Response Time

by Feb 9, 2021

Response Time

Seconds are Critical and Planning is Everything

An elite special unit was formed out of necessity to combat an ever growing sophisticated enemy. The Next Specialist Unit (NSU) recruits from law enforcement, FBI, and the military. From the US, Britten, and Israel. NSU is brought in when neither local law enforcement nor the FBI can handle the case alone. Acting more like a black ops unit they usually arrive on the scene abruptly. Because of this, the NSU is not well-accepted by the agencies on the ground.

Most crimes are already in progress and the NSU has to quickly assess, plan, setup, and execute while always under a very tight clock. These are not normal crimes by everyday criminals or the local LEOs would not need the NSU. These are international criminals using new weapons that are emerging with cyber warfare and new science. Some representing governments, others hired by billionaires waging war on billionaires. Criminals are very high-tech, well trained, and have the very best gear money can buy. Not your typical smash and grab. These crimes are trying to change outcomes; like moving chess pieces to win at games no-one can see.

The show is about the team, their credentials, and how they solve crimes. It is working together even while conflicting opinions fight for dominance. Mike and Nick are always best mates, but most often have different methods.

Mike Getz – Criminal Savant – UK

Has a PhD in criminal psychology. Mike has written several books with his latest “Getz Caught“ being a best seller. He is hyper-aware of his surroundings and has a near eidetic memory. He moves slowly and methodically, which drives the strike team crazy. Mike is more about figuring out the nuances of the crime. At times these little details matter greatly, while at other times, it seems to slow down the process, adding anxiety.

Melissa – Communications

With a law degree, Melissa handles all communications with the agencies on site and keeps her team aligned with what they legally can and cannot do. Often conflicting with Mike and Nick, who just wants to get the job done. “ They called us in for a reason, so they should just let us do our job.” is a battle she has on both ends. From the legal perspective she has to help direct the mission to keep the team out of trouble.

Nick Jones aka The Reaper – Tactical Leader – US

Special forces sniper. Responsible for the tactical response of the team. Highly decorated, highly confident, and a social prowess second to none. Nick and Mike conflict a lot about what to do and when to do it. Coming at the same problem from completely different angles. Nick is the straight arrow, only willing to bend rules. He likes to plan and execute, usually at the same time. With a fight IQ like Nick’s he can do both, usually with great success. Mike is often there with a ‘wait, did we consider this?’ that resets the plan. Which is hard if it is already in motion.

TJ – Tech Ops – Israeli

We’re never really sure if TJ was caught hacking and then forced to work for this team or what his true story is. What we do know is that there is nobody that knows software and hardware better than TJ. Top level software engineer specializing in AI, with a hobby in hardware design. He utilizes the skills in both the act of solving these crimes and also in the development of the gear that they use. Noah is his AI that he is constantly trying to use in the field. Sometimes with success and other times not so much. Allows for a little comical relief when needed. Eventually Noah gets an avatar and becomes part of the team, well sort of. Dennis is always having to fight off the political pressure of removing TJ from the team and using him to develop government software. So we’re told.

Dennis Mancini aka Dennis the Menace 

Director. Not often seen. The one who assigns the team their duties and runs block with the principals above him. Often called Dennis the Menace because he hamstrings the team due to political pressures. This makes the team have to rethink their strategies on the fly, sometimes when the operation is already in flight.  

2-3 Operators – Different Countries

These teammates can either be static or come and go throughout the seasons to give a little variety. They are pulled from special forces, FBI units, top-tier local law-enforcement.  Most of the time they have an indirect operational role as they are used for coms operator, tactical set up, breach team. Grunts, allowing the main characters to focus on the plot. Sometimes they bring a unique perspective or skill to an assignment that allows them to solve it more quickly.

PLEASE stay focused on the assignments and do not succumb to the temptation of adding some kind of romantic plot. They always fail in these stories as they seem forced. Unless the romance is outside of the team and is used for character building. 

I normally see 22-25 tv episodes per year with one movie per year taking on their biggest case. These cases are more complex, deep, multi-state, and have a larger criminal element, and a lot more action. The movies pull the team further apart and bring them closer together. 

The last episode of each season ends with a bunch of government officials at the office with Dennis calling the team together after they just got back from their last assignment. There’s a special assignment they have to be briefed on right now. Mike says “I thought this was last last one”. Dennis says “one more before we close it out”. One of the government looking officials says “this is Operation Snow Plow” as they walk into the briefing room. The door closes behind them. The advertisement for the movie ‘operation snow plow’ is shown. 

The mission is only to set the scene for the characters to show their action. The missions are not the focus. 

It might be fun to also write books around each character. Just focusing on that character and their qualities. I see this for Mike and Nick, with a possible book for Melissa. These can allow for spin-offs into character shows. Could also be for the Operators. 

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