New Strike Back: Project Dawn Trailer

Here’s a 90-second clip of Strike Back: Project Dawn with more Richard Armitage than before. The transcript is below and closed-captioning has been added to the YouTube video.

Below is a screencap and more are available on RichardArmitageNet.Com:

Here’s the video on YouTube:


Here’s the transcript.

John Porter: Latif demands the immediate release of all his oppressed brothers being held in British and American prisons.

Stonebridge: In position.

Kate Marshall: Head cams on.

Col. Eleanor Grant: Stonebridge.

Stonebridge: Colonel.

Col. Eleanor Grant: Bring John home.

Stonebridge: With pleasure.

Stonebridge: Stairs. Going up.

John Porter: Unless his brothers are freed, my life will be sacrificed as just retribution.

John Porter: God is great.

Stonebridge: Ready for this?

Kate Marshall: F— you.

John Porter: Glory to Islam.

Stonebridge: Stand by, stand by.



Strike Back: Project Dawn
begins airing on Cinemax in the USA on August 12 and on sky1 in the UK on August 21. See you there!

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62 Responses to New Strike Back: Project Dawn Trailer

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  2. Nimue says:

    Thanks, bccmee! So sad 😦 . Why didn’t they just let John Porter retire- because of an injury, for his daughter’s sake or whatever…

  3. CDoart says:

    Thank you very much for the news, bccmee! I fully agree with Servetus and can only say: ‘oh Porter, how I have missed you’ ;o)

    • bccmee says:

      Yes, it’s been a long wait for Strike Back 2. Only a few more weeks, but I’m not nearly as excited as I was for Strike Back 1. *sigh*

      • CDoart says:

        Now that I have seen more of the previews, I fully agree with you, bccmee. I think he will not last long in SB2. I loved his sensitive fighter attitude, not just a self assured, arrogant and overbearing fighting machine. When I have time I must watch SB1 again, to keep me happy ;o)

  4. Calexora says:

    Just what I needed today! Really!! Thanks so much. But poor John… I hope he’s ok!!!

  5. KiplingKat says:

    If I may: After John was forced out and watched his life fall apart, was abandoned by his work and his family, with his daughter leaving home, starting her own life (and their relationship clearly still problematic) leaving him with little but work, I don’t think retirement is an option the character would turn to easily. But they could have easily made it so John was off on another mission while these two young punks were running about blowing things up. Maybe have the more experienced John come in briefly to save their asses and drift off again.

    • bccmee says:

      If only they listened to us, KiplingKat! It would have been easy to make John a character with less screen time without turning him into Katie.

  6. KiplingKat says:

    But yes, very disappointed that the “Just so you know, I’m going to kill every last one of these bastards.” John Porter was turned into this. Well, I have one hell of a character arc for my next fanfic then…

  7. Ana Cris says:

    So sad for John Porter! Thanks Bcc for transcription!

  8. smitkit says:

    Thanks for posting this trailer, B. Maybe we’ll get the same trailer here in the UK nearer to the 21st. It’ll be nice to see RA on tv in something new, although I fear for the fate of Porter!

  9. Summer says:

    Ohhh Ahhh…. Not sure I want to see this…I know where this is heading…no wonder his appearance will be as brief as Heinz Kruger’s was in Captain America 😦

    • bccmee says:

      Good point, Summer! We might not see much more of Porter than what’s in the promos. The closer the airdate, the less excited I am for Strike Back 2.

  10. Carolyn says:

    Thanks, Bcc for posting this! I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, just thinking about this coming on. JP was one of my favorites and I cchate to see him end this way.

    • bccmee says:

      My thoughts exactly, Carolyn. John Porter was my very favorite character and I suspect that no matter what happens, I’m not going to like season 2 JP very much.

  11. Ania says:

    Thanks Bccmee.
    It is always nice to see RA. I suppose that SB2 will be the completely different series than SB1. I feel that this series will be typically “male cinema” 😦
    Oh poor John Porter…

    • bccmee says:

      I think at least the RA scenes will be notched up, Ania.

    • Spooks Addict says:

      It looks typically male cinema and the usual biased nonsense the media churns out, shame they had to change the writers, the first series had a reasonaly well rounded world view, and good plot lines.

      • bccmee says:

        They seem to be unable to make up their minds. They have strong female leaders and then a character who can’t keep his pants on. Definitely a different show entirely.

        • KiplingKat says:

          Well, they don’t call it “Skinamax” for nothin’.

