Counterpart (2017) - Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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A hapless UN employee discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension that's in a cold war with our own, and where his other self is a top spy. The war slowly heats up thanks to spies from both sides.

IMDB: 8.1
Stars: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams
Length: 60 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 33 out of 195 found boring (16.92%)

One-line Reviews (121)

A great first season of this fascinating drama series.

As I said earlier, this may not be for everyone, but if you like good acting, great locations, good production values and a slow burn, solid story then this is for you!

The execution is stunning.

Slow burn, worth the wait .

I highly recommend it.

Wanted so badly to like this, but it is just too slow .

The counterpart world essentially stuck in the 80s is as uninteresting as it is a standard dystopian cliché.

The pilot episode gave a taste of everything you can expect form the series, whereas the series has settled into a slow reveal as it answers the questions posed in the first episode.

This is a very fascinating show with a great intricate plot and terrific acting, Unfortunately, STARZ saw fit to cancel it after 2 seasons.

boring there is no a clear SCI-FI in this show...

An extremely engaging show that makes me wonder if this is what you'd get if the likes of Len Deighton or John LeCarre had written science fiction.

The acting is good, the story is good, but it's also drab.

In the meanwhile, a genuinely well-made series, both gripping and thought-provoking.

Counterpart (2017), a series which has interesting applied conspiracy theories, fictional science, love, romance, action, thrilling contents, suspense, sorrow, hardships, difficulties and what not.

Thus far though it just strikes me as an enjoyable Noir twist on the classic parallell world plot with a spythriller mixed in.

This was an interesting, compelling drama.

Cinematography is excellent, writing is imaginative and allows the characters to interact in a fascinating manner.

The first episode's tempo and mood are a good sign for what's to come as far as the story, very well approached, mystifying and might branch to the unexpected.

I wish they had filmed this in Paris and not in rigid Berlin, but I guess it's clear who financed this dull torture.

But, that said, I'm picking holes because I enjoyed it so much.

'Counterpart' is gripping drama from the opening moments of each episode till the end when the credits roll allowing you to breath a bit more easily.

After the first two episodes however I find that the pace is deliberately slow, as the whole series stops here, at the concept, without anything interesting to be further added.

Intriguing, but confusing .

Smart, compelling!

I was still on the hook after the first episode, but they lost me due to boredom after the second.

I like intelligent dramas, and Counterpart has engaging characters and good commentary on how life's choices can set one's destiny, and even personality.

Counterpart Confusion .

I find the languid pace adds a dreamlike quality, yet the dreary palette of Berlin grounds it in realism.

Counterpart is a compelling story with an excellent performance from j.

After 2 episodes i already find this show tedious and mundane.

It's slow, brooding and pretty cold.

Everything is bland in Counterpart.

I little bit complicated/difficult to follow.

Every twist is unexpected, the shows concept and setting makes it unpredictable as well which is a good thing.

It does require intense concentration to keep on top of the many twists and turns and many characters.

Highly absorbing.

A first rate television sci-fi series, but what makes it worth watching more than once is the remarkable career crowning performance of J.

Interesting, well done, entertaining .

So are the two parallel worlds be cut by an unpredictable transversal consequence.

Boring as hell.

I have heard lot of people say that it's a slow burn, not for me it has the right pace strikes the right balance between sci fy, drama and action.

The script is thrilling as well, making you ponder on and over and wanting to see soon what happens next.

Absorbing, original, always want more.

K/ Simmons delivers two (Yes two) very engaging performances.

After all the episodes I've seen, I'm bored !

Visually stunning, well acted, and full of unexpected surprises.

Pacing is too slow and most of the episode is filler, characters are not likable and storytelling is boring.

Intriguing .

The cast is brilliant and with every episode a new twist or unexpected outcome occurs.

Waste of time .

It makes you think about the nature of existence, has enough drama to keep you engaged and feel for the characters and it's just unpredictable and exciting.

Too many boring scenes where they were just talking about nonsense things and nothing was happening.

I agree with so many of these negative reviews that harp on how slow it is; slow tempos are the Barnum & Bailey version of gravitas (and why people crave the latter always escapes me,) or the cynical screenwriter's way of stretching 8 minutes of plot into an entire episode.

The writing can be a bit cliché here and there, the budget shows occasionally, and the direction can be bland.

The more you learn about the world the more contrived it all becomes, the conflict is entirely forced, doesn't feel genuine.

While the beginning was very confusing, and that because of the lack of explanation, you just have to sit through the first episodes to slowly start understanding what's going on.

Etc. I watched Counterpart twice through because, honestly, it was so perfect on my scale, I figured I was too caught up in the thrilling storyline to catch the other failures.

The show seemed promising at first, gripping and the suspense was there which did not feel forced.

Besides bland dialogue the acting is just as boring.

ensures that what we see of him is fascinatingly rewarding, and in any case there are several sub-plots lead by other brilliant actors that are equally gripping.

