Already with the first three seasons we are drawn into the fascinating pull of “Babylon Berlin” expired. The historical portrayal of morals impresses with opulent backdrops, ambivalent characters and unfathomable crime plots that are firmly anchored in the historically realistic setting, but at the same time appear extremely modern. It is only logical that the previous seasons have made it into our respective top 30 of the best series of the year.
So season 4 couldn’t come fast enough – but it was a long time coming. After all, the production, which continues to be the responsibility of the trio of directors Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, always involves an enormous amount of effort, not least in order to authentically bring the vibrant and sinful Berlin of the 1920s and 30s to life. While seasons 1 and 2 were both released in 2017 (because they were shot together), we had to be patient for just over two years for season 3. And with season 4 it was even a few more months.
It is unclear whether this time the fact that the controversy surrounding the main actor Volker Bruch, who publicly spoke out against the federal government’s corona policy several times in 2021, was publicly opposed to the corona policy, played a role here. The fact is that the wait is finally over: The fourth season of “Babylon Berlin” starts today, October 8, 2022 on Sky One and the Sky streaming service WOW (formerly Sky Ticket). Two of the twelve episodes of the season are broadcast every Saturday from 8:15 p.m. They are available on demand earlier in the day. In 2023, the season should also be seen in the first.
» “Babylon Berlin” at WOW*
The fourth “Babylon Berlin” season is based on the novel “Goldstein”, the third part of Volker Kutscher’s book series about investigator Gereon Rath (played by Volker Bruch in the series adaptation). In it we are now writing the year 1931, in which the mood in Germany against the background of the global economic crisis and the rise of the Nazis is becoming increasingly uncomfortable.
» “Goldstein” (novel) on Amazon*
In this tense climate, Gereon Rath ends up in the boxer milieu this time and also deeper and deeper into the circles of Hitler’s militant supporters, which ultimately put a heavy strain on his relationship with his colleague and former confidante Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries). She, in turn, jeopardizes her job to help her homeless sister who is struggling to survive on the streets of Berlin.
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