This second series of SAS: Who Dares Wins has been a bit of a soap opera, with a far greater focus being put on the psychological state of those involved and the back story they come into the series with.
As the Directing Staff (DS) alluded to in previous episodes, special forces candidates invariably come with baggage and an ‘edge’ which can sometimes manifest itself as hair-trigger violence or behaviours that might bring them to the attention of the local constabulary. We’ve certainly seen individuals on this course who it wouldn’t be wrong to say had anger management issues – but when you’re looking for someone to voluntarily put themselves at risk of death in a combat zone, you don’t really want the guys who shirk conflict. It is, however, interesting to see how readily civilians adopt the aggression demanded by the DS.
This episode focuses on trust, as the remaining 12 recruits are needled to identify the weakest and least dependable on the course, the DS helpfully pair up those who have previously identified each other as unreliable for a forward abseil off the top of a waterfall, where the life of the jumper is the hands of the recruit holding the rope at the bottom. Happy days!
SAS: Who Dares Wins is on tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.