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PostSubject: S3/4 EP 5   Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:33 pm

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'Strike Back' S.3 Ep.5 preview: High costs

RedEye 6:39 p.m. CDT, September 12, 2013 The members of Section 20 are once again forced to consider the personal costs of doing their jobs in the latest episode of "Strike Back." The team travels to Budapest in hot pursuit of Mairead McKenna (Catherine Walker), the IRA soldier who took out Major Rachel Dalton (Rhona Mitra) in Beirut. As you can see in the exclusive video preview (the second below), Col. Locke (Robson Green) tells the team that Section 20 will do what it can for Dalton's son, which earns this sharp response from Stonebridge (Philip Winchester): "Because the Army won't, right?" Locke says Dalton's is not the first family to pay the price "for what we do." That recurring theme has had Stonebridge reconsidering his life throughout the season, as Winchester told me during San Diego Comic-Con. "The whole time, the question keeps coming back, 'Is this it? Is this it?'" he said. "Just being the good soldier doesn't appeal to him anymore." And he may have found a way out of it. As you can see in the first preview clip below, Stonebridge and Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) still are discussing whether to keep those diamonds they took from James Leatherby (Dougray Scott) or turn them in to authorities. "It could be their get out," Winchester told me. "So for the rest of the episodes they're kind of talking about it, 'If we cash in does that make us just as bad as the people we're stopping, or have we done enough good to justify doing this?'" In the first video, Scott also teases Stonebrige about his "smoochy-smooch" with Kim Martinez (Milauna Jemai Jackson). Maybe Stonebridge is, as Scott says, finally getting some action? "He actually might be a little interested," Jackson told me. "I perhaps may tickle his fancy—who knows?" The new episode, which I will call "High Costs" because these episodes are never titled(!), debuts at 9 p.m. CT Sept. 13 on Cinemax with replays at 10:30 p.m. the same night, 8:10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and throughout next week. It was written by John Simpson and directed by Paul Wilmshurst. The episode, which continues the "Strike Back" tradition of casting "Game of Thrones" actors. Can you find the former "GoT" actor guest starring in the photo gallery above? Winchester had more to say about the serious subjects this season brings up in the last video below, which was shot at Comic-Con.

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PostSubject: Re: S3/4 EP 5   Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:54 pm

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Exclusive ‘Strike Back’ Season 3 Episode 5 Preview Scene
Scott and Stonebridge discuss their plans for the diamonds before an enemy attack at the airport.
September 13th, 2013 Blair Marnell

Strike Back Season 3 Episode 5 Preview Scene

Last week’s episode of “Strike Back” was one of the more memorable installments of the entire series. Section 20’s latest adversary, James Leatherby (Dougray Scott) met his end at their hands after kidnapping the daughter of their reluctant ally, Leo Kamali (Zubin Varla)/

Meanwhile, Rachel Dalton (Rhona Mitra) managed to find some redemption before she was suddenly murdered by Real IRA member Mairead McKenna (Catherine Walker). Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Sgt. Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) may not have liked Dalton very much, but they are not about to let that murder go unavenged.

And it’s a good thing for them as they narrowly missed a Russian assassin who was lying in wait to kill them.

In the first preview clip from tonight’s episode of “Strike Back,” Scott and Stonebridge talk about the uncut diamonds they lifted off of Leatherby’s body before one of they meet a woman who is very uninterested in Scott’s charms. There are also some hints dropped about about Stonebridge’s romantic future…

And in our exclusive preview clip, Scott and Stonebridge find themselves under attack at the airport.

Cinemax has also passed along a synopsis of tonight’s episode.

"While recovering from a shocking turn of events, Section 20 faces a different threat: a new enemy joining forces with an old one. Locke draws Kamali in closer to the team. Scott looks for an old friend, while Stonebridge gets closer to a new one."


Don’t miss the new episode of “Strike Back” tonight at 10pm on Cinemax!

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PostSubject: Re: S3/4 EP 5   Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:02 pm

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‘Strike Back’: Disposable Heroes – Who’s Thinking About the Future?
by Kevin Yeoman

Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in Strike Back Season 3 Episode 5 Strike Back: Disposable Heroes Whos Thinking About the Future?

After last week’s surprising, but now – in retrospect – inevitable death of Maj. Dalton, Strike Back takes the requisite amount of time to have its characters reflect upon her demise, as they would any other colleague, but with one surprising difference.