          With the exception of Johdi May giving Layla some vulnerability, the female characters in the first series were written as all stereotypes:The Vitim (which Orla Bradley played so wonderfully human), the Sexpot, the Mean Ex, the Angsty Teen, and the Ballbuster. It’s sad they decided to go a step down with the female characters rather than step up, but without that cast they really did not have far to go.

          Did you catch the “We got more money, so we upped the explosions and the boobs” comment by one of the production team at the recent press screening? Oh…lovely. *rolls eyes*

          There is a way to do great action with a truly compelling plots and engaging characters (one of my favorite little films like this was “Peacemaker,” which featured a strong, but human, female lead playing off the cocky male agent in a complex plot pitted against a truly compelling antagonist)….but from all appearances, this is not it.

  12. darci says:

    The second trailer they just released (http://youtu.be/2ghk6iFdtqw) has me really psyched for the show. Heard nothing but good things about the UK version, and really interested in seeing Philip Winchester in this lead role…plus there’s something about “Riot Rhythm” by Sleigh Bells (song in the 2nd trailer) that just gets me pumped!

    Loved Philip Winchester in Crusoe and In My Sleep, can’t wait to see him in another lead role

  13. PoliCBA says:

    “…my life will be sacrificed…”? NOOOOOOOO!!! *cries*
    Seriously, gentlemen, don’t do this to us. Please.
    🙂
    Thank you, Bcc Mee, for posting this!

  14. Ana Cris says:

    Hi Bccmee,
    I want to say how I admire your gentleness
    to respond to each comment! Congratulations! ;0)

  15. fabi says:

    Let’s face it: SB 2 will not be so good. Thankfully we have SB 1 to rewatch again and again John Porter in all his glory. 😉

    • bccmee says:

      There’s not even a possibility that SB2 will be nearly as good as SB1. Let’s hope that the scenes with John Porter are a notch higher than the rest.

  16. Thanks so much for the trailer and especially for the transcript, which is so helpful for the Japanese fans!

  17. Alfie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. “We might not see much more of Porter than what’s in the promos.” – I am afraid that you are right Bccmee 😦 It is so sad, for a character as JP.

  18. fitzg says:

    Not at all excited about SB2. Still find it odd we get it in Canada and the U.S. before before the U.K. Still working through DVD MI5 9. 2 eps to go. Grit the teeth. It doesn’t always work well to change writers for apparently final ep with one particular actor. JP was a slightly less complex character than some of Mr. A’s others, and I admit to not being quite as taken by heroes as by more complexity. But Armitage as usual, brought more facets to the character than would have most others. Room for development.

    • KiplingKat says:

      In fiction “good” does not necessarily equal “simple” and in RL it never does. I think Porter was just as complex as other characters such as (pre-John Bateman) Lucas or Guy or Thorton, but he was a positive character who did not angst his drama openly (military men, especially special forces men, can’t be writhing in existential pain and survive in their line of work) with a finer weave of tapestry that you had to look more closely at to see. I think some people wrote the character off as “military machismo” (which in RL the military subculture provides its own brand of complexity) and didn’t really look at what Armitage did.

    • bccmee says:

      Fitzg: RA does bring something extra to his roles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  19. KiplingKat says:

    I realized last night that the only way I could buy John caving like this is if they threatened Lexie.

  20. mersguy says:

    Noooo please dont let Porter die!!! Too late they did it. Urgh why??? They could have let him retire, could’nt they? SB2 wont hold the same appeal as SB1 with no Richard. Thank god the Hobbit is coming, although the wait is already killing me. Missing John Porter already. Thanks for posting Bccmee.

    • bccmee says:

      It’s not even the same show to me, mersguy. SB2 shows only a shadow of the former John Porter, in body only.

    • Spooks Addict says:

      so have they killed Porter off??? Oh dear… sounds like Mr A has ants in his pants….can’t stay in one place for too long!

    • Vlad says:

      I think this show just became a porn 😦

      They made 2 (two!! WTF???) sex scenes and a lot of naket females in a first episode! If I wanted to watch people fucking each other I’d watch some adult movies!

      This is sooooo stupid! This series are dead now 😦

      • Whitewraithe says:

        Vlad, I have to agree with your thoughts on this. I started watching the third episode and when Damien came out of the ramshackled house/cabin and got butt naked with the criminal whore I just turned it off. It was like watching two animals going at it. Leave it to the Americans to screw up a great British intelligence drama. It makes me sick! I won’t ever watch Strike Back again. And for God’s sake I hope they don’t get their hands on Spooks!