All go together to create a show that draws you in, from a simple idea that intregues you, to the 80's Cold War setting and intriguing characters that build interest, this is a great story.

Then nothing happened for 15 minutes, then it reminded me of Fringe, then it was just bad and dull till the end.

Screenwriters did absolutely mind blowing job here.

However, after watching seven, yes 7, episodes the only conclusion to be drawn is someone tried to sandwich an interesting idea between two extremely boring alternate realities.

Whilst a fascinating premise, the show gets bogged down early on by the stupidity on display by the security agencies (which appear to employ NO security of their own).

Great story, characters, directionSuspenseful, exciting, sci fi spy dramaCompelling use of coldwar spy thriller themes & toneExcellent acting!

Just walking through the tunnel is banal and simply not enough.

Unexpected .

It was so unique and so entertaining that really irritates me that it was cancelled.

After watching the abomination that is Brightburn, it was refreshing to find a serious well written, well acted, original, gripping, juicy, hanging, hookingEveryone associated with the show should be applaudedPut a few nights aside because you will bingeHomeland, The Bureau (french), Counterpart.

Reminded me of Fringe (2008), but smarter and better acted with more intriguing, involving and believable (if one can use such a term in regard to a sci-fi show) story line.

I enjoyed it.

The story is fascinating!

To me, it was truly thrilling and full of deceit and backstabbing and politically manipulative incidents.

Well, only if the journey is enjoyable.

This looks like a bland episode of Colombo set in the 40's mixed with the two-world scenario completely lifted from Fringe.

I watched other episodes and it just turned boring cold war style shootings and the story .

Forget the hypothetical infinite number of possible permutations of every living thing & their infinite number of actions all existing in the same space as fanciful mathematicians being bored.

Parallel lines can be cut by unpredictable transversal and .

Really intriguing .

Fringe, dragged down to the bottom and beaten with experience .

This series has everything I love - great acting, riveting story, gripping drama, mysteries, spies, love, revenge, action...

Not in this case, unfortunately: empty script, filled with some action left and right but no real plot unfolding.

I didn't understand everything fully, but it was one of the most engaging shows I'd ever seen in my life.

It's a somewhat confusing cloak and dagger tale with spies and the like moving between the two worlds which the majority of both worlds' population are not aware of.

The characters are uninteresting, J.

Dark, thrilling, evocative...

If you don't need a happy ending for everyone and shallow entertainment with useless dialogue but instead appreciate deep characters, complex plots and unexpected outcomes, go for it.

Boring ...

It's an exciting espionage thriller with an interesting sci-fi based premise and one of the most refreshing crime/sci-fi hybrids we have seen in years.

just boring .

1st season - liked it, but too much energy had to be used to strain through the swamp of confusion.

It's unbearably slow and tedious, and repeats empty scenes.

However, the longer it goes on, the more depressing the dull grey/blue/black sheen becomes.

The dialogues seem to be dull, while it should give you a new sense, an idea or a philosophical insight, especially in this kind of a show.

Confusing who's who in the zoo .

Enthralling, captivating, riveting.

The pacing is a bit slow and while we know some of the reasons for the "other side's" action against "our" side.

It builds up in a fascinating way and thankfully has just enough of Looper and not too much so as to make it genuinely unique.

Just another Formulaic TV Show .

Each of the five episodes that I watched were akin to a glacier moving down a valley in that they were incredibly slow.

Intriguing Pilot Sets A Nice Hook .

The concept of Counterpart is gripping, and J.

This was an intriguing and interesting show!

And, clearly, if it has passed, that's only because the rest of our immune systems have defended us - making dystopian paranoia pointless.

So this show is very intriguing and fresh feeling I will say that.

It had potential, the lead is a good actor, even if it is confusing at times which side they are filming from because the differences outside his characters personal demeanor are so indistinct.

On top, the setting is just as dull as the storyline.

watched several 2nd season episodes, the same mind draining confusion of bad script, repeated themes.

Also the stupid, bland dialogues, and soap opera reactions of the characters didn't help either.

This bothered me some, but thanks to the beautiful visual style and dedicated actors it was easy to overlook that (especially as I tend to like slow-burning dramas and thrillers).

It is deep and thoughtprovoking and fun and thrilling and just the best spy show, I can remember.

I really enjoyed this show, utterly compelling and I loved it.

The rest of the characters are very boring, at best.

Simmons gets to play with multiple aspects of his character, making for an enjoyable viewing that revolves around many acting nuances.

I think Sci fi fans who appreciate the action thriller genre may be somewhat put off by the pacing but I enjoyed the slow burn in this character based drama.

It is a slow burner so if you like action packed escapeisum this is not for you.

Interseting idea, boring & poor everything else .. .

Second, things progress really slow.

A lot of empty unnecessary scenes.

Outcomes usually an excess of bloody killings that seem pointless other than to spice up a bland script.