Always the outlier in terms of perspective on most situations the team finds itself in, Sgt. Damien Scott refuses to mourn Dalton in the same fashion as Stonebridge, Richmond and newcomer Martinez see fit to do. Scott rails against not only Dalton’s character, but also blames her penchant for reckless, obsessive, and self-destructive behavior for the reason she wound up staring down the barrel of a McKenna’s rain soaked gun.

It’s clear he was never a fan of Dalton, or her methods – which, as Scott sees it, frequently placed his life and the lives of others in unnecessarily precarious positions. In a way, Scott’s pointing out his teammates’ perfunctory response to the death of someone they knew as somewhat false.

In Scott’s increasingly differing outlook, he’s seemingly more convinced how part of the job is to not plan too far ahead, and that self-preservation isn’t really something to think about until you’re looking death in the eye. And by that time it’s far too late. Sure, being a member of Section 20 is an incredibly dangerous job, but accepting risk and heedlessly courting it are not one in the same.

Robson Green in Strike Back Season 3 Episode 5 Strike Back: Disposable Heroes Whos Thinking About the Future?

And surprisingly, Scott’s uncertainty about his future in the game has had an impact on Stonebridge as well. On one hand, perhaps that’s a testament to the bond these two have formed while working side-by-side, but then again, maybe it has to do with Stonebridge’s physical deterioration, which is probably linked to his exposure to a chemical weapon earlier in the season. Super solldier that he is, Stonebridge is noticeably shaken when he fails to take out a truck containing weapons stolen by McKenna’s men, and doesn’t even attempt an incredibly risky shot when McKenna takes Locke hostage during a daring escape at an airport in Hungary.

It’s one thing for Strike Back to show Scott’s uncertainty – he’s always been a bit flighty – but now it’s coming from a place of wistfulness and a desire to reconnect with people from his past, rather than one of nihilism or prurient self-interest, which is a real change for the character. By the same token, it’s interesting to see Stonebridge on the precipice of a turning point in his life as well. Facing the equally frightening prospects of failing health and a burgeoning relationship with Martinez, his normally stoic exterior has begun to reveal something altogether human and possibly delicate residing underneath.

If anything, this establishes how the series understands that continually putting its characters in incredibly dangerous positions against overwhelming odds can begin to feel as routine as throwing back a shot for the recently departed. As much as the show’s DNA requires it operate like it’s on rails, or even mimic playing a video game, it also puts in considerable effort to demonstrate that these characters aren’t simply along for the ride and they certainly don’t have the option of hitting a reset button. Sometimes, that reminder makes all the difference in the world.

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PostSubject: Re: S3/4 EP 5   Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:13 am

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STRIKE BACK 3.05 Review
Stonebridge’s health begins to catch up with him as Section 20 realizes that two of its greatest enemies are teaming up.
September 14th, 2013 Blair Marnell

Strike Back 305

Writer: John Simpson

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Previously on "Strike Back":

Episode 3.04 Review


For those of you keeping score at home, episode 5 of the new season of “Strike Back” broke the streak of Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and his weekly sex scenes at four episodes. But in its place was a lesbian encounter that was the most Cinemax scene that “Strike Back” has ever had. Yeah, it was really excessive, but not quite to “Spartacus” levels. And “Strike Back” has always been about the excess of action and sex scenes that we don’t normally get on TV.

However, the far more interesting aspect of “Strike Back” is the sense of finality between Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott. It really feels like their stories are winding down, as Stonebridge suffers through some very debilitating physical problems while Scott is ready to walk away from it all with the uncut diamonds that he and Stonebridge lifted off of Leatherby’s body last week.

“Strike Back” could find a way to keep both characters around, since Stonebridge’s retirement in the first season finale didn’t exactly stick. But giving Scott and Stonebridge agendas outside of Section 20’s mission is providing their story with depth. That added bit of character is making “Strike Back” even more enjoyable.

From this point on, there are full spoilers ahead for last night’s episode so skip this review if you haven’t seen it or else Colonel Locke will upload a video about your brother.


The idea that the Real IRA and Al-Zuhari would team up for a terror attack seems a little far fetched, but that may have played better in the UK. On the surface, the Real IRA and Al-Zuhari don’t appear to have any common ground beyond their mutual hatred of Britain and the West. It’s too soon to tell whether this angle is going to work.