        • Warrior says:

          The director and writer for Season 2 are English and only one of the leads is American. The Americans didn’t screw up anything. Daniel Percival (director) and Chris Ryan (writer) are apparently just obsessed with sex.

  21. jules says:

    I adored JP he was my hero…I don’t think I can cope with another RA character being killed off. I think we need to get Richard Curtis to bring back Harry Jasper Kennedy and Geraldine, perhaps another VOD Christmas special now that would make me the happiest person in the world. Come to think of it, John Thornton is still out there somewhere…I think I’m cheering myself up a little…
    Thanks Bccmee for all that you do!

  22. KiplingKat says:

    Interesting. I have been reading up in some of the military forums, the British do not have a Code of Conduct for POW/Hostages that the U.S. military does and that beyond providing no information beyond name, rank, birthdate, religion (basically what is on the dogtags), British service personal say that they are allowed make decisions on how best to relate to their captors in order to survive.

    Granted the it is a shock to see the defiant Porter of Series 1 reduced to parroting a terrorist manifesto, but apparently not wholly incongruous from the British Military approach to POW/hostage situations.

  23. KiplingKat says:

    Well, after further reading…its’ all quite fuzzy. There was some fierce debate about this after the Royal Navy hostages were returned from Iran in 2007, including disapproval from the Upper echelons/old school of the British Military, while some younger personnel feel the sailors did not do anything wrong by passive cooperation.

    I guess it comes back down to character. Porter making this statement can be seen as collaboration, something I have a hard time believing an S.A.S. trooper would do and something I find hard to believe John Porter as the character was established in series 1 would do, even under extreme threat to his life. Again, the only way I could buy this is if they threatened Lexie.

    • bccmee says:

      Interesting prediction about Lexie, but I doubt it. RA might be using that as his motivation off-camera to spout those ridiculous lines but I have a sense that Lexie will not even receive a mention in SB2. As for JP’s character, I’m disappointed to hear him say those things too. In Spooks 7.1 the young British Army private who was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda did not tarnish his honor before he was saved by Lucas North and Adam Carter.

      • KiplingKat says:

        It wasn’t so much a prediction (which I agree since she was written out of Ep. 3 of series 1 doubt she will be making any kind of appearance here), I was just speculating that that would be the only condition under which I could accept John porter caving like this.

  24. This video is not on the Cinemax site. How did you come by it?

    I am really confused about SB2. Is the US getting it’s own version and the UK theirs; calling it Project Dawn?

    I loved the first six episodes of this UK series and I am so disappointed that Porter’s character will not be with us after the first episode of the second series. Nor, is Porter listed as a continuing character on Cinemax’s site.

    RA needs to find a character that lives in the end. I’m tired of seeing him die!

    Thanks so much for uploading the video.

    • bccmee says:

      Hi Debra, I did find it on the Cinemax site and since it was geoblocked outside the USA, I uploaded it to YouTube and also transcribed and captioned it.

      As for the different versions, I believe the US is billing it as an “original” series and in the UK it’s a continuation, but I’m fairly sure both countries will get the same show. I agree it’s a major disappointment about RA leaving the show although he’s too busy with his commitment to The Hobbit.

  25. fitzg says:

    A threat to Lexie would definitely be the crux for Porter (as he was written in SB1 – still have screenwriters to deal with for SB2 whither go they?…) Of course, rules of engagement, and including response to capture, guidelines have to be worked out, and even in western democracies, they can be subject to the generally uniform agreed norms of our cultures. The soldier (male or female) is not a robot (we hope). The soldier has to live with whatever decision, split second or not) he/she – grammar rules are getting tiresome, can we just say “they”? to avoid the pc stuff?) makes. And response, however well-trained/patriotic, is going to be subjective – and the soldier has to live with the consequences.

    • bccmee says:

      You bring up some interesting points but sadly I doubt they’ll be explored in SB2, fitzg. I really don’t even see the point of having John Porter in this series at all since he’s not even the same character despite having the same face and name.

  26. smitkit says:

    Sky in the UK are repeating SB1 starting 15th Aug, Two episodes a day for three consecutive days, to tie in with SB2 starting the following Sunday. So one more chance to see the JP we love. Thanks to RAnet.

    • bccmee says:

      Yes I saw the schedule on RAnet, smitkit! That’s happy news that Brits can get their fill of SB1 before the travesty of SB2 is aired, LOL!

  27. Ana Cris says:

    Hi Bccmee,

    New video promo in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRd4VEjjGgc,
    Thanks for RACentral.

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