‘Counterpart’ is an American science fiction thriller television series that airs on Starz. It first premiered on December 10, 2017. The show has been created by Justin Marks, who is best known for writing Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book‘. The show is a mind-bending, parallel worlds spy thriller that tells its story through the eyes of Howard Silk, played by J. K. Simmons, who discovers that the secretive UN-type organization he works for protects a passage between two very different versions of Earth, each trying to exploit the advantages of the other.
Due to the show’s premise, it enjoys quite a large fan following, which has only grown over the seasons. Critics too have lauded the series saying, “Tense and gripping, ‘Counterpart’ is an absorbing thrill-fest led by J. K. Simmons’ multi-faceted dual lead performance. Double the J.K. Simmons brings double the aplomb… which finds time to deliver relevant societal critiques while deepening its labyrinthine lore.”
Counterpart Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Counterpart’ includes J. K. Simmons of ‘Whiplash‘ fame, as he plays the role of Howard Silk (Alpha) who is an Interface employee working at the Office of Interchange (OI), which is based out of Berlin and is a UN spy agency. He also plays Howard Silk (Prime), an accomplished secret agent working for Section 2 of the OI in the Prime world. Olivia Williams appears as Emily Burton-Silk (Alpha), Howard’s wife. In Prime World, she is his ex-wife, and mother of their daughter Anna. In both worlds, she is an employee of Housekeeping, which is the counterintelligence function, at OI.
There are several other main characters, who make up the members of the spy agency in the Alpha and Prime worlds. Some notable cast members include James Cromwell of ‘L.A. Confidential‘ and ‘Green Mile‘ fame who plays the part of Yanek, the warden of Echo which is an underground facility in the Prime world. There are several recurring and guest stars like Lotte Verbeek, of ‘The Borgias‘ fame, who plays the ringleader to some infiltrators from the Prime world, and Stefan Kapicic, known for playing Colossus in the ‘Deadpool‘ movies, who is also part of this show’s expansive cast. Together, all these characters give the impression of a vast and intricate spy agency that exists on both worlds and keeps the intrigue of the show alive.
In the upcoming season, if there is one, we expect to see most of the main cast return, while some of the recurring cast members could be promoted to season mains. There is also the possibility of some new characters appearing, and they are bound to make things even more interesting for the already gripping series.
Counterpart Plot: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Counterpart’ follows Howard Silk, who has been working for a UN agency that is based out of Berlin. He works for the Office of Interchange or OI. Although he has been at his job for 30 years, his rank is too low for him to have clearance to know about what his work truly entails. The fact of the matter is that the OI actually oversees a point of crossing to parallel earth called Prime world, which is a copy of Silk’s world. It is revealed that a scientist Yanek makes the mistake of a harmless exchange between the two worlds. This leads to a somewhat domino effect and the worlds are pushed in divergent paths, which results in a virus killing millions of people on Prime world. Now everyone seems to have gone rogue, and Silk’s counterpart is an agent who regularly crosses to Alpha world to find and retrieve those who have gone rogue to maintain the status quo. However, there is danger brewing at all times, since the factional infighting on the Prime world comes from the belief that the Alpha world was responsible for the virus. This violence has the chance to spill over and affect Silk and his comatose wife.
What stands out about the series is how well it is crafted as an espionage show. There is no denying that parts of it are unbelievable and the science that is shown does not add up at all places. However, if we look beyond that to the basic core of the narrative, it does manage to deliver on a thoroughly fascinating experience. A word must be said in favor of Simmons here, whose performance has been nothing short of stellar as he has funneled two different characters almost effortlessly, nailing each character to a degree of unique accuracy. In Marks’ capable hands, the series keeps posing eternal questions of identity, lost love, and fate, while asking us the question about what would happen if things could have been different.
If there is an upcoming season, hopefully, it continues in a similar manner. Truth be told, the series has set up a premise that is rather intriguing and it would be fun to watch how the Prime and Alpha worlds manage to maintain a tenuous balance, and how the lives at those at OI play out.
Counterpart Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Counterpart’ Season 2 premiered on December 9, 2018. In February 2019, Starz decided to cancel the show. Although there can be no complaints about the plot per se, viewership for the series was down mostly because people might not have appreciated the measured pace and the intricate unfurling of mysteries that the series offered. However, considering the positive feedback from critics, Marks, show’s creator, too was hoping that the show could find a new home. He even said, “Thank you to everyone who made this journey so special for us. Your tweets, podcasts, and intricate conspiracy theories have made it all worthwhile. Fingers crossed that our wonderful studio, MRC, can find a way to keep the dream alive!”.
However, Media Rights Capital could not find a new home and in April 2019, Marks made the official confirmation that ‘Counterpart’ Season 3 stands canceled.
While we wait for any positive news on ‘Counterpart’ Season 3, check out the season 2 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet, head over to Starz to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.
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