Counterpart on the Starz network is a fantastic sci-fi/spy story thriller with a fascinating plot and great acting. Counterpart explores the possibilities of what our lives would be like if just one or two decisions had been different. Haven’t we all wondered what the trajectories of our lives might have been if we had just made one key choice differently?
J.K. Simmonds plays Howard Silk, a low level worker at a secret agency that monitors a portal to a parallel world. Until 30 years ago the two worlds were exactly alike, including all the people, places and events. Each person has a duplicate in the other world. Then one day he is confronted by his counterpart (duplicate) from the other world, who expects Howard to help stop a deadly murderer.
For some unknown reason, 30 years ago the 2 worlds began to diverge. Now, the people in the two worlds are still duplicates, but their lives are different. Sara Serraiocco in our world is an accomplished violinist, but in the other world she is a deadly assassin.
Counterpart is great because it is much more of a physiological spy mystery than it is a sci-fi series. There are plots within plots and each of the characters are complex individuals. In our world Howard Silk is an unsuccessful career man, but a very good person. In the other world he is quite the opposite. Yet, in the Ying and Yang of life there is no such things as 100% good or 100% evil. All people are a mixture of both.
Olivia Williams is Howard’s wife, Emily, who is not what she seems in either world. Nazanin Boniadi is Clare, whose motives are not truly revealed until the final episode. Harry Lloyd is Peter Quayle, a high level spy who ties to keep peace between the two worlds while sill maintaining secrecy and his job.
As you can tell, we are purposely trying not to give away too much of the plot. Counterpart is fascinating and beautifully acted. In one moving episode, the Howard Silk (J.K. Simmonds) from our world exchanges places with the “other” Howard, and secretly goes to the other world. There he discovers he has a daughter (played by Sarah Bolger) that he never had in his world. What is worse is that the daughter cannot stand him.
The scenes between Sarah Bolger and J.K. Simmonds are moving and beautiful. Howard tries desperately to reconnect with his estranged daughter, without revealing that he is not actually the father she knew.
Counterpart is a series you will definitely want to binge watch. We give it our highest rating.
- We rate Counterpart 5 Stars *****
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