“Berlin Station” continues to entertain

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For two seasons, the created by Olen Steinhauer Epix original thriller “Berlin Station” has provided its audience with quality drama episode after episode. Originally premiering on 15 Oct. 2017, this second season features nine episodes of compelling viewing.

Having returned for a second bite of the apple, Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Leland Orser, Michelle Forbes, Richard Jenkins, Mina Tander, Keke Palmer, Tamlyn Tomita, Roger Ringrose and John Vaughan all reprised their respective roles from the freshman season.

Fans of the Bruno Heller created Fox series “Gotham” will recognise John Doman. On “Gotham,” Dorman played the crime boss Carmine Falcone.

On the Epix original thriller, the Pennsylvania born Dorman is Richard Hanes. Hanes seems every bit as shady as Dorman’s “Gotham” character.

Talking about engaging characters, Ashley Judd is a welcome addition to the “Berlin Station” cast.

The standard of the writing for this second season, as exemplified by “Everything’s Gonna Be Alt-Right” writers Olen Steinhauer, Tony Basgallop and Bradford Winters, is every bit as good as that seen with episodes constituting the first season. Despite this point, it should be noted once writers have completed their portion of the project, it is in the hands of the production crew and the talent in front of the camera.

If the production crew and talent does justice to the work writers have put into penning the teleplay, the overall quality of the production is amplified significantly. This is what can be seen with the Steinhauer created Epix original thriller.

An aspect of both film and television production I look for is which character gets the all-important title line. In respect to shows such as “Berlin Station,” it’s which character gets the episode title as one of their lines. Each title is referenced by a different character in each episode.

In the second season opener, it was Judd’s character BB Yates, that got the line “Everything’s Gonna Be Alt-Right,” the episode title. Yates is Berlin Station’s new CSO (Commanding Station Officer).

The season two finale, “Winners Right the History Books,” was made available to viewers 3 Dec. 2017.

With the quality of both seasons, it should not come as any huge surprise to learn the third season looks like it will begin streaming on Epix sometime in late 2018 or perhaps early 2019.

While many season one cast members reprised their respective characters for the second instalment, Armitage, Forbes, Orser, Jenkins, Ifans and Judd have not yet confirmed they will be returning for the pending third season. The same is true of current showrunner Brad Winters.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Everything's Gonna Be Alt-Right
Right Here, Right Now
Right to the Heart
Do the Right Thing
Right of Way
The Right Hook
Right and Wrong
The Righteous One
Winners Right the History Books
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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.