'Counterpart' Season 1 Episode 9 races towards the finale as Mira emerges as a dictator
At this point, the show seems to hark back to Germany's horrific history of mass genocide, where intolerance was the key.
STARZ's 'Counterpart' is gradually drawing to a close with Season 2 and in Episode 9, titled 'You to You', the show has finally reached its denouement. Starring J.K.Simmons as Howard Silk, Olivia Williams as Emily Silk, Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle, Nazanin Boniadi as Clare, Betty Gabriel as Naya Temple, James Cromwell as Yanek and Christiane Paul as Mira, Episode 9 picks up with Clare and Peter finally surrendering themselves to Naya. Clare, who had killed her counterpart in Season 1, revealed to Naya about her earlier commitment to the terrorist cell of the Prime World, Indigo, which had driven her to believe that the Primes must overthrow the Alphas.
The very concept that the Primes want to overthrow the Alphas who are in many ways better than their counterpart is almost like a reminder of Hitler's rule in Germany. This subtle reference to Hitler's rule in Germany during the early 1940s' remains almost omnipresent throughout the episode. The events of 'Counterpart' are the aftermath of what happened in post-war Germany. Yanek discovered the two worlds and he was immediately interested to discover and gather knowledge about the existence of the two worlds. However, he envied the fact that his counterpart led a better life than him, and soon Yanek eliminated his other and took over his place in the Prime world.
What Yanek had started decades ago during the post-war era, Mira is carrying out exactly the same envy. Only her plan is that of mass murder, much like Hitler's. Mira does not want the Alpha world to exist as she believes that it was the Alphas who had released a deadly virus in the Prime world almost two decades ago which had killed off many people. Mira's vengeance has taken a rather immoral turn as she no longer wants to negotiate to close the crossing. In fact, Mira's intentions lie in her urge to eliminate the Alpha world entirely. We do know that she has a traumatic reason to pursue her plans, but then again her very actions have made the character the dictator of 'Counterpart'.
While on one hand, the show has been subtly reminding us of the horrific situation that Germany was under Hitler's rule, on the other hand, it continues to remain rooted in its basic concept of you being your biggest enemy. For the first time in Episode 9, we see two counterparts who have never met before coming together, and their meeting is just as refreshing and considerate as it was expected to be. While most other counterparts are either eliminating each other or taking over each other's lives, these two characters chose to go their own ways in their separate worlds. They decided to not intervene and let each version hold on to its own virtues and morals.
This is how the show draws a line between the good and the bad. Mostly, the plot ventures along extremely grey lines where it was difficult to distinctly claim a character as either good or bad. However, by showing us the differences between how Mira sees the existence of two worlds, and how those two characters do, the show has finally given us a clear idea of what it considers as good and what could be bad. Mira is someone who is intolerant about the flaws in the other world, to her only the Prime world makes sense. As for the two other characters, they respect each other's identity and would rather let prefer to exist in their own individualistic way.
Episode 9 has set the stage for the denouement and it is only a matter of time before the conclusion approaches. 'Counterpart' Season 2, episode 9 airs on February 10.