Strike Back : The Complete Fourth Season
|Format||Dolby, NTSC, AC-3, Full Screen|
|Contributor||Michael Bisping, Max Beesley, Robson Green, Milauna Jemai, Michelle Lukes, Tim McInnerny, Andy Harries, Philip Winchester, Michael Casey, Sullivan Stapleton, Sharon Hughff, Chris Ryan, Selwyn Roberts See more|
|Number Of Discs||3|
Unlikely S20 partners Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) face their biggest assignment yet in Season 4: a global threat involving a ruthless network of international terrorists. Throughout 10 episodes, Scott & Stonebridge and their S20 colleagues Philip Locke (Robson Green), Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson) try to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. But what's on the surface is only the first step in a massive terrorist plot.
Unlikely S20 partners Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) face their biggest assignment yet in Season 4: a global threat involving a ruthless network of international terrorists. Throughout 10 episodes, Scott & Stonebridge and their S20 colleagues Philip Locke (Robson Green), Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson) try to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. But what's on the surface is only the first step in a massive terrorist plot.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : 35226354
- Media Format : Dolby, NTSC, AC-3, Full Screen
- Release date : March 1, 2016
- Actors : Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Robson Green, Max Beesley, Milauna Jemai
- Producers : Michael Casey, Andy Harries, Selwyn Roberts, Sharon Hughff
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : HBO
- ASIN : B016WU7GOO
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It’s hard to believe that I initially dismissed this series as “silly” after viewing the first season and shelved the second season for over a year before watching the DVD. The problem with that inaugural season was the frequent gratuitous nudity and sex scenes punctuated with occasional violence and a paper thin plot. How things changed in Season 2; much better writing, a stronger story, and the toned down soft core porn elements completely rehabilitated “Strike Back” for me.
In our fourth outing we find that the teenage daughter of the British ambassador to Thailand is abducted by some goons. The ambassador is in the midst of conducting sensitive talks with the North Koreans and it quickly becomes clear the kidnappers are trying to influence the outcome of the negotiations in a negative way. Our boys Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) along with the Section 20 team are hot on the trail letting nothing get in their way to rescue the victim. There’s a boat chase, motorcycle chase, hand-to-hand combat sequences, and plenty of gun play to keep you glued to the screen. They get the girl back but we find that’s just the start of their troubles. Speaking of trouble; Damien’s illegitimate teenage son (Finn) makes a surprise visit which you know can only complicate matters later on and they do.
By the second episode things slow down enough so you can catch your breath. There are some plot holes like what happened to the tracker Richmond put on evil Brit ex-pat Ray in the last episode as they try to keep tabs on him? You’ll watch in wonder during a shootout at a salvage yard why Lt Col Locke driving a bucket loader doesn’t raise the bucket up to shield him and Scott from the hail of bullets coming at them? In the last episode Stonebridge apparently dislocates his right shoulder fighting some tough who we’re told “killed a man in the Octagon” but after a brief rest and acupuncture treatment he’s scaling a high rise with Scott?! At least nobody even gets naked until the episode 3!
“Strike Back” like a number of shows for some reason likes to conduct ops against large fortified targets outgunned 5 to 1 in broad daylight. I’m sure it’s easier to film but honestly professionals like these wouldn’t give up the tactical advantage offered by the darkness. On the positive side this show is one of the very few where the guys realistically liberate weapons and ammo from downed enemy fighters to supplement their armament. It’s the smart and obvious thing to do but how many programs over the years have you watched the good guy with a 7 shot pistol take out dudes with machine guns and just step right over them only to run out of ammo a minute later, duh.
The ranks of Section 20 have been thinning for some time now with virtually no replacements. We lose Sgt Julia Richmond this season; killed by evil North Korean operative Mei/Lei-Na leaving us with just Locke, Stonebridge, and Scott as well as U.S. DEA Special Agent Martinez. Martinez, who has inexplicably been on loan to the team for so long I forget what her original mission was, has been a valuable butt kicking addition nonetheless. About halfway along we learn that the DEA apparently remembered she was working off the books and is recalling her right when the team needs her most.
Things get pretty hard to believe when Scott and Stonebridge infiltrate North Korea with virtually no back up or tech support and manage to blow up a facility weaponizing vanadium for missiles. They do eventually get caught but it’s unlikely they would have gotten as far as they did. Even more remarkable is how they escape and rescue hostage Finn in the bargain. Martinez returns to the U.S. taking danger magnet Finn with her and a Russian babe from previous seasons, ex-FSB agent Nina, teams up with our boys to help out a couple episodes. There’s a needless sex scene with Damien and Nina and really it’s the only big one for the whole season which feels more like an homage to the first season’s frequent carnal moments.
There’s a nuclear bomb and Mei/Lei-Na has plans to detonate it during a UN summit in Geneva with just Locke, Scott, and Stonebridge left to stop her. Viewers are treated to a boatload of action; explosions, car chases, and shootouts that just don’t quit. Clearly the showrunners knew this was their last season and they wanted to go out with a bang and wrap the Section 20 saga up in style. Long time fans will not be disappointed in how it all winds up. My advice to newcomers to “Strike Back” would be to skip season 1 and enjoy the following 3 seasons. It appears that a reboot “Strike Back” was attempted with a new cast and reading on line reviews they failed to pull it off.
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