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'Strike Back' Episode 35 Recap: It's All About Getting Even

8/29/2015 9:06am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 35' - Everyone's A Liab
Considering the heartbreaking way in which last week's episode ended, it's no surprise that this week's episode of Strike Back is all about getting even - and Section 20 isn't waiting for their opportunity. Scott and Stonebridge are taking the fight to the North Koreans, going behind enemy lines with the intent of burning everything to the ground. But have they finally gotten in over their heads?

"Episode 35" opens with our heroes in the back of a truck, in the middle of sneaking their way across the border. We step backward in time just enough to see Scott mourning his most recent loss, a...
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'Strike Back': Michelle Lukes On Julia Richmond's Last Stand

8/22/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back': Michelle Lukes On Julia Richmond's Last Stand
Julia Richmond has long been at the heart of Cinemax's Strike Back, as the show's most well-known and longest tenured female character. But after last night's jaw-dropping plot twist after Richmond fought to thwart the North Koreans, things will never be the same again for the members of Section 20 or fans of the series.

Before the episode aired, Starpulse spoke to Richmond's portrayer Michelle Lukes about her character's arc in the final season, the relationship between Richmond and Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), and what it meant to her to hang up her dog tags.

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'Strike Back' Recap : Section 20 Loses A Member

8/22/2015 9:02am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 34' - Section 20 Loses
Strike Back begins this week with the team broken up, so what better to do than break them down further? "Episode 34" pulls no punches, blows a few things up and shoots a few more, and it ends with what might be one of the show's most controversial moments. There's no shortage of things to be worked up about here, so let's not waste any time.

Michael Stonebridge is still where we left him, cursing up a storm and pinned down by Yakuza on Shiro's private island. He'd be screwed if not for Faber (Dustin Clare) and Mason (Leo Gregory), the not actually drug smugglers who reveal themselves to b...
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'Strike Back' Recap: Storming The Beach

8/15/2015 9:02am EDT
Strike Back
Strike Back is one of those shows that's never satisfied (and therefore, always satisfying to the audience). It's always looking for the next big thing to do. So what's to be done after revealing an embedded North Korean spy played by one of the great actresses of her generation? How about launch an all-out assault on a private island?

That's exactly what happens in "Episode 33," while Scott tries his hand at parenting at the least opportune time possible and Stonebridge might be crazy. There's a lot to discuss this week.

Now that we all know she's evil, Li-Na is meeting with her contact ...
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'Strike Back' Recap: Hope You Weren't Acrophobic

8/8/2015 9:04am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 32' - Hope You Weren't
After last week's literally last-second rescue, Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge have a lot of pieces to pick up in the second episode of Strike Back. "Episode 32" wastes no time in giving us some important details regarding the who and why of the most recent plot, mixes in some great performances by Max Beesley and Michelle Yeoh, and really puts an early jolt into the final season.

Naturally, we open in the immediate aftermath of the embassy bomb. Locke is alive, but a lot of other people aren't so lucky. He makes his way into the wreckage to find an unconscious but alive Robin Foster...
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'Strike Back: Cinemax Season Three' Slams Into Blu-Ray And DVD

8/4/2015 12:01pm EDT
'Strike Back: Cinemax Season Three' Slams Into Blu-Ray And DVD
Getting a TV show to DVD isn't as easy as you'd think. So many great shows get underwhelming releases that don't do justice to the product they're preserving. That's never been the case with Cinemax's Strike Back, which has always had a home video release comparable to the high quality of the show. It's one of the best TV on DVD releases ever pressed, and that trend continues with Strike Back: Cinemax Season Three, which hits shelves today.

If you haven't seen Strike Back (which you should), you can jump into Cinemax season three without much difficulty. There are callbacks to events of pr...
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'Strike Back' Recap: Kidnap And Rescue

8/1/2015 9:05am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 31' - Kidnap And Rescue
Strike Back has been just about everywhere and tackled just about everything in its intense, in-your-face adventure to end all adventures. But now the clock is striking eleven, so it's time to take things as far as they will ever go. Enter "Episode 31," which sees Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott tasked with recovering an ambassador's daughter - a seemingly straightforward mission with global consequences. Because it wouldn't be Strike Back if there weren't global consequences.

In Southern Thailand, Chloe Foster (Eliza Hope Bennett) wanders off from a beach party with a friend of hers,...
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Meet 'Strike Back's' Hard Working Producer Michael J. Bassett

7/31/2015 12:01pm EDT
Michael J. Bassett: Meet 'Strike Back's' Master Of Action
On Cinemax's Strike Back, everyone knows that Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott are the dynamic duo who save the world. But you might not be able to name the third man who is the master behind the scenes: series co-executive producer, director and writer Michael J. Bassett. While the characters are being heroes on-screen, he's doing the heavy lifting off it.

