Strike Back “Shadow Warfare, Episode 6” Review (3×06/4×06)

22 Sep


Just a couple quick bullet points coming up…

-There seems to be a sense of finality with Scott and Stonebridge, and although I’m sure they won’t exit the show, they’re contemplating a life outside of Section 20. Their conversation in the car, Stonebridge’s injury, Scott’s seeking out of an ex…all are telling signs of fatigue. The diamonds represent their way out.

-Of course, Stonebridge seems to be fine at episode’s end. I feel like they hit the thematic elements a bit too on the nose in this episode, as he’s the one to take out the bad guy in a scene reminiscent of last week’s cliffhanger. His affliction was probably a mental problem, but I wish the storyline gained some more traction.

-Locke’s character seems to be getting explored more, as this episode reveals a deeper connection between him and McKenna’s brother. The episode does a nice job of reflecting Locke’s dangerous position, and we always have that feeling that the show might just kill him off. That won’t happen, at least for a couple of episodes.

-The conversation at the end between Stonebridge and Locke continues the season’s theme of past tragedy, as Locke asks whether killing Hanson satisfied Stonebridge in any way.

-McKenna dies, leaving the show without a formidable Big Bad. Al-Zuhari is waiting in the wings, but it seems like the show is reverting back to its pre-Conrad Knox times by waiting until the end to reveal him.

-The mortar attack on the embassy is really creative, and one of the better action sequences they’ve done.

-I’m extremely intrigued by Kamali’s character, and he’s inherently interesting no matter what side he’s on. However, I love the fact that the show is playing with standard conventions and having him work with Section 20. It’s obvious he has something hidden, and it’s always possible he’s playing the long con. His short-lived dynamic with Dalton was well done, though, and his interactions with the team right now are great.

-Stonebridge turns down Martinez!

-I apologize for the delay in posting.

Grade: B

Credit to Cinemax and Strike Back for all pictures. I own nothing.

2 Responses to “Strike Back “Shadow Warfare, Episode 6” Review (3×06/4×06)”

  1. Thats Underrated September 22, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    It was a pretty good. You are right. The mortar attack scenes were very impressive. Leo Kamali is really interesting. I was waiting for McKenna to say Leo Kamali killed your son. She never got the chance but Kamali basically announced it himself when he shot McKenna.

    • polarbears16 September 22, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Ah, yes, thanks for reminding me about Kamali. I knew I was forgetting something. Yeah, he’s extremely interesting; the fact that he’s working with Section 20, but obviously has something hidden, is intriguing.

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