Well it’s good to see this episode gets right down to business. We start off this week with a prison break. A team of masked men loaded to the hilt with weapons break into a prison to extract a man. Once in the chopper, Matlock unmasks himself and tells the guy they nabbed that Knox sends his regards. Oh and speaking of Knox, he’s managed to find someone else to work on his bombs, who assures Knox that they’ll be ready in two days tops. Once Knox hears the incoming chopper, he goes out to meet his old friend Walter Lutulu, who says that now their “great work can begin.” Hmmm….
Meanwhile at the crib, Stonebridge and Scott discuss the finer points of Knox while cleaning and assembling their weapons because you know…that’s what these guys do. Dalton informs them that they are officially off grid and that there won’t be any help if it’s needed. The hunt for Knox is on, and Sinclair comes up with a lead for them to follow. He informs them of Lutulu being broken out of prison, and that Knox is a big supporter of his. They manage to trace a call Lutulu made to his daughter Lilian, and proceed to follow up on the lead, knowing that Lutulu will send someone for her.
While Matlock brings Walter up to speed on the gaggles of men they have at their disposal, Scott, Stonebridge and Sinclair…yep…Sinclair’s in the field, do a bit of recon on Walter’s daughter. Zimbabwe police show up to take her but she puts up a fight. The men don’t want to take no for an answer and in the blink of an eye, Sinclair’s in the middle of them providing a distraction. He opens fire, which causes Scott and Stonebridge to jump into action. Once the dust settles, the men are dead and the woman is gone. However, Jessica (the sniper chick) watches everything go down from her car and makes a call to Matlock informing him that she knows where the girl is. He simply responds telling her that she knows what to do.
Back at the crib, Dalton’s a little peeved that their covert mission went south. Sinclair tells the group that he thinks the shooters who tried to swipe Lilian were from Zimbabwe. Dalton pieces together that they were secret police and swiping Lilian was in retaliation for Lutulu’s escape. All of this boils down to Lutulu being, as Sinclair called him “a catalyst for dissent” which will result in the coup. Of course all of this is being spearheaded by Knox. Dalton surmises that the CIA must know something since they would most likely want a piece of the action.
Knox and Matlock bring Lutulu up to speed on their plan, but Lutulu seems to want a peaceful coup…if there is a such a thing. Knox persuades him that with war comes blood, but talk turns happy once again when Jessica shows up with Lilian. As father and son reunite, Jessica informs Knox about the secret police force that tried to take Lilian. He asks if she stopped them, but she informs him that she didn’t have to and that 20 took care of them for her. Knox is pissed that 20 is still around considering Dreyer was supposed to remedy that little problem. Of course, all it takes is a phone call.
Stonebridge takes Scott to a meet with Christy Bryant, his ball of trouble with blonde hair and CIA contact. She baits him about Rebecca, the Mossad agent from last week, but in a surprising move, he tells her that he wants to come home and that he needs her to clean his record. Scott doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who longs for home, and I have a feeling Dalton is behind this. Bryant wants a quid pro quo however, and asks who they’re targeting. He tells her the truth, but knows she already knows that information. He also tells her that Knox was behind Lutulu’s escape. She informs Scott that if he truly does want to go home, there will be a price to pay.
At the crib, Dalton, Sinclair, Julia and Liam try to track Lilian, when Julia informs them that they have a security breach. Dreyer shows up with a team of armed men and they shut the crib down. Luckily, Julia is able to get word to Stonebridge that they’re under attack and Sinclair is able to lock the system down and back everything up before they’re cuffed and hauled off to an unknown facility that’s run by South African mercenaries. It’s a whole lot of bad news.
Scott and Stonebridge head back to the crib to find it destroyed. They manage to track Dreyer down at a strip club and proceed to beat the crap out of him until he tells them what happened to their team. While they haul ass to the facility, Dalton and Co. are confined.
