Strike Back: Season 2 (Cinemax) (Blu-ray)
Format: Blu-rayChange
Price:$21.99+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
STRIKE BACK is so prolific with its nude scenes, even the showmakers of GAME OF THRONES are awestruck. Just goes to show that, 'neath all that placid tea-drinking and scone-munching, the Brits flaunt quite the salacious streak. But gratuitous nekkidness aside, STRIKE BACK also rewards the viewer with gritty character development, a runaway train of a narrative, and, of course, the explosive, explosive gunplay. And with its secretive counter-terrorist task force deployed on a globetrotting pace, you may even soak up culture and end up a worldlier person.

STRIKE BACK is the only reason I keep Cinemax. Season 2 (or Series 3, if you're in the UK) offers ten more episodes and, at the start, shuffles the make-up of Section 20. Sgt. Stonebridge (Philip Winchester, a Yank actor posing as a Brit) is off the team, having opted for assignment on British soil to be near his wife. Nowadays, Stonebridge is a training officer at the local S.A.S. Training Camp. Or as one of his mates mockingly addresses him: "Mr. Stonebridge, desk jockey."

This leaves Sgt. Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton, an Aussie posing as a Yank) as Section 20's primary field agent. And when Damian is taken prisoner during a soured ops, who else but Stonebridge gets tapped for a bit of a rescue. I guess I can encapsulate stuff and just say that, this time out, Section 20 targets a hijacked set of nuclear triggers. But that's doing a disservice to the show. These ten new episodes make up another thrilling season. There are twists and turns and setback after setback, and, early on, a stroke of tragedy that turns the tables on the Scott/Stonebridge dynamics. Season 2 finds the formerly by-the-book Stonebridge suddenly the loose cannon of the bunch, and the disaffected American, Scott, now the steadying presence. However, in keeping with his bad boy image, light is shed on Scott's murky past, particularly his shady affiliation with the CIA. As always, STRIKE BACK excels in showcasing the emotional toll the brutal missions exact on these super-soldiers. Winchester and Stapleton are so good. They sink into the skins of their characters. Even their silences convey depths of meaning. On the fun side, their tough guy banter is endlessly entertaining.

If you've been a fan of stay-at-base tech support, Sgt. Richmond (Michelle Lukes), know that she now deploys to the field more. And, as it turns out, she's a cool-headed badasss. Section 20 is also assigned a prickly new director. Thankfully, British diplomat Rachel Dalton (played by Rhona Mitra, goddess of cheekbones), looks as good in a military uniform as did the late Colonel Eleanor Grant. Charles Dance - whom I mostly know from GAME OF THRONES and from the bad guy in THE LAST ACTION HERO - is wicked good as this season's central villain.

The body count meter keeps breaking down on this show. Even Jack Bauer is impressed. It'll be a challenge coming up with a similarly scaled threat for Section 20 to combat next. This unit has already thwarted a biological attack and now nuclear winter. What could top those? What's more daunting? I can't wait to find out.
55 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
Strike Back Season 2 is an excellent follow-up to a great first season. The show kept me on the edge of my seat and had one surprise after the other. The acting and writing were top notch and adding Rhona Mitra to the cast was the perfect choice as she brought the show to a whole new level. I'm looking forward to watching the 3rd season.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
The byword of the series is "Diplomacy is overrated". This has everything a person could want, action, adventure, sex, explosions, a very good story arc. You never really know what could happen the next minute. The three main characters played by Philip Winchester (Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Damien Scott) and Rhona Mitra (Rachel Dalton) kick ass plain and simple. They do what needs to be done despite the improbability of survival. Charles Dance plays an great "Bad Guy". The sets are excellent, the scenery (the story is set mostly in South Africa) breathtaking. One warning, once you start watching you may not want to stop till the end.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
Love this show, the story lines, the characters, this for me is a must have in my movie collection. I see something different everytime i rewatch an episode.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
Total awesome series -even the first year (you need a world DVD player though). kicks butt. Movie arrived when it was supposed to.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2013
UK Version of 24
I Really Love This Series
I got to know this " Strike Back " Series accidentally when I was browsing Amazon on my PS3. That was Season One. In Two Episodes I was hooked into the entire series. I even bought the C/Ryan's " Strike Back Mini-series. Thereafter I bought Season One and Two. On Amazon UK they have this as season 3 ( Strike Back: Vengeance - Series 3 ) And it is only on DVD not in Blu-ray. But I thought Season Three just started. I am confused .. help needed. Thank you
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
EXCELLENT! Even better then last season! The action was full throttle. I can't wait for mext season. It just gets better and better.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
I absolutely love this show. Honestly, I wish it was a longer season so that they didn't have to cram the whole season's storyline into 10 episodes. Plenty of solid action with great interaction between the main characters. While season 1 US(season 2 for the rest of the world) was better, this was still a great season!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2015
I tried to get into this show - watched three seasons to really give it a shot. The problem with this type of show is multifold (SPOILERS BELOW):

Despite all of the flying bullets, there's never any real tension because you know the leads will NEVER be seriously injured or killed. The Richard Artmitage season was more about John Porter's wits and instinct than "soldiering," so it didn't need the redundant gun battles.

Yet, the entire season is basically "watch Section 20 be incredibly inept and reckless and beg the question of why this is supposed to be such an elite unit." Both lead characters should be dead many times over, especially Damien Scott. And yes, this applies to the Project Dawn season as well.

I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to like Scott, but all I kept thinking was, "This dude would have been dishonorably discharged regardless of any conspiracy." He's supposed to be the ladies' man, the "charismatic" one, yet Stonebridge (when given the chance) is much more effective when talking to others.

The genuinely interesting geopolitics are skimmed over in favor of incessant and pointless gunfights. I was more interested in the Zimbabwean characters, particularly the father and daughter revolutionaries, than any of the personal conflicts of the leads. And the actor (Rhashan Stone) who played Sinclaire brought a sense of integrity and class to the show, so imagine my disappointment with his death.

In summary, the theme song and seeing Winchester shirtless are the best parts of the show.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2013
I can't wait for the next season. The drama is tight and fast moving. Clearly, if you are not ready for this kind of action, you shouldn't tune in. And, this is definitely NOT for children.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
Banshee: Season 2 BD [Blu-ray]
Banshee: Season 2 BD [Blu-ray] by Various (Blu-ray - 2014)
$32.90


 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.