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PostSubject: Strike back season 3 ep 6   Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:44 pm

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Exclusive ‘Strike Back’ Season 2 Episode 6 Preview Scene

Scott tries to get Rebecca on his side while Stonebridge pursues the man who killed his wife.
By Blair Marnell
September 13, 2012

Last week on "Strike Back," Sgt. Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) followed the trail of Karl Matlock (Vincent Regan) and his partner, Jessica Kohl (Natalie Becker) after they kidnapped the daughter and grandson of Peter Evans (Paul Freeman), a nuclear scientist whom they intended to blackmail into building a nuclear device on behalf of their employer, Conrad Knox (Charles Dance).

While Section 20 eventually realized that Knox was their true enemy, both Scott and Stonebridge jeopardized the mission with their respective vices. Scott fell into the arms of a beautiful Mossad agent named Rebecca (Lyne Renée); who used the opportunity to slip a tracker on him. As for Stonebridge, he saw Craig Hanson (Shane Taylor), the man who killed his wife and Stonebridge literally abandoned Peter to chase down Hanson... giving Matlock the perfect opportunity to kidnap Peter.

Cinemax has provided us with an exclusive preview scene from this week's episode of "Strike Back," in which Scott tries to find common ground with Rebecca in the midst of their standoff. However, Rebecca may not be willing to bend the parameters of her mission to eliminate Peter.

In the second preview clip of the week, Section 20's commanding officer, Major Rachel Dalton (Rhona Mitra) chews out Scott and Stonebridge for their failure, as Scott is unable to adequately explain how Rebecca bugged him without exposing the fact that he slept with her.

And finally, the third clip finds Section 20 mounting a rescue mission as Stonebridge gets a second chance to take down Hanson. However, Hanson is ready for him this time...

Don't miss the new episode of "Strike Back" this Friday at 10pm, only on Cinemax!

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PostSubject: Re: Strike back season 3 ep 6   Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:51 pm

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Strike Back: Stonebridge & Scott Face Their Internal Demons in Cinemax’s Soldier’s Story

by Bags Hooper on September 15, 2012

“All revolutions have their martyrs.” – Knox (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones)

In the past six episodes of Strike Back’s second season on Cinemax, the series has shifted beyond a mere action tale. This isn’t the Expendables 2, filled with glitzy action and enough one-liners to make your head explode.

Strike Back is a soldier’s story. Terrorist threats are no longer Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott’s (Sullivan Stapleton) sole motivation. Now, they’re going up against their internal demons. Season 2 is a deeper, more personal saga.

In Episode 2.5, Scott made a connection with Rebecca (Lyne Renee), which was as physical as it was psychological. As aggressive as Rebecca was in bed, Scott recognized that she was someone who had “given up” – much like he had done before coming to Section 20. These were two soldiers, working in the field and dealing with PTSD in their own way.

Scott lost Curtis, a good soldier who had sided with the wrong team. He wasn’t ready to lose another. Scott chose to let Stonebridge protect the VIP, Evans, while he went after Rebecca.

[Episode 2.6 Spoilers Ahead]

In the beginning of Episode 2.6, Scott confronted Rebecca, who he now knew to be a Mossad agent. They had the same goal, but different methods of execution. Rebecca was ordered by Israel to assassinate Evans, the nuclear specialist now in the hands of Knox. Rebecca said it was Israel’s way of correcting the mistake it had made in assisting South Africa’s nuclear project during apartheid. Scott had a different suggestion. Save the hostages – end the threat. He offered Rebecca an olive branch – work with Section 20, not against it.

Unfortunately for Scott, Rebecca wasn’t ready to take the deal. You could see the suffering in Rebecca’s eyes when she turned down Scott. Rebecca understood Scott’s logic, but she had her mission. And, for a soldier, nothing takes precedence over the mission.

Stonebridge buried the loss of his wife from Section 20 and Scott. At the end of episode 2.5, he came face-to-face with his wife’s assassin – Hanson (Shane Tyler). Instead of guarding the VIP, Stonebridge went after Hanson. Then, he stood in the middle of the street shooting at Hanson as the mercenary raced towards him, ready to run him down with his car.

