COUNTERPART: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review
United Nation employee Howard Silk has been based with the organization for about 30 years.¬† Called the OI, he is sort of lower in ranks and is never really privy to the goings on there.
In¬†1987, East German Scientists discovered a place¬†where there is access to a parallel Earth called Earth Prime and the regular Silk‚Äôs world is called Alpha world.¬† On Earth Prime, there is a Silk who comes to Alpha to retrieve people crossing over and going rogue.¬† The lines get muddled and it affects Alpha world.
COUNTERPART is created by Justin Marks¬†and¬†is a series on the premium channel STARZ.¬† He has quite the mix of projects that he has worked on and moving up such as THE JUNGLE BOOK (Disney Live-Action), TOP GUN: MAVERICK, and SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS.¬†¬†
The show has an interesting premise with J.K. Simmons playing a dual role and he does a great job.¬† You can clearly tell which is which from the way that he carries himself and, of course, his attitude.¬† The way that they use the parallel reality subplot also explains why the agencies working together know very little about what the other does.¬† I don‚Äôt really use this to describe shows or movies‚Ä¶ever but it is really smart.¬† Things feels very intricate and thought out and playing it close to the chest.¬†¬†¬†
J. K. Simmons – Howard Silk
Olivia Williams – Emily Silk
Harry Lloyd – Peter Quayle
Nazanin Boniadi – Clare
Sara Serraiocco – Nadia Fierro / Baldwin
Ulrich Thomsen – Aldrich
Nicholas Pinnock – Ian Shaw
Mido Hamada – Cyrus
Betty Gabriel – Naya Temple
The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has a clean look to it.¬† There are some scenes that are a bit dark and it sets the tone for the show.¬† At times, the shows uses hues to be able to relay tone and placement with tans as well as blues.¬† Originally I thought it was to make the time period look old but it‚Äôs to make the worlds look slightly different from each other.¬† The details are strong and it shows even in the shadowy scenes but look amazing in the daytime.¬† The contrasting is strong and can waver in the low-lit scenes.
The audio is a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix that has a clean sound to it. There isn‚Äôt much in the big action sense however, there are burst of things happening such as the opening episode having a shootout.¬† The score does fill the speakers and helps with keeping the mysterious tone.¬† The dialogue is clear and layered well with the score.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Season Outlook: A stitched-together trailer.
-Inside the World of Counterpart: each episode has one of these extras and make sure to watch the episode before the extras due to the amount of the spoilers they contain.
2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Birds of a Feather
3.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Lost Art of Diplomacy
4.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Both Sides Now
5.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shaking the Tree
6.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Act Like You’ve Been Here Before
7.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Sincerest Form of Flattery
8.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Love the Lie
9.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†No Man’s Land, Part One
10.¬†¬†No Man’s Land, Part Two
3-Disc Blu-ray2 Set
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
THE BOTTOM LINE:
COUNTERPART has some sci-fi elements but, at the heart of it, this is a show about espionage.¬† It‚Äôs very easy to keep track of the various characters and it‚Äôs very easy to get sucked into this series.¬† Simmons is top-notch and I really like the ‚Äúvillain‚ÄĚ.¬† The Blu-ray looks really good with the details in the darkness and the audio suits the show‚Äôs needs.¬† The extras are ok but I really would‚Äôve loved to see a really good featurette about the show and the characters.¬† This is a series that I can highly recommend checking out and well worth grabbing the Blu-ray release.