Damn it! They couldn’t resist one last Jewish reference for Robert Kirsch in the season finale of Berlin Station – one every viewer would understand: “Something’s not kosher.” Give me a break and knock it off (already).
You know what else is not kosher? ( doesn’t seem right) this: Daniel Miller lives. Daniel Miller is apparently going to be assigned to the Berlin Station in season 2. Daniel Miller leaked an audio tape admitting he’s Thomas Shaw. All of Berlin, and probably people all over the world, heard that tape. That tape was recorded by Richard Armitage. An unforgettable voice. Ask any fan. Ask Audible.com. So, good luck keeping your identity secret in Season 2, Daniel Miller. I have visions of every asset you come into contact with saying, [h]aven’t we spoken before? Your voice sounds familiar.
Okay, maybe not.
The finale tied some loose ends together. I guess we’ll have to wait for Season 2 to learn more about Daniel’s mother or. whether he and Esther continue. Doesn’t seem like it, (We almost had something? Really! ) But she’s now a station chief and he’ll have to deal with her in Berlin unless she disappears. And honestly, what a time to start a make-out session. Did Daniel think that by kissing Esther passionately, she would give up her secrets? I mean, if he didn’t kiss her, wouldn’t she give up her secrets anyway, or not? And, did anyone sense any real passion then? Cold. Very cold. Bring back The Joker.
The best thing about the finale was Hector, now free, rescuing Faisal. (Remember Faisal? He was set to be executed for sodomy in Saudi Arabia.) The whole Swiss bank lock box in a vault scene was a little trite. Money, passports, hell – even a clean, untraceable laptop? Hector’s successful plan seemed next to incredible to pull off – but I was glad he did it.
Rhys Ifans wears a perfectly tailored suit well.
So, the whole mess was all an eye wash. I think we were all in on that by this time, except for the term, eye wash. An eye wash is the procedure one does – using a shot glass of water – to rinse one’s eye to flush out some foreign object or irritant. How that equals disseminating misinformation to a small group of people to flush out a mole just doesn’t compute with me. Which is the small group of people and which is the disinformation? The shot glass? The eye? The irritant, I can figure out. Maybe I’ve gotten it wrong.
Sigh. I guess we know where and with whom Richard Armitage will be spending his spring and summer – in Berlin. And to think, not one of the key players – not one of the core Berlin Station team – met an untimely death. Probably except for Stephen Frost – they’ll all be back.
As for the Germans, well, good shot Esther.
Let’s hope the writers get their act together for season 2. I didn’t see anything better or different in terms of Daniel’s dialogue. Sure, he was bit more proactive, but there was not much more to Richard Armitage’s performance in this episode than in any prior one ( though I thought his reacting when Patricia was talking about his father was pretty good.)
And finally, to Sling TV – good-bye and good riddance unless and until I need you again. Emailing my cancellation in one hour, after I watch the episode one last time.