The scene did more than show us that Stonebridge was out for revenge. By standing in the middle of the street, with Hanson racing at him, we saw that Stonebridge was ready to throw away his life for revenge. In that moment, Stonebridge further joined Scott and Rebecca as soldiers suffering from PTSD. While Kate (Eva Birthistle) was a major loss last season, her death was almost expected. At the end of the day, she was a soldier in the field. Stonebridge’s wife was a civilian who was murdered to punish Stonebridge. This loss was much more personal.

When Stonebridge approached Hanson’s car, a grenade rolled out. Stonebridge ran away just in time to –

Cut to the opening title sequence. Touchdown.

One of the best parts of watching Strike Back is waiting to see how the editing team cuts to the opening title sequence. Episode 2.6 had one of those great cuts.

“I’m fine. The mission, it always comes first. Hanson, he’s just a bonus. Yeah? You got to trust me.” – Stonebridge to Scott.

This line encapsulates the soldiers’ story presented in Strike Back. Scott and Stonebridge always put the mission first – except when they don’t. It’s in those moments when the series really grabs its audience. The line also echoed back to Rebecca’s choice to continue her Mossad duties.

Regarding the nuclear triggers, Knox said to Evans: “Now, with this and your help, we can liberate this continent and raise Africa to a point where its voice is not just heard, but listened to. All over the world.”

Last season of Strike Back gave us Latif (Jimi Mistry), a terrorist we thought was simply motivated by the standard clichés presented of Muslim culture. In the finale, we learned the truth. Latif’s motivations extended beyond anything we could have predicted. He wanted to expose a conspiracy, perpetrated by foreign governments.

In this season of Strike Back, we met Knox. He appeared to be the standard, duplicitous corporate thug who uses war as a means furthering his wealth. Now, we know different.

Knox is motivated by national (and continental) pride. He is willing to sacrifice everything to raise Africa into a world power, on par with the United States and China. Nothing showed this more than his monologue on disease and vaccines. He said that disease was holding the continent back from glory. Then, he showed Evans everything he was doing with regard to researching vaccines to help the countries of Africa. After showing Evans how he planned to heal the continent, he presented the nuclear warheads.

It was a great scene, which smartly juxtaposed healing with death. In Knox’s mind the two are synonymous. Like a god of war, Knox holds the power to heal in one hand and the power to destroy in the other – and he keeps them both under the same roof.

There are four episodes left in this season of Strike Back. Motivations have changed and agendas have been revealed. But there are still secrets to tell.

For starters, we still don’t know what happened with Scott during his time in the CIA. Secondly, Rachel Dalton’s (Rhona Mitra) true motives have yet to be revealed. Finally, I’m curious to see if Knox’s daughter, Ava (Olivia Grant), will play a role in the final episodes. Stonebridge and Ava developed a mutual respect that ended up creating a wedge between Ava and her father.

“Knox has gone dark; it’s time we went dark too,” Rachel says at the end of Episode 2.6. It looks like we’re in for four thrilling episodes, filled with covert missions, to finish off the season.

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Julia (Michelle Lukes) in action. She’s done a great job of stepping up in the field and I hope her character continues to grow.

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PostSubject: Re: Strike back season 3 ep 6   Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:52 pm

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Strike Back Recap: Episode 16

If you remember, last week’s episode ended with a whole lot of stuff going on. Scott was facing off against Rebecca, the Mossad agent who doubled as the flight attendant. Evans was abducted by Matlock after Stonebridge left him to chase after Hanson. And Stonebridge was in the middle of a shootout with Hanson who was driving a car directly at Stonebridge. Quite the action packed ending I must say. This week picks up in the same place and only a mere few seconds have passed. I do so love the action that this show provides. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

So…..Stonebridge is still standing in the middle of the street shooting at Hanson’s car, with Hanson hanging out the window trying to shoot Stonebridge. Neither of them hit their mark and Hanson seems to get away. Stonebridge runs after him and finds that the car has crashed into a wall. Stonebridge approaches the car hoping to find Hanson, but when he opens the door, a grenade falls out and Hanson is nowhere to be seen. Stonebridge runs for cover just as the car explodes. Dalton pulls up just in time to gather a shaken and injured Stonebridge, while Hanson watches from his hiding spot. And can I just say that for two SAS agents, they both seem to have crappy aim since neither of them hit the other.

