Anybody else watching the new show on NBC, Stars Earn Stripes?
Dean Cain, Laila Ali, and a bunch of other celebrities team up with special ops guys and law enforcement and do military exercises. They are competing to win money for various charities that help families of service members or first responders.
So it's like Dancing with the Stars
, kinda sorta, only with Green Berets and Navy Seals and Swat team leaders as the 'professional partners', and instead of the Samba, and the Viennese Waltz and movie-themed dances with props, we get military exercises, which in episode one includes jumping out of helicopters, and blowing stuff up.
...their first mission: an amphibious assault. Working in teams of four, the squads will drop from a helicopter into water, take Zodiacs to shore, then blow up a tower, shoot out targets, haul ammo into a shack, plant explosives and then trigger the explosives while flying away hanging below the helicopter. Each squad will be timed for how long it takes them to complete the mission successfully.
General Wesley Clark is our host, and (I'm not making this up you know) Samantha Harris is the co-host.
The show is very respectful, and the intent is to give people a clue about the dangerous crap our service members and first responders have to do in their line of work, plus give some publicity to the charities that the celebs are competing for.
Main show page is at: http://www.nbc.com/stars-earn-stripes/
I don't know if anybody else will watch this but me, but I couldn't resist. Because where else are you going to see celebrities learning how to blow stuff up with a grenade launcher for real?
It was great to see the girls kick butt in episode one. I'm rooting for Picabo Street. :up:
Episode one is available online until: 09/16/2012
Edited to add: Some people are upset because they don't want to see military stuff "made into a game". I can see where they are coming from, but let's get real. People who are in the military have exercises like this as part of their training. If there are four squads in training together and they're doing exercises, somebody somewhere is keeping track of who performed better or more poorly. The trainers will, because they'll need to be able to give correction to the service members who need help, and the trainees will, because they'll want bragging rights.
The only difference here is that 1) the experienced operatives are training civilians, not soldiers, and 2) they have a civilian audience -- we get to watch. And 3) the charity tie-in.
At least here (unlike video games) maybe if people get to know the service members, and know the celebrities, they'll stop and think that yes, real people have to undertake all these tasks, and run the risk of getting killed, just so the rest of us can sit on our sorry asses and watch TV and play video games and post on forums like this here at home.
So if you've served, and you are reading this post, I say, just like General Clark does on the show:
Thank you for your service.