This isn’t really a review, more of a heads up – I’ve only watched a few episodes, but I’m in for the long haul. It’s amazing.
We’re in Berlin during the dying days of the Weimar Republic. Our hero is a cop and WW1 veteran plagued by flashbacks and survivor guilt who keeps himself going on morphine. Our heroine is a sparky young woman who works as a police typist/plucky girl detective, with a little light hooking on the side to make ends meet, so to speak. (She’s the one in the front of the audience in the clip.) Ranged against them are sinister proto-Nazis gearing up to Make Germany Great Again, communist revolutionaries (helpfully identified by their Jeremy Corbyn caps), sinister Balkan gangsters – and of course their fellow cops whose motives are not always clear. It’s a glorious high-concept and high-production-value soup of politics, sex and violence, and I’m enjoying it hugely.
16 episodes on Netflix here in Oz (hurrah!), and Sky in Germany and the UK (boo!).
Not least among its pleasures is the music, which nods towards the period without being obsessive about it. A dead ringer for Buddy Guy plays raucous electric blues in » Continue Reading.