No better part of CW’s ludicrous ‘Valor’

Sunday, 08 October 2017, 04:45:20 PM. Every network seems to have its own military-themed drama for the new season — and now CW tries to hoist the flag with “Valor,” about an elite Army unit of helicopter pilots.This is a series that makes every other show before it in this genre look like “From Here to Eternity.” CW’s “Valor” is overblown, badly cast, horribly filmed and my candidate for Worst New Show of Fall 2017.
Every network seems to have its own military-themed drama for the new season — and now CW tries to hoist the flag with “Valor,” about an elite Army unit of helicopter pilots. This is a series that makes every other show before it in this genre look like “From Here to Eternity.” CW’s “Valor” is overblown, badly cast, horribly filmed and my candidate for Worst New Show of Fall 2017. Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa, “Animal Kingdom”), one of the first female pilots for the unit known as the Shadow Raiders, and her commanding officer, Capt. Leland Gallo (Matt Barr, “Sleepy Hollow”), lead a team in Somalia to capture a top-secret prisoner. Even they don’t know who they will be transporting. The mission goes horribly wrong. Several of the team members are either killed or, like their colleague Jimmy Kim (W. Tre Davis, “Shades of Blue”), captured by enemy forces. Nora is shot in the leg. Somehow Nora and Leland manage to survive until they can be rescued. A month later, back on base in Atlanta, Nora’s boyfriend, Lt. Ian Porter (Charlie Barnett, “Chicago Fire”), worries about her, for good reason. She’s fighting bouts of pain, PTSD and her guilt at not telling commanding officer Col. Robert Haskins (Nigel Thatch, “American Dreams”) what happened in Somalia. She and Leland have made a pact to lie to their superiors for reasons that don’t start to come into focus until the very end of the hour. Nora, when she isn’t completing Leland’s dopey training exercises, likes to say...Read more
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