Welcome ladies and gents to the Season 2 thread of everyone's favorite TV show and the official TV show of the B-Action Movie Thread...STRIKE BACK. Before we get to the countdown, Lets cover some highlights.
"Make it cold and quick...is there any other way?"
So its business as usual when we catch up with Damien Scott. Collecting some random Libyan guy who looks like he is up to no good. We meet Rhona Mitra's Rachel character who quickly establishes a heightened level of sexual tension with Scott. They pick up the libyan, Rachel downloads some info off of the Libyan's DELL (quality machine) laptop
BTW, this show has some gorgeous cinematography. It is really really really well shot.
As they are leaving they're rendezvous they fall for the old "Spilled fruit cart in the street" trick!!! Isn't that in like "special forces 101"?
Anyway, then we go all FULL METAL JACKET and see Stonebridge in his new job. I enjoyed the parallels between the killhouse training segments and the eventual chase/shoot out through Somalia later in the episode that was really well done.
I didn't really predict Stonebridge having to shoot the recruit with the major malfunction but that was a nice character moment...AND A HEADSHOT!!! It was also a nice reveal about the miscarriage. Unfortunately for stonebridge's wife, knowing she wasn't preggo anymore made her EXPENDABLE!
Anyway...onto the countdown!
STRIKE BACK COUNTDOWN (brought to you by Coke Zero)
1. Headshots: wow, headshots galore. The recruit that stonebridge took down. The guy who picked up the cellphone. Several somali thugs. A few knifes to the neck. Its almost hard to keep count anymore! The show definitely did not miss a beat!!!
2. SEX: Right near the beginning we get a hilarious montage of fucking and driving between Scott and unnamed british consulate agent. If thats a british Sympathy Fuck, I need to move to England! On a side note, all the British military chicks are smokin' hot on this show. They even got techie Richmond into the action and yowza when she took off her wetsuit I was standing at attention! Another great sex related moment was when Waabri's gf tried to fuck the Muslim outta him and stop him from being so conflicted.
3. Innocent Bystander Death: I am not sure if they killed any innocents. Definitely no kids were harmed. Im sure in the marketplace kidnapping some unnamed african extras got fitted up with some nice squibs. The old white dude might have counted had he not turned into a mini-Rambo when he got the AK47 in his hands. His was kind of a poetic death though. I am curious why the team just let the African Undertaker just take his body away. Weren't they curious what happened to the guy?
4. Everything Goes to Shit: This has become a trademark of the show just as much as the sex and violence. The "exfil" sites kept getting compromised and the situation kept changing on the fly. It really kept the tension levels high. Obviously there were heavy shades of BLACK HAWK DOWN in this episode, which I appreciated. They handled the tension really well throughout the latter half of the episode always keeping the audience on their toes.
5. Wildcard of the Episode: For those uninitiated to my countdowns, I like to highlight a few things about each episode that this show does differently than other action shows on TV or even movies for that matter. I think this episodes standout was the villain Waabri. I actually thought they did a great job of defining him from the cavalcade of African villains they had in season 1. They gave him an internal conflict, an interesting backstory, a cool scar, and a totally hipster hat! Hey, who cares if we are meeting in a nondescript cement factory at night, a guy's gotta look good right!? He had some great lines and got me legitimately interested in him as a character rather than just a device to move the plot forward. I really enjoyed his turn. I'll remember him as one of the finer one off villains of the series.
Now the biggest addition of course was Rhona Mitra. I really liked her. She was tough and sexy, just like she is in all of her movies basically. A good foil to Scott I think, and maybe an eventual fuck??? Lets save that for the season finale.
They have set up the season quite nicely. Some new intrigue into each of the leads, Scott's CIA background and Stonebridge's search for his friend/wife killer. I think the nuclear triggers will be a decent enough plot device to get us into interesting locales and situations.
I finally want to give one more shout out to the military advisors on this show. I am not a veteran of any actual war, but am a fan of military tactics and this show does it really fucking well. The language both verbal and body are really really cool and from what I understand very accurate. The show's fire and movement sequences are a joy to watch and definitely different from anything on TV and most films.
We are off to a great start here guys. Look forward to sharing it with you...I am real tempted to jump on MAXGO and watch the next episode, but I think I'd rather wait to watch it on my actual TV. The show is so cinematic that watching it on a computer screen seems like a disservice.