In the Cinemax action series “Strike Back,” Philip Winchester’s character, Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, had a decision to make at the end of the first season: stay with the British top-secret counterterrorism intelligence unit Section 20, or put his family first and leave this extremely dangerous job behind.
The second season begins with Stonebridge working as a trainer at a military base, his family life not going as planned, and his former partner, Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), getting into trouble during a mission with Section 20.
Season Two of “Strike Back” debuts with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. Friday and features new cast member Rhona Mitra, as well as returning co-stars Rhashan Stone and Michelle Lukes.
The first few episodes are even more action-packed than the episodes of the first season, with the tension ratcheted up at least a notch or two.
Winchester steps up to this acting challenge with ease and is amazing in this noble role. The rapport between he and co-star Stapleton remains entertaining, bringing some levity to the intense situations their characters face.
The fact that Winchester and Stapleton do virtually all of their own stunts adds immensely to the realistic grittiness of this series, and the roguishness Stapleton brings to his character continues to be a high point.
If you like your action shows to have solid plotting and superior acting, be sure and check out “Strike Back.”
– Melissa Hayer
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