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What We Learned From 'The Player' Last Night

11/20/2015 9:19am EST
What We Learned From 'The Player': Always Value Your Friends
The Player signed off on Thursday night, but not before it had one more lesson to impart to the audience: that friendship is a difficult thing sometimes and if you're smart, you'll never forget the value of your friends.

The bond between Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) and his longtime best friend Cal Brown (Damon Gupton) was one of the aspects of the show that didn't get explored enough, but it was front and center in "Tell."

Cal, pressured by FBI agent Rose Nolan (KaDee Strickland) into thinking he was protecting Alex, agreed to an illegal and unethical interrogation of Cassandra King (Ch...

'The Player': Blowing Things Up Is Not A Solution

11/6/2015 9:04am EST
What We Learned From 'The Player': Blowing Things Up Is Not A So
This week on The Player: Blowing things up is not a solution to your problems. Except for when it is.

In "A House Is Not A Home," Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) was asked to stop a wayward father (Michael Irby - and how great was it to see him back on TV again?) who'd decided to exact revenge on the people who'd taken his family's house by blowing them up.

He'd succeeded the first time, taking out the office of the bank lawyers who'd started foreclosure proceedings behind his family's back, but Alex was able to save the reporter who'd taken a payoff from the bank to drop her investigation,...

Is There A 'Strike Back' Movie In The Works?

10/18/2015 2:30pm EDT
Could A 'Strike Back' Movie Happen?
Strike Back is barely off our small screens and the movie talk has already begun. Prior to the Oct. 9 series finale, Entertainment Weekly reported that production company Left Bank Pictures is trying to develop a feature film continuation of our favorite action series.

According to EW, Left Bank has a deal with Sky - Strike Back's British broadcaster - for a potential movie. Cinemax, which co-produced the show for the US, is not yet involved and nothing has been confirmed.

But the expectation is that stars Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, currently starring on NBC's Blindspot and...

'The Player' Recap: 'The Big Blind' Deals With Friends And Difficult Decisions

10/16/2015 9:01am EDT
What We Learned From 'The Player': Real Friendship Isn't Easy
Sometimes, there's no one more important in your life than a best friend. And sometimes, as we learned in this week's episode of The Player, if you're really best friends you may have to do things that are incredibly difficult and/or drive each other crazy.

In "The Big Blind," Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) officially gets on best buddy Cal Brown's (Damon Gupton) bad side. Cal shows up to arrest the woman Alex is supposed to be protecting, and knowing that there are hitmen who want her dead and who would therefore also put Cal in harm's way, Alex winds up having to steal his client out from...

'Strike Back' Series Finale Recap

10/10/2015 9:05am EDT
'Strike Back' Series Finale Recap And Review: Disgruntled Establ
Friday's Strike Back series finale marked the end of the greatest action series of all time, and one of TV's greatest dramatic series of all time. After four seasons of more trauma and more action than should be humanly possible, Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge finally hung it up. But what did they have to do to get there? And was it as satisfying for the fans as it was for them? Well, it's been one heck of a journey.

The action resumes in the immediate aftermath of last week's helicopter crash, with Stonebridge sporting yet another head wound and Scott wondering how every time he dri...

Shows Like 'Strike Back' Only Come Around Once In A While

10/7/2015 12:07pm EDT
The Legacy Of 'Strike Back': Will We Ever See Another Show Like
Cinemax's Strike Back is ending in just two days, and that's big news not just for fans of the show, but for anyone who enjoys television and wants it to be better. Shows this good only come around once in a while, and it may be a long time before we ever see a series like this again. In honor of its conclusion, we look back at what made Strike Back better than all the rest, and why it will be such a hard act to follow.

The action genre in both television and film has acquired, not entirely without merit, a certain prejudice. Many audiences believe that an action project can't have the sam...

'Strike Back' Recap: Battle Over The Bomb

10/3/2015 9:37am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 39' - Battle Over The B
The end of Strike Back is just one week away, meaning there's no time left for Stonebridge and Scott to keep the North Koreans from unleashing their devastating nuclear weapon on Korea. Can the heroes of Section 20 prevent a massive disaster and the start of a third world war? Well, it is what they're pretty good at.

The action opens with a massive armed response, because Li-Na's plan is already in motion. She's using the podium at the United Nations to give her big speech, having stormed in and killed every security officer between it and her. "Today we bring the true horror of nuclear ca...

What We Learned From 'The Player'

10/2/2015 8:46am EDT
What We Learned From 'The Player': Don't Jump Out Of A Perfectly
Airplanes are very useful for a lot of things. They can take you across the country or across the world in relatively short periods of time. They can be used to transport all kinds of goods. They can put out fires and drop humanitarian aid. Airplanes are meant to help you. So here's our lesson from this week's episode of The Player: Don't jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

In "Ante Up," Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) has to climb aboard a departing jet to stop former acquaintance Dominic McCall (Joseph Sikora) from getting away with a ton of priceless diamonds. He and McCall slug it out...

