me + berlin station + synchronicity: or, why I can’t seem to get into this show much
This scene starts at about 23:30 in, in case you’re like, timing it to watch on tv or anything. I wouldn’t be doing that in hopes of watching Richard Armitage in an intimate scene on a large television screen or anything, not me, no.
Seriously, though, it’s bugging me that I’m not all that into Berlin Station, to the extent that my sarcasm is getting the best of me. I don’t like myself when I’m sarcastic. And last night it hit me — there’s still something I’m looking for. Most of Richard Armitage’s big roles have generated significant resonance for me: Thornton, with his need to work all the time; Lucas North, dealing with betrayals; Guy of Gisborne and all of his problems with humiliation, status and hierarchy; John Porter, with his need to rewrite his story at all costs; Thorin Oakenshield, and the search to regain something and his death in the attempt; Proctor and his wrestling with issues that I’ve spent a lot of my intellectual life on. I even figured out what the issue was with Francis Dolarhyde and I’d like to write about it if I can ever make myself watch Hannibal again. Kenneth is a partner in a conflict in which I find myself, too. Some I wrote about, some I thought about privately, some are waiting on time. I learned something about myself from all of those involvements. There’s something about the way issues in my life seem to coalesce around Richard Armitage’s role choices over the years that has been really compelling.
There just haven’t been scenes in Berlin Station that connect with any deeper issues that occupy me; in fact, there have only been a handful of his scenes in eight episodes that would even repay the work to analyze them. I don’t know that this is his fault specifically — except that of course he signed to a series in which has character seems to have almost no lines. I was just thinking that the only thing that really fascinates me about Berlin Station is the picture of Berlin it shows us. When I sit down to spend time writing about the show, that’s the issue that takes up the time.
Huh. I thought I’d closed the books on Germany.