Meanwhile, Scott and Rebecca have a few words while holding guns on each other. Scott asks if she’s alone and she admits that since he killed her man, she is. Scott puts his gun away and tries to reason with her. She tells him that he’s not her mark and he tells her that he knows what she’s going through. He also tells her he understands how she was trained because he was trained the same way. He gives her mark a name and tells her that Peter Evans is a grandfather and he’s trying to save his family and not threaten Israel. He asks her to help him rescue the family and that in doing so, it might help her sleep better at night. She walks away telling him that she sleeps just fine. From the look on her face though, I’d say that’s not so true.

Back at the crib, Dalton is understandably pissed and is trying to figure out just how Matlock knew where they were. Stonebridge blames losing Evans on an ambush, and Scott claims a tracker was planted on him at the airport. Both men screwed up and they know it, and even admit it to each other. Scott also admits to Stonebridge that he knew Hanson was in town. Stonebridge gets pissed and tells Scott that he needs to trust him.

Evans is taken to the facility where Knox wants him to build the nuclear bombs and he’s finally able to see his daughter and grandson. Knox tells Evans that the death of his son-in-law was a terrible tragic mistake and the family will be compensated. Knox plans to make Africa a nuclear power and needs Evans help to do it. Evans is given a bit of time alone with his daughter and grandson, until Matlock interrupts and tells him it’s time to get to work.

Dalton tells the boys to go home and get some rest, but Stonebridge is reviewing material about the Knox foundation. Scott invites him for a beer, but Stonebridge declines, so Scott takes off. Julia asks Stonebridge if there’s anything else he needs and he tells her that the next time she sees him, a heads up on the man who killed his wife would be great. Ouch. After reviewing tape of Knox’s daughter Ava talk about the foundation’s work, Stonebridge sees an opportunity.

Scott’s at home being quite domestic when Rebecca shows up at his house telling him that Evans is now an open target. He asks her what she’s doing there and the look on her face says it all. Yep….they fall right into the sack again. However, this time seems to be a bit…..different from what Scott’s romps are normally like. The look on his face afterwards tells a story too. During the pillow talk afterward, Rebecca states that he thinks she’s still using him to get to Evans. He tells her that he doesn’t care, because 20 doesn’t know where Evans is. He tells her that the only way to get to Evans is to save the daughter and grandson, but they don’t know where they are either. He asks her why she wasn’t sent after Knox, because he’s their main target. She tells him that maybe they will, because there is always another person to kill. He tells her to walk away, but she shakes that thought off. She asks him if he’s ever put his gun in his mouth and he tells her that when that happens, it’s time to quit. She tells him that they helped build the weapons that Knox is now trying to reassemble, but Scott tells her that she herself didn’t have anything to do with it. He asks her to promise him that she’ll try to leave the life behind, but she doesn’t respond.

Knox gives Evans a tour of his mighty facility and tells him stories of how Evans can help rebuild their country and rewrite history and how all of this was his life’s work and it was hidden away by cowards. Knox tells Evans that with his help they can raise the status of Africa to where their voice is not only heard, but listened to. Later on at Knox’s compound, Knox gives the triggers to Matlock to transport to Evans. Matlock “strongly recommends” that Knox move up his departure date because with Mossad involved, it’s a whole new ballgame. As they discuss this topic, a masked gunman is making his way through Knox’s security system, taking out guards left and right. The masked man makes it into the same room and introduces himself as….Craig Hanson. Knox is impressed, but Matlock is pissed. Knox tells Matlock that since Hanson just made mince meat of his security team, to hire him. Hanson got what he wanted, much to Matlock’s dismay.

Ava arrives at some sort of fundraising function where Stonebridge approaches her telling her he’d like to help in her efforts. He tells her that he’s a British soldier and has fought all over Africa and thinks that the foundation’s decommissioning project is the single biggest effort to bring peace to the region and he’s totally behind it.

At the crib, Dalton confronts Scott about his fling with Rebecca. She not so kindly informs him who Rebecca is, but he already knows. He tells her that Rebecca wants to quit and if she does, Evans will be safe. Dalton tells him that he’s a liability, but he retorts with the fact that he’s given everything to the section, including his friend Curtis. After flinging a few insults at each other, Dalton gets back on track. She tells Scott about a shipment of decommissioned weapons from Sierra Leone that are being brought in through the Knox Foundation. She tells Scott that she wants him, Julia and Liam to track the weapons in case any of them are diverted en route.

