HER MIDSHIPMAN’S SECRET SERVICE
- Premise: When Navy pride is at stake, there’s only one man for a secret mission into the dark heart of West Point. It helps when he has an assist from the Naval Academy parachute team.
- Positives: Aside from the stunts, soundtrack and passable British accent, it’s a nod to James Bond author Ian Fleming’s service in British Naval Intelligence.
- Problems: Throw a bone to the hapless villain next time ― deadly bowler, creepy kitten, jaws that cut through steel ... the options are endless.
- Premise: A soulful rendition of the last song West Point graduates hope to hear Saturday night in Philadelphia.
- Positives: Another offering from 2nd Lt. Austin Lachance, this may cause some tough-as-nails USMA alums to start complaining about dust in their eyes, or pretend they’ve just been chopping onions. The setting is both visually and acoustically stunning.
- Problems: Not with the video, but with the democratic process: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor, who sings alongside Cadet Arykah Moore in this piece, was a contestant on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” in 2015 ... and didn’t escape the early rounds. Is it too late for a recount?
- Premise: An old-school commercial parody, complete with hapless cadet.
- Positives: Sometimes simple is best, and it doesn’t get much more simple than limiting most of your (usually inexperienced) actors to a single word.
- Problems: The framing cuts off what appears to be a nod to the commercial’s classic pose (fitting for a football game in Philadelphia). Plus, the notion of an Army captain, even a Capt. Morgan, isn’t exactly outside the realm of possibility.
PEO OLD SCHOOL
- Premise: The team at the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier unveils new gear for the Black Knights via decidedly dated graphics.
- Positives: The poor sound quality, “futuristic” fonts and glitch-filled images will resonate with anyone who ever had to rewind a video after watching it. And there’s commitment to the bit: The YouTube version is uploaded in dazzling 144-pixel resolution. If you wanted lower definition, you’d almost need a radio.
- Problems: If you’re going to outfit the Army football team with top-of-the-line weapons, it’d probably be just as easy to buy off the shelf.