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By Mark Vincent Kelly

GENRE: Action, Thriller, War, Historical, Biography, Drama
LOGLINE: After Pearl Harbor a handful of US submarines face the Japanese advance. Based on the true story of the men of the Silent Service and the women who kept them alive. When "Mush" Morton and Dick O'Kane take command of the USS Wahoo their first mission may be their last.


EPISODE SYNOPSIS Dick O'Kane wakes from his nightmare -- a sinking submarine. WW2, 1943, and Dick discovers his boat really is in danger of sinking. His chronically inept captain Granville Kennedy has fired on his own submarine. The anxiety and anger of the crew is personified by furious Prospective Commanding Officer Mush Morton, who is a potential future captain training for the first time on Wahoo. Following a brief shore-leave Mush and Dick are surprisingly given command of the sub, but under the most dire circumstances. They are the only submarine capable of preventing the launch of a new Japanese destroyer, the most lethal weapon in the Japanese Navy's considerably superior arsenal. Dick, Mush, and the entire crew must be at their absolute best to stand any chance of succeeding in their perilous mission. They unknowingly face Japan's finest ship and deadliest captain on their maiden voyage. ​ CREATIVE NOTES The Silent Service is a series much in the vein of Band Of Brothers and The Pacific.  While seeming to match those series in terms of scale, much of the most thrilling action takes place on a confined soundstage set. A lean lead cast is supported by rotating guest actors. Our main character's story is thrilling, having served on the two most successful submarines of the war, both sunk, he is ultimately captured and interned in Japan. Dick O'Kane embodies all it takes to fight and survive WW2. Tameichi Hara of the destroyer Shigure is our antagonist. He was the only Japanese captain to survive the war, and literally wrote the book on anti-submarine warfare. The crucial and little known role played by navy women in support of the patrolling submarines and their crews, and the prominent position of Ernestine O'Kane in the war effort 'back home' are significant female characters in a traditionally male dominated genre. PRODUCTION NOTES · War drama primarily filmed on confined soundstage set. · Limited lead cast. · Main character's story is both unbelievable and true. · Complex antagonist character portraying a sympathetic and morally incorruptible enemy. · Lead women in significant and revelatory roles. · Ethnically diverse cast.



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