History Series / TheUnit

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28th Feb '16 7:23:35 AM skidoo23
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* ItGetsEasier: addressed on several occasions. As discussed directly in "Gone Missing," the team relies on this in order to do its job. Nonetheless...
* ItNeverGetsEasier: ... this trope is also applied in "Gone Missing" and when the character at the heart of the moral dilemma there is in a later episode ordered to kill a mother and father (granted they were traitors, but it still left their baby an orphan), he is still clearly upset at having to do it.


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* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: "Gone Missing" ends with Jonas saying outright that you have to pretty much enjoy killing to get the job done.
19th Dec '15 7:52:41 PM nombretomado
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US TV series running from 2006 to 2009 for a total of four seasons, created by Shawn Ryan (creator of TheShield) and famed playwright Creator/DavidMamet.

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US TV series running from 2006 to 2009 for a total of four seasons, created by Shawn Ryan (creator of TheShield) ''Series/TheShield'') and famed playwright Creator/DavidMamet.



** Subverted with David Rees Snell's character of Leon Drake. Many fans were expecting the character to make some sort of reference to TheShield, as part of a stealth [[{{Crossover}} shared universe]] reveal that Leon Drake was Ronnie Gardocki, having escaped from prison and become a super-terrorist following the finale of TheShield.

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** Subverted with David Rees Snell's character of Leon Drake. Many fans were expecting the character to make some sort of reference to TheShield, ''Series/TheShield'', as part of a stealth [[{{Crossover}} shared universe]] reveal that Leon Drake was Ronnie Gardocki, having escaped from prison and become a super-terrorist following the finale of TheShield.''Series/TheShield''.
3rd Oct '15 9:43:35 AM nombretomado
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* TheBookCipher: In "Paradise Lost", Jonas uses a book code from [[spoiler: the poem ''ParadiseLost'' to communicate to Molly that he has arrived safely in Panama.]]

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* TheBookCipher: In "Paradise Lost", Jonas uses a book code from [[spoiler: the poem ''ParadiseLost'' ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' to communicate to Molly that he has arrived safely in Panama.]]
3rd Sep '15 4:41:42 PM toonman2
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** Addressed in "Gone Missing" when one of the main members begins to be haunted by the people he's killed and nearly blows a mission to kill another. He learns that most members of the UNIT go through a similar experience until the finally come to the conclusion that they like killing (or some similar rationalization).

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** Addressed in "Gone Missing" when one of the main members begins to be haunted by the people he's killed and nearly blows a mission to kill another. He learns that most members of the UNIT Unit go through a similar experience until the finally come to the conclusion that they like killing (or some similar rationalization).


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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Seen in play several times given the nature of the work the Unit does.
3rd Sep '15 4:38:00 PM toonman2
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** Addressed in "Gone Missing" when one of the main members begins to be haunted by the people he's killed and nearly blows a mission to kill another. He learns that most members of the UNIT go through a similar experience until the finally come to the conclusion that they like killing (or some similar rationalization).
31st Aug '15 1:18:05 PM toonman2
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* ThouShaltNotKill: A major plot point of the episode "Gone Missing" when a chaplain plays semantics with the Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill" which in some translations reads "Thou Shalt Not Murder" which is thought to be something different.
31st Aug '15 12:31:29 PM toonman2
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* WarIsHell: Because counterterrorism is the main focus of the series, there is not a lot of room for more glamorous work and badassery. Missions can, and do, go wrong resulting in horrific injuries and/or death that has to be relived in excruciating detail once the team is back home to find the operational errors. Operators who are captured can be tortured or worse. More stealth, less shooting, and lots of Army and civilian politicking. On top of that the military doesn't dictate public policy so the team sometimes has to abandon contacts and resources even if they know there is no hope for them. Missions that require the team to commit murder in order to protect the country.

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* WarIsHell: Because counterterrorism is the main focus of the series, there is not a lot of room for more glamorous work and badassery. Missions can, and do, go wrong resulting in horrific injuries and/or death that has to be relived in excruciating detail once the team is back home to find the operational errors. Operators who are captured can be tortured or worse. More stealth, less shooting, and lots of Army and civilian politicking. On top of that the military doesn't dictate public policy so the team sometimes has to abandon contacts and resources even if they know there is no hope for them. Missions that require the team to commit murder in order to protect the country.country are commonplace, with one episode, "Gone Missing" focusing on the emotional toll this has on one Unit member.
28th Aug '15 8:49:34 PM toonman2
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* AffablyEvil: Season Four villain Leon Drake

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* AffablyEvil: Season Four villain Leon DrakeDrake.



** Not to mention violence. The "heroes" in this show are seen doing things that even JackBauer might hesitate doing.



* RetiredBadass: The Unit chaplain mentions that he used to be on the teams before becoming a priest.

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* RetiredBadass: The Unit chaplain mentions that he used to be on the teams before becoming a priest. In one episode [[spoiler: he gives a Unit member having doubts about his job a pep talk that invokes the hawk interpretation of the Bible's "Thou shalt not kill" which plays semantics with the perceived meaning of "kill" vs. "murder".]]



* WarIsHell: Because counterterrorism is the main focus of the series, there is not a lot of room for more glamorous work and badassery. Missions can, and do, go wrong resulting in horrific injuries and/or death that has to be relived in excruciating detail once the team is back home to find the operational errors. Operators who are captured can be tortured or worse. More stealth, less shooting, and lots of Army and civilian politicking. On top of that the military doesn't dictate public policy so the team sometimes has to abandon contacts and resources even if they know there is no hope for them.

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* WarIsHell: Because counterterrorism is the main focus of the series, there is not a lot of room for more glamorous work and badassery. Missions can, and do, go wrong resulting in horrific injuries and/or death that has to be relived in excruciating detail once the team is back home to find the operational errors. Operators who are captured can be tortured or worse. More stealth, less shooting, and lots of Army and civilian politicking. On top of that the military doesn't dictate public policy so the team sometimes has to abandon contacts and resources even if they know there is no hope for them. Missions that require the team to commit murder in order to protect the country.
26th Aug '15 6:00:27 PM toonman2
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* GoodIsNotNice: Pretty much sums up every Unit member given that their job requires them to kill in cold blood, including assassinations. (An example can be seen in "Best Laid Plans" in which [[spoiler:Sam and Bridget are shown coldly killing a man by injecting him with poison, then minutes later are seen laughing and bantering about the experience.]]
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