We spoke with Michael earlier this month to discuss the development of Strike Back's final season, which premieres tonight, as well as talk about what it was like for him to let go of the series that he helped shape into one of the ...
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'Strike Back' Fans Won’t Be Disappointed By New Season

7/28/2015 12:01pm EDT
TV Review: 'Strike Back' Cinemax Season 4
Cinemax's Strike Back has set the bar interminably high for not just action series, but the whole of television. Therefore, expectations are deservedly ambitious when it comes to the show's fourth and final season on Cinemax (fifth overall), which premieres this Friday night. When you've been the best for years, you should be going out on a high note.

Fans won't be disappointed by the new season, which sends Sgts. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) to yet another new part of the world, setting its initial action in Asia. That's where Col. Locke (R...
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Philip Winchester Prepares For His Last 'Strike Back' Mission

7/24/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester: Number One With A Bullet
Philip Winchester just spent four seasons saving the world; now he's on his way to conquering it. Next week, the most underrated actor on television returns for his final mission as Sergeant Michael Stonebridge in Cinemax's top-notch action thriller Strike Back, before becoming Las Vegas's most likely hero in NBC's The Player. How difficult was saying goodbye to Stonebridge? And does he feel like this is the turning point for a career that's been quietly exemplary for so long? We connected with him during the upfronts to talk about Section 20's last stand.

Strike Back has been Philip's pla...
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This Week's 'Strike Back' Flashback

7/17/2015 12:04pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Cinemax Season 3 Turns Up The Heat
We're two weeks away from the final season of Strike Back, and that means it's time for one last Flashback. Cinemax season three (season four overall) continued to improve the show for a number of reasons, and was basically the starting point for the series as we're about to rejoin it. It's rare to see a program that legitimately continues to top itself every single year, but Strike Back accomplished that in spades.

This season sees Lt. Col. Locke (Robson Green) officially take command of Section 20, which was a big plus for the series. Firstly, it's Robson Green. He knows the TV medium in...
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Another 'Strike Back' Flashback In Anticipation Of The Season Premiere

7/10/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Cinemax Season 2 Brings Change Of Comma
With just weeks to go before the final season premiere of Strike Back, we don't have enough time to take you through the entirety of Cinemax's second season (the show's third) - but that doesn't mean we don't have something to say about it. Let's look back at the sophomore engagement of Section 20 in our Cinemax season two Flashback.

Cinemax season two gives audiences a Section 20 on the edge of being decommissioned, following the loss of commanding officer Eleanor Grant and the reveal of her culpability in Operation Trojan Horse. Major Oliver Sinclair (an underrated Rhashan Stone) is doin...
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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 9

6/26/2015 12:08pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Downfall Of The Trojan Horse, Part
We're coming down to the home stretch, Strike Back fans. There are just two more episodes to go in our first-season retrospective as we dig into "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 9," which sees Scott and Stonebridge finally closing in on Latif while each of them has to deal with personal developments that they were not prepared for. Because life doesn't wait just because you're trying to save the world.

But this is really serious stuff we're dealing with now, as Latif is testing chemical weapons on human subjects, and Colonel Grant is concerned about the upcoming World Security Summit, which is o...
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This Week’s 'Strike Back' Flashback!

6/19/2015 12:07pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Kosovo Hostage Crisis, Part 2
This week on Strike Back, Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott are still trying to get themselves and a handful of hostages out of Kosovo, while we debate if there's finally a woman that Scott won't try to sleep with. So many questions, so little time, and so many bullets. So many, many bullets.

It's the morning after everyone's been captured, and Scott's having a moment with Dana, as much as one can have when you're being held prisoner. But then he and Stonebridge decide to use their downtime to interrogate Allen, their purported link to Latif. Allen insists that he's a double agent, and ...
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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 5

5/29/2015 12:09pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Kind Of Family Business, Part
In "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 5," the Strike Back boys head to Darfur and collide with a very bad man named Gerald Crawford. We know he's bad, because he's portrayed by Iain Glen, whose best known roles include menacing Richard Armitage in Spooks and being the villain in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Some people are just very good at playing bad.

