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Strike Back #3

Watched part three! Taking a break because the Squeeze was busy on Skype and he kind of wanted to see the next part too, so it’s for later or tomorrow. But reactions on episode #3: OMG OMG OMG!!

Oh for the love of screenshots, but I don’t have any! RichardArmitageNet, you rock! 😀

Does he get his shirt off? Yes! Does he show off the shrubberies again? Yes! (Although they weren’t as protruding this time.) Did we see chest hair? Yes, there was definitely chest hair we could see through the shirt at one point, because I was staring at it thinking “ooooh, the elusive chesthair!” There are flashbacks from the incident with that female officer – but who cares, when we have a BOILER SUIT RE-RUN!!! I kid you not! It’s in shorter flashes (there are at least a couple) compared with Spooks, but we’re talking the whole shebang, peaches and all! Good thing the Squeeze was looking at his laptop at the time, because I was sitting there grinning.


 “You want me to do what? You realise I have a hoard of hormonal women lusting
after me already, right? This is not going to make things better.”

Some bits of Strike Back seem so incredibly targeted at a male audience. I mean, there were at least three references to male anatomy in a fairly short period of time. First, the lady officer saying something like “don’t blow your cock off” (after giving him a pack of “standard issue for Africa” condoms), another one being one of the prison guards looking down and snickering at him. Considering how tall RA is and there is most likely a proportionate thing going on, I don’t think there would be any snickering going on in real life, to be fair – and OMG I can’t believe I just said that! No, I don’t have a habit of trying to work out the size of, umm, Little Guy, I’m just sayin’… actually, I better shut up, I’m not making this any better. *cough*

Changing subject quickly, speaking of the height of a person (just to clarify!), RA is 6’2. I work with a guy who’s 6’3 and he’s seriously tall. If RA is just an inch shorter, that’s still an impressive height. I’m apparently 5’6-ish in those freaky old imperial measurements that make absolutely no sense (we’re 100% metric in Sweden), as we discussed heights with each other in the office today. My colleagues looked a bit confused when I said I was 169 cm, so I had to convert it into numbers they could understand. (Britain’s supposed to be metric nowadays, but distance on roads is still measured in miles, speed is mph and you’re feet and inches tall, and they keep giving temperature readings in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. Speaking of which, did you know Celsius was a Swede? :)) When the guy said he was 6’3, I didn’t translate it into cm, but rather thought “gasp, RA’s only an inch shorter, so wow, he must be really tall!” And that’s your random thought for the day!

So, aside from peaches and genital references, what was the episode about? Someone tried to kill Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean dictator – but instead, they shot one of his body doubles. The guards caught one of the assassins, who the Zimbabweans claim have links to MI6. Which is where Section 20 and Porter comes in, of course. Porter’s sent out there to get the man out of a high-security prison, so he lets himself get caught pretending to be an illegal diamond merchant, and spends most of his time inside the jail. He gets to be a Big Damn Hero again, protecting a young man from some of the other prisoners who want to have their wicked ways with him (it’s a very uncomfortable and disturbing scene to watch before Porter jumps into action). Go Porter! You can be my hero any day!

The guy who plays some sort of head military person is David Harewood, by the way. Friar Tuck! 🙂 Good performance too. Compared with Robin Hood, you have to admit that the fight choreography is a heck of a lot better in Strike Back… Just a shame people need to beat the crap out of each other!

Anyway, that’s pretty much what the third episode is about. Still need to see the concluding part!

Traxy Thornfield

A Swedish introvert residing in Robin Hood Country (Nottingham, UK) with a husband and two cats. She's an eager participant in tabletop and play-by-post roleplaying, woodworking, photography and European travel, when there's not a plague on. Might get a novel out one of these days, if she doesn't get too distracted along the way.

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