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Mystery Science Theater 3000: AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.  Season 8, Ep 15

"A blast of blood-curdling terror from outer space!" "They used the world's deadliest weapons against this super-secret agent! Women! Women! Women!" A spy tries to stop the use of a flesh-decaying substance from being used for evil by commies. Generally a good episode I think, in the middle of a streak of good episodes. This is the one where Mike is put on cosmic trial for blowing up those planets. YouTube (1h31m) Premiered August 2, 1997. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 7, 2017 - 6 comments

RuPaul's Drag Race: Your Pilot's On Fire  Season 9, Ep 9

The queens are challenged to come up with an idea for a TV series and star in their pilots. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on May 20, 2017 - 22 comments

The Americans: Darkroom  Season 5, Ep 10

Stan, Renee, Philip, and Elizabeth have dinner, Brad and Alexei have kvass, Tatiana has a chat with Evgheniya, Oleg talks to his co-worker and does not talk to his parents, Sofia tells Aderholt and Beeman about her boyfriend, Pasha is dealing with a shitty situation at school, Philip and Elizabeth tie the knot, and there are new developments arising from Paige's relationship with Pastor Tim. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 9, 2017 - 30 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: DANGER! DEATH RAY  Season 6, Ep 20

aka "Il Raggio Infernale" A scientist invents a death ray--purely for peaceful purposes of course--and wouldn't you know it, its inventor gets kidnapped. It's up to James Bond expy Bart Fargo (Bart Fargo Bart Fargo Bart Fargo) to rescue him, to the tune of an unusually catchy soundtrack. Ba dup ba dup ba da da! While not as silly as 504 SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON or 508 OPERATION DOUBLE 007, that darn soundtrack, and the guys' fixation on it, help carry us through. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered January 7, 1995. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 9, 2017 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD  Season 6, Ep 8

"One Man Stands Between the Release of a Deadly Gas and the Fate of the World." Quinn Martin, producer of 16 thousand TV shows, tried to make it 16,001 with this pilot that didn't get picked up. NBC instead showed it as a movie-of-the-week. Basically, a spy tries to stop double-agent "Tree" from selling a deadly deadly gas to a foreign power. With short A Day at the Fair: Relieve the days when rural families enjoyed themselves by meeting for agricultural exhibits once a year. The incredible excitement explodes off the screen! The short's actually okay, but the movie is serious dullsville. Even the ad quote above came from a VHS box. It's very easy to forget this episode even exists. What was I talking about again? YouTube (1h32m) Premiered October 10, 1994. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 7, 2016 - 7 comments

recommend appropriate pieces

We've watched The Sandbaggers, Smiley's People and Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, The Americans. What else could we include? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 5, 2016 - 3 comments

Quantico: Quantico season 2 discussion  Season 2, Ep 0

Current: A terrorist group attack and block off a section of Manhattan during the G20 Summit. Past: Alex and Ryan are recruited by the CIA and begin their espionage training at The Farm. We meet a bunch of new classmates. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Oct 8, 2016 - 0 comments

The Night Manager: Episode 5  Season 1, Ep 5

Roper realizes someone close to him has betrayed him, and begins to narrow down the suspects. Jonathan tries to send a message. Jed tries to help. In London, Angela finds herself blocked and menaced. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on May 23, 2016 - 6 comments

The Night Manager: Episode 4  Season 1, Ep 4

Pine finds himself in the middle of an arms deal, and in other arms as well. Things start to heat up in London, as some of the bad guys are revealed. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on May 16, 2016 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON  Season 5, Ep 4

"Beautiful Women! Silver-Masked Men! Deadly Windmills! Karate Killings! Lethal Oriental Vases!" A secret agent from America goes abroad to investigate drugged chewing gum. Oh for the days when secret agents were regularly asked to look into ridiculous things. Why not leave it for the FDA? It's the first "Eurospy" movie MST would cover, a funky little genre that grew out of the huge popularity of James Bond. General consensus is this is an above-average episode, although it doesn't have the sheer stupid-power as the upcoming 508 OPERATION DOUBLE 007. YouTube (1h32m) - Trailer. Premiered August 7, 1993. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 4, 2016 - 4 comments

The Night Manager: Episode 2  Season 1, Ep 2

Burr makes her pitch to Pine. Pine leaves the hotel under unfortunate circumstances. A holiday excursion for Roper and his friends almost ends in disaster. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Apr 30, 2016 - 7 comments

Deutschland 83: Able Archer  Season 1, Ep 8

Season finale: Martin races to avoid police capture and warn the East Germans that "Able Archer" is only an exercise, not a real attack. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 comments

Deutschland 83: Bold Guard  Season 1, Ep 7

As preparations for NATO’s nuclear war game intensify, Martin receives an order from East Germany that cements his fears about their paranoia. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jul 30, 2015 - 5 comments

Deutschland 83: Brandy Station  Season 1, Ep 6

Martin wants to stay in East Germany after returning for his mother’s kidney transplant. Alex Edel takes General Jackson hostage. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jul 23, 2015 - 2 comments

Deutschland 83: Northern Wedding  Season 1, Ep 4

When the bug is found in Linda's desk, NATO is placed on high alert. Linda arrives to visit Martin, who scrambles to turn her loyalties around. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jul 9, 2015 - 8 comments

Deutschland 83: Atlantic Lion  Season 1, Ep 3

While at a NATO conference in Brussels, Martin gets his first assignment: to seduce and bug the head security analyst’s secretary, Linda. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jul 2, 2015 - 5 comments