Crawford's daughter, Dr. Clare Somersby (Laura Haddock, Guardians of the Galaxy and Da Vinci's Demons), is not so evil. She's working at a primary care clinic, which is the TV kiss of death (remember the Transporter: The Series episode "Beacon of Hope"...
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'Strike Back' Flashback Recap

5/22/2015 12:07pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Picking Up The Pieces, Part 2
In the conclusion to Strike Back's South African hacker arc, "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 4," everyone is left wondering about the fate of Damien Scott. Little do we know that it's not the new guy we should be worried about, as this is the episode that would put the audience on notice that this show would never be safe.

When we left off last episode, Scott was in a world of hurt at the hands of former IRA member Daniel Connelly (a superb Liam Cunningham) after impulsively making the decision to sub in for a hacker that Stonebridge had no choice but to shoot. The episode ended with Section 20...
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New NBC Series To Feature 'Strike Back' Actors

5/9/2015 2:01pm EDT
'Strike Back' Stars Both Have NBC Pilots Ordered To Series
Here's some good news to start your weekend off with, if you're a TV fan: Strike Back stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton will both be leading new series that made it onto NBC's schedule for the 2015-2016 season.

NBC announced Friday that it had ordered a freshman season for Winchester's The Player, formerly known as Endgame. It's not a huge stretch for the actor (pictured above right, with Stapleton) as he goes from playing a military operative to a former military operative. His character, Alex King, gets drawn into a high-stakes conspiracy while also looking to avenge the dea...
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'Strike Back' Weekly Flashback Look

5/8/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Hotel Stay Ever, Part 2
In this week's Strike Back Flashback, we're discussing what Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott did in the second part (here's part one) of their summer vacation. By 'vacation,' we mean 'terrorist attack,' and by 'did,' we're not talking about Scott's extracurricular activities. This is "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 2" and there is no time for that, kids.

Our heroes are still in the Royal Lotus Hotel, being held at gunpoint by the guy they thought was going to help them escape, who's interested in the woman Scott didn't sleep with. Stonebridge is more interested in the fact that Scott was ab...
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'Strike Back': How It Became The Best TV Action Series

5/1/2015 12:07pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Hotel Stay Ever, Part 1
We're gearing up for the fourth (and final, say it isn't so!) season of Strike Back, which is just months away. It promises to be another hard-driving, gut-wrenching, remote-throwing thrill ride.

But before we join Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott on their last campaign, it's important to look back on how they got here - and how Strike Back became the best action series on television. For the next few months leading up to Cinemax season four, we'll be walking you through the first season and analyzing just what made it all work.

[CONTENT WARNING: The following recap and review contain...
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'Strike Back' Star Sullivan Stapleton To Lead NBC Pilot 'Blindspot'

2/19/2015 10:35am EST
'Strike Back' Star Sullivan Stapleton To Lead NBC Pilot 'Blindsp
Strike Back fans won't have to wait long to see where Sullivan Stapleton lands: the star has booked the leading role in NBC's drama pilot Blindspot.

After four seasons portraying Sgt. Damien Scott, Stapleton's next TV role will keep him on the side of the good guys: he's set as veteran FBI agent Kurt Weller, who's called in by the Bureau to investigate a Jane Doe with no memory - but who has his name written on her back.

Blindspot sees Stapleton playing against Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif in the Thor films and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD) as the mysterious woman. The pilot was written by Mar...
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Get Excited For 'Strike Back' Season 4 With Behind The Scenes Video

2/11/2015 2:07pm EST
Get Excited For 'Strike Back' Season 4 With Behind The Scenes Vi
The new season of Strike Back is still awhile away, but Cinemax has been doing a good job of keeping fans anticipating what will be in store for Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and the rest of Section 20 when they return for their last stand.

Yesterday, the network posted a new clip behind the scenes of the new season, with the two leads and executive producer Michael J. Bassett giving us a preview of another of the show's wild stunt driving sequences. Check it out below.

In case you missed the first season four video, which was shot on locatio...
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8 Potential Breakout Stars In Television

9/27/2014 5:08pm EDT
8 Potential Breakout Stars In Television
You know them: the actor who's really good at what they do, but for whatever reason, doesn't get as much attention as they deserve. Maybe they're on a show that doesn't have a huge audience. Maybe they get less screen time than their costars. Maybe they ought to have won several awards by now and they've never even been nominated. But you love watching them every week, and you just wish everyone else would give them more respect already.

The 2014-2015 TV season has quite a few of those actors, several of whom are poised to break through to bigger story arcs and wider acclaim. Whether they'...
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'Strike Back': Who's Joining Section 20 In Cinemax Season 4?

