Of Political Shootouts and Countless Betrayals.


I don’t often Netflix and chill, but when I do, I do it for five hours straight. Nah, not really. I kind of did it for the entire day. The whole of a Saturday of one particular weekend.

To be honest, I rarely watch anything on Netflix unless it well and truly catches my eye. I think the only series I remember watching was The Mentalist. Other than that, it was just a quick glance or two at what my husband’s watching. Like Person of Interest.

Until Shooter USA came along.

Shooter is USA Network’s new conspiracy thriller based on the best-selling novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, and the 2007 Paramount film with Mark Wahlberg at the helm. The TV series stars Ryan Phillippe and follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who was living in exile until he was coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. However, when Swagger’s former commanding officer Isaac Johnson solicits his expertise in a clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name. – IMDB.com.

I recognised some of the A-listers in the series, apart from Phillippe himself, like Omar Epps (Isaac Johnson), Tom Sizemore (Hugh Meachum), Jesse Bradford (Harris Downey), and Josh Stewart (Solotov).

You can catch Shooter USA on demand on Netflix. Although critics were not so kind with their reviews, saying that the story was flat. I think the story is flat because it is overloaded with politics and the skewed views that the United States of America has on how political wars are carried out. It seemed as though that more often than not, the wars often start with two nations hurling abuse at one another before throwing soldiers into the fray.

Also, many of the episodes have what you call ‘fluff’, which is added to make the series look longer than it should be. For all you know, the scripts in some of the episodes were not even necessary, especially when Swagger had to meet with so many different people just to find out who framed him. So that could be why the critics didn’t have a good word to put in for it.

I didn’t get to watch the entire series from Episode 1 in Season 1 but it’s probably just a few that I missed. Even then, it was more than enough to get me hooked. Despite the negative reviews, it only took me the whole of Saturday from morning to night to finish both Season 1 and Season 2 of the series. Despite the overwhelming truckload of politics and scheming villains, I still found the series rather exhilarating. It kept me at the edge of my seat, constantly wondering if he would finally get to have his cake and eat it. That’s all I did on that particular weekend. I stayed rooted to my seat, eyes glued to the TV and I stopped only to use the toilet and have my meals.

To me, Ryan Phillippe was a poker-faced marksman, moving about with a deadpanned look and hardly a crease on his forehead when things went crazy. Of course, there will be some viewers who preferred Mark Wahlberg in the movie as he was good at showing different emotions for different scenes, compared to the expressionless Ryan Phillippe. I quite liked Phillippe, with his brooding good looks that were just as sultry as it had been when he was in the movie, Cruel IntentionsShooter USA left me yearning for more after each episode ended. Until I reached Episode 8, the last one for Season 2.

Turned out that the series was halted halfway into Season 2 due to a leg injury that Ryan Phillippe encountered, but viewers are promised a renewed Season 3; bigger, better and longer (with three extra episodes) Season 3. It was their way of replacing the two missing episodes from Season 2. Well, I’m certainly and definitely looking forward to it when it comes back to Netflix!

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