With the Summer cricket and sport season upon us, I have taken solace in the SBS on Demand app on my laptop, Samsung tablet and Samsung Note 8. I downloaded the app originally to watch The Handmaid’s Tale a few months ago and have been regularly watching tv series like Brooklyn Nine-Nine (I love Andy Samberg. It’s a hilarious show!), Six (A member of Seal team 6 is kidnapped by Boko Haram and the team need to rescue him) and Chance (A provocative psychological thriller focuses on Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie), a forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.).
Can you tell I love thrillers and shows that make you think? Plus, who doesn’t need a good laugh with some comedies like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Beautiful Loser (Suddenly a father at 31, eternal teenager Julien must learn to grow up and take responsibility in this new French comedy series. Very funny!).
There are some great movies on SBS on Demand too, such as Brooklyn, Carol (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara), Hector and the Search for Happiness (Simon Pegg, Toni Collette), Life of Crime (Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robins) and What We Did On Our Holiday (Billy Conolly, Rosamond Pike, David Tennant).
The best series I have seen this year has to be Berlin Station, which is exclusively on SBS on Demand. With a brilliant cast and writing, it has you hooked from the first episode.
Transitioning from his job as a CIA analyst in the U.S., cerebral officer Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage) new mission puts him under cover at the agency’s Berlin branch, tasked with sorting out messy cases involving damaging leaks, whistle-blowers, terrorism and more. Mentored by jaded veteran officer Hector DeJean, Daniel learns the disorderly world of field work means dealing with deception, danger and moral compromises. As he dives deeper into the German capital’s hall of mirrors and discovers conspiracies that lead back to Washington, D.C., he wonders if anyone can ever be the same after a posting to Berlin.
What we thought:
As mentioned above, from the first episode you are hooked with a fantastic cast and a series that is well written. The writing is excellent and leaves me thinking about the questions that linger between episodes.
The development of the characters over the series is fantastic too. The character Hector (Rhys Ifans) is a very convincing “bad guy” character. Very believable and probably the best performance of the entire cast. The twists and turns keep you on the edge with the writers making you think one way but then the plot changes to reveal the truth. The storyline is a complex plot centred around the War on Terror and a Julian Assange style leaker who wrecks havoc with the CIA.
Essentially, I loved the first series of Berlin Station and I’m looking forward to the second series, in which Ashley Judd joins the exceptional cast. From what I have read online, the second series is even better than the first.
What tv series do you like at the moment?