Similar look, completely different angle.
Oscar winner J.Okay. Simmons takes a break from doing Farmers Insurance coverage commercials to sink his enamel into this glorious new science fiction thriller from Starz, premiering on January 21st. Should you’re a fan of exhibits like Fringe and Sliders, then Counterpart is correct up your alley.
Simmons performs Howard Silk, a cog within the wheel of a U.N. spy company in Berlin. After 30 years of doing the identical previous factor, Howard is determined for one thing new and attention-grabbing to return alongside. And boy does he get his want.
Apparently, there was a Chilly Conflict experiment that opened a doorway to a different equivalent dimension and solely a choose group of individuals are conscious it exists. As if that wasn’t bizarre sufficient, Howard will get a harsh awakening when he discovers that there’s one other Howard Silk that appears similar to him. That is the place Counterpart will get attention-grabbing.
The present makes use of the MacGuffin of a parallel dimension to do a deep dive into what makes a person distinctive. It’s an enchanting character research that wanted a talented actor like Simmons to painting these very completely different variations of himself. His efficiency is mesmerizing, as he expertly creates two distinctive characters.
It’s all concerning the particulars, like how the Howard from…Let’s name him “Earth-2 Howard,” carries himself with confidence. His physicality instantly conveys the truth that this Howard hasn’t had his soul eroded by working in a dead-end job for 3 a long time.
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, Howard Prime slumps in his chair, fumbles over his phrases, and lacks the tenacity essential to do what his alter-ego is ready to accomplish with relative ease. He’s an excellent man, however should you want somebody killed, higher name Earth-2 Howard.
The bigger story is fascinating as properly. It seems that the 2 worlds are in a disagreement over the best way to coexist with one another, organising some doubtlessly reality-breaking conflicts for later within the season. In any case, touring between dimensions ain’t like dusting crops.
One other intriguing ingredient of the present is Baldwin (Sara Serraiocco), a mysterious murderer working round Earth Prime concentrating on particular individuals, however nobody on both aspect is certain why. Like Howard, Baldwin’s seek for self-discovery is one other compelling story as she contemplates what her life might have been if she had made completely different selections. Counterpart explores the minds of its villains and heroes with equal measure, and there isn’t a weak spot within the solid.
The present is visually spectacular too. There are occasions when Counterpart deliberately slows its pacing after which out of the blue launches right into a frenetic shootout that includes some nice struggle choreography that creates a tense environment. You’re by no means actually positive what’s developing subsequent. I’ve seen the primary 6 episodes and the story retains getting extra attention-grabbing with every passing hour. The writers provide you with simply sufficient info to whet your urge for food. It makes me want the complete season was out there now.
Watching a number of variations of J.Okay. Simmons is rarely a foul factor. Combine in an excellent story with a unbelievable supporting solid and you’ve got a recipe for a sequence brimming with potential. If you find yourself falling head over heels for the sequence like I’ve, relaxation assured, that is solely the start of our discussions about Counterpart, since Starz has already ordered a second season.
Counterpart premieres Sunday, January 21st, however the pilot is obtainable for early viewing at Starz.com.
David Griffin nonetheless watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He is additionally the TV Editor for IGN. Say hello on Twitter.