TV Club: Deutschland 83: “Brandy Station”

The first thing “Brandy Station” has to do is shore up its premise. At least, as a viewer, seeing the entire set-up of Martin becoming a West German mole disintegrate last week, I expect the characters who are actually living that premise to see it, too. Last week nobody brought up the prospect of Martin trying to get out of the spy biz. I’m starting to think that has less to do with carelessness and more to do with tidiness. In real life, Martin would have been thinking about the advantages of going home as soon as he got the assignment. But episodically, it doesn’t really matter until he sees the dilemma in front of him, so all such talk gets consigned to this episode. Less emotional clutter that way.

Not only does “Brandy Station” address Martin returning home. It gives a weighty subject three hefty scenes. First …

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