In the past decade or so, television has upped the quality of its programming so much it now rivals film not only for stories but in actual quality. With incredible channels like FX, HBO, Cinemax, AMC and others, we have had more great adult programming than ever in the history of TV. Shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Banshee, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have elevated the medium to a veritable art form with cult followings of viewers that are constantly breaking television ratings records. Another one of my favorite shows, Strike Back, is in its final season right now on HBO but Strike Back Season Three is out on shelves now for those who need to get caught up.
Strike Back follows the adventurous mission of Section 20, a British special ops team tasked with stopping terrorist threats all around the globe. The pair of British agent Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and the American who joined them, Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) are highly skilled soldiers who use their talents to stop those intent on causing harm. Season Three finds Section 20 in pursuit of a very dangerous terrorist named Al-Zuhari and working with a double agent named Kamali who they are not sure they can entirely trust.
As with the first two seasons of Strike Back, this season has absolutely everything you could want in an action show. Fantastic locations, incredibly fast paced and exciting action sequences, charismatic characters all around, intricate storylines that are politically charged and relevant in today’s world, and top notch acting and production value. There is seriously better action in any given episode of this show than in 80% of the action films in theatres. And the pairing of Winchester (an American playing a Brit) and Stapleton (An Aussie playing an American) is the cherry on top. Both of these actors are phenomenal and totally and completely embody their characters with authenticity, emotion and humor. If you have not seen Strike Back please remedy that immediately because you are missing one of the very best shows on television. Very highly recommended.