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Bad to the bone female marines - Special Ops: Lioness (2023) Limited Series - Early Review

Joe attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the spear in the CIA's war on terror. She enlists Cruz, a Marine Raider, as an undercover operative in the Lioness Program.

Hey there, fellow movie enthusiasts! Today, I want to talk about the much-anticipated MTV series on Paramount+, "Special Ops: Lioness." The first two episodes have been released, and they have left quite an impression on me. Let's dive in!

First and foremost, let's talk about the star-studded cast! With the likes of Zoe Saldana, Laysla De Oliveira, Nicole Kidman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Kelly, you know you're in for a treat. Each actor brings their A-game to the table, adding depth and authenticity to their characters.

The plot is gripping and draws inspiration from an actual US Military program. We follow the life of Joe (played by the talented Zoe Saldana), a formidable CIA agent who finds herself at the forefront of the war on terror. As she juggles her personal and professional life, Joe becomes the tip of the CIA's spear, determined to thwart the next 9/11. Alongside her, we have the aggressive Marine Raider Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira), working undercover among the power brokers of State terrorism. The program is overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Nicole Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Michael Kelly), adding more complexity to the narrative.

The first thing that struck me about "Special Ops: Lioness" was the intense action scenes at the start. They were brilliantly executed and reminiscent of the classic film "Black Hawk Down." The adrenaline-pumping sequences set the tone for the series and left me eager for more.

One aspect I admired was how the series portrayed the bonds among the people serving together. It beautifully captures the camaraderie and trust that develop between individuals working in high-stakes situations, highlighting the importance of teamwork.

However, there were a couple of aspects that left me a bit conflicted. While I appreciate the effort to create strong female characters, I felt that the portrayal of Joe as physically superior to all the men without much effort was somewhat implausible. The attempt to justify this with a tough past didn't entirely convince me. Additionally, the choice of gender-neutral names for the female characters seemed unnecessary and forced. Some simple adjustments to the writing could have accomplished a more polished character without looking forced.

On top of that, I noticed some instances of woke ideology woven into the story without any real significance. It felt like an unnecessary inclusion and didn't add much to the overall narrative.

Moving on to some bonus trivia! Did you know that several actors in the show have previously worked in co-creator Taylor Sheridan's other projects? Dave Annable, Lamonica Garrett, Austin Hebert, James Jordan, and Stephanie Nur have all been part of some of Sheridan's other works, including "Yellowstone," "1883," "Wind River," and "Mayor of Kingstown."

In conclusion, "Special Ops: Lioness" has made an impactful debut with its thrilling action scenes and a stellar cast. While there are some minor qualms, the series has the potential to deliver an intense and captivating story line. I can't wait to see how it unfolds in the upcoming episodes!

Have you watched "Special Ops: Lioness" yet? What are your thoughts on the series? Let's chat about it in the comments below! Until next time, happy binge-watching!


Ranking 7.6/10

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