Review: Cinemax's 'Strike Back'

, Cinemax’s first
foray into the scripted
series arena, stars Sullivan
Stapleton as a former
U.S. Special Forces operative who teams with
an elite British military unit led by Philip Winchester
to try to thwart an international terrorist group.

What starts out as a run-of-the-mill, testosterone filled action show filled with cartoon heroes and
villains — as well as healthy dose of violence, sex
and nudity — settles in nicely about one-third of the
way through the first episode .

While not on the level of 24, fans of Cinemax will
love Strike Back’s fast-paced action, while the storyline
should keep spy/espionage/thriller aficionados
tuned in throughout the 10-part series.

Strike Back bows on Cinemax on Aug. 12 at 10 p.m.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.