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Monday, August 24, 2015


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(though we like him too.)
Meet the newest generation of British intelligence.
(Two of our favorite things: British and Intelligence!)

The latest and greatest British anything to us is STRIKE BACK, which you should all commit to see on Cinemax!
We first reviewed Episodes 31-34 inclusive:
The non-stop action continues with Episdoes 35-38, and do not stop to make popcorn because you'll undoubtedly miss something.  You'll find yourself at the sinister North Korean border and continue to acclimate yourself to the humanity of being a spy.  Danger is rampant and brilliance and wit is crucially important with such conniving enemies committed to destroy you.
Of course, the good guys here are British.
(Not true in AMC's Turn, particularly Simcoe who makes us ill.)

Not every moment is one of danger, however, as this series is not only about intelligence, it IS intelligent.  (Thank goodness, in this day and age of television!) We liked the "chocolate exchange" which added a nice element to the story.
This series will appeal to those that love both drama and action, and does have torture in it, which adds to the reality of the world we live in, unfortunately.  We applaud the writers' commitment to telling a story of what is likely not far from reality.
Some softer moments also show the softer side of the enemy, trying to get the audience to understand their point of view including antagonist love.  Other more heartfelt moments capture the true camaraderie of the agents and their relentless dedication to their vocation.  Some Russians become involved, and we really enjoyed the architecture of Austria.

You'll be introduced to cyber warfare and see what phone technology can really do.  We love the technological props in this series.

Finally, Abraham Lincoln, if you are watching up there we think there's a scene here that's going to bother you...and Oppenheimer sounds a lot like Liam Neeson!

Strike Back continues to be Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!

#35 “Episode 35” – Written by Jack Lothian; Directed by Brendan Maher

(AC, AL, V, BN) Premieres 8/28.

Scott and Stonebridge cross the North Korean border in hopes of spoiling a nuclear-weapons celebration.

#36 “Episode 36”
Written by Jack Lothian; Directed by Brendan Maher

(AC, AL, V) Premieres September 11.

Scott faces a no-win dilemma in North Korea as Locke and Martinez look to Russia for an ally.

#37 “Episode 37”
Written by Richard Zajdlic & Ed Whitmore; Directed by Michael J. Bassett

(AC, AL, V, N, SC) Premieres September 18.

In Vienna, Scott and Stonebridge tangle with North Korean renegades, the Russian mafia, and the world’s most dangerous bomb maker.

#38 "Episode 38”
Written by Ed Whitmore & Jack Lothian; Directed by Michael J. Bassett

(AC, AL, V) Premieres September 25.

Scott and Stonebridge try to disrupt a nuclear-materials exchange; Locke faces his nemesis.

In North Korea, Mei (Michelle Yeoh) – now embracing her real name, Li-Na – is tasked by her mentor, Moon Young-Su (Kwang-Hoon Na), to pry a confession out of Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), using Finn (Christian Antidormi) as leverage. Meanwhile, Locke (Robson Green) and Martinez (Milauna Jackson) recruit a familiar face in Russia to help get them into North Korea and attempt a dangerous rescue operation.

Written by Jack Lothian; directed by Brendan Maher.

Episode #37

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Sept. 18 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 19 (9:00 p.m., 11:50 p.m.), 20 (4:10 p.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 23 (9:00 p.m., 11:50 p.m.)

In Vienna, the cloned phone of Myshkin (Alex Humes), a Russian mob leader, leads Locke, Nina (Tereza Srbova), Scott and Stonebridge into a public plaza – the site of a rendezvous between Kwon (Will Yun Lee) and Oppenheimer (Michael McElhatton), who is the world’s most dangerous bomb maker, and a man Locke dearly wants to apprehend. Later, Scott and Stonebridge crash a daring bank heist orchestrated by Kwon and Li-Na in search of a one-of-a-kind document that holds the key to their diabolical plans.

Written by Richard Zajdlic & Ed Whitmore; directed by Michael J. Bassett.

Episode #38

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Sept. 25 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 26 (9:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 27 (3:50 p.m.), 28 (8:00 p.m., 12:40 a.m.) and 30 (9:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.)

With an assist from Nina, Scott and Stonebridge track down Matthias (Ryan Sampson), an eccentric young encryption analyst hired by Kwon and Li-Na to access vital nuclear-material codes. Later, Locke comes face-to-face with his nemesis, while Scott and Stonebridge intercept the interceptors of a key convoy.

Written by Ed Whitmore & Jack Lothian; directed by Michael J. Bassett.

STRIKE BACK is a Cinemax Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producer, Andy Harries; co-executive producers, Michael J. Bassett, James Dormer; co-producer: Bill Shephard; producers, Selwyn Roberts (episodes 31-34), Chris Thompson (episodes 35-40); series producers, Michael Casey, Sharon Hughff.

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