When Cinemax picked up the Strike Back TV series from the BBC in 2011, they decided to start with season two. Now, they’ve decided to air the first season and will treat it like a prequel of sorts, calling it Strike Back: Origins.
The six episode season will premiere on Friday, October 25th, at 10pm. Origins will take over that timeslot once the current season of Strike Back has finished airing its 10 episodes.
Cinemax is describing the Origins season this way:
STRIKE BACK: ORIGINS tells the story of John Porter (Armitage), an SAS soldier who realizes a connection between a current hostage situation and a mission he ran in Iraq in 2003. He appeals to Hugh Collinson (Lincoln), a fellow team member from that mission who now runs the stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 for the UK government, to allow him to join the rescue mission. Porter and Collinson have gone in sharply different directions in the years since their original mission went awry, with one enjoying a successful military career and the other’s life falling apart.
Porter makes an appearance in the first season of CINEMAX’s “Strike Back,” during which he is captured on a mission and Section 20 head Col. Eleanor Grant (Amanda Mealing) brings in U.S. Special Forces soldier Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) to work with Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and the team. Scott previously ran a mission with Porter in Iraq and had knowledge of their target, terrorist Latif.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Strike Back series? Are you glad that Cinemax is finally airing the first season?