At the fundraiser, Stonebridge hobnobs with the attendees and Ava is impressed with the support he’s getting. He mentions his wife, but when asked, he tells Ava that she was shot and killed, which is just one more reason why he strongly believes in the work they’re doing. He makes a comment about how it’s ironic that even though she’s trying to make the country safe, she needs armed guards to do it. She tells him that her father insists on having them there.

At the crib, Sinclair informs Dalton that two trucks in the convoy have diverted. She tells him to update Scott and his team. Stonebridge is also getting the play by play and he tells Ava exactly what he’s doing there and what her father is up to. He tells her that they have growing evidence that the foundation is behind weapons being sold. He shows her a picture of Matlock but she says that she’s never seen him before. He also tells her that he wants to protect what the foundation is doing, but wants to bring down those who are corrupting it, but she’s clueless.

Scott, Julia and Liam hold watch over the shipment of weapons as they are being loaded into crates for transport. Dalton tells him that she’ll contact the local police so that they can make the arrest. Liam transmits pictures, and Julia recognizes Jessica, Matlock’s sniper. The pictures that Liam transmits are also going to Stonebridge, who shows them to Ava. Liam sees and recognizes Hanson in the group as well, and Sinclair confirms it. Dalton says to hold on that photo and not read in Stonebridge. Stonebridge gives Ava all the dirty laundry about her dad, telling her about Evans, and his daughter and her family. She doesn’t want to hear any of it though and tells him to get out.

Scott and Co. go to move in on the shipment when he notices that something is going on when Jessica calls for Hanson and tells them men to wrap it up and get out. Scott looks for a diversion and has Liam blow out a gas tank. Chaos ensues and people are running everywhere, and then the local police show up. Scott and Hanson see each other at the same time and start shooting, but both miss. What is it with these highly trained soldiers who can’t hit their mark?? Anyway, the cops show up and start arresting people. Hanson and Jessica get away, but Scott gets nabbed by the cops, even though he tries to tell them that he’s the good guy.

Matlock stands by a chopper that is getting ready to haul all the clean materials for the bomb that Evans is helping to build. Knox tells him by phone to hang on to the triggers and to remain at the facility with Hanson. He also tells Matlock that Ava was approached by 20 and is now asking some probing awkward questions. As this conversation is happening, Ava is doing research on all the information that Stonebridge gave her…all of which is confirmed. Especially when she pulls up on article and recognizes Jessica.

At the crib, Dreyer tells Dalton that the section is to pack up and leave immediately. Sinclair pipes up saying that they’re the ones who gave the police the info on the weapons, but Dreyer tells him that they had been conducting their own personal investigation. I call bullshit on this considering this guy is the one who’s in Knox’s pocket.

Evans tells his daughter that she’ll be safe and what he’s doing, he doing for them. He tells her that there is a small fortune waiting in a bank account for her, but she tells him she doesn’t want the money. She also tells him that she’s never seen him so alive and he tells her it’s because he’s doing what he was meant to do.

Ava watches her father, when Jessica approaches with a package. She then meets with Stonebridge in private on a beach and tells him that she’ll make a deal as long as the foundation isn’t compromised. She gives him information on where the bombs were “buried” but not destroyed. This is most likely where Knox has Evans and the triggers. Dalton tells the team that they can’t call on local law enforcement to help and getting UN help would take months. Scott suggests going in themselves and she agrees that it’s their only choice.

Ava confronts her father about what he’s doing and he tries to defend his actions. She tells him that she knows about Peter Evans, his daughter and grandson and the triggers and asks that he put a stop to it. Her pleas fall on deaf ears however, once she tells him that she made a deal with 20. Knox promptly leaves his daughter behind to get out of dodge.

Meanwhile, Scott, Stonebridge and Co, invade the facility where Evans is being held. Their presence is made known and that’s when it really hits the fan. Knox’s men scramble to get out, while 20 splits up to try to stop them. Stonebridge ends up facing off against Hanson again, and Hanson decides to drive the knife a little bit deeper by asking Stonebridge how the wife is. Hanson gets away again, and Stonebridge meets back up with Scott and Liam while Dalton and Julia try to hold down the fort from outside. Matlock loads up Jessica, Hanson and Evans in the chopper and Scott tells Stonebridge to take the shot at Hanson because it’s his kill. Stonebridge can’t get the shot due to Evans being in the way. Just as the chopper begins to take off, Evans has a change of heart and jumps out of the chopper to stay with his daughter. Matlock has no choice but the leave without him. Scott tells Dalton they all have a clear shot at the tail rotor, but Dalton tells the team to stand down due to the materials that are on board.