Deutschland 83: Brave Guy  Season 1, Ep 2

Martin is sent to break into the hotel room of a NATO analyst to steal a report, which turns out to be something different than the East Germans expected. Along the way he has another encounter with the General's daughter, and a run-in with a hotel waitress. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jun 25, 2015 - 10 comments

Deutschland 83: Quantum Jump  Season 1, Ep 1

A coming-of-age spy thriller set in 1980s Germany. The first German language series to air on US TV. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jun 17, 2015 - 14 comments

Movie: Spy

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 12, 2015 - 30 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 7 - Flushing Out The Mole  Season 1, Ep 7

Smiley springs his trap and then goes about picking up the pieces and putting The Circus back together. Poor George! Life is such a puzzle to you, isn't it? - Lady Ann
posted by carsonb on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 6 - Smiley Sets a Trap  Season 1, Ep 6

With a new light cast on the aftermath of Operation Testify—who told Jim Prideaux to forget it, man... forget it! and move on with his post-Circus life—George Smiley knows who in the Merlin/Witchcraft circle to approach first. But before he heads down that path, a bit of follow-up is in order with old-boy lamplighter and drunkard footie newsman Jerry Westerby. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 26, 2015 - 21 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 5 - Tinker Tailor  Season 1, Ep 5

George Smiley conducts two interviews, first with old hand Sam Collins, the duty officer on the night Jim Prideaux was shot, then with Prideaux himself. Between the two testimonies a clearer picture is painted of the events of that night, the fateful, failed Operation Testify, as well as its fallout.
posted by carsonb on Mar 19, 2015 - 22 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: How It All Fits Together  Season 1, Ep 4

In search of more information about Operation Testify, George sends Peter back to The Circus for the archived file. Waylaid mid-operation by the three of them and Alleline, Peter is read in on and then interrogated about some ultra-ultra-sensitive Witchcraft material. Patrick Stewart makes a brief, silent, and rather intense appearance during Smiley's relation to Guillam of the time in Delhi when he met Karla in the flesh. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 12, 2015 - 12 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 3: Smiley Tracks The Mole  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

Smiley sends Guillam to The Circus headquarters at London Station to covertly follow up on Ricky Tarr's story, while he visits Oxford to pick the brain of former Head of Research Connie Sachs. Connections begin to appear as they compare notes, and George fills Peter in on Merlin, Witchcraft, and Percy Alleline's insufferable angling for Control's chair. There are three of them, and Alleline. Control's words. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 2  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

Four men in a room quickly filling with smoke: George Smiley, newly un-retired right-hand man to The Circus chief, Peter Guillam, disgraced head Scalphunter for The Circus, Oliver Lacon, Intelligence Service overseer, and Ricky Tarr, officially absent without leave, on the Wanted list, recently resurfaced Circus spook extraordinaire. Ricky has a story he thinks might change all their lives. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 26, 2015 - 3 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 1  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

Two to six men in a room filled or quickly filling with smoke. There is terse, slow conversation, interrogations mostly, punctuated by short, uneventful drives on the streets of Cold War-era London. Spies! George Smiley (ret.), played elderly and formidable and ironically reticent by Sir Alec Guinness, looms and frowns at the goings-on and pieces together the legend of a mole, right at the top of The Circus. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 19, 2015 - 15 comments

Hello George, how's Anne?

Who wants to patiently and deliberately discuss the original BBC productions of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy & Smiley's People? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 18, 2015 - 12 comments

Movie: The World Is Not Enough

THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB - British super-spy James Bond faces another adventure as he protects the heir to a oil empire while tracking down a terrorist who is immune to physical pain. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 25, 2014 - 14 comments

Regular Show: The Real Thomas  Season 6, Ep 8

Thomas the Intern reveals his true allegiance.
posted by Small Dollar on Nov 21, 2014 - 1 comment

Cowboy Bebop: Jupiter Jazz (Part II)   Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 13

Faye is attacked and later helped by Gren, who holds a grudge against Vicious. After explaining his story to Faye, Gren chases after Vicious, and when he and Spike end up reaching him, a three-way battle takes place. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 19, 2014 - 3 comments

Steven Universe: Secret Team  Season 1, Ep 29

Steven, Amethyst, and Pearl accidentally break a bubble with Gem shards, then form a "secret team" to track them down without Garnet finding out.
posted by Small Dollar on Oct 17, 2014 - 3 comments

The Honourable Woman: The Empty Chair  Season 1, Ep 1

This BBC/Sundance production by Hugo Blick, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Stephen Rea, and Lubna Azabal, is a critically-lauded eight episode series that's certain to appear prominently in next year's Emmy nominations. Reminiscent of le Carré, this is a story of duplicity, of familial and personal tragedy, and is set within the context of the Palestinian occupation and the diplomacy, politics, and espionage of the British, Israelis, and Americans. "It is a wonder we trust anyone at all." [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Sep 18, 2014 - 14 comments

Movie: Hopscotch

A lighthearted Cold War spy thriller, Hopscotch follows the retirement of the most dangerous man in the world, CIA field agent Miles Kendig (Walter Matthau). At odds with his new boss and desk assignment, the wily Kendig is ready to hang up his spook, settle down with an old flame, and write his memoirs. But the Company, the FBI, and the KGB would prefer he not spill the beans, and will do everything in their power to shut him up and lock him down... with hilarious results. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 10, 2014 - 23 comments

Movie: A Most Wanted Man

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish his true identity: oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Philip Seymour Hoffman's last starring role. Based on John le Carré's novel.
posted by scody on Jul 27, 2014 - 6 comments

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