I Need a Hero

As I was lurking on message boards and searching through Tumblrs on my quest to discover all that was Armitage

-which way to the skin pics?-

which way to the skin pics?

one elusive title kept being suggested as an absolute must-see: Strike Back.

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I had learned not to be misled by the readily available American version that touted itself as the complete first season

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but rather the UK original version of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back, the one starring Richard Armitage.

the one & only

the one & only

I was directed to a link to view the entire 6 part series, in whole, on YouTube. Ten minutes into my viewing I stopped…and scrambled to download all of them first

hey, make them region-free and I will gladly buy them!

hey, make them region-free and I will gladly buy them!

because I knew magnificence like that was bound to be removed very quickly!

magnificence

magnificence

and I was right! three days later they were gone.

-bastards!-

bastards!

Everything about this series captured me instantly.

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The style and story line were reminiscent of things I had watched with my DadΒ  through the years.

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military based, conspiracy theories, full of no-nonsense action and focused on a tarnished hero.

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John Porter is my favorite kind of hero. The kind that does what he does because he has no real choice in the matter

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it’s ingrained in him to just do what needs to be done.

hiding a razor-blade up the bum? hero, indeed!

hiding a razor-blade up the bum? hero, indeed!

Someone else would have probably defended their actions concerning the young suicide-bomber, and fought for the right to continue to serve their country

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but Porter knew that course would be neither honorable nor productive in the end. He owned his actions and accepted the consequences. When his personal life fell apart because of it, he braced himself as best he could and trudged forward.

"I'm at a payphone trying to call home..."

I’m at a payphone trying to call home…

I must pause here and give his wife a few harsh words. Granted, we don’t see the parts where John struggles with PTSD, often aided by alcohol.

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So their initial separation may have been a necessary evil for the state of their marriage at that time

just focus on the thumb

just focus on the thumb

but to declare later, when John had been reported as being MIA, that they’re better off without him?!

none of us are better off without this

none of us are better off without this

I don’t really hold his daughter’s actions against her, though. She was young and acting out her resentments. Been there done that, sorry to say. And in pretty much the same bratty manner.

lucky for us, Dads are forgiving

lucky for us, Dads are forgiving

And while we’re here, let’s talk about why Collinson would even report that to John’s family in the first place. Porter was on a secret mission and had not been out of contact for any significant amount of time, all things considered.

you wouldn't happen to have a sudden craving for brains, would you?

you wouldn’t happen to have a sudden craving for brains, would you?

Just one more way to step in and try to take something that belongs to John!

-the Armitage Army is mine! you can't have them!-

the Armitage Army is mine! you can’t have them!

That is what I love about the series though, the focus is on the mission and action of the plot

yes plot, strictly plot

yes plot, strictly plot

but there are underlying story lines throughout that give insight into who John the man is, without taking the spotlight off of John the soldier.

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I could easily go into a detailed discussion of every episode, because I greatly enjoy every one of them in this series. It would be long-winded and full of passionate praise though, so I’ll save that for another day.

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What are some of your favorite Strike Back moments?

these jeans

these jeans

 

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this…gun

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