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Strike Back - (S05E01)

Drama . Adventure . Action . Thriller

Stonebridge, Scott and the others sign up for another do-or-die mission after the daughter of Thailand's British ambassador is kidnapped.

Episode Title: Legacy: Episode 1
Airs: 2015-06-3 at 09:00 pm
  • David Hinckley

    If something has been missing from your TV screen since "24" went off the air, like an unapologetic, fist-pumping, nonstop action thriller with compelling good guys and loathsome bad guys, Cinemax's new Strike Back needs to be your appointment television for the next 10 weeks.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Good action, good characters and, besides, it's the only show in the history of TV where the term, "f-cking pr-ck" is code. I mean, you gotta love that, no?

    New York Post Full Review
  • Aaron Riccio

    Strike Back isn't brilliant television, but it's plenty entertaining, and by fitting the action of 24 with the grit of The Unit (and the nudity of Cinemax), it fills a .22 caliber hole in American television.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Strike Back unfolds quickly and confidently with brilliantly choreographed fight sequences and the exotic locales. But nothing trumps the friendship of the two male leads.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    There isn't anything too deeply intellectual here because the action moves the plot. And "Strike Back" has action to spare.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Strike Back won't make anyone forget "24" or "MI-5" or even "The Unit," but it has its pleasures for the aficionado of guns and flesh in exotic locales.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    This series, about an underground British antiterror team that has joined forces with U.S. Special Forces veteran Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), does succeed in wresting plenty of high-level suspense out of these low-aiming scripts--no small miracle.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    This is dumb, not-so-much fun shoot'em-ups.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brent McKnight

    Despite some obvious faults, Strike Back is a decent enough action yarn with slick production values. At the same time, though, the series is more concerned with gratuitous nudity--this is Cinemax, after all, so each episode includes a lifetime's worth of breasts and butt cheeks-than creating a story with any substance, character, or emotional weight.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Strike Back does incorporate a few wrinkles regarding its leads, with hints of a larger plot to guide its 10 episodes. Mostly, though, pretty much everyone is reduced to geopolitical stereotypes--starting with the American cowboy and more cautious (if equally sweaty and buff) Brit.

    Variety Full Review

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