Well, it was clear pretty early on that CBS had lost faith in The Unit. First, putting it on Sunday nights at 10. How many nights during football season did it not even begin until 10:30 or even closer to 11? Then there were all the times it was preempted for this special or that made-for-TV movie. There was never really any continuity to the series this season: it would be on one week, then you would have to wait two or three weeks for it to appear again, and what you might get even after that was a repeat. There were other hints of a loss of confidence with the series as it had been for the previous three years. The biggest sign was the addition of semi-regular Nicole Stenwedell as new team member Bridget Sullivan (reminiscent of the lengths that old, great series Homicide: Life on the Streets went to to try and bring in a different kind of audience when it started bringing in eye candy like Michael Michelle in its last years). Second was the near invisible input of David Mamet himself. So the demise of this excellent drama is not surprising. Yet the show retained its great integrity, no matter how mundane some of its stories got this season. Stenwedell proved to be a solid addition and served to dramatize the real world conflicts and questions of having women on the front line of war. But most of all, what makes and has always made The Unit worthwhile viewing is the strength of its cast, and in particular its stalwart men, whose heroics are always placed in a morally ambiguous light. And if the show had to end, the last image of it was a fitting way to say goodbye. As one of his men gets married, Jonas -- the great Snake Doctor himself -- sits alone in a pew, left by Molly when he would not chose her and their marriage over the duty -- and yes, excitement -- of the Unit. It's a sad image, redolent of loss and the hard and complicated and messy choices that these men and their women make every day of their lives in The Unit.
Nothing is resolved: one soldier is married, another sees his marriage dissolve. Life and their missions will continue and there will be heroics and there will be compromises. I would have loved to have seen more of these missions, but if they had to end, this was as good a place and time for them to end.