When asked in the 30 day challenge what my favorite bromance was, I picked John Porter and Gerry from Strike Back. My initial reaction to that question was to pick Lucas North and Adam Carter from MI-5 but since their bromance only lasted a short while, I passed them over for one that seemed more substantial. Today I’m going to give Lucas and Adam their due.
Lucas and Adam meet for the first time when Harry is signing Lucas in to MI-5 headquarters. Lucas had just been released from Russian custody; he was captured 8 years ago while on assignment and has been withering away in prison ever since.
Lucas is enjoying his requested meal of fish & chips, when he’s hastily introduced to Adam. Lucas wipes his greasy fingers onto his well-worn sweater in order to give Adam a proper handshake.
Adam welcomes Lucas,
Lucas shares his meal,
and the bromance is born!
It may seem trite for Adam to say “welcome home” to Lucas, after all that he’s been through, but it’s a phrase that holds a heavy meaning. My Dad, a Vietnam veteran, says something similar to other Vets upon meeting them for the first time, “welcome home, brother.” It’s purpose is to give each and every Vietnam veteran the welcome home that they never received at the time of their own homecoming, unlike the war heroes of past wars who had whole parades in their honor.
I think Adam was expressing a similar kind of sentiment. Lucas deserved a heroes welcome, instead of being jostled around under cover of darkness; Adam understood that, like he did with so much concerning Lucas.
When Lucas and his debriefing get put on hold for a crisis involving a soldier’s kidnapping by terrorists, Lucas desperately wants to help. “I know how it feels, alright?” he tells Adam, “I know what it’s like for him, so…let me help.”
Harry thinks it’s a bad idea to go against protocol but Adam wins him over. Adam understands that Lucas needs an anchor, he needs to feel useful in order to find his place again.
“Where do I go, Harry, and what am I supposed to do when I get there? Just tell me and I’ll go and I’ll do it.”
When the terrorist contact had been tracked down, Adam and Lucas sneak into his house and retrieve valuable information from his mobile telephone. They work really well together as a team. Lucas seems a bit rusty, out of his element in regards to technology and whatnot but Adam gives him the opportunity to adapt and balance himself out.
As the operation progresses, the location of the kidnapped soldier is finally discovered. Adam and Lucas rush to the scene, knowing they have very little time left to get the soldier out alive. Adam knows the house will be rigged with traps, preventing them from entering successfully. Lucas, knowing the young terrorists have had dealings with Russians in the past, calls them and speaks with a Russian accent; convincing them to move the hostage to a different location. “don’t think, just do!”
The mood surrounding Lucas changed considerably during this scene. The sense of accomplishment at having come up with a useful idea at such a pivotal time, and actually have it work, is priceless!
As is the impressive heel-of-the-hand-to-the-face move
that Lucas executes so gracefully!
With the soldier now safe, Lucas and Adam rush off to the Remembrance Day ceremony that has proven to be the bigger threat. A massive bomb was found in a car just outside the memorial service. While Adam deals with the bomb, Lucas hunts down the code that can disarm it. Lucas tackles the targeted woman and all out wrestles with her, but all to no avail; she poisons herself before any information can be wrangled out of her.
And then, well,
you know what happens next.
Even though Adam and Lucas were only in one episode together, they truly are my favorite bromance. Harry and the higher-ups may have orchestrated the release of Lucas and returned him home, but it was Adam who gave him his life back.