I posted a quasi review / recap of the premier episode of Strike Back last week, but didn’t go into a lot of detail regarding the actual events of the episode. For a general summary you can read that here. In a nutshell, disgraced American Special Ops soldier Damian Scott gets recruited by a covert branch of MI:6, called Section 20. Scott teams up with Sgt. Michael Stonebridge to bring down Pakistani terrorist Latif. Section 20 sets up camp in New Delhi where Scott and Stonebridge check into a hotel that is taken hostage shortly after their arrival.
This week picks up right where the last episode left off. Stonebridge and Scott try to find a way to save the hostages and get them to safety while also taking down the terrorists. The cat-and-mouse game goes back and forth when Stonebridge and Scott realize that one of the hostages that managed to get out of the lobby with Stonebridge is actually one of the terrorists.
It becomes clear that not only are the terrorists hoping to blow up the hotel with everyone in it, but they are also looking for a person called Mahmood. Scott also admits that he never really saw Latif so he can’t be sure who he is. During the course of trying get away from the hostages, Scott finds a woman that he met earlier in the hotel bar. It turns out she’s the one the terrorists are looking for. She reveals to Scott that during the Iraq war there were actually WMD’s in country and that they do in fact, still exist.
Meanwhile, back at the Section 20 command center, Col. Eleanor Grant is trying to prevent the local authorities to not storm the hotel with guns blazing. She reveals that she’s got men on the inside and pleads for time so that they can resolve this without it becoming a bloodbath. Grant is given the time, but that time is running out. The terrorists have wired the hotel in the event of a siege.
After some crafty fisticuffs, Scott and Stonebridge finally get control and prevent the explosives from detonating. Latif, or who they thought was Latif, was killed and all seems well. Mahmood was told to accompany a trusted counter-part, who it turns out, was the real Latif. Scott and Stonebridge realize this a little too late and find that Mahmood has been killed and Latif is nowhere to be found.
Trying to make sense of the fall out, Stonebridge confronts Scott about the code that Porter used in his last transmission (from the first episode). Scott reveals that it was a code that the two of them came up with specifically because of a potential threat in the ranks of Section 20.
Stonebridge must now work with Scott to figure out if there is a mole in Section 20, while also trying to manage his relationship with wife who wants a child, his relationship with his mistress who happens to be part of his team and try to find Latif and these mysterious WMD’s before Latif has a chance to set them loose on the West.
The second episode hooked me more so than the first and it was overall a bit better as a whole. Suffice it to say, since it’s a continuing storyline and I’m a curious person by nature, I’ll finish it out. The part of the show I dig the most however, is the song that plays during the opening credits. It’s a perfect fit for the show. If you’re curious about it, the song is called Short Change Hero by The HEAVY. Check out the track below to give it a listen. The song picks up around the 1:25 mark.
Check back next week for another update.
Tags: Cinemax, Strike Back, The HEAVY