Okay. Sling TV fully cooperated tonight.
I haven’t posted much about the Berlin Station episodes as they’ve aired, aside from a rough go at Eps 1 and 2, which was a post about the difficult of choosing what to watch that first night.
I haven;t been over the moon with the series or Richard Armtage – him or his character. Not his fault. Sometimes there’s an Into the Storm feeling about him in this. But, now and then, there’s a chance for him to show something.
Tonight, there was lots of blinking and furrowed brows. And some beautiful profiles – though don’t expect them from my screen shots – bad quality. Also, his hair seems very black in certain light, Black without the Lucas blue.
(But what about that blue lit scene with Esther in the club? German club goers/entertainers really dress it up – full costume. I was mesmerized by the pole dancer/hooker)
I thought this episode (7) was suspenseful and shocking. Hector. Man, Hector. From the moment Claire died in Hector’s arms from Ruth’s gunshot, the threat was there for me that Hector was going to execute Ruth Iosova in cold blood. But, I was thinking –not really – because Daniel Miller is right there.
Turned out, Daniel Miller didn’t make a difference to the end result. There was a pathos and suspense in that scene that’s been pretty absent from this series. Tension as Hector points the gun to Ruth’s head; relief as he kneels down before her; tension again as he caresses her face – is he going to kiss her? I actually thought it for a sec – and then snap!!
I have to give more thought to Daniel Miller here – twice this episode he stepped aside while Hector engaged in the off pad: torture and murder. Shouldn’t Daniel Miller have worried the same as I did – and maybe made a move when Hector knelt without the gun?
Questioning also the after show discussion that I overheard while I was writing. So, the creatives think that Esther really believes/knew it was the Americans who took Iosova? Then it must be true. Honestly, I believed the palm tree story. I figured the middle east. Since the writers know best, this means the CIA intentionally interfered with Frost’s operation, which had the same goal – the arrest of Iosova. I guess they didn’t trust him to pull it off, or they couldn’t wait a couple of days. Maybe they didn’t want to go through the Germans?
Sorry writers – it doesn’t make sense to me. I was leaning more towards Esther having some hidden agenda against Frost, and/or involving Daniel.
Congratulations to Daniel Miller for finally discovering that Hector de Jean is related to or is Shaw. We’ve known it for some time. [ETA] but I wonder whether the Hell Hector was sent to after Chechnya was running a black site? That could be supported by his speech to his latest torture victim, who lost an ear, and could also account for Julian DeVoss’s release. Furthermore, that’s the kind of experience that could motivate a Thomas Shaw.
And, to Stephen Frost – now you really have something to whine about.