The team moves out with Evans as he tells Dalton exactly what Knox has concerning the nuclear weapons. They get him to, I think it’s his daughter’s house, and unload him when he’s shot in the chest by Rebecca before Dalton can get a full debrief out of him. Scott ends up shooting Rebecca and asks her why she did it. She tells him that it was her way out and that she needed him to kill her. He tells her that she won’t die from her wounds and that since Evans is dead she’s done and makes her promise that she’ll get out. She promises him she will and he lets her go.

Back at the crib, Sinclair tells Dalton that there is no lead on Knox and that the facility has been wiped clean. He suggests maybe using Mossad to track Knox, but Dalton tells him that Rebecca is a ghost now. Sinclair brings up the fact that they are about to be deported for an illegal raid on a civilian facility and that they need to move. Dalton tells him that since Knox has gone dark, it’s time for them to go dark as well.

There were a few aspects to this episode that I loved. The fact that Stonebridge and Scott have both come so far in their relationship that they both freely admit to the other about their screw ups is a testament to their level of trust with each other. They hated each other in the beginning and while it was funny to watch, I like this much better. It’s a bromance of epic proportions. I also like the fact that the writers are giving Scott some depth when it comes to women. His fling with Rebecca was more than what it seems and I’m wondering if we’ll see her again. With only a handful of episodes left, it’s hard to say. What is guaranteed though is the fact that I’ll be bummed once this season is over.

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PostSubject: Re: Strike back season 3 ep 6   Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:54 pm

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STRIKE BACK 2.06 Review

Scott and Stonebridge get a chance to atone for their mistakes as Knox's true agenda is revealed.
By Blair Marnell
September 15, 2012
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Writer: Richard Zajdlic

Director: Julian Holmes

This week's "Strike Back" picks up pretty much where we left off, with Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) facing off with Craig Hanson (Shane Taylor), the man who killed his wife while Sgt. Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to talk down Rebecca (Lyne Renée); a deadly agent for the Mossad. Collectively, it's not their finest moment as they allow Karl Matlock (Vincent Regan) to easily escape with Peter Evans (Paul Freeman); a nuclear scientist attempting to free his kidnapped family.

Needless to say, neither Scott nor Stonebridge are able to fix their mistakes before Major Rachel Dalton (Rhona Mitra) catches up to them and chews them out. And it was pretty hilarious to see Scott attempt to explain how Rebecca got a tracking device on him without admitting that he slept with her. But it speaks volumes about Scott and Stonebridge's partnership that both of them privately admit to each other how and when they screwed up.

It's almost justifiable. Scott is always vulnerable to his baser instincts whenever a beautiful woman crosses his path while Stonebridge doesn't have much left in his life beyond the pursuit of vengeance against Hanson. However, Stonebridge is clearly the more emotionally unstable of the two and Scott has to openly wonder whether he can still trust Stonebridge to have his back in the course of a mission. Ultimately, Scott appears to still trust Stonebridge and their relationship remains the crux of "Strike Back." This series wouldn't work without that dynamic between Stapleton and Winchester.

Less convincing was Scott's emotional bond with Rebecca, who basically shrugs off the fact that Scott murdered one of her partners during their initial stand off in this episode. The way that Scott relates to Rebecca does seem to indicate that he has acted as an assassin before, perhaps alluding to a stint with the CIA. That connection seems evident when Scott tries to sell Rebecca on the idea that she doesn't have to kill Peter to protect Israel. But aside from a brief romantic interlude with Scott and an appearance at the end of the episode, Rebecca largely disappears during this episode. Unfortunately, this renders Rebecca largely superfluous after building her up in the previous episode. We learn that she wants to escape the life of an assassin, but we never come to care about her fate one way or another.

Fortunately, Charles Dance's Conrad Knox finally comes to the forefront as we learn why he had Matlock kidnap Peter's family after stealing the nuclear triggers. Knox wants to use the hidden South African nuclear materials to turn Africa into one of the world's superpowers. Although it's unclear if Knox means just South Africa or literally the entire continent. The way Knox describes it makes it sound like he wants Africa to get a seat at the international table from a new position of power. Also left unsaid is whether Knox intends to hand over his arsenal to another country's government or if he plans a takeover that would place him in charge of Africa's nations. Somehow, I don't think that last option would go over well.