What Happened On The Latest 'Strike Back' Episode?

9/26/2015 9:04am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 38' - All About That Bo
With Li-Na and Kwon one step ahead of them following the bank heist in Vienna, Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott need to get back in the game. This week's episode of Strike Back sees our Section 20 heroes picking up exactly where the last left off, but the results aren't grand. Then again, that just gives us more to look forward to as the end closes in.

Not the type of men to just stand there while the bad guys get away, Stonebridge and Scott use some hardware of their own to crack the bank's sealed doors. This gets them underground and soon chasing down their adversaries via motorcycle...

If You Like 'The Player,' You'll Enjoy These Other Shows

9/20/2015 12:10pm EDT
5 Things You Should Watch If You're Excited For 'The Player'
NBC's bringing action back to network television with Thursday's premiere of The Player, starring Philip Winchester as hotshot security expert Alex Kane. If you can't wait to see what trouble Alex is about to get into, we've got a list of five other projects that you'll also get a kick out of.

1. Strike Back: Winchester comes to The Player after a flawless performance on this Cinemax action show, which wraps its run on October 9. Watch this for an episode and you'll understand why he's leading man material. He's tough, but also dramatically gifted and incredibly funny. The Player also shar...

'Strike Back' Recap : Tough Homecoming

9/19/2015 9:06am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 37' - Tough Homecoming
Just four episodes of Strike Back remain, so it's time to get down to it. With everyone having fled North Korea at the end of last week, "Episode 37" takes the fight between Section 20 and Li-Na back to European soil, specifically Vienna. It also proves that banks are the least safe places to be on this show, and gives us one more reason to hate clowns. Don't worry, this will all make sense.

After Nina's (Tereza Srbova) asset clones the phone of Russian mob leader Myshkin (Alex Humes), who's working with the Koreans, the team is forced to get formal for a trip to the opera. But they're not...

'Strike Back' Recap : Prison Break

9/12/2015 9:59am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 36' - Prison Break
When we left the heroes of Strike Back two weeks ago, things were looking grim. As usual, they'd struck a huge blow for the world but at the price of themselves. This time, Michael Stonebridge, Damien Scott and Scott's son Finn have all been captured by the North Koreans, after the former two had been warned that if they were nabbed, they'd be on their own.

So how are they going to get themselves out of this one? The way they usually do - with toughness and more tenacity than the next guys in the room. Or foreign holding facility.

As Locke hears of Stonebridge and Scott's predicament than...

'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...

'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.

SPOILER ALERT: If you have n...

'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...

'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 ...

'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...

'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...

'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,...

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 ...

'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...

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...

Does NBC Have A Hit On Their Hands?

7/17/2015 2:07pm EDT
'The Player': Fall's Most Exciting New Series Hits Comic-Con
The best new series of the fall is NBC's The Player, and Starpulse got our first look inside the Vegas-set thriller at last week's San Diego Comic-Con. We sat down with series creator John Rogers (Leverage) and stars Philip Winchester (Strike Back) and Wesley Snipes (Blade) to learn about the game you won't want to miss.

The Player has one of the more unique concepts of the 2015 season, focusing on Alex Kane (Winchester) as he's drawn into a world where the rich and powerful gamble on crime and whether or not he can stop it - as personified by "pit boss" Mr. Johnson (Snipes) and "the deale...

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...

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...

'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...

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 ...

This Week’s 'Strike Back' Flashback - The Kosovo Hostage Crisis

6/12/2015 12:06pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Kosovo Hostage Crisis, Part 1
This week on Strike Back, Section 20 has gone from Darfur to Vienna, where their best laid plans are put aside after hearing that five European Union officials - including an MI6 agent with first-hand knowledge about Latif - have been taken by a local overlord who wants his cousin back in exchange.

So fundamentally, what we're looking at is another hostage situation, similar to the mission that just got Scott and Stonebridge both shot. Yeah, we have a good feeling about this.

Scott is exactly where we left him - entertaining female company - except this week, it's a woman named Marianna (...

This Week's 'Strike Back' Flashback!

6/5/2015 12:39pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Kind Of Family Business - Par
When we left Strike Back at the end of "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 6," Damien Scott had taken a bullet and was being rushed to the nearest hospital, leaving the team's rescue mission in the hands of Michael Stonebridge, whom it was implied was aiming to get himself shot.

In the middle of all this were the villain from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the guy whose only crime was being nice to people. Needless to say, this is not your garden variety tale and this never was your garden variety show.

Having escaped last week's firefight, rebel chief and all around jerk Tahir (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agb...

'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"...