Friday, November 3, 2017

UVI Students Get First Look at S.W.A.T Season Premier

UVI students pose after S.W.A.T. screening.

Lights, camera and there was plenty of on screen action as University of the Virgin Islands students on the St. Thomas Campus enjoyed a screening of the pilot of S.W.A.T., starring Shemar Moore.

Armed with popcorn, snacks and a comfortable movie theater atmosphere, students cheered to Moore’s personal message to the University of the Virgin Islands prior to the screening.

S.W.A.T. , a crime drama on CBS premiered on Nov. 2, just hours after students got their first look. The screening had been planned for much earlier but two category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, pushed back the date. 

Leon LaFonde, Student Activities Director,
serves up popcorn and snacks. 

Students jumped, squealed and laughed as the story line jumped from action to suspense laced with well placed humor. With more than 23 years of experience, some of Moore’s most memorable roles include starring as Malcom Winters on “The Young and the Restless” and as Derek Morgan on CBS’s “Criminal Minds”. Moore’s role as Hondo kept more than 75 student’s glued to their seats.

At the end, Moore asked students in a pre-recorded video to use the hashtag is #SWAT on their Twitter account @SWATCBS, Facebook @SWATCBS, Instagram @SWATCBS and the Writers Twitter account @SWATWritersRoom.

S.W.A.T. airs on Thursdays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Students can keep up with S.W.A.T. on the day after it airs.

About S.W.A.T.

Inspired by the television series and the feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson has everything it takes to be an excellent leader and bridge the divide between his two worlds. Hondo's elite unit includes David "Deacon" Kay, an experienced S.W.A.T. officer who always puts the team first, despite feeling overlooked for the lead job; Jim Street, a cocky but promising new member of the group; Christina "Chris" Alonso, a skilled officer and the team's canine trainer; and Dominique Luca, an expert driver who gets them in and out of high risk situations. Overseeing the unit is Jessica Cortez, the captain of L.A. Metro who values her job above all else, including her off-the-books relations with Hondo. Hondo's team enjoys an intense rivalry with another L.A.-based unit led by Mumford, an aggressive leader who likes to do things his way. With Hondo leading the charge, these dedicated men and women bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives.