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Counterpart (Starz) Season One Thread *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by astrohip, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Jan 25, 2018 #1 of 486
    astrohip

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    (Wiki) An espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist, Counterpart tells the story of Howard Silk (JK Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic U.N. agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “counterpart” on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love.


    Good start. Interesting premise. J.K. Simmons is a great actor, so this is like getting two scoops for the price of one.

    And the "other side wife" is not dead!
     
  2. Jan 25, 2018 #2 of 486
    TampaThunder

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    Yeah, liked this cuz I'm a big J.K. Simmons fan. Plus, you get the added bonus of Viserys Targaryen. Can't wait to see how he dies in this one. :)
     
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    ej42137

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    Neither side has a dead wife. The "other side wife" is probably an ex-wife, this side's wife is in a coma from which she is apparently not expected to recover.

    I can't wait either!
     
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    BrettStah

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    Didn't the "other side" version of J.K. Simmons' character tell his counterpart that his wife was dead, though?
     
  5. Jan 25, 2018 #5 of 486
    ej42137

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    Yes he did. And in the final scene of the episode he has dinner with her.

    Oh, I see what you meant, that her being alive was a surprise twist at the end. Yes it was.
     
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    series5orpremier

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    The mystery is why did he tell him that. Sympathy that this side’s wife could soon be dead? Jealousy that he doesn’t want him meeting her? Or a more sinister spy agenda entirely?
     
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    Donbadabon

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    I liked it. He is playing both parts really well. I am on for the ride.
     
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    Anubys

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    I'm torn. On the one hand, I've made a decision to let most dramas pile up until I have all the episodes are recorded and then binge watch them (notable exception: Game of Thrones). On the other hand, I really liked the first episode and want to discuss each week here.

    So I need to decide if my hate for waiting for "what happens next" is more than my love of TCF discussions!
     
  9. Jan 26, 2018 #9 of 486
    astrohip

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    And in the end
    The discussions you befriend
    Are greater than the shows you binge.

    (with apologies to The Beatles)
     
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    I really liked the show and especially Simmons double characters. However I am uncomfortable with the "adult" language. I don't know why exactly because I learned to talk that way in the Army. I have tried to get better but I can't seem to. When it's so prevalent on TV Iike this, it seems to hinder my improvement. I may have to stop watching. I am torn.

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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, **** that ****! That kind of ******* language is the way ******* people talk in this ******* age! ;)
     
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    wtherrell

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    I know. Even I do.
    And so we sink further into the abyss.

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    DevdogAZ

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    I really enjoyed it and thought Simmons was fantastic at differentiating the mannerisms of the two characters. One is such a schlub and the other is very confident and you can tell which is which just by looking at them.

    I thought it was interesting that Howard has been going to work at that place for 20+ years, has presumably been doing "interface" for most of that time, and had no idea where the people on the other side of the glass were coming from. Wouldn't you be curious about why you'd need this big elaborate setup just to have people passing documents back and forth like that?
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, it certainly explains why he hasn't moved up in the ranks...after 20 years, I'd probably be either in upper management or the bottom of a river. :D
     
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    cheesesteak

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    I'd stay far away from The Magicians if I were you. That show is on basic cable and has more adult language than just about all the pay cable shows I watch.

    I really like the fact that these two mirrorverses have a recent, known point in time at which they diverged.
     
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    wtherrell

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    Thanks. Yeah, I gave up on that one early on.

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  17. Jan 26, 2018 #17 of 486
    astrohip

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    Will there be a poll? :p:D
     
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    Anubys

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    It might be the first and only time in TCF history where we all agree on something ;)
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Hey! Not ALL! :D
     
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    Malcontent

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    FYI,

    Episode 2 is now available a few hours early from Starz via On Demand or from their website. It's also available via magic.
     

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