellent job of keeping us in the moment. The story was tight, the action intense, and I cared about the mission and the characters.

I liked that this first hour wasn't bogged down with introducing us to every minute detail of each member of either team. I want to know more about all the players at some point, but watching them in action without knowing all their personal drama first made the pilot much more compelling.

The only personal thing we learned about anyone was that Patricia lost her soldier son only a couple of weeks earlier. Patricia keeps a photo of him on her desk, and it's obvious the death still weighs on her mind. As it should; losing a child is a painful experience.

Everyone is surprised to see Patricia back at work so soon, but it's clear she isn't going to let the death of her son interfere with her job or the mission at hand. 

Patricia is not acting like a robot, either. Yes, she's focused and very precise, but she is still a person with feelings who hasn't buried everything completely.

Escape - The Brave Season 1 Episode 1

When Adam asks her how she's doing, she is honest with him even if it is just a short acknowledgment of the situation. Adam knows not to push, and he doesn't, but there's just enough information that we want to know what happened and why. 

We also learned that a member of Adam's team was killed in action and Amir replaced the fallen soldier who happened to be Jaz's best friend. Because of that, she's not too keen on Amir which is understandable. Hannah also has an issue with Amir based on a bad experience that almost cost her her life.

He is still on the outside looking in right now. It could be because he's Muslim. It could be because he's new. Or it could be both; but he's part of the team, and like the others, put his life on the line to save Wells.

Sure, that's his job, but when he was questioned whether he was trustworthy enough to send in to get information from Akmuti, he didn't flinch. 

He could easily become the guy who has something to prove, but I don't get that feeling from him.

Amir on a Mission - The Brave Season 1 Episode 1

Not even Jaz has that issue, and if there's anyone on the team who would want to prove something to someone or everyone, it would be her. She's a woman in a man's world, but her team is not giving her any special treatment because of it.

She's not being handled delicately or being protected by others because she's a woman. She is given a task, and she takes care of business with skill and efficiency. She knows exactly what to do and how to do it.

She's a badass, and I love her already.

At its foundation, The Brave is nothing more than a military procedural. It's evident that each episode will introduce a mission and the team will more than likely accomplish the mission.

It will be dangerous and complicated, but in the end, Captain Dalton and his team will win. And I'm okay with that.  In fact, I look forward to it.

There are so many other procedurals out there, why not have one about the military? We have the greatest military in the world, and we should celebrate them every chance we get.

What did you think of the series premiere of The Brave? Will you be tuning in next week?

What did you like best about the premiere? Who was your favorite character?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

If you haven't seen it, you can watch The Brave online to see what the show is all about!

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The Brave Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Amir, doesn't it make you angry that you pray in a mosque next to a guy who might blow off your head one day?


I know this isn't where we wanted to be, but we had no choice.