Each of them is placed in separate cells and the head merc comes to collect Sinclair saying there is a representative there to talk to them. He leads Sinclair out to a courtyard and you just know what’s going to happen next. Remember last week when I mentioned how I was waiting for that main character death? Yeah well….I didn’t have to wait that long. Sinclair does his best to fight off the merc, but in the end he takes a bullet to the head. The merc then heads in to collect Dalton. He leads her out to the courtyard as well, intending to do the same thing. Dalton however managed to free herself from her zip tie cuffs and fights off the guy, gets his gun and kills him, along with a few others. After freeing Julia and Liam, the three are in the midst of a gun battle with the bad guys when each of them run out of ammo. The outlook is grim, until Scott and Stonebridge show up in the nick of time.
Once the battle is over, the five of them hold a vigil over Sinclair’s body. Dreyer gets out of the car, and Julia, hellbent on revenge, takes Scott’s gun and proceeds to unload a full clip into him. He totally deserved it and a girl needs to be thorough right? Dalton is beside herself, but managed to find where Sinclair hid the backup of their files. She informs them that Knox was behind it and she’ll not stop until they’ve got him.
Knox tells Lutulu that news of his escape is out. He wants to get the word out that he’s ok and his daughter suggests getting word out via Facebook and Twitter. Knox tells him that a public appearance is dangerous, but Lutulu tells him that he cannot lead from the shadows. Later on, Knox’s SUV pulls up next to another one for a secret meeting with…….Christy Bryant. She knows all about Lutulu and asks if he knows about the nukes. Knox tells her no, that he hasn’t found the right time to tell him. She informs him that Lilian had been in contact with the same regime that supports her father and if Lutulu had been killed, they were planning on installing her the front-runner. All of this is news to Knox and it seems the CIA is quite interested the Lutulu’s. It also seems that Bryant wields a bit of power over Knox. Interesting.
Crib 2.0 is set up in an abandoned building as the team tries to rebuild with limited resources. There’s business to take care of before the dirty work and that is the traditional shot of booze in honor of their fallen comrade. They did the same for Col. Grant last season and they pay Sinclair the same respects. Each says something nice but since Dalton didn’t know him very well, she just says that he went down on her watch trying to save their lives and because of that, it’s personal.
Lutulu notices men leaving a tent and decides to check it out. Once he enters he sees the nukes and almost freaks out. Knox tells him that he wasn’t supposed to know about them, but really, he doesn’t want to use them, he just wants them so Africa can be the super power it was meant to be and blah blah blah. Lutulu is kind of pissed about the bombs but neither he nor Knox will see the other’s point of view. Once he leaves the tent, Knox gives Matlock a look, which to me says “kill him”. Matlock simply nods, although he doesn’t seem to like it judging by the look on his face.
Stonebridge and Scott head to the public announcement that Lutulu is going to make. As Lutulu is delivering his speech, someone in the audience pulls a gun and puts two bullets in Lutulu’s chest.. Chaos ensues and people start to run everywhere. Dalton orders that Scott give assistance to the Lutulu’s and for Stonebridge to chase the gunman, but not kill him. Scott jumps in the back of the pick up that is transporting Lutulu to the hospital and escorts him inside once the doctors take him. Stonebridge goes on a bit of a foot chase but finally manages to find the gunman as he getting his ass handed to him by a crowd of people. Dalton tells him that she wants the gunman, so Stonebridge goes in and gets him out. They take cover in an empty police station, but just when Stonebridge is able to take a breath, someone point a gun to his head.
Damn it….I was really hoping we wouldn’t have that character death, but I’m not surprised they did it. Like I said, this show is ballsy that way and no one is safe. Another shocking thing about this episode is that Scott didn’t sleep with anyone! I really like how his character has grown. He’s still Scott, but he’s not just out for himself anymore. This has been most visible with how he’s trying to keep Stonebridge on track, and also the little way he checked on Julia after Sinclair’s death. Well played Mr. Stapleton. Well played indeed. I’m thinking it’s Knox behind the assassination attempt. I guess we’ll find out more next week.Tags: Charles Dance, Liam Garrigan, Lyne Renee, Michelle Lukes, Phillip Winchester, Rhashan Stone, Rohna Mitra, Shane Taylor, Stephanie Vogt, Strike Back, Strike Back Episode 17 recap, Strike Back recap, Sullivan Stapleton