Berlin Station

Berlin Station

Season One

DVD - 2017
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Follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), who has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. Miller has a clandestine mission: to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a now-famous whistleblower named Thomas Shaw. Guided by veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans), Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent: agent-running, deception, and the dangers and moral compromises.
Publisher: Hollywood, California :, Paramount Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV BER
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (535 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

A reformed terrorist shows up to pray. It's only a matter of time before you or someone like you shows up, too.
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I understand human nature, self-preservation. We want to see if our dirty laundry's gonna be hung out. I get it. I have one request. If you're holding on to something that could damage you and by extension, this station, come to me with it first, so we can get ahead of this thing together. I can't pretend that I can save your job, but I can promise you that I will stand with you because your honesty now could save the rest of us.
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Since when does a CIA employee worry about hypocrisy?
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Losing a job that's brought you so little happiness. Maybe Herr S
-I do look good in tennis whites. Provence that stale old dream.
So, I get that you really like Berlin.
-Ah. What's not to like? It's incredible art, great night life, beautiful Oh.
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I just went to the store, and I am running a little late. I need like 15 minutes.
-Well, that's not very German of you. I'll give you 16

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

But you know what pisses me off about guys like Iosava? That they don't even make good bad guys. In the Cold War, we had the Russians amazing. Before that, the Nazis with their pressed uniforms and jackboots. They fxcking owned it, you know what I mean? This this jackass Iosava, he can't even admit he's a terrorist.

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But you can find out.
-I could. But I'd rather not.
And I'd rather be at home eating chips and guac, nursing a bucket of margaritas.
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How's Laura?
-Mm, good. Trouble but good.
What'd she do now?
-Oh, well, uh, I got a drunk Skype from her last week.
Seems to be really enjoying her time at Yale.
-You want children? You can have Laura.
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All you ever wanted was someone with the clearance to listen, huh? You don't miss our affair. You miss the reassurance that came with the pillow talk. The endless conversations where I get to tell you how wonderful you are and how needed.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

You assholes are all the same. Little boys with a hero complex but no sense of responsibility. You know American foreign policy kills more civilians than all terrorists put together!
-Sorry we don't live in a perfect world, Ingrid.
But when someone finally blows the whistle, you smear their name liar, traitor, murderer. Shaw holds you accountable to your own CIA model, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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We need Faisal to nail Iosava, correct? We need Faisal to tell us what his government is going to do about Syria and ISIL, correct? But no, no, no, you're telling me to take him out of the one fxcking place that he's useful to us and set him up in, what, a fxcking two-bedroom in Jersey with a view of the fxcking Freedom Tower? Listen to yourself for Chrissakes, Hector! Can we just for once just for fxcking once do the right thing? You want to do the right thing? Join the fxcking Peace Corps.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

You know the last thing she said to me before she left? She asked me if I wanted her to stay.
-She wouldn't have stayed.
She might have. I should have spoken up. 'Cause on some level, I knew that something was wrong.
-Sounds like the perfect making for a spook. Save mom, save the world.
Maybe.
-You see, that's the thing about secrets. Your mom, she didn't need to die like that. All that sneaking around got you nowhere. My agent's on a plane right now flying to his death. Built his whole life on secrets. They ate him up. They chew you up, and they spit you out. Only one way to stop them. Drag them into the sunlight like vampires! Watch them wither and die until there's nothing left but ash.
-Sounds violent.
The truth always is. You see, the truth won't set you free. Beneath one secret, there's another and another and another. One big fxcking mess of our own creation. You need to be careful, Daniel.
- Of what?
Nothing. Everything.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

Well, well, well. Look at you. I thought you'd arrive pale and meek, a body sculpted by La-Z-Boy. You don't look a day over 60.
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You and me joined at the hip again that's either fate or a cosmically bad idea.

