Question: I'm growing more and more frustrated with CBS' The Unit. I really like the show and I've seen every episode, but there are a couple of things that bother me. It borderline cheats in defying what we've just seen, with some quick little explanation wrap-up at the very end. An example would be Scott Foley's character guarding a guy on his way out of the country for execution, who somehow ends up dead due to a poisoned scarf. And then at the end, it's, "You completed your mission, we couldn't have it look like it was us." I mean, one time OK, two times... OK, but they do this kind of misdirection so often that it cheapens everything. I actually sat here for at least part of last week's episode expecting Hector to not really be dead, that it was all some big scam, because they do this so much that it just makes you unable to suspend disbelief. Which brings me to Hector's death. I realize that you have to see one of them die to bring home the realism of what they face. I'm shocked it took this long for it to happen, but the way they did it and the character they chose to kill off made it kind of a sucker punch to the people who are dedicated to this show. In the episode immediately preceding Hector's death, Hector saw Ryan and Tiffy at the motel. Ryan knows that Hector saw him, Tiffy knows that Hector saw them, and nothing ever comes of that? I mean, come on! That's no way to handle a potentially interesting storyline. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has suggested that Ryan had Hector killed so he couldn't say anything. As far-fetched as that may sound, I think it's just shocking that the show would totally blow off that potential storyline. Maybe it'll still get out — I was actually waiting for Mack to find a note in his locker revealing everything, in case he was killed, but that never happened. Am I the only one feeling like this?
Answer: You're definitely not the only one who wondered if Hector's death had anything to do with him witnessing Ryan and Tiffy in the motel. But I would think that, given the dignity with which Hector was put to rest in last week's episode, this particular tragedy was nothing more than an unfortunate casualty of war. No conspiracy (or at least I hope not). I don't watch the show regularly enough to comment on your specific criticisms, but even in these episodes surrounding Hector's death, it still couldn't avoid coming to tidy, pat resolutions such as Jonas going all Rambo to avenge Hector's death. The Unit is a good show, but in many ways it is also a conventional one, which is probably why critics don't pay much attention to it except at pivotal moments like this.

Last week's episode also prompted this response, from Jason B.: "The Unit has always been respectful of our military, but this episode may have set a precedent that will remain unattainable. I would be so bold as to say that that was probably the most moving hour of television I've ever watched. The Unit is, in my opinion, the most underrated show on television. I've enjoyed it since the beginning and I hope it continues for a few more seasons (as long as David Mamet is producing)."