Where to start? This post assumes familiarity with the record as a whole, and prior proceedings – in other words, you’ve been following Berlin Station closely, so, with luck, you followed Episode 9 Thomas Shaw, and if so, you have a good memory.
Question 1 – Yes, Hector helps DeVoss escape the Moroccan black site where the prisoner has been tortured. He escapes on a freighter named Thomas Shaw. Why would a Moroccan boat owner name his boat, Thomas Shaw? Thomas Shaw is a common name. I don’t think it’s the blues musician or the inventor who gets the honor. Maybe the British politician of the earliest 20th century. But, huh?
2. This episode had some the most appealing graffiti. I wish the series had shown more of it. I got it – Teufalsberg, some place to do with the cold war, and U.S. spy operations.
3. Something I never wanted to see again, Richard Armitage anywhere near a purple suit.
Remember this? I took it from a post of Obscura’s: I’m still calling it raisin.
I’m sorry, but even if you’re in Morocco, why would you choose to waterboard a prisoner using a ceramic jug as your water source? Those mothers are heavy. Why bother when you have a a bucket right there? Because you can’t make a trite symbolic statement by smashing a plastic bucket.
I am so sick of silly Jewish references. Shame on the writer (s). Robert the Jew ( how can we forget?) walks into a safe house to meet Golda Friedman, the Mossad recruiter, and he suggests she should welcome him with Manichewitz wine in celebration? How ridiculously corny. Pure schtick. And just what kind of soup was Golda good at cooking? You guess. I’m disgusted.
BTW, Kosher producers oversee some fine vineyards in France and other wine growing regions.
I will say that Hector has a rather decent looking apartment – if somewhat reminiscent of doctor’s office. More put together than I would have expected – and not an) inch of wallpaper.
And isn’t this ridiculous? Also, with all the fabulous restaurants available to them “in the South of France” ( Canary Islands, but supposed to be the Riviera), why would they choose to eat in the hotel?
The time sequence in this episode could make one dizzy. All of it them were Hector’s flashbacks, except one with Esther Krug and Claudia Gartner (remember Claudia? If you didn’t, the writers reminded us a little earlier on.)
And in case viewers were catching up a little, why not add two unnecessary new characters – the Romanian woman ( head of their office there?) and some assistant to Clay Williams from Langley.(Marina? Popular Russian name – oops).
I admit to feeling a twinge when Julian DeVoss killed himself by dropping himself off a roof – but I was distracted but this thought – a crossover thought- and it is one an actor would probably never really have, I’m guessing: was Richard Armitage thinking, at least it’s not me this time? or was he thinking, I wish it were me, again? A little snarky, I know – but I am so fed up.
Once again, Daniel had lines and actions, but nothing much to say. Platitudes, reassurances, orders, stock lines. But Richard Armitage did take the stairs rather well, both up and down.
By the way, Stephen – good move. Get arrested just as you’re escaping, and give your wife a prepared note to hand to your mistress after you’re gone.
Last complaint, Valerie is getting on my nerves. She’s just a little too snarky and confrontational with Robert for my taste. I don’t think people act that way relentlessly towards one person. I thought she was a much better character in earlier episodes.
Somethings I liked – the recognition scene with Hector and Julian/Shirley. Julian Voss at the end. That location and some of the aerial shots. Wondering if Esther Krug is also trying to kill Daniel Miller.
The German twist – their intent to destroy Frost became evident earlier,(anyway, Esther’s intent did) but I didn’t expect they’d be running Thomas Shaw. Fans have suspected another party – but the way it played out was surprising. Now I’m not surprised the man who approaches bleeding out Daniel Miller seemed to have an accent. I thought so early on, but then said – must be my imagination, because that would give away a lot pretty early. But I guess I let myself forget it.
So, Daniel lets Hector go and now they’re finally even. Not quite. There has to be more to the story in Chechnya. There has to be some wrap up of Esther and Daniel and the story with Daniel’s mother.
With this show, the way they cut it up and parse it out, they can probably ejaculate a tidy wrap up. Will it be far-fetched and strained, or will viewers swallow it?