9/22/2014 7:00pm EDT
'Strike Back': Who's Joining Section 20 In Cinemax Season 4?
We showed you a first look behind the scenes of the new season of Strike Back - now today we can tell you who will be signing up for the final campaign of TV's best action-adventure series, plus share some brand-new teaser video.

Stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton will return to lead the cast as badasses Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott respectively.

In fact, all the familiar faces are back for one more round: Michelle Lukes (Sgt. Julia Richmond), Robson Green (Lt. Col. Philip Locke) and Milauna Jackson (DEA agent Kim Martinez) will all fight another day.

But of course, t...
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Best Unknown Book To Screen Adaptations

9/6/2014 4:05pm EDT
High Fidelity
With the release of Innocence yesterday and the home video debut of A Long Way Down this Tuesday, it seems like we're in another phase where books are making their way to the big and small screens. Adaptations have long been a Hollywood staple, but it's not always obvious when a movie or TV show started life as a book. Many of the programs you've loved probably have an equally entertaining book behind them; you just haven't discovered it yet.

To that end, we've compiled this list of six great books that you might not know were behind six great film and television projects - in the hopes th...
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'Strike Back': 6 Things Fans Should Watch Before Cinemax Season 4

8/15/2014 2:25pm EDT
'Strike Back': 6 Things Fans Should Watch Before Cinemax Season
On Fridays last August, we were glued to our TVs watching the explosive third season of Strike Back. This year, though, Section 20 is on a break - and we're in serious withdrawal. Even with the brand-new video just released by Cinemax.)

What's a fan to do if you've seen every episode? If you've already seen Strike Back: Origins and read the Chris Ryan novel it was based on? Never fear - there's hope for your Scott and Stonebridge fix. We've been watching a lot of film recently, and here's our list of the six projects starring either Sullivan Stapleton or Philip Winchester that Strike Back ...
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Check Out '300: Rise of an Empire' On DVD, Blu-ray & More June 24

6/22/2014 6:18am EDT
300 Rise of an Empire
During its theatrical release in January, Starpulse called "300: Rise of an Empire" visually "striking" with awe-inspiring special effects.

The film centers on Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), who attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") also stars.

"300: Rise of the Empire" photo gallery:

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Preview Tonight's 'Strike Back' Season 3 Finale!

10/18/2013 12:04pm EDT
Strike Back
Sadly, tonight marks the end of Season 3 of Strike Back. The Cinemax action-adventure series draws to a close this evening with a bang - or more like several bangs - as plenty of questions remain unanswered.

Will Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) be able to stop Al-Zuhari's plan before it's too late? Can Stonebridge get through the action in one piece? Will the questionable measures Section 20 must consider as time runs out cause a rift they can't recover from? Will Locke (Robson Green) survive so that we can keep enjoying his addition to the unit, or will he s...
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'Strike Back': Preview Tonight's All-New 'Episode 29'

10/11/2013 12:19pm EDT
Strike Back
We're getting down to the wire on Strike Back. With just two episodes left, the men and women of Section 20 are hot on the trail of terrorists - and this week's installment features the bang-up action sequence on a train that we've been telling you to watch out for all season.

Tonight, while Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and a still-recovering Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) are determined to protect Ester, it's up to Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Martinez (Milauna Jackson) to trail a key terrorist associate in hopes of gaining valuable intelligence.

But a big concern is whether or not Stone...
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'Strike Back': Exclusive Video From Tonight's Episode!

8/16/2013 2:18pm EDT
Strike Back
Cinemax's Strike Back is our reason why Fridays exist. Now the network has made us even more excited for tonight's episode by providing us an exclusive clip. While the Section 20 team is being hunted by a nasty drug cartel in Bogota, watch what happens when they find somebody they were looking for. Check out new cast member Milauna Jackson being just as badass as the boys!

In addition to the on-camera action, there's always a lot going on behind the scenes of Strike Back. It takes a lot of time and hard work from many people to make TV's best action-adventure series. We can share some of...
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'Strike Back': Is This TV's Best Action-Adventure Series? Watch Exclusive Video!

8/9/2013 12:27pm EDT
Strike Back
If you were to look up the definition of the phrase "TV action series," you should see a picture from Strike Back.

The Cinemax drama has all the right ingredients for a production that'd make Michael Bay green with envy. Continuing on from a successful British first season, which was itself based on a sharply written novel by Chris Ryan, it is a veritable buffet for the action-adventure crowd. Over two seasons, there have been various exotic locations, lots of big weapons, hails of gunfire, plenty of explosions, several fistfights, and numerous deaths in the line of duty. This year, there'...
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