'Counterpart' Season 2 Episode 5 review: The parallels in Peter Quayle's Prime and Alpha life stories reveal some dark secrets
Peter Quayle has been projected on both extremes of the spectrum and yet the two Peters seem like almost the same being with two bodies
STARZ Justin Marks-created series, 'Counterpart', is back with its second season and the harrowing tale of the Prime world and the Alpha world has taken a far riskier turn. Starring J.K. Simmons as Howard Silk, Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk, Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle, Nanzanin Bonaidi as Clare, and Sara Serriaocco as Baldwin, the second season has been tracing the Prime world's interference with the Alpha world, and the parallels have been most prominent in episode five which aired on January 6.
The fifth episode gave a brief history into who Peter Quayle really is and concentrated on the backstory of the character. The episode managed to join the strings between the two Peters making them seem like almost the same being with two bodies.
Both Peters lose something valuable to each of them. Peter Prime who is a maniac prisoner in Echo lost his game book when it was stolen by one of the prison mates, and Peter Alpha who is the Head of Strategy at Interface discovered that his tape went missing when the office was being searched after the murder of Lambert Alpha.
They had both kept those records with them as an assurance of all their plans. For Peter Prime, the game book was a reminder of what happened at the football game when he was caught in a bout of seizer which led to his tumultuous relationship with his father.
On the other hand, Peter Alpha had carefully kept the recordings of his wife's conversations with Lambert as a means to threaten her when required. Fans are completely aghast at the fine parallel line which was drawn between the two characters. A fan on Reddit claimed, "The "Peter's tapes get stolen" parallel was really nice. And the discussion about the game and how he feels like his father's influence made him who he is working really well with having the prime and alpha Howards playing paternal roles in the following scenes."
Another fan supported the statement by claiming, "I'm guessing since Quayle was a major target/setup that Mira had redundancies in place. Claire to watch him at home, the secretary to watch at work."
The episode in a way exposed Quayle as a person who has been carrying too many secrets and due to the sheer lack of organization, he lost everything within a moment. The episode also reflected upon Quayle's vulnerability as a boy who longs for his father's attention but misses out on it completely. He does act as a catalyst between the two worlds but at the end of the day, Quayle is just as weak in front of the Management as is the whole office of Interface. To find out more, catch up with 'Counterpart' when it returns with the sixth episode on January 13.