Harry Lloyd

Starz's new thriller 'Counterpart' gives J.K. Simmons two worlds in which to blow our minds

Starz's new thriller 'Counterpart' gives J.K. Simmons two worlds in which to blow our minds

In the excellent, intriguing and occasionally action-packed "Counterpart," beginning Sunday on Starz, a contemporary Cold War thriller has been erected on a science-fiction foundation: An experiment 30 years ago accidentally split reality into two, as lightning might split a tree. These separately evolving planes have remained connected by a passage – in Berlin, appropriately enough – a supernatural Checkpoint Charlie kept secret from almost everyone in either world.

An apparatus has grown up around maintaining this portal. At the bottom of this bureaucracy are clueless "interface" men, who speak codes they don't understand to men who don't understand them....

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