After my post about scaling the Geoblock to catch the first two episodes of Richard Armitage’s new project, Berlin Station, I tried to find the rest through other channels. By ‘other channels’ I mean the back channels used to make Game of Thrones the most pirated show in the world. Serv over at Me + and Richard Armitage sent me a few links. Sadly no luck. (Thanks, Serv, you tried.) I decided to use a tried-and-true tactic in Canada-waiting.
Currently, Canadians have no word who will pick up the Canadian Broadcast rights to Berlin Station. There’s a list of international broadcasters, and that’s all anybody knows at the moment. I made do with rewatching Hannibal, theorizing about his role in Oceans 8, and generally waiting. I have survived The Walking Dead hiatus and Droughlander, this is a piece of 6’2 chocolate cake.
You know what they say if a person can’t go forward, go back. In this case, the happy discovery on Google Play of Strike Back: Origins. The six-part series, originally titled Chris Ryan’s Strike Back, played on Sky Tv in 2010 and starred Richard Armitage and a pre-Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln. Yes, it’s has a 24 feeling, and John Porter says ‘F*ck’ rather than ‘G*d Damn It, Chloe!’ The usual terrorist trope aside, the show tried to flesh out its characters and has a little something extra as opposed to the usual boys-guns-and-girls fare.
The show moved towards a partnership with Cinemax and Armitage got the part in The Hobbit. In the opening scene of the retooled version, Porter was a character seen briefly in the opening scene, on his knees, with a gun to his head, providing the motivation for Sullivan and Stapleton to go after a terrorist cell. For me, the rest of the new series, one that will get a reboot soon after going off the air, made me whisper thanks to Peter Jackson.
Strike Back: Origins is action-packed, fluff as only the Brits can do. Armitage plays a character on the hunt for redemption after a mission gone wrong, while Andrew Lincoln plays Hugh Collison, a slippery desk jockey who knows what happened. Put them together it’s the perfect show to tie me over until The Walking Dead comes back and Berlin Station gets a Canadian air date. It’s also perfect for Library Techs to burn off their last vacation day. At least this one.