When Starz canceled Counterpart last year, it was one of television's greatest crimes, and it was made much, much worse by the fact the show, a Cold War allegory starring J.K. Simmons in fascinating dual roles, was quickly yanked from the Starz viewing platform. Now, the small screen is getting a do-over, as both seasons of the sci-fi spy thriller, which was our pick for "the saddest cancellation" of the season, are streaming on Amazon Prime.
As of Saturday, Feb. 1, Amazon subscribers are able to stream the ambitious drama series from creator Justin Marks, which pulled from the science-fiction and espionage genres to tell a high-concept story of two worlds, Alpha and Prime, that mirrored one another and were connected by a secret crossing in Berlin. The show featured an existential multiverse narrative that followed two versions of the same person — one from each world — to explore the surprising complexity of human nature and how our lives can be changed by our decisions.
If you missed the compelling and intelligent drama, which also starred Olivia Williams, Nazanin Boniadi, Harry Lloyd, Sara Serraiocco, James Cromwell, and Christiane Paul, now is the time to check out the show as it posits intriguing philosophical questions about identity.