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I said I took care of it.
-But how? What does that even mean? Where there's a paper trail, there's Thomas Shaw to light it on fire and burn us alive.
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Houjin Lin, the Chinese most wanted defector, AKA one of the biggest liabilities we have out there, is e-mailing you fxcking photos? Are you kidding me?
-He has cabin fever.
No, he has an Internet account that has your personal address in his contacts. Do you mind explaining to me how the hell that got there?
-I was planning to ask him that question myself. You know, the guy could probably get fxcking Wi-Fi on his chopsticks. Let's not waste our time marveling at Chinese ingenuity.
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Worst thing about the food in Saudi you can't wash it down with alcohol to kill the taste.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

Wasn't it Thomas Jefferson that said something about needing a rebellion every now and then?
-That's one way to look at things.
That is the only way to look at it if you want to get through it, pal.
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Tell me about your day.
-I lost a co-worker. Puts me in a little hole on a project we started together.
You'll pull it off. I have confidence.
-That makes one of us.
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Hopefully, he lied for us, like a good agent.
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Define "uneventful."
-I arrived, we talked, we had tea, and talked some more. I left.
Bora, this is a debriefing. It's not a dental appointment. What did you talk about?
-Politics, faith. His wife was there.
They didn't reveal anything? There was no sense of hidden agendas on their part?
-No.
There were no overtures to get you to help them? Just a nice invitation to tea?
-That's it. It's, um, tradition in Islam, you know?

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

What is your deal, Daniel? Something about you just doesn't add up.
-I'm just doing my job.
Finding Thomas Shaw is not your job. It's your cause. Why? You were wounded in Chechnya. You were branded a war hero well, by Langley. And then for 10 years, you're you have a cushy analyst job 10 years. And then one day, what, you wake up, you say, "Gee, you know, I-I think I'd like to go back in the field?”
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I am not walking into an interrogation room without knowing the answers I'm looking for.
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I'm thinking magic date.
-What the hell is a magic date?
It's another day at the office, another deadline looming. Tension high, morale low. Everyone working around the clock. It's the perfect time for an after-work drink to rally the troops. Find a place where titles don't matter, where happy hour starts early and ends late. Buy a few rounds. Then get close enough to make this a magic date. Circles, roofies, Mexican Valium, call it what you want. The result is the same - total blackout.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

How are you? How is it possible that your wife hasn't aged a day since Vienna? Yet you, Frosty, Jesus.
-How's Julia?
Well, she tore out my heart and ran it over with a pickup that I bought her.
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You know Steven can't keep his dick in his pants. He was banging Sandra in Vienna. I'd say the way he looks at her, he's still getting dim sum of that.
-You really think that's news to me? Then what's the problem here? I don't think you're worth the regime of penicillin
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You know, in all the years, I don't think you ever once thanked me.
-I didn't get a chance. You made me buy the lie on top of selling it to everybody else.
Would you rather I told the truth in my report, sent you home a fuck-up, rather than a hero?
- You self-righteous asshole.
Says the cattle. You nearly got blown up in Chechnya, and you almost got blown up today. It's only a matter of time before you get blown up again.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

De Vos isn't dead.
- Who said he was?
His file.
-I shot him, sure.
But unless you got eyes on a body yourself, never count them for dead.
-Then who claimed that he was? Well, that'd be the Germans.
Headquarters believes what it wants to believe. That's its fatal flaw.
-So you don't trust the Germans?
I don't trust anyone.
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If this comes down I'm done.
-Unless we undermine the story before the headline drops. Discredit the leak, discredit the source.
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So, where are you from?
-Germany.
You ever lived anywhere else?
-Why would I do that?
Oh, I don't know. Experience sunshine, eat something other than glorified hot dogs. Yeah, that's the appeal.
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Your support would be a huge gain for Tel Aviv.
-A huge gain? No. My loyalties are not for sale.
Should be.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

We'll transfer you to Poland and you'll fly out from there.
- And go where?
United States of America.
- Fxck that.
It's the best we can do.
-United States not safe, okay? Too many guns, too many GMOs, plus Chinese spooks everywhere.
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One last question. Where am I going to live in the United States?
-Scottsdale, Arizona.
What's in Scottsdale?
- The desert.
Ugh. You know, I burn real easy.
-Enough. This is not open for negotiation. Look, Germany has a population of, what, 80 million? The U.S 300 million. Where do you think you'll stand a better chance of staying hidden?
Between her legs.
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Everything arranged at the drop-off point?
-Yes, ma'am. Everything ready and waiting in Beijing.
--Beijing?! What the fxck?! You said I was going to United States!
I lied.
--You cannot send me back there. The moment I step foot on Chinese soil, they take me to labor camp and I die.
If you're lucky.

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jimg2000
Sep 05, 2018

Intense action spy series which is nearly as good as "Homeland S5" which was also about the spooks operating out of CIA's Berlin Station. Besides dealing with local Islamic radicals. they must neutralize someone, like a Julian Assange or Edward Snowden, who had been leaking station secrets to news media. Homeland has Carrie and Quinn whereas Berlin Station has Hector and Daniel. Both sets of characters try to hold onto their sanity while executing orders from Langley.

Best quotes:
I accept the fact that I choose to work for an imperfect institution, like a big boy.
-An imperfect institution. You want sprinkles on that vanilla cone, big boy? You're a goddamn taxpayer. You're complicit.

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johncruse
Aug 15, 2018

LOUSEY. THE CHARACTERS SEEM TO LACK THE INTELLIGENCE TO COMMUICATE WITHOUT THE FREQUENT USE OF THE F-BOMB. NOT MUCH REALISM.

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maipenrai
Aug 14, 2018

I am usually not a fan of the spy genre, but I thought I would try this series because Richard Jenkins is one of my favorite actors. It held my attention, but I found the ending episodes to be disappointing. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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babbette51
Jul 17, 2018

Beautifully shot in Germany in and around the city of Berlin. It is refreshing to see a TV show that does not feature Canada posing as the location.
This spy tale starts off by playing a last scene first, then going back and tell the story. Not my favorite way to start a show.
There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot and there is no "black and white" as far as bad guys and good guys. That is interesting & refreshing for the viewer.
Almost every character is a shade of gray as far as their misdeeds and past sins.
A very binge-worthy show that keeps you on your toes.
It is exciting without overdoing the violence.
Lots of LeCarre type of office political drama as people compete for promotions or just try to survive the turmoil.

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ba_library
Jun 24, 2018

I was going to stop watching after episode 3, but wanted to finish off the first disc. After episode 4, I had to watch all of discs 2 and 3 in one sitting! So, don’t give up too early. The show has British actors; Richard Armitage and Rhys Ifans playing American CIA agents based at the Berlin, Germany station. There is someone in Berlin leaking information to the German press about CIA operations. The Berlin station needs to look in-house for the leak, but they also must continue to work on intelligence issues contending with Arab terrorism, Romanian sex traffic, agents interacting with the Israeli Mossad intelligence agents as well as German intelligence agents and folks visiting from Langely (U.S. CIA headquarters.) So, the story gets a bit complex and of course everyone seems to be sleeping with other agents—business or pleasure? The series has been on for three seasons, so get yourself initiated with season one and get prepared to get sucked in! David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans" is appropriately the show's theme song.

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KingSalmon
Jun 10, 2018

Excellent !

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f64wwg
Dec 22, 2017

Im a huge spy-thriller consumer, and sorry to say - Berlin Station is half-baked series with no surprises, an unmemorable lead - & unfortunately I barely slogged thru 2 episodes.
The writer, director, actors, just cant manage to create any tension/mystery that would compel one to keep watching the next episode!
The only bright light - actor Rhys Ifans - should create a series around him.
Try French Spy series " Le Bureau" - it is Fantastic.....

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