TV Episode | TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Beneath the decadence of 1929 Berlin, lies an underworld city of sin. Police investigator Gereon Rath has been transferred from Cologne to solve a criminal case - a porn ring run by the Berlin Mafia. He uncovers a dangerous web of shadows.
At Moka Efti, Svetlana Sorokina plays a theremin, an early electronic musical instrument with pitch and volume antennae that sense the proximity of the player's hands; the musician does not actually touch the instrument to play. Introduced in the Soviet Union in 1920, the instrument became a popular novelty in Western Europe and the Americas by the late 1920s, and is perhaps best known for lending its eerie gliding tones to the soundtracks of classic Hollywood horror movies. The theremin later waned in popularity with the emergence of more tonally flexible electronic organs and synthesizers that are much easier for musicians trained on traditional instruments to play.
The episode takes place in 1929. The type of steam locomotive shown in the first episode (DR class 52) wasn't built until 1942, and the modernised variant shown was produced in the 1960s.