But this was meant to justify the presence of Mairead McKenna (Catherine Walker), the woman who killed Rachel Dalton in last week’s episode. Surprisingly, Section 20 captures McKenna fairly early in the episode, before Lt. Colonel Philip Locke (Robson Green) expertly attacks her spirit by exposing her brother as his informant rather than an IRA hero. Locke’s threat to upload a video proving the complicity of McKenna’s brother was a very effective tactic as it would have completely eroded her standing in the Real IRA.

Section 20 was dismayed to find that Dalton had a son. However, Scott wasn’t having any of their grief for their former commander. Even Dalton’s death hasn’t abated Scott’s anger about Dalton nearly getting the team killed and Sergeant Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes) privately acknowledges that he was right. But it’s more likely that Dalton’s demise has reminded Scott of his own mortality. A near miss in the episode also pushes Scott further away from Section 20.

For his part, Stonebridge is more worried about his failing health than his cut of the stolen diamonds. With a trembling arm and questionable aim, it’s hard to see how Stonebridge can remain a soldier if his condition deteriorates. Stonebridge is startled enough to seek some medical tests, but he doesn’t admit the full extent of his symptoms.

Stonebridge also finds a potential romance with Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson), who hilariously asks him out about before they enter a deadly raid. The attraction between Stonebridge and Martinez was evident from the first episode of the season. And why should Scott get all of the women? Stonebridge is overdue for some happiness, but he’s a little taken aback by how forward Martinez is about casually having sex without strings attached. Although he does finally take her up on her offer.

Even with the more serious tone, “Strike Back” still manages to find moments of humor, including a woman telling Scott that she’s out of his league moments after they meet… which causes both Scott and Stonebridge to laugh. Putting the green wig on their target, Sean O'Riordan during the opening sequence was another chuckle worthy scene.

As always, the action was solid, although it wasn’t quite as spectacular as most episodes. The shootouts at the train and the airport were well staged, with some great tension as Stonebridge found himself tasked with taking two critical shots. The first time, Stonebridge misses and the IRA gets away with a truckload of weapons. The second time, Stonebridge can’t risk the shot and McKenna gets away with Locke as her prisoner.

I have to admit, there was a moment in the airport shootout where I thought that Richmond had been killed. The way Richmond was hit, it very easily could have been a fatal wound. In fact, her survival felt a little cheap. But that paled in comparison to the ultimate action cliche of a prisoner pleading to use the restroom in order to access weapons that were hidden there ahead of time.

The airport security was so compromised by McKenna’s IRA that it was a huge joke. But not necessarily a funny joke. That escape seemed like an artificial way to extend the story, as did Locke’s capture. Robson Green was just given third billing in this episode, so I don’t think that Locke is going to die anytime soon. We seem to be just scratching the surface of Locke’s character, as McKenna knows him by reputation and she taunts him about his son.

One really good moment came when McKenna claimed that Dalton begged for her life and Stonebridge answered that lie with a sharp elbow. The smile that brought to Scott’s face was truly funny. All that aside, McKenna is a less engaging villain than Leatherby. I admire the creative team for being willing to kill off such a great character so quickly, but it’s definitely left a void that needs to be filled by one of the adversaries.

The subplot of the Russian assassin coming to kill Scott and Stonebridge was dropped this week, but we do briefly see both Leo Kamali (Zubin Varla) and his daughter, Ester (Amy Leigh Hickman) near the beginning of the episode. And it seems like Kamali will be back in the thick of things as soon as next week.

Despite some occasionally weak moments, “Strike Back” is still consistently entertaining. But I’m more excited about the potential character arcs for Scott and Stonebridge than I am about whether they’ll save Locke from the IRA.



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PostSubject: Re: S3/4 EP 5   Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:37 am

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STRIKE BACK 3.05 Review
Stonebridge’s health begins to catch up with him as Section 20 realizes that two of its greatest enemies are teaming up.
September 14th, 2013 Blair Marnell

Strike Back 305

Writer: John Simpson

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Previously on "Strike Back":

Episode 3.04 Review


For those of you keeping score at home, episode 5 of the new season of “Strike Back” broke the streak of Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and his weekly sex scenes at four episodes. But in its place was a lesbian encounter that was the most Cinemax scene that “Strike Back” has ever had. Yeah, it was really excessive, but not quite to “Spartacus” levels. And “Strike Back” has always been about the excess of action and sex scenes that we don’t normally get on TV.

However, the far more interesting aspect of “Strike Back” is the sense of finality between Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott. It really feels like their stories are winding down, as Stonebridge suffers through some very debilitating physical problems while Scott is ready to walk away from it all with the uncut diamonds that he and Stonebridge lifted off of Leatherby’s body last week.

