The plan was to review every episode of BS properly and individually. However, it has occurred to me that there is no reason why I should spend extra time on something that doesn’t even have that much
beefcake meat in it. Both episodes were on the meagre side for fans of Richard Armitage. The main action did not involve Daniel Miller, and with limited time at my disposal, I am choosing to forego the in-depth review. Just for completeness’ sake and before I move on to the much meatier episode 2×05, take this:
Lots of office spy stuff based in Berlin. Then, finally, Daniel returns to Berlin, goes for a little walk with Hector across Oberbaumbrücke.
Jesus, you would think there are no other bridges in Berlin. End.
Ok, I jest, but in terms of Daniel, that is all that we saw in episode 3. However, just by way of a review, I’d like to note that the episode was based on a really interest concept: It turns out that 2×03 is actually not chronologically *after* episode 2×02, but *concurrent*. I.e., the action of 2×03 takes place at the same time as the previously shown 2×02 (Daniel in Spain). While I thought 2×03 was a bit of a snoozer, I still applaud BS for trying out innovative ideas. I presume that the initial plan would have been to conventionally edit the show to intersperse the Spain action with the Berlin plot. Logically it may have made more sense to isolate the two plot lines into individual episodes. Dramarturgically I am not so sure because 2×03 was really not that exciting…
I didn’t even take any screen shots here. Says it all.
In 2×04, BS really cranks the action and the suspense down. *yawn* Wow, what a snooze fest. We get the whole tragic back story of station chief BB Yates who is seen in flashbacks, investigating a cult in Switzerland. It turns out that she has a sob story of her own. Yawn. Are all CIA station chiefs traumatised? And *zzzzzzzzz* another reference to what it costs to be a spy. I thought we had been through that in season 1? So poor BB Yates is a self-chosen widow, having lost her fiancée shortly after the proposal due to a (manipulated?) car crash? Oh, come on, we had that storyline back in 1969, and tbh it worked much better (and certainly more original) with James Bond who tragically loses his just-married wife on the honeymoon…
But enough of the stream-of-consciousness rant. We need to talk about Kevin… eh… Daniel. First of all – dayYUM!
Really, I am trying very hard to suppress the feeling. By all means, that kind of outfit – bomber jacket, tight jeans worn in army boots – and look (the carefully-careless haircut with the extra short back and sides, the negligent beard) should nothing but *repel* me. As mentioned before, I am trying to gauge what it is, and here’s my theory: The short jacket with the waistband at the bottom emphasises the masculine shape: It bulks up the shoulders and biceps and then sits tight on the narrow hips. The tight jeans tucked into the high boots elongate the legs. That said, I doubt I would find this combo attractive on any other man…
Anyway, where were we? Episode 4. The interesting bits: Daniel is stepping up the pressure on Lena. He has to find out the target of Otto’s attack – and he manipulates Lena by driving a wedge between her and daddy. However manipulative and questionable the strategy is, I did find Daniel’s psychological maneuvering very interesting to watch: He makes himself indispensable to Lena by helping her out with procuring a van, increasing the pressure by pretending to shoot a watchman when the theft of the van nearly goes wrong, then dropping hints about Lena’s failure to procure a van to daddy Ganz.
Also interesting: the continuing titillation between Daniel and Esther. The two of them may be leading each other on for the moment, but judging by how deeply those two look into each others’ eyes, there is still something there. Viewers who are familiar with season 1 of BS will pick up on those signs. It’s certainly one possible plot line that I would like to know more about.
Even though Daniel is not the main focus of this episode, some special mentions: As Servetus already remarked in her review of 2×04, the crew of BS seems to be having some fun with the props and backgrounds in the series. (That is actually something I also vaguely touched upon when I noticed a rather funny detail in the background of a shot in season 1.) Besides the Super Bock beer crates in the scene with Esther above, there was also this van driving along side Daniel and Lena:
Yep. There is an upside to this episode. Some nice Daniel/Trevor shots, I was particularly taken with the neck porn in picture 3. I screen capped lots, and I am going to use them.
Final words: Not enough Daniel, but lots of summer in Berlin. And that actually was beautiful to see. I am so glad that the city gets shown in more attractive weather than in season 1. Just because it deserves it.