There’s a great movie to be made out of Nelson DeMille’s crackerjack potboiler*, which takes on the institutional misogyny and rape culture the American military fosters and even encourages. However, you don’t hire the guy who made CON AIR to do it (though West’s redux of Burt Reynolds’ HEAT tackles similar thematic ground, which makes you wonder if he truly was attracted to the meatier elements of the material). As is, it’s a gnarly episode of JAG, and a funny reminder that post-FACE/OFF “90s action hero Travolta” was most certainly a thing the studios were trying to make happen. Thanks to a scenery chewing James Woods, and Madeline Stowe doing something sort of odd with her rape investigator role (whenever she isn’t sidelined during the procedural shenanigans), this remains totally watchable throughout. A perfect do-over candidate for someone like Kathryn Bigelow.
*Speaking of which, a proper adaptation of DeMille’s GOLD COAST would RIP in the Trump Era.