Bomb Patrol Afghanistan: Exclusive Clip From the New Best Thing on TV

In the first 60 seconds of Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, you will be hooked. You'll then spend the rest of episode one with an elevated heart rate and your mouth open. It's simply the most compelling thing you'll see on TV.

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The documentary series, which premieres tonight, follows an elite eight-man U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit on their five-month deployment in Afghanistan. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) account for more casualties among military troops in Afghanistan than anything else. These are the guys that go in to hostile territory and try to defuse them. It's easily one of the world's most dangerous jobs.

In the exclusive clip you see above, the team's youngest member, Chase, is on his first mission, and he has just accidentally blown up one of their highly sophisticated robots, the Talon. He was piloting it around the site of a suspected IED, got too close, and ka-boom. Not a good first day. They sent out their other Talon to investigate—because where there's one IED, there's often a second—but radio interference from the first Talon stopped the second one in the tracks. Chase must now pilot a third, smaller robot-which uses a freakin' XBOX controller-to cut the first Talon's power supply. If he can't, then the second Talon remains stranded, and the Chief has to go in on foot. That's as dangerous as it sounds. (And yes, those are Contour cameras strapped to everybody's heads.)

The 10-episode series premieres tonight at 10pm PST/EST on the G4 network. It's rare that a TV show grabs me. I loathe reality TV, I like only a couple sit coms, and I find most documentary shows boring and/or cheesy. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan is one of the most gripping and compelling things I've ever seen. Enjoy, and good luck getting to bed afterwards. [G4]

DISCUSSION

dchall8
dchall8

1. In addition to seeing through the robot's eye, Chase needs to see the big picture. Looks like, even after being warned, he didn't know he was driving it into a hole. Chase needs retraining on three things: listening to your boss, driving an off-road RC car, and talking to your boss.

2. The robot needs accelerometers and/or gyros to sense when it is almost tipping over. All the new smart phones have them. The operator should never get close to tipping without sirens going off in his ear.

3. Seems like they could retrieve the robots with a fishing pole and 20-pound test.