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Sequel to Chris Ryans Strike Back, this is effectively a second series with an entirely new cast and story, four more episodes (for a total of 10), and coproduced by Cinemax. In the UK where it's a sequel, it was marketed as Strike Back: Project Dawn. The main character of the previous series does show up long enough to have his brains blown out by the new target, a terrorist group led by a Pakistani named Latif that wants to launch an attack with a weapon of mass destruction.
This time the show follows British member of Section 20 Michael Stonebridge and newly recruited American ex Delta Force Damien Scott, acquaintance of John Porter, the previous main character.
- Boom! Headshot!: Many. And they're not pretty.
- Bulletproof Vest: Stonebridge does not expect an African warlord to be wearing one. This almost gets him killed.
- The Casanova: Scott seems to be extremely good at picking up women no matter what country he is in.
- The Chessmaster: When the team tries to foil Latif's plan in India, it turns out he has multiple backup plans. When all of them fail, his final backup is to trick the good guys into simply handing over to him what he was after
- Chivalrous Pervert: Scott might be an unrepentant Casanova but he never mistreats a woman and will not have sex with a female hostage he rescued because that would be taking advantage of her vulnerable emotional state.
- Colonel Badass: Colonel Grant usually supervises the team from the command center but when things go to hell she will not hesitate to go into the field and rescue everyone herself.
- Cool Shades: Scott and Stonebridge make frequent use of them.
- Death Seeker: After Captain Kate Marshall is killed Stonebridge seems to become this out of guilt. He takes dangerous risks and gets angry when Scott calls him out on it.
- Elaborate Underground Base: In the ninth episode, Scott and Stonebridge find that Latif and his men have been using an interconnected group of Soviet-era underground bunkers in Chechnya as a base, complete with testing facilities for their VX distribution system and several corridors large enough to fit a tractor-trailer. Infrared satellite photos and a map found in a control room reveal that the bunker system is about 50 kilometers across and forms a gigantic five-point star.
- Genre Savvy: Scott and Stonebridge have years of special forces experience and tend to trust their instincts when they feel that a situation is not right. During a prisoner transfer they put the prisoner in the trunk of their car rather than the prison van and thus foil an attack on the prison van.
- Hotter and Sexier: The series is coproduced by Cinemax (often referred to as Skinemax) and has a lot more sex and nudity than the British original.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Latif's fate. Bonus points for resembling the petard's effect.
- Killed Off for Real: Captain Kate Marshall gets killed in an explosion.
- Colonel Eleanor Grant blows herself up in the season finale to kill Latif.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping / Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Sullivan Stapleton's "American" accent falls under one of these. Your Mileage May Vary on which.
- Redemption Equals Death:
- The killing of an adolescent hostage greatly affects one of the terrorists. He later aids Scott in getting a little girl out of the line of fire and kills his commander when he tries to blow them all up. However, since he's still a terrorist firing a weapon and they don't know what he's done, the Indian special forces storming the place shoot him.
- Crawford is an associate of Latif, weapons dealer, and a general bad guy but he risks everything to rescue his estranged daughter and dies in the process.
- Even Grant, who concealed enough of the truth about Latif and Project Trojan Horse to help seal Porter's fate and lead Section 20 (and Europe) to the edge of disaster, not to mention her involvement in the framing of Scott. Hence why she puts Latif's gun to the bomb in her jacket to ensure they both get blown up.
- Spy Satellites
- Would Hurt a Child: The terrorist commander of the hotel attack who kills a Japanese teenager without hesitation when trying to draw out the real target of their attack.
- You Have Failed Me: One of Latif's associates uses one of their operations as cover to get a relative out of jail. Since this attracts the attention of both the CIA and British army intelligence, Latif is not happy with him.