When we say Strike Back is back, we mean it in every way. After a kickoff episode that righted all the wrongs of last year’s premier, could the show keep the momentum going with episode 2? The answer is a resounding yes. Darker, deeper and more interesting, consider us all in on season 7 of Strike Back.
***mild spoilers ahead***
As I suspected last week, the addition of Yasemin Kay Allen to the cast as Katrina Zarkova is adding exactly the interesting twist we needed. This week we see her having to work with our team, and I’m loving the sharp talk between her and Novin (Alin Sumarwata). She’s going to push this team in new ways that we haven’t seen before on any season of Strike Back. I’m also reading some interesting chemistry with her and Col Coltrane (Jamie Bamber), although we know she’s in some type of relationship with her Russian computer guy Pavel (Alec Newman).
Yasemin Kay Allen is fascinating to watch, she’s super kick ass and obviously beautiful, but something about the way she moves is curious? There is an awkwardness to her, a coltishness maybe, although that doesn’t take away from her capability, it definitely makes her interesting on screen. Can’t wait to see what’s next for her.
This episode was powerful for loads of reasons, but what will stick with me is the final battle scene between Novin and Laoshu (Tom Wu). Learning more about Laoshu this episode and his desire to stay out of the fight, only coming back to protect his daughter, was heartbreaking. Seeing his empathy for the British High Commissioner made him a super dynamic character for me.
All of that only added to ache when Novin charged in, unwilling to back down, intent solely on revenging her ex that Laoshu had killed. That fight was bloody, brutal and truly difficult to watch. When Novin, after getting tossed around like a rag doll, finally stabbed Laoshu in the neck all I felt was the pain. Pain for where we’re going to see her go, pain that this man had been dragged back into a life he had tried to escape. Strike Back is known for the fully fleshed out “baddies” and Laoshu was no exception. He’s a “villain” that will stay with me, bravo to the writers and to Tom Wu for his portrayal.
Moving On, Questions
With the shocking death of the High Commissioner, our team is still on the trail of the stolen nuke. Without that looming figure will Coltrane be able to move on from his past? Coltrane is fast catching on that while our team isn’t quiet, and is, let’s say, unconventional, they do get the job done. Will he reel them in (it’s Strike Back so obviously not) or are their rebellious ways catching?
Wyatt (Dan MacPherson) and Novin are struggling with obvious PTSD, Mac (Warren Brown) is thriving in his team leader role, but can he keep it together for the team? Next week we meet the new Section 20 computer guy (girl), everyone say a prayer for Chetters to make it through the season.
We can’t wait to see what comes next week!!
Strike Back airs next on Friday, Feb 8th at 10/9c on Cinemax.
Check out the @strikebackcrib podcast The Sit Rep for a chat about episode 2, BTS facts from showrunner Jack Lothian, and an interview with director Bill Eagles