While trying to wait out this Flu virus that I suspect may have morphed into mild Bronchitis, I settled in to watch part one of the first episode of Strike Back today.
I’d estimate this was probably my sixth time viewing this particular episode;
here are my thoughts:
-Hugh Collinson is a newb. John Porter is irritated that he has someone weighing down his team that doesn’t even know his way around a weapon, but he swallows that frustration and tries to look out for him anyway.
-When Porter confronts a young suicide bomber, he keeps eye contact with the boy the whole time so as not to spook him into letting go of the detonator. Everyone heaves a sigh of relief when the situation is resolved… and then John whacks the kid in the head to knock him out.
-Next we’re bombarded with gun-fire and profanity (I’m not complaining) amidst a really important part of the plot: take note about what is actually seen and what is just implied 😉
-Jump forward to John in a hospital bed with his arm strapped to his chest. His family is doting on him; soak that sweet image in because it doesn’t happen very often.
WARNING: Tangent Ahead!
When I was ten I decided it would be fun to pretend I was in the circus and vault over a high-backed chair, landing on a jogging trampoline, where I would then bounce into the air in a graceful split before landing on my feet. I forgot to factor in my penchant for not being graceful in the slightest; I slipped on the trampoline and broke my arm. My mother thought I was just being dramatic so she didn’t take me to the doctor for a whole week, during which I fell on my arm when someone at school stole my chair out from under me and I also had to sleep on my bedroom floor because my new bed was delayed in it’s delivery. The Emergency Room doctor chastised my mother harshly for not bringing me in sooner (that’s my favorite part of the story) What does this have to do with John Porter? I had my arm strapped to my chest, and I was ten… End Tangent.
-Okay, where were we? Porter blames himself for the FUBAR extraction, Collinson jumps on that bandwagon and comes out smelling like a rose, Porter is then treated as an outcast, which leads him to refuse a hush-hush solution and resign instead.
-John then tries to get a job from the businessman he helped rescue
but is told he’s not qualified.
which leads to John hitting rock bottom and forgetting what decade his hair belongs in.
His daughter is a brat
*reigns in another walk down memory lane*
-Collinson delivers a poignant line about Porter seeking atonement in the hostage rescue,
and that getting himself killed may be exactly what he wants.
-Then there’s the inkblot test
where Porter seems to be obsessed with vaginas 😛
which pays off
when Dani arrives to inspect his shoulder.
-Layla knocks Porter back down before he can feel too sure of himself, as do the other members of the team when they shut him out of the planning meetings
and then our hero rides off to rescue Katie…
Did I leave anything out?
21 thoughts on “I Lay My Life For Your Sake”
Portah!! My favorite! Wow, that’s a story about your arm. 😦 Kids are hostages, aren’t they? And yet, we grow up and move on. That’s life, right? 😀
I don’t know. Prisoners, then. Not able to get away. Hostages because you have to do things your parents’ way. You can’t do your own thing. You have to do it their way for survival. Depends on the parents, of course. I’m sure your kids don’t feel that way!! 😀
if they don’t feel that way then I’m not doing my job 😉 one of the things my dad absolutely hated when I lived at home was when I would sit on the countertop and talk on the telephone. so now when he comes to visit me I sit on my countertop and smile at him cheekily 😆
Thanks for this stroll down memory lane! John Porter….ahhhhhhhh!
Richard and I both wanted to join the circus: Soul-Mates! 😛
I just can’t take him seriously when he’s wearing the elf ears… =\
Ugh! you and the Elf Ears! *stomps away* ( 😛 )
Hey, I didn’t make them! I just spot them. =P
You left out the enormous biceps he sported as Porter, and how jealous I am of Dani every single time I watch that episode. Also, Colinson is a weasely douchebag and I wanted to punch him in the face when I met him. P.S: Your stroll down memory lane cracked me up. I am impressed with your level of tolerance for pain. I would have been screaming my lungs out! Maybe you can fight alongside Porter if they ever resurrect him. 😉
Collinson isn’t that much of a douche yet, he gets worse in the following episodes; right now he’s just a coward 😐
Agreed. I love the last scene of the entire show, though. Richard had one of his best acting moments then. 🙂
I love the tangent!
😆 I got a zillion of them, I’ll try to share more often 🙂
Elf ears – *sigh*. I do love Porter. Masterly summary, Kelbel.
glad you enjoyed it! the second part will be harder to sum up b/c there’s so much to get distracted by 😯
Loved it all- those particular RA visuals are always welcome viewing, and your commentary was fun, including the detour!
sometimes I get lost on detours, but I was able to keep that one short 🙂
Belated thanks for this. It’s great to remember 🙂