Knox clearly has power and influence in South Africa as he manages to discredit Section 20 at every turn with the politicians in his pocket. It's all painfully obvious to everyone in Section 20 who their true enemy is, but they can't seem to strike at him openly while the South African government is breathing down their necks. Stonebridge even finds himself benched by Rachel after abandoning Peter to chase after Hanson.

In the interim, Stonebridge makes himself useful by approaching Ava (Olivia Grant), Knox's idealistic daughter who runs the organization that is supposed to be disposing of weapons instead of funneling them to Matlock's mercenary forces. Stonebridge's initial conversation with Ava is well played as he volunteers to endorse her organization at a fundraiser. But it feels like the character development between the two of them was extremely rushed to get Ava to the point where she was forced to look into Stonebridge's claims about her father. There's nothing wrong with that turn, it just didn't feel like it was completely earned in the short amount of screen time it was given in this episode. The disintegration of Ava's relationship with her father also felt very rushed and it may have been more effective if it had happened across multiple episodes.

Hanson's return in this episode also bordered on the absurd as he single handedly took down Matlock's security detail just to impress Knox into hiring him. Bringing Hanson more completely into the main story may have been inevitable, but it was still a bit contrived. Last week's confrontation between Stonebridge and Hanson was intense and gripping, but that same intensity was missing when they crossed paths again this week. Part of the blame for that has to lie in some weak writing, particularly a really cliched moment in which Hanson mocks Stonebridge about killing his wife. It's not like "Strike Back" has never used cliches before, it's just that usually the writers seem to be a bit more clever with the execution.

For his part, Stonebridge manages to walk away from an obvious trap set by Hanson and return his focus to the mission... at least for this week. Hanson's survival and escape means that we'll see him again as soon as next week, and probably all the way up to the season finale. The danger of letting Stonebridge's revenge epic play out all the way through the season is that it may run out of steam by the time we get to the end. And that was already starting to happen in this episode.

There is a good sequence where Rachel confronts Scott about his relationship with Rebecca and he admits to sleeping with her... twice. I liked that scene because Scott actually got to bring up that he recruited his friend, Curtis to turn on Matlock in the previous episode and it cost Curtis his life. The problem is that Scott's mistakes are out in the open and he suffers no personal consequences for them. When Rebecca finally returns in the closing minutes, she fulfills her mission in an attempt to get Scott to kill her... and he still encourages her to quit her calling as assassin while tending to her wounds! While Scott may not have been directly responsible for Rebecca's actions, his relationship with her still facilitated that tragedy. And for that, Scott isn't even called out for his latest mistake. That just didn't play very well, nor was it convincing in the slightest.

As for the action, I have absolutely no complaints about that. "Strike Back" still has the best action sequences on TV and even the regular gun play between Section 20 and Matlock's forces was really entertaining. The cast and crew of "Strike Back" know full well how to please their audience, even if the scripts aren't always as strong as they could be. Last week's episode was one of the best of the season, but this was more of an average episode of "Strike Back."

Despite that, it's still far above every other television show in the same genre. As long as "Strike Back" keeps delivering the goods, it's going to be a must watch TV series for action fans.

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PostSubject: Re: Strike back season 3 ep 6   Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:48 pm

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Strike Back: Stonebridge & Scott Face Their Internal Demons in Cinemax’s Soldier’s Story

by Bags Hooper on September 15, 2012 · 4 comments

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strike back season 2 episode 6

“All revolutions have their martyrs.” – Knox (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones)

In the past six episodes of Strike Back’s second season on Cinemax, the series has shifted beyond a mere action tale. This isn’t the Expendables 2, filled with glitzy action and enough one-liners to make your head explode.

Strike Back is a soldier’s story. Terrorist threats are no longer Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott’s (Sullivan Stapleton) sole motivation. Now, they’re going up against their internal demons. Season 2 is a deeper, more personal saga.

In Episode 2.5, Scott made a connection with Rebecca (Lyne Renee), which was as physical as it was psychological. As aggressive as Rebecca was in bed, Scott recognized that she was someone who had “given up” – much like he had done before coming to Section 20. These were two soldiers, working in the field and dealing with PTSD in their own way.

Scott lost Curtis, a good soldier who had sided with the wrong team. He wasn’t ready to lose another. Scott chose to let Stonebridge protect the VIP, Evans, while he went after Rebecca.

