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Strike Back Renewed for 2012 – Episode 8 is Classic Adventure Story

by David Chute
October 8, 2011 1:31 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood

David Chute is happy to report that Strike Back has been re-upped.

Cinemax action hit Strike Back will be back to strike again in 2012, powered by strong ratings and a growing cadre of passionate fans – including many who held mock funerals when 24 was canceled.

Actually I made that last past up, but as the drive to prevent terrorist mastermind Latif (Jimi Mistry) from setting off a WMD races toward its finale, the state of suspended animation that viewers settle into between installments is strikingly familiar. My prediction is that SB, too, will be an even bigger hit on DVD than on first broadcast, with viewers devoting entire lost weekends to the adventures of Section 20 operatives Scott and Stonebridge.

And just to make sure we don’t rest too easy after hearing this news, a warning note is sounded in the official press release: “Due to plot spoilers in upcoming episodes, the cast of season two will be announced at a later date.” This could be a fake out, of course, designed just to keep us on edge, but I wouldn’t count on it.

One advantage that Strike Back certainly has over 24: it isn’t locked into a format that dictates the rhythm of every installment. Episode 8 is a welcome change up, with the straight-ahead structure of a classic adventure story – of a Western, in fact, in which two veteran wilderness scouts escort a group of stranded pioneers through injun territory to the safety of the nearby fort.

In a story set in ultra-corrupt post-Soviet Kosovo, though, it’s a little harder to tell the white hats from the black. The cavalry officers who come riding up on their noble ATVs may not want to rescue you after all. They may be looking to slice out your liver for sale to the highest bidder. The "Dexter meets X-Files sequence in which in which a group of mercenary surgeons gear up to extract salable body parts is an all-too plausible horrorshow.

The two leads were impressively coordinated partners last time, but now they’ve been separated and Episode 8 is a Damien Scott special, the one we’ve been waiting for, in which a willowy blonde touches him so deeply that he decides not to go to bed with her. Scott also comes a step or two closer to unraveling the conspiracy that that he caught wind of in Iraq, the secret that got him cashired. We’ve gathered in past episodes that his troubles were closely related to the weapons Latif plans to unleash in episodes 9 and 10.

The finale will mark the return to the show of the excellent director Daniel Percival (Dirty War) who in the first few episodes set Strike Back’s distinctive tone -- which could best be described as hell-bent with heart, in which ferocious action has dramatic significance and is undertaken for a reason.

[PHOTO: Sullivan Stapleton, Annabelle Wallis. Photographer: Egon Endrenyi/Cinemax.]

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  • Wolf | April 18, 2012 5:29 PMReply

    Any clue as to when next season will come to DirecTV in 2012? I second that the lead-ins are amazing...still get the blood racing even when you know it's coming...and Sullivan Stapleton is a great blend of action & pure pleasure

  • herbee | March 19, 2012 5:00 PMReply

    I love Sullivan Stapleton (for his sense of humour among other things) and can hardly wait to see him back. I also love the music leading into the episodes. Why is it taking so long....?

  • ED | March 3, 2012 4:57 AMReply


  • john | December 24, 2011 7:11 PMReply

    strike back is just awsome can't wait for next season

  • icedares | November 27, 2011 4:02 PMReply

    i dont have the complete full version of this movie and i need to watch it complete

  • Ed | November 2, 2011 5:21 AMReply

    I just found out about Strike Back and watched the first 16 episodes straight resulting in some bleary eyed days at work. The fact that each episode is self contained in two parts is great. I am a convert and hopefully we get to see more episodes in the future.

  • 3Breast | October 29, 2011 2:38 AMReply

    Wow that really turned me on when Winchester was butt-fucking that chic...I want him to do that to me.....

  • Dave | July 4, 2012 6:02 PM

    i hope you're a female

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