Origins is available on Maxgo.com. Most cable systems can get it....
It was great discussing Origins with everyone and I'm pleased, of course, that it found so much favour. Hope we can find something else in common to chat about in the future.
Mylan - and anyone else who is interested - I'm sorry you missed this, but some American friends decided to buy the blu-ray. It should play, but read the crabby comments first on Amazon.com because it doesn't work on all machines. A few people have bought it from Amazon.co.uk because it's only about $16 on that site and other friends have invested in a multi-region player ($50) and bought the straight DVD at $12. They reckon they have got their money back quite quickly because of buying DVDs from the UK (although this works both ways.) Anyway, hope you get to see it in the end, mylan, and decide that it was worth the effort.
Now getting ready to see Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in The Desolation of Smaug: another great piece of acting that reminds me of John Porter in some ways, LOL
Yes, I remember people saying that he had been presented in Origins as a person who could escape from any hole - so why hadn't he escaped here? It also seemed a case that he had let his captors use him to televise a political message. People just couldn't believe it and it seemed a mean and unheroic way for Porter to finish his days. But, of course, those of us who didn't switch off in disgust at this point, discovered that he had hidden a secret message in his last transmission and so did, after all, die a hero. But, it wasn't what the audience wanted and I know a lot of people who refused to tune in to the new series because of it.
Also, by killing off JP, the makers of the series were closing the door on a chance for Porter (Armitage?) to return. which is a shame because it would have been good fun to have Porter, Scott and Stonebridge go on a mission together now that The Hobbit has finished filming. Armitage has said that he was very attached to this character but that he really had to wriggle to get out of the contract. Perhaps they killed off JP in order to 'punish' Armitage in some way.
It would be great to see the three of them united on this show. JP could be written back in with some kind of plot causing him to wriggle out of the execution ... I think it could be done if they want to do it. I know I want them to do it!
"I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." - C.G.Jung
As noted in my recent posts to this thread, I loved Strike Back Origins. I liked it so much that I have rewatched all of Seasons 2-4, the ones starring Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester. Because I had come to understand the show's silliness and over the top nature, I was better prepared for it the second time around. Armed with this foreknowledge, I came to celebrate the show's utter preposterousness, which let me better enjoy its breathtaking excitement and bloodthirstiness. Now, for the first time I am really looking forward to Season 5, even if at least half of Stonebridge and Scott's dialog consists of exclamations of "S*it!" and "F*ck!"
In iambic pentameter no less.
Jerry. Just remember. Its not a lie . . . if you believe it. GC
New cast members include award winner Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II”), Dustin Clare (the “Spartacus” series), Will Yun Lee (“The Wolverine,” HBO’s “True Blood”), James Wilby (“Gosford Park”), Adrian Paul (the “Highlander” series), Joseph Gatt (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; “Teen Wolf”; CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Christian Antidormi (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”) and British mixed martial arts champion and UFC fighter Michael Bisping. The series recently resumed shooting in Europe and will continue through the fall, with additional production in Thailand. The production had been on hiatus to allow Stapleton to recuperate from a non-set injury sustained earlier this year. STRIKE BACK’s fourth and final season of ten episodes will air on CINEMAX and UK partner Sky 1 in 2015.
Season four is directed by Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Brendan Maher, and written by Bassett, Jack Lothian, James Dormer, Richard Zajdlic, Ed Whitmore and Tim Vaughan. Other new cast members include Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Max Beesley (“Suits”), Tim McInnerny (“Notting Hill”), Leo Gregory (“Tristan and Isolde”), Mark Griffin (“Doctor Who”), Wolf Kahler (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), Andrew Pleavin (“300: Rise of an Empire”), Eliza Hope Bennett (“Nanny McPhee”) and Masa Yamaguchi (“The Wolverine”).