Strike Back Saturday #2: Captive Soldier


The amazing Strike Back viral video, made as a test promotional tool, offers a tour de force performance by RA packed into one very intense minute. Personally, I think it’s a shame they never used Sean’s video. Even if you’ve seen it before as many times as I have, it’s worth another look. (And since the weather is nasty and I haven’t been able to get my nap yet, here’s another post!)

I was inspired so much by Sean’s video and editing skills and RA’s performance I wrote my own narrative based on the video, entitled Captive. My Captive video features narration by yours truly with images from the viral vid. You can watch it below.

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  1. Quite the coincidence as I just watched this a few times yesterday as well as some SB episodes. The Strike Back video is amazing. So powerful!! I agree it a great pity it wasn’t used to promote the show. That way more people would have been seen it – the video that is! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it and it stuns me each time. He is like a caged animal straining to get rid of his restraints!!

    How I love and miss John Porter!! I’m sure even I, with my very limited literary abilities, could have written him out of Project Dawn in a MUCH better way. I hate the way the writers or TPTB have more than once totally disregarded his back stories in series he has been in. Even more so knowing how much work he himself puts into creating these back stories!

    • Sean really did a fantastic job with the viral vid and it deserved to be seen by a much bigger audience. Richard shows how you can take a very small space and limited amount of time and make something truly artistic from it, aided by the right photography, set, lighting and sound. “Caged animal” is right–one who refuses to be tamed or intimidated.

      Teuchter, I am certain you could have improved on the PD scenario, too. When you consider how much of his heart, soul, brain and physical being Richard puts into these roles, he definitely deserves better. Much better.

  2. Every time I see these vids, I am amazed at Richard’s performance. I believe in John Porter completely and I feel for him as if what I’m watching is absolutely real.

    I, too, hate the way TPTB and the writers they hired and paid dealt with John Porter. It’s not difficult to imagine more honest exits for Porter, ones that are commensurate with the character and don’t insult the viewer or the actor. Although I love what you did with Porter in “Truce”, you are not alone in writing an alternative fate for him that is better written, more dramatically honest and satisfying, than what they gave the viewers. Why couldn’t TPTB have treated the character, the actor, and the viewers with more respect? The rats have a poor track record, as you say, as if they write the worst schlock, saying to Richard, “We double-dog dare you to make them believe this!” I would love for Porter to get his highly skilled and unrepentant hands on them. If they’re incapable of writing a better exit, let them take a tip from Tom Clancy. He can’t write transitions, so he doesn’t; he just states a new time and setting. It’s about as subtle as “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…”, but still better than the hand they dealt John Porter.

    • Many alternate universe scenarios for Porter (and other characters, for that matter) are such an improvement over what the writers PAID to do so created. Yes, there are times I want to unleash John Porter at his most ferocious and deadly on TPTB, with him neglecting to show them the mercy he showed Hugh.

  3. Richard’s performance in this one compelling minute blows me away every time I watch it; raw, stunning, seething with barely leashed anger and defiance. I didn’t think there could be yet another chaRActer that I could love as much as Thornton, Harry, Guy and Lucas, but I was a goner for Porter from the very first frame of SB1. Richard created a hero worthy of our love, admiration and respect, then the writers and TPTB turned around and treated him and the viewers with contempt. It would have been so easy to write Porter out in a hundred better ways, one can’t help but think that they deliberately chose the worst possible exit they could come up with.

    • Me, too, I shake my head in amazement every time I watch it. For such a sweet, shy, gentle kind of guy, RA certainly summoned up plenty of rage and fury for that performance. I love Porter dearly, too. And once again my paranoia (or IS it?) kicks up dust and I think, “The bastards! Why do they have to keep punishing Richard for being a wonderful actor who works so hard to craft his characters so that we all care?” Having brave, resourceful, heroic Porter bound and beaten and then shot through the head and WE SEE IT was beyond crass to me. Why the hell did they even call it Strike Back? Let Richard out of his contract, leave Porter in the desert and create a new show–“Boobs, Bombs and Bullets with British Accents.” Oh, gosh–is my bitterness showing??

  4. I’ve been up until 3 am reading “Truce” on livejournal. I haven’t finished it as I had to get some sleep eventually but it was a gripping story from the start and of course very sexy too! πŸ™‚ Thank you, Angie, for filling the void left by the script of SB and giving John family time with his daughter after his wife’s death and finding him a proper love interest as opposed to the occasional “therapeutic shag”! Well done!:)

    • πŸ˜€ There is perhaps no greater compliment one can pay a fanfic writer than to discover she has kept someone up most of the night reading her stuff. πŸ˜‰ I am glad you are enjoying it. It was such a joy and pleasure to write and to give John the life I felt he deserved. And to give the various characters more involvement in the story, too. Truthfully, I hated to say goodbye to the characters. As Servetus pointed out, my chapters kept getting longer and longer . . . πŸ˜‰

      Hope you enjoy the rest of the story after you get proper rest, of course. πŸ˜‰

        • *author does happy dance while lying down with her cat draped across her arm, purring* I am so glad you enjoyed it. If TPTB don’t give us what we want, we have to create it for ourselves. Or as the old saying goes, if you want a job done right, do it yourself. πŸ˜‰

      • O Angie! I would say that your fanfics are rather thrilling and it is so hard to sleep(or “get a proper rest”) after all these goodies πŸ˜‰

  5. I couldn’t agree more with all these comments about SB. I was so disappointed with SB2 I only watched it to see who had betrayed Porter. To me it was just rubbish and the way they killed Porter off was so awful why did they have to kill him off anyway, surely there was a much better way to write Richard out. After all his hard work on Porter backstory etc there must have been a better solution I’ll get off my soapbox now – don’t even get me started on Spooks lol!!.

    • No, don’t get ME started on Spooks! πŸ˜‰

      After all, I had the lads of “Sloth Fiction” organize a Strike Back against the villainous Powere That Be at the Beeb–black ops–to avenge what happened to Lucas. Even Ros got in on it. She’s SND, too. πŸ˜€

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