This week’s Shooter, "Overwatch," took some time to show us some of Bob Lee Swagger and Isaac Johnson’s time in Afghanistan. This gives us new insight into their relationship as sniper and captain, and Johnson’s ties with the CIA. When dealing with a topic as serious as the war in Afghanistan, Shooter showed the utmost respect for the troops who fought there and this week’s moments of bravery and bravado don’t take the real circumstances of war veterans lightly.
Here are three clips with the highlest level of badassery from the flashback episode worth a second look:
[Warning: Clips contain minor spoilers for Shooter episode 104.]
Taking Out the Rocket Launcher
Even under fire (with Donny giving cover), Swagger keeps cool and aims at a rocket launcher sticking out of a window pointed at a U.S. convoy. Though ordered by Johnson to abort due to incoming hostiles, Swagger takes out the rocket launcher and saves 12 Marines while Donny holds off close-quarters attackers.
Taking Radio Duty
To cover for Donny -- even more so than himself -- and ignoring the abort order, Swagger claims the radios malfunctioned. Johnson can read between the lines, but playing along, he gives Swagger a shift repairing radios so that it won’t happen again. Swagger gladly takes his lumps for the team, knowing he made the right call. This shows how noble and magnanimous (not to mention, totally badass) Swagger is without having to be physical.
Saving Captain Johnson
Even after his sniper hut blows up, Swagger finds a new location with a better shot than before. This is against orders, but when the insurgents are going to behead Johnson, Swagger has the shot. This is unfortunately also what puts Swagger on Meachum’s radar. In the same scene, Johnson wants to bring the traitorous Captain Rahim in for questioning but he doesn't see the knife. Swagger does and is able to save Johnson's life. This complicates their current relationship considerably.