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Munich Games review – the hero of this tense thriller is like a multilingual terminator | Television


JHere’s a Mossad agent trying to slip unnoticed in a stairwell on the wrong side of Munich. But he’s not very good at it. One of the under-registered, presumably Islamist police officers patrolling this downtrodden estate, grabs his phone and glances at the screen. “Jewish!” he exclaims. It’s probably the Hebrew text message that’s the giveaway.

While estate agents take obvious pleasure in exposing this intruder, two things should be clear. First, anti-Semitism is alive and well in the modern Munich portrayed in this tense, engrossing, and engaging spy thriller. And two, the Mossad should really rethink sending geeky computer analysts into the field if they really want to thwart a mass murder of Israeli athletes at the city’s Olympic Stadium.

The premise of Michal Aviram’s Munich Games (Sky Atlantic) thriller is that 50 years after the real-life attack by the Palestine Liberation Organization-affiliated terrorist group Black September on the Olympic Village – which left 11 members of the team from Israel and a dead West German policeman, along with five hostage takers – a bright spark had an idea to mark the anniversary. A friendly football match between a team from Tel Aviv and one from Munich will symbolize a hopeful new era of peace and reconciliation in Israeli-German relations. As far as misplaced ideas for public events in 2022 go, it’s right there with Unboxed, this summer’s Brexit festival.

Aviram only alludes to what happened during the Munich massacre 50 years ago with a few black and white images in the opening credits, but she surely intends that viewers who weren’t born at the time or who have forgotten what happened get up to speed.

In 1972, West German police were on alert for a terrorist attack on gambling, but warnings of fringe PLO groups plotting an attack were largely ignored. Around 900 million viewers around the world watched the Black September attack unfold in real time, from their initial demand for the release of PLO prisoners in Israeli jails to their defeat 20 hours later.

As in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film Munich, these events form the backdrop to Aviram’s six-part drama. Spielberg’s film dramatized what happened after Golda Meir approved a covert operation to hunt down and kill the terrorists responsible for Black September. At the Munich Games, another Mossad technician, Oren Simon, hopes to thwart a copycat attack.

At the start, we see Oren at the Israeli Embassy in Berlin, scrolling through an anti-Zionist thread that leads him to the dark web where, as you know from popular culture, nothing is ever sunshine and lollipops. There he finds a browser-based shooter video game where you can play as the gunman who breaks into the stadium, kills the security guards and assassinates the Israeli players. It would be disturbing enough, but Simon finds a reference in-game to anti-drone equipment set up there that was supposed to be secret – someone leaked like the AFC Bournemouth defence. While his German counterparts fight over office muffins, Oren connects the creator of this game with an Arab man on Munich’s terrorism watch list.

A multilingual, sexy, armed, imperturbable terminator… eyneb Saleh as Maria Köhler in Munich Games.
A multilingual, sexy, armed, imperturbable terminator… Seyneb Saleh as Maria Köhler in Munich Games. Photo: Sky Studios/Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG räumlich und zeitlich uneingeschränkte Exklusivnutzungsrechte.

A few minutes later, he and the German officer Maria Köhler go to the suspect’s apartment where she must pose as an Arabic-speaking woman who wants to buy tramadol. This sham works well until Oren’s cover is blown by the tough guys who spotted his Hebrew text message and the alleged tramadol smuggling anti-Israel terrorist rushes to his apartment balcony to see what’s going on. goes below.

Very soon, he realizes that the Israeli agent being tipped off below and the suspicious woman from his apartment are working together to bring him down. A split second later, he has some pretty nasty punches on the balcony with Köhler, which ends with him falling over the parapet. Even though the drop is a good 15 feet, it dusts itself off and starts pulling. The thugs who defeated the Mossad are dispersing.

I’m not saying Köhler is a wish-fulfillment for Michal Aviram, but I could understand if she was. Köhler is one of those all-knowing protagonists who appears in dramas like this, a woman who we first see having aerobic sex with a gorgeous Arab man before returning to her annoying German husband, and realizing more late that the bomb threat that confused the cops and grumbling security at the stadium is not a bomb or a threat. When she peels off the ground after falling from her balcony, it only confirms that she’s the kind of woman you want on your team – a multilingual, sexy, weapon-armed, unflappable terminator.

Aviram has created something as gritty if not as masculinist as his 2015 Israeli spy drama Fauda, ​​and far more intriguing. We don’t yet know what – if anything – the fine cabal of Munich-based anti-Zionists wants, or even if it even exists, but I guess their ambition is more than getting the VAR decision that cost West Ham a draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend cancelled.

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