[Episode 2.6 Spoilers Ahead]

In the beginning of Episode 2.6, Scott confronted Rebecca, who he now knew to be a Mossad agent. They had the same goal, but different methods of execution. Rebecca was ordered by Israel to assassinate Evans, the nuclear specialist now in the hands of Knox. Rebecca said it was Israel’s way of correcting the mistake it had made in assisting South Africa’s nuclear project during apartheid. Scott had a different suggestion. Save the hostages – end the threat. He offered Rebecca an olive branch – work with Section 20, not against it.

Unfortunately for Scott, Rebecca wasn’t ready to take the deal. You could see the suffering in Rebecca’s eyes when she turned down Scott. Rebecca understood Scott’s logic, but she had her mission. And, for a soldier, nothing takes precedence over the mission.

Stonebridge buried the loss of his wife from Section 20 and Scott. At the end of episode 2.5, he came face-to-face with his wife’s assassin – Hanson (Shane Tyler). Instead of guarding the VIP, Stonebridge went after Hanson. Then, he stood in the middle of the street shooting at Hanson as the mercenary raced towards him, ready to run him down with his car.

The scene did more than show us that Stonebridge was out for revenge. By standing in the middle of the street, with Hanson racing at him, we saw that Stonebridge was ready to throw away his life for revenge. In that moment, Stonebridge further joined Scott and Rebecca as soldiers suffering from PTSD. While Kate (Eva Birthistle) was a major loss last season, her death was almost expected. At the end of the day, she was a soldier in the field. Stonebridge’s wife was a civilian who was murdered to punish Stonebridge. This loss was much more personal.

When Stonebridge approached Hanson’s car, a grenade rolled out. Stonebridge ran away just in time to –

Cut to the opening title sequence. Touchdown.

One of the best parts of watching Strike Back is waiting to see how the editing team cuts to the opening title sequence. Episode 2.6 had one of those great cuts.

“I’m fine. The mission, it always comes first. Hanson, he’s just a bonus. Yeah? You got to trust me.” – Stonebridge to Scott.

This line encapsulates the soldiers’ story presented in Strike Back. Scott and Stonebridge always put the mission first – except when they don’t. It’s in those moments when the series really grabs its audience. The line also echoed back to Rebecca’s choice to continue her Mossad duties.

Regarding the nuclear triggers, Knox said to Evans: “Now, with this and your help, we can liberate this continent and raise Africa to a point where its voice is not just heard, but listened to. All over the world.”

Last season of Strike Back gave us Latif (Jimi Mistry), a terrorist we thought was simply motivated by the standard clichés presented of Muslim culture. In the finale, we learned the truth. Latif’s motivations extended beyond anything we could have predicted. He wanted to expose a conspiracy, perpetrated by foreign governments.

In this season of Strike Back, we met Knox. He appeared to be the standard, duplicitous corporate thug who uses war as a means furthering his wealth. Now, we know different.

Knox is motivated by national (and continental) pride. He is willing to sacrifice everything to raise Africa into a world power, on par with the United States and China. Nothing showed this more than his monologue on disease and vaccines. He said that disease was holding the continent back from glory. Then, he showed Evans everything he was doing with regard to researching vaccines to help the countries of Africa. After showing Evans how he planned to heal the continent, he presented the nuclear warheads.

It was a great scene, which smartly juxtaposed healing with death. In Knox’s mind the two are synonymous. Like a god of war, Knox holds the power to heal in one hand and the power to destroy in the other – and he keeps them both under the same roof.

There are four episodes left in this season of Strike Back. Motivations have changed and agendas have been revealed. But there are still secrets to tell.

For starters, we still don’t know what happened with Scott during his time in the CIA. Secondly, Rachel Dalton’s (Rhona Mitra) true motives have yet to be revealed. Finally, I’m curious to see if Knox’s daughter, Ava (Olivia Grant), will play a role in the final episodes. Stonebridge and Ava developed a mutual respect that ended up creating a wedge between Ava and her father.

“Knox has gone dark; it’s time we went dark too,” Rachel says at the end of Episode 2.6. It looks like we’re in for four thrilling episodes, filled with covert missions, to finish off the season.

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Julia (Michelle Lukes) in action. She’s done a great job of stepping up in the field and I hope her character continues to grow.

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