SEAL Team season 2 episode 18 review: Recovery and revenge

SEAL TeamTonight, SEAL Team season 2 episode 18 brought us a story that was about hardship — and also about vengeance. No matter where you turned, there was a heck of a lot of pain.

For Clay tonight, what he was dealing with was recovering from his near-death experience. He wasn’t officially gone from the Bravo Team for good, but the hardest thing in the episode was him trying to convince himself of this. He was having a hard time accepting his circumstance and rehabilitation, and because of that it felt like being out in the field was impossibly far away. He didn’t think that he was going to be able to make it through — even though he had the encouragement of Swan to help to get him through. He tried to remind him that once he was fully out of Bravo, he would do nothing other than miss it.

Through a conversation with Bravo at the end of the episode, we think that Clay started to get the message … though it doesn’t quite make his present physical state all the easier.

Could he take a little bit of solace in the fact that Mandy did end up finding the responsible party, and Bravo Team did their thing? Maybe. We have to say that Clay’s recovery and struggle were so heartbreaking in a way, the actual action scenes tonight were overshadowed by a lot of the emotional stuff. It’s not all that often you can say this in a show like this, but here we are doing so right now.

The important thing for Bravo to remember, but also the thing they struggled with tonight, was realizing that revenge was not the motive for their action. It was about the good of the world. Focusing on vengeance would get them nowhere other than becoming closer to the enemy themselves.

Other important odds and ends

Is Jason getting close to therapist Julia? We think that this is at least a dynamic to watch over the next little stretch, as she’s someone who seems to be there in order to help Bravo … but may also serve as an interesting emotional connection for Jason himself. It actually seems healthier than Ray’s at the moment, as there’s something about his attachment that feels a little bit more like dependence at this point. In between that and his other dependence in alcohol, we’re worried about this guy. It doesn’t seem like he is going to be getting any better in the near future and we’re watching a spiral that is going to continue.

CarterMatt Verdict

SEAL Team season 2 episode 18 had itself some great performances and beyond that near-constant reminders of what it means to be in Bravo and also a part of the military. That’s why Davis keeps on fighting in her OCS storyline, and also why Clay is still rehabbing — while he may not believe in himself, we still think that there is a tiny shred of him somewhere that refuses to allow him to fully buy into the idea that he is nearing the very end of the road.

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