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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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Anther 'Strike Back' Flashback Recap From Season 1

7/3/2015 12:01pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Downfall of the Trojan Horse, Part
Well, this is it, Strike Back fans. Picking up where last week left off, we've come to the end of Cinemax season one - the conclusion of the year that introduced us to Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge, and took action-adventure television to a whole new level. In "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 10," it's Section 20 versus Latif one more time for all the marbles, and not everyone's going to like the way it turns out.

The episode opens exactly where the last one ended: with Grant and Latif coming face to face. She wants to shoot him, but Sinclair reminds her that there are still two suicide b...
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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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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 (...
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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...
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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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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 3

5/15/2015 12:08pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Picking Up The Pieces, Part 1
Having survived the worst hotel stay ever, Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott make their way to South Africa in Strike Back's "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 3," which starts a new arc that changes the Section 20 team permanently. You'd think it's a little early for such a shakeup, but they really don't screw around on this show.

Action opens with Stonebridge, Scott and Marshall looking to make up for the squad's previous mistake by staking out three suspects connected to Latif. Needless to say, Scott causes a problem - although this one really isn't his fault, as the guy he's standing next t...
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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' Dates Announced

4/27/2015 1:59pm EDT
Cinemax Announces July 31 Premiere Date For 'Strike Back'
Save the last day in July on your calendars, because that's when the boys are back in town. The boys from Section 20, that is, as Cinemax announced Monday that the fourth and final season of Strike Back will kick off on Friday, July 31 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), Sgt. Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), Sgt. Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes), Lt. Col. Philip Locke (Robson Green) and DEA Agent Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson) will all be back for ten more missions, along with a whole horde of new characters.

Readers will know this has been one of our favorite s...
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Two For Two: 'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester Lands NBC Pilot

2/20/2015 2:03pm EST
Two For Two: 'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester Lands NBC Pilot
NBC is in the Strike Back way, as another pilot at the Peacock has just added another star of the Cinemax drama into its fold. Philip Winchester, who portrays Strike Back's Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, has been cast as the lead in NBC's pilot Endgame.

In Endgame - not to be confused with the Shawn Doyle-led mystery series of the same name - Winchester (pictured above left) will play another character with a connection to the military. Alex is a former military officer who now works as a security expert in Las Vegas.

According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, he "is drawn into a mysteriou...
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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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'Strike Back': Your First Look At Cinemax Season 4!

8/15/2014 12:15pm EDT
'Strike Back': Your First Look At Cinemax Season 4!
We know you've been missing Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott (heaven knows we have!). But while the new season of Strike Back won't premiere until summer 2015, the folks at Cinemax are making the wait easier with this first-look clip at what we can expect when the guys storm back.

Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) are in Thailand this time around, and as you'll see in the video, they're rejoined by boss Lt. Col Philip Locke (Robson Green) and trusty teammate slash Scott's sort of girlfriend Sgt. Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes). In true Strike Back fashion, ...
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9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On

7/26/2014 1:00pm EDT
9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On
There are a lot of great television shows, but there aren't many that are immediately addictive. Most shows take a few episodes before they find their characters or their most interesting story. Every once in a while, though, there's that show which grabs you right away - and that's what we're celebrating this week.

Here's our short list of nine shows that turned us into fans before the end credits rolled on their first installment. See if you recognize any of them, and leave your own picks at the end of the article.

24: We were sold on 24 before we ever saw the pilot. Created by Joel Sur...
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Exclusive Video From Friday's 'Strike Back: Origins' Finale!

11/27/2013 2:15pm EST
Strike Back
Cinemax's Strike Back: Origins comes to a thrilling conclusion on Friday, but you can get a sneak peek at it now with our exclusive video from the final episode.

While John Porter (Richard Armitage) tries to escape from Pakistan, Collinson (Andrew Lincoln) raises the suspicions of their colleagues, and ultimately decides to take the mounting situation into his own hands.

The major guest stars from last week - Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) - continue their arcs in this last installment.

Here's exclusive video previewing what happens to Porte...
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'Strike Back': Preview 'Origins' Episode 5

11/22/2013 4:15pm EST
Strike Back
We're almost to the end of Strike Back: Origins. The fifth of six episodes airs tonight on Cinemax, and if you can't wait to get one step closer to the conclusion, we've got some teases for you.

Check out this preview clip from Episode 5, where the members of Section 20 - including John Porter (Richard Armitage) and Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln) - learn about their latest mission.

Porter finds himself dispatched to retrieve a missing software engineer, whose disappearance might have something to do with the hacking of a missile guidance system in Afghanistan. Collinson has his own pro...
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'Strike Back': Preview 'Origins' Episode 3

11/8/2013 12:09pm EST
Strike Back
Things are getting thorny for John Porter as we reach the halfway point of Strike Back: Origins.

In tonight's third of six episodes, Porter (Richard Armitage, Spooks) officially gets an offer to join Section 20 from his old colleague Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead) - but Porter isn't sure he wants the gig. When Collinson sends him undercover in Africa to dispatch an assassin, he finds connections that make him doubt not only the mission, but where his marching orders are coming from.

The installment co-stars David Harewood, whose best-known role is in another spy thrille...
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