Babylon Berlin - Netflix

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This show is really good. It has issues, like the dubbing and the fact that none of the actors are recognizable, but it is worth putting the time in.
 

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I realize my review above is a little thin. This show is a period piece cop show set in Weimar Germany. The plot is pretty standard modern cop show fare, with an anti-hero lead stumbling into a complex, wide ranging conspiracy. Interesting, but not ground breaking.

The direction and acting, on the other hand, are amazing. The show is visually fascinating, and the characters tell you more in a handful of looks than most network shows tell you in 10 minutes of monologues. I wanted to rewatch the club scene in Episode 2 as soon as it was over. There are interesting characters in interesting situations forced to make tough choices. That makes for a good show.
 
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It was definitely hard to get beyond the dubbing, and I've seen my share of the Wutang collection. But once you come to terms with it, there's a good show in there. Its a period political crime noir that keeps you engaged. I will forever be confounded on how Hitler was able to come to power out of that scruff.

Here is an interesting potpourri infused synopsis:
» The Truth About Babylon Berlin

To me the episode 2 club scene is the equivalent to modern day raves. Reminded me of the wild party scenes in the Gatsby remake. Those were wild times, and the Weimar Germans were wild people. And then Nazi-ism came. They shut down Berlin culture like Castro shut down Havana.
 
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