“Strike Back” could find a way to keep both characters around, since Stonebridge’s retirement in the first season finale didn’t exactly stick. But giving Scott and Stonebridge agendas outside of Section 20’s mission is providing their story with depth. That added bit of character is making “Strike Back” even more enjoyable.

From this point on, there are full spoilers ahead for last night’s episode so skip this review if you haven’t seen it or else Colonel Locke will upload a video about your brother.


The idea that the Real IRA and Al-Zuhari would team up for a terror attack seems a little far fetched, but that may have played better in the UK. On the surface, the Real IRA and Al-Zuhari don’t appear to have any common ground beyond their mutual hatred of Britain and the West. It’s too soon to tell whether this angle is going to work.

But this was meant to justify the presence of Mairead McKenna (Catherine Walker), the woman who killed Rachel Dalton in last week’s episode. Surprisingly, Section 20 captures McKenna fairly early in the episode, before Lt. Colonel Philip Locke (Robson Green) expertly attacks her spirit by exposing her brother as his informant rather than an IRA hero. Locke’s threat to upload a video proving the complicity of McKenna’s brother was a very effective tactic as it would have completely eroded her standing in the Real IRA.

Section 20 was dismayed to find that Dalton had a son. However, Scott wasn’t having any of their grief for their former commander. Even Dalton’s death hasn’t abated Scott’s anger about Dalton nearly getting the team killed and Sergeant Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes) privately acknowledges that he was right. But it’s more likely that Dalton’s demise has reminded Scott of his own mortality. A near miss in the episode also pushes Scott further away from Section 20.

For his part, Stonebridge is more worried about his failing health than his cut of the stolen diamonds. With a trembling arm and questionable aim, it’s hard to see how Stonebridge can remain a soldier if his condition deteriorates. Stonebridge is startled enough to seek some medical tests, but he doesn’t admit the full extent of his symptoms.

Stonebridge also finds a potential romance with Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson), who hilariously asks him out about before they enter a deadly raid. The attraction between Stonebridge and Martinez was evident from the first episode of the season. And why should Scott get all of the women? Stonebridge is overdue for some happiness, but he’s a little taken aback by how forward Martinez is about casually having sex without strings attached. Although he does finally take her up on her offer.

Even with the more serious tone, “Strike Back” still manages to find moments of humor, including a woman telling Scott that she’s out of his league moments after they meet… which causes both Scott and Stonebridge to laugh. Putting the green wig on their target, Sean O'Riordan during the opening sequence was another chuckle worthy scene.

As always, the action was solid, although it wasn’t quite as spectacular as most episodes. The shootouts at the train and the airport were well staged, with some great tension as Stonebridge found himself tasked with taking two critical shots. The first time, Stonebridge misses and the IRA gets away with a truckload of weapons. The second time, Stonebridge can’t risk the shot and McKenna gets away with Locke as her prisoner.

I have to admit, there was a moment in the airport shootout where I thought that Richmond had been killed. The way Richmond was hit, it very easily could have been a fatal wound. In fact, her survival felt a little cheap. But that paled in comparison to the ultimate action cliche of a prisoner pleading to use the restroom in order to access weapons that were hidden there ahead of time.

The airport security was so compromised by McKenna’s IRA that it was a huge joke. But not necessarily a funny joke. That escape seemed like an artificial way to extend the story, as did Locke’s capture. Robson Green was just given third billing in this episode, so I don’t think that Locke is going to die anytime soon. We seem to be just scratching the surface of Locke’s character, as McKenna knows him by reputation and she taunts him about his son.

One really good moment came when McKenna claimed that Dalton begged for her life and Stonebridge answered that lie with a sharp elbow. The smile that brought to Scott’s face was truly funny. All that aside, McKenna is a less engaging villain than Leatherby. I admire the creative team for being willing to kill off such a great character so quickly, but it’s definitely left a void that needs to be filled by one of the adversaries.

The subplot of the Russian assassin coming to kill Scott and Stonebridge was dropped this week, but we do briefly see both Leo Kamali (Zubin Varla) and his daughter, Ester (Amy Leigh Hickman) near the beginning of the episode. And it seems like Kamali will be back in the thick of things as soon as next week.

Despite some occasionally weak moments, “Strike Back” is still consistently entertaining. But I’m more excited about the potential character arcs for Scott and Stonebridge than I am about whether they’ll save Locke from the IRA.



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