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True Lies: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
An unfulfilled suburban housewife is shocked to discover that her bland and unremarkable computer consultant husband is a skilled international spy.
Book: Jeeves and the King of Clubs
Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty's Government must turn to the one man who can help . . . Bertie Wooster. [more inside]
Movie: The Train
As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance, however, wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly -- but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage elaborate ruses and more to keep the train from ever leaving French territory. JustWatch listing; leaving Amazon Prime in the US at the end of today, Nov 30.
Kleo: Kleo Season 1, Ep 0
Kleo is a young, idealistic East German assassin who is burned and sent to prison by her own people. After the Berlin Wall falls she is released from prison along with all political prisoners. She sets out to get revenge (and maybe some answers) from the people who burned her. [more inside]
Movie: The Gray Man
When the CIA's most skilled mercenary known as Court Gentry, aka Sierra Six, accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, he becomes a primary target and is hunted around the world by psychopathic former colleague Lloyd Hansen and international assassins. A $200 million Netflix original directed by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame) and starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfre Woodard.
Book: Bad Actors
A governmental think-tank, whose remit is to curb the independence of the intelligence service, has lost one of its key members, and Claude Whelan—one-time head of MI5's Regent’s Park—is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to the Park itself, with Diana Taverner as chief suspect. Has Diana overplayed her hand at last? What’s her counterpart, Moscow’s First Desk, doing in London? And does Jackson Lamb know more than he’s telling? Over at Slough House, with Shirley Dander in rehab, Roddy Ho in dress rehearsal, and new recruit Ashley Khan turning up the heat, the slow horses are doing what they do best, and adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation… [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: AGENT FOR H.A.R.M. Rewatch Season 8, Ep 15
Rewatch! A spy tries to stop the release of a dangerous flesh-eating bacterium. I don't think this was intended to be a spoof, although the title makes it seem like it must be one. This is the episode where Mike is taken to Space Court for blowing up all those planets. Notably, Patrick Brantseg takes over performing the big purple robot with this episode. It's also the first episode Mike directed! Previously.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Drumhead Rewatch Season 4, Ep 21
When a spy is discovered aboard the Enterprise, retired Admiral Norah Satie drums up some old-fashioned paranoia aboard the Enterprise. [more inside]
Book: Slough House, by Mick Herron
At Slough House, Brexit has taken a toll. The slow horses have been pushed further into the cold, Slough House has been erased from official records, and its members are dying in unusual circumstances, at an unusual clip. No wonder Jackson Lamb’s crew is feeling paranoