1.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 cast
Created 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).
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.
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. 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 grey 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.
Cast & Crew are now shooting season 2!