We have been blessed with concurrent Richarding opportunities this Fall/Autumn—with the play Love, Love, Love, and his tv show Berlin Station. But they both come to an end on Sunday December 18th, as we and they say farewell.
Sweet SatuRdAy! The curtain falls on Love, Love, Love after a great run in NYC!
Though I didn’t get to travel to see the play, I enjoyed reading various accounts and reviews. The play was a hit! And of all the clips that I have enjoyed, the one below is my favorite.
Thanks to Rita Maltese for sharing this sweet Roundabout Theatre Company play Love, Love, Love slow dancing scene in Act 3 between Kenneth and Sandra—portrayed by Richard Armitage and Amy Ryan. Richard and Romance at every age. Sighhhh! Enjoy!
When a play, film, tv show, story, etc. ends with such tenderness, the characters can’t be all bad. Sighhh! I so wish I could have seen the play. And I hoped for Love, Love, Love to be filmed and distributed—as The Crucible was—however unrealistic I felt that to be.
So hey, Roundabout Theatre Company, BroadwayHD, and Mike Bartlett! Myself and thousands of others have $20+ burning holes in our pockets. So please throw us a bone, put even a single wide shot camera on filming the finale performance, of Love, Love, Love. If you add the people who couldn’t see the play plus the people who did see the play and want to again, that $20 dvd/stream times even 5,000 people equals at least $100,000. Ka ching!
Berlin Station Episode 10 Finale as Cliffhanger for Season 2?
And I may have watched too many Dallas tv show finales growing up. Remember the year that wasn’t when Bobby left the show, but turned up the following year in Pam’s shower, and his absence was all a dream? Such is the bemused cynicism that I have for tv shows desire to hook us in to staying with them.
For Berlin Station starring Richard Armitage, I think that everyone every character is up for debate as to if they will stick around for season 2 that has already been announced. And I sincerely don’t believe that EPIX or the producers will tell us what is happening in the season 1 finale. Though we could guess that next season might see a shift to another city—as Richard hinted at about other locales in one interview. Afterall, the finale episode is called “Oratorio Berlin”. Perhaps the Berlin locale’s swan song? How does Munich Station or Paris Station or London Station grab you? Well, they follow the two syllable city name mode. Ha! And that does look like the Eiffel Tower in the distance from Patricia and Daniel chatting in the episode 10 clip below.
And—maddeningly–if the show’s creative team is smart, they will keep us guessing about what will happen to the characters and the actors who play them. That will keep the buzz going. But, of course, uncertainty will seriously tick off many people. Ha!
And myself and many others would love to see Richard Armitage’s character Daniel Miller LIVE (as in still breathing through the credits roll)—though Mr. Armitage plays death scenes so superbly well. Personally, I would like to see Daniel and more of his characters—in addition to Kenneth and Harry—get the girl, have a family and live a good and a happy and a purpose filled life. A happy life is what we all dream of, right? I do. We have a bucket list of things would yet like to do, have, or accomplish. And hey, even the scheming Esther Krug in Berlin Station is a step up from Lucas North’s in Spooks spy girlfriend Sarah Caldwell. *shivers* Though I do get a sense that Esther is softening toward Daniel (right).
And though Richard has somewhat of a track record of spending 3 yrs with Robin Hood as Sir Guy and then 3 yrs with Spooks as Lucas North, his career has ramped up several notches considerably since that time. And he rightly “wriggled” out of the subsequent seasons of Strike Back after 2010’s series broadcast to portray Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy of films.
So I think maybe we can hope for him to be in season 2—since with Season 1 he was able to do other projects like Love, Love, Love, the Romeo and Juliet Audiobook, etc. But no films per se—except some post production maybe. So I think Richard committing to a second season—even cameos—will be a big decision for him, in terms of possibly restricting him from doing other projects.
However, a bright spot might be that if and when Richard Armitage signed on to Berlin Station as its star, that EPIX had a renewal clause–which I’m certain any savvy actor’s representatives would negotiate quite lucratively for him, and with options for him to be able to do other projects. That was said to be George Clooney’s only contract request for his tv show ER—to have the scheduling flexibility to do movies and other projects when he wanted to. And that worked out well for him. *wink*