Babylon Berlin (2017– )
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Episode #1.1 

Beneath the decadence of 1929 Berlin, lies an underworld city of sin. Police investigator Gereon Rath has been transferred from Cologne to solve a criminal case - a porn ring run by the Berlin Mafia. He uncovers a dangerous web of shadows.
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Volker Bruch ... Gereon Rath
Liv Lisa Fries ... Charlotte Ritter
Peter Kurth ... Bruno Wolter
Matthias Brandt ... August Benda
Leonie Benesch ... Greta Overbeck (credit only)
Severija Janusauskaite ... Svetlana Sorokina
Ivan Shvedoff ... Alexej Kardakow
Lars Eidinger ... Alfred Nyssen (credit only)
Anton von Lucke ... Stephan Jänicke
Misel Maticevic ... Edgar der Armenier
Henning Peker Henning Peker ... Franz Krajewski
Fritzi Haberlandt ... Elisabeth Behnke (credit only)
Karl Markovics ... Samuel Katelbach (credit only)
Jens Harzer ... Dr. Anno Schmidt
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Generalmajor Seegers
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Beneath the decadence of 1929 Berlin, lies an underworld city of sin. Police investigator Gereon Rath has been transferred from Cologne to solve a criminal case - a porn ring run by the Berlin Mafia. He uncovers a dangerous web of shadows.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

When Gereon Rath and Bruno Wolter talk about World War I, Gereon tells him that he fought at the "Siegfried Linie" (Siegfried Line). This was a German defensive position built during the winter of 1916-1917 on the Western Front from Arras to Laffaux. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the first season a train is crossing the German border at Tauroggen from the Soviet Union. Tauroggen (today: Taurage) had been between the two World Wars already a part of the independent Lithuania, as Germany had lost it in WW1, so the German border station couldn't be there in the 20ies (time of the plot). The border at that time was the Memel river near the city of Tilsit. There was no direct border between Germany and the Soviet Union, as Lithuania was in-between. See more »

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Episode 1.1
13 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Babylon Berlin at 38 million Euros is the most expensive German television series ever. I like to think the CGI recreation of Alexanderplatz is authentic of the late 1920s. It does look like it presently does but with the fountain removed and cleaned up.

The first episode starts off with a train heist with many parties having a vested interest in this train arriving to Germany from Russia. The show's central conceit.

It would be cheeky to say this is Cabaret with murder and porn. It is set in the late 1920s Berlin, a city that is a melting pot and at a crossroads of many political factions. We know which political ideology will come out as the master.

We follow Gereon Rath, a driven and ambitious police inspector from Cologne. A veteran of the first world war, he might be suffering from shell shock but hiding it. He has a strict Catholic upbringing. His fellow officer is suspicious as to what he is doing in the vice division. We see the police raiding a porn shoot, some people are concerned that a film reel has fallen into the wrong hands. There is a hint that child pornography is involved.

We learn that Rath is not an uptight bore, he likes a good dance which includes running up the wall and doing a backflip. Looks like he might be a lapsed Catholic.

In a Berlin rampant with post war poverty and hyperinflation we also come across Charlotte Ritter, she is getting ready to go to work, she needs to get rent money by the end of the night. Is she a prostitute? We see her go to the police headquarters to look for any work going for the day. Her green hat gets the attention of someone and she catalogues murders. Charlotte bumps into Rath but I suspect at night she needs to use her glamour to get enough money together so that her family do not end up on the streets.

The first episode sets down the marker. It is more than a seedy, noirish crime mystery that will reveal the underbelly of Berlin. It wants to be a sprawling epic, this train heading somewhere in the middle of the night hints at an Edge of Darkness type conspiracy thriller.


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30 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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