Counterpart Season 1 Episode 10 Review: No Man's Land, Part Two

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You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for because you might just get it.

That's what was running through my head while watching Counterpart Season 1 Episode 10.

Howard admitted that after seeing what Howard Prime had on the other side, a part of him hoped he could either live in that world or keep a piece of it with him. He changed his mind, sure, but is it too late?

Howard Prime Makes a Call - Counterpart

The season went out on a decidedly sedate note considering where it previously left off, but that didn't mean a lot of slightly left-of-center players weren't taken out of the mix in the meantime.

I cannot say I understood the entirety of what was happening, but I have a lot of questions regarding the second season.

In fact, most of what I have after "No-Man's Land, Part Two" are questions, and if you know me at all, you know I hate when that happens.

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I much prefer to come storming into a review with a strong opinion and carefully laid out discussion points. It's my job to arouse in you a great conversation. Things were so well tidied up with all other than the Howards and the worlds themselves, it's difficult to do that.

Take, for example, Clare's mission. What was it?

Quayle: So it was all for this? Five years of marriage. Preparation.
Clare: The future hasn't even begun. The news few hours, days, months are going to get very complicated. You'll see. The next step is for diplomacy to get involved. That wasn't suicide. You had your seatbelt fastened. You were trying to give us an alibi, weren't you? Because you've chosen to protect our family over everything else. We're going to need each other if we're going to get through this.

When they were in the hospital after Quayle's alibi attempt, Clare let him in on a bit of their plan. Well, that is if you can call creating chaos and getting diplomacy involved a plan.

All in all, it didn't sound like there was a plan in place, but more of a demonstration to do exactly what happened in the end -- close the crossing.

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It makes suicide missions a lot easier to understand, but it doesn't make past statements like Angel Eyes wanting everyone on "this" side to perish seem like anything but nonsense ... unless they hold the belief that without one side, the other will not survive.

For 30 years, they've operated as a yin and yang, so who knows? Maybe it will be like that.

Howard Awaits a Meeting with the Pope - Counterpart Season 1 Episode 10

After Counterpart Season 1 Episode 9, it was easy to sort out the Howard's would be trapped, but not so easy to imagine Howard Alpha would be thought to have gone home, instead of locked away in a cement room by Ian Shaw.

Killing Alexander Pope was a coup, too. With our luck, he's operating on the other side in a similar capacity. A narcissistic guy like him wouldn't have had the balls to kill himself, not even a doppelganger.

Clare looked positively radiant with her little family no longer at risk, the crossing closed and making a simple meal for her new partner in crime, her husband, Peter. Unexpected, but a new dynamic.

Quayle was promoted for being the biggest idiot at the embassy. That probably should have been expected as it's as close to real life as we got.

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Howard Prime was perfectly happy to step into Howard's shoes. That bastard could have set it all up with Pope's help to steal Howard's life. I don't think he did, but as horribly as he messed things up on his side and as much as he knew Emily Alpha loved her Howard, why not?

He even managed to start putting flowers onto the nurse's station without being told to do it. He does it a lot more gingerly than original Howard, but the gesture is the same.

Baldwin didn't seem to fit into the future of Counterpart, so she's been paid and is moving forward in her life. She even killed Aldrich to clean up any loose ends keeping him around would have caused. 

Quayle is Stunned Silent - Counterpart Season 1 Episode 10

It's almost ridiculous how much was cleaned up and aimed straight. Will we even get to see the two sides as Counterpart continues? 

My favorite part of the finale was when "management" got involved. Who saw that coming? Nobody has ever seen management. They speak through a special machine on both sides, and in this case, simultaneously.

On one side, the machine has blue lights, on the other side, red. On both, there is an interpreter who parses out the questions for the group. Nobody has ever questioned why the process is as it is?

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What the hell happened 30 years ago that a group took over both worlds and needed such a specialized process to speak to their underlings? What was that experiment that went wrong trying to achieve in the first place? 

That, my friends, is what I want to know. It reminded me of Colony, especially in that the conversations were swinging in such a way that both sides would continue to be at odds and the best way to resolve the conflict would be not to resolve it at all and to close the crossing.

Emily Prime Working Hard - Counterpart Season 1 Episode 10

Who or what is management, and where is this all taking place? What's "upstairs"? Are there real floors they're talking about, or do people just use the reference? Was anybody else electrified during those scenes?

It seems impossible that Clare and the Indigo school would know about management, but if that's why they were staging the coup, to rile up management and force the hand of a single group that controls both worlds, that'll be a heckuva story.

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But other than breaking down the oddities during those conference room scenes and using knowledge from other science fiction series to aid in my belief they may be pertinent, I'm grasping at straws. They're very cool straws, but still straws.

What did you think of where Counterpart Season 1 left us? Were you surprised at the number of people who kicked the bucket? What are your expectations for Counterpart Season 2? To think more about it, watch Counterpart online until its return.

No Man's Land, Part Two Review

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Counterpart Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Management would like for Mr. Quayle to make a recommendation.

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Quayle: So it was all for this? Five years of marriage. Preparation.
Clare: The future hasn't even begun. The news few hours, days, months are going to get very complicated. You'll see. The next step is for diplomacy to get involved. That wasn't suicide. You had your seatbelt fastened. You were trying to give us an alibi, weren't you? Because you've chosen to protect our family over everything else. We're going to need each other if we're going to get through this.