As I was lurking on message boards and searching through Tumblrs on my quest to discover all that was Armitage
one elusive title kept being suggested as an absolute must-see: Strike Back.
I had learned not to be misled by the readily available American version that touted itself as the complete first season
but rather the UK original version of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back, the one starring Richard Armitage.
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
because I knew magnificence like that was bound to be removed very quickly!
and I was right! three days later they were gone.
Everything about this series captured me instantly.
The style and story line were reminiscent of things I had watched with my Dad through the years.
military based, conspiracy theories, full of no-nonsense action and focused on a tarnished hero.
John Porter is my favorite kind of hero. The kind that does what he does because he has no real choice in the matter
it’s ingrained in him to just do what needs to be done.
Someone else would have probably defended their actions concerning the young suicide-bomber, and fought for the right to continue to serve their country
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 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.
So their initial separation may have been a necessary evil for the state of their marriage at that time
but to declare later, when John had been reported as being MIA, that they’re better off without him?!
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.
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.
Just one more way to step in and try to take something that belongs to John!
That is what I love about the series though, the focus is on the mission and action of the 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.
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.
What are some of your favorite Strike Back moments?