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5 Reasons to Watch Berlin Station

By Mariagrazia @SMaryG
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATIONWhat it is about
It's a 10-part spy series which follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage) just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. Miller has a clandestine mission: to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a now-famous whistleblower named Thomas Shaw. After  ten years spent as a CIA analyst, Daniel goes back to the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent guided by veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans).
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATIONSpooks and Berlin StationBBC Spooks  (2002 -2011) used to be one of my best favorite TV series and,  after reading about the filming of a new spy drama starring Richard Armitage,  definitely wanted to see Berlin Station. Despite all my enthusiastic expectations,  it took me a while to delve into it. I watched the first two episodes as soon as they were released by Epix for free online,  but found them rather slow and too cerebral.  A few months passed before I could sit and try again. I rewatched the first two episodes, this time with the chance to move on to episode 3,  and something clicked. The secret is then, “Pass episode 2 and you’ll start liking it”.  Besides this little tip to avoid being stuck by the maybe slow opening, here are also 5 reasons  to not miss this series.
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATION1.Richard Armitage as Daniel Miller
Useless to say dashing agent Miller has his own charms as well as his own secrets well hidden in the past. True is he didn’t surprise me as a totally new agent on the field since too much of him reminded me of Spooks Lucas North. The role is perfect for Richard Armitage,  but hasn’t allowed him to challenge himself into something new and different. Lots of deja vu moments and little epiphanies.  Anyway, impossible to remain indifferent to a Daniel Miller when he has Richard Armitage’s velvety voice, piercing blue eyes and athletic looks. (it was some time I didn't write that, wasn't it?) 
2. Stellar castCreated by Olen Steinhauer, the series can boast a stellar cast that did an awesome job throughout the ten episodes:  Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Michelle Forbes (True Blood, The Killing), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Anonymous, The Amazing Spiderman, Elementary) and Richard Armitage(The Hobbit, Hannibal, Captain America).
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATION
3. Present day concerns
A leak supplying top secret matters to the press, ISL terrorism and refugee trafficking are among the issues featured in the series, which doesn’t shy away from dealing with the ugly truth of present-day deadly threats.
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATION
4. Action thriller with psychological insight
Expect surprising twists and turns and a good deal of action, of course, in the tradition of  worthy TV spy drama, but what is actually interesting  in Berlin Station is that all the characters are granted their own narrative arch including psychological in-depth. I particularly like what they did with Rhys Ifans character, Hector DeJean, who happens to be the most intriguing and complex. 
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATION
5. Intelligent spy drama
“Beneath one secret there’s another and another and another, one big mess of our own creation.” 
What I mean by intelligent is realistic more than spectacular. The world of a secret agent  must be gray and indefinite, filled with secrets and compromises. No glamour and no superheroes. This is what you get in Berlin Station. You won't find incredibly admirable characters, but fallible and flawed human beings trying to do their job in the terribly complicated web of truths they cannot let come out and lies they must make up to survive and avoid greater ills. 
There’s a DVD to add to your RA collection or SPY drama tv series collection
5 REASONS TO WATCH BERLIN STATION
Berlin Station at Epix
Cast & Crew are now shooting season 2!

Ashley Judd Joins Epix’s ‘Berlin Station’ Season 

Keke Palmer Joins 'Berlin Station' Season 2 as Series Regular



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