When I was growing up in the 80′s, I remember when my family first got cable. To start, it was just one HBO channel and one Showtime channel. In the town I grew up in, our cable provider didn’t offer The Movie Channel, but we did eventually get HBO’s version, called Cinemax. It was another channel that showed nothing but movies with some random goodies sprinkled in between. As time passed, Cinemax garnered a bit of a reputation with their propensity to air shows and movies that showed a whole lot of skin, and earned the nickname Skinemax.
When Strike Back premiered on Cinemax last year, I wasn’t sold on it right away. However, once the first episode ended, in a cliffhanger I might add, I had to see where it was going in terms of the overall story. I rarely base my opinion on a series on the first episode because it take a couple to really start to gel. I gave it the chance it deserved and by the end of the second episode, it had me hook, line and sinker. It’s got all of the elements that I love: lots and lots of action, hot guys blowing stuff up and no apologies for the crude language or dispatching main characters in the blink of an eye. By the time the series finale was over, I was very pleased to see that the show had done well enough to warrant a second season, yet rather bummed out that I would have to wait almost a year until it started. Strike Back turned out to be a surprise hit for Cinemax, the latest cable network to jump on the original series bandwagon, and luckily for them, it paid off. After a long wait, the show is finally back, and it’s back with a vengeance. The season premiere aired last night, and instead of airing just one episode, Cinemax aired the first two as one long extended episode. However, in the weeks to follow, we’ll only get one a week. Sadface.
Last year Cinemax pulled a fast one on me with their original series, Strike Back. Originally a British series, Cinemax has taken it on as its own and after a bloody, explosive, sex and death filled first (or second if you count the original British series) season, it’s finally back. And from what the new trailer shows, it’s back with a vengeance.
Well, as much as I hate to say it, we’ve reached the end of the season. With Latif in custody, Grant figured she’d take care of everyone’s problem and immediately went for a gun. Sinclair however stopped her from taking out Latif by putting himself in between the two reminding Grant that they need him to find the two bombers that are on the loose. Grant reluctantly agreed and lowered her weapon ordering Scott and Stonebridge to restrain him and Julia to dress his wound. I gather that was the result of the gunshot we heard last week after Stonebridge took off after him.
“Wow” is all I can say for the latest episode. It seems the writers have been saving the best for last and with the season finale fast approaching, I’m sure it’s going to be epic. Episode 9 starts off in the aftermath of the previous episode. Stonebridge is on the mend and spending some quality time (if you know what I mean) with his wife. Things between the two are tense and get even worse when she slaps him with an ultimatum. Section 20 or her and their unborn child. Just then his cell phone rings and she takes his answering it as his decision. Ouch!!
So last week ended with Scott, Stonebridge and the rest of the hostages being taken prisoner again by Hasani and the corrupt US troops. This week starts shortly after and shows the group in some ramshackle cell. Scott is cuddling with the blonde he started getting frisky with last week, the weasley politician is on the verge of a serious breakdown, and John Allen, the MI6 agent turned Latif informant seems calm, cool and collected.
Breaking free of the Sudan, episode seven starts off with a group of EU workers on a shuttle bus in Kosovo. It’s not made immediately known just who they are or what they’re doing there, but someone, somewhere wants them because they’re taken hostage.
So last week saw Section 20 crawling into bed with known arms dealer Gerald Crawford. In exchange for information regarding Latif, Section 20 agreed to help Crawford rescue his daughter Clare from the Sudanese terrorist, Tahir. As they were preparing to exchange money for Clare, all hell broke loose and Clare ended up back in the hands of Latif, while Scott ended up with bullet in his spleen.
We’re half way through the first season (or second if you count the one that aired on British television previously) and the writers have made it clear that no one on this show is safe; a point made clear in the last episode with Kate was blown to bits.
After taking a break last weekend, Strike Back returned this past Friday night with a bang. Literally. At the end of the previous episode, Stonebridge was closing in on Scott’s location. Scott, if you recall, was last seen posing as a hacker so he could infiltrate Connolly’s gang. Connolly had him tied to a chair with a bomb strapped to his chest and at the very end of the episode, Stonebridge sees the bomb explode. Good times right?