Babylon Berlin (Season 1 & 2)
I finished binging Babylon Berlin. This has instantly become one of my all-time fav shows. I loved this. Based on literary novels, this production is the most expensive non-English project on Netflix’s slate. Don’t worry though, its dubbed in English and so there are no subtitles. The action will keep you riveted.
The story starts in 1929. If you don’t know anything about Germany in this period let me throw in a few elements that weave their way into the dozen story lines: WW1 was lost and there were tons of disenfranchised vets; the Great Depression was underway; political parties constantly staged street battles; jazz and sex clubs were a thing as was morphine addiction.
What I loved about this was the writing. The characters are so vivid and different and yet they meld together in a way that brings the city to life. You see people protecting their interests in dire times. You see the poverty (Want a bath? Rent one for 15 minutes at the public baths) and people trying to survive. And yet there are great story lines of mystery, murder, political intrigue, good cops and bad cops, and wannabe cops. And of course romance. This show has it all and trust me, there isn’t one boring episode. No one is pure and there are no obvious outs.
Netflix in the States has both seasons (in Germany) listed as Season One. And there will be a Season Three. Don’t expect characters to survive and don’t be surprised when hearts are broken. But by all means stream this show. The cast is great. The sets marvelous. Really, they stand out whether it is a club for the elite or a slum flat where a half-dozen people are crammed into two rooms. In case you haven’t guessed, for the record, this is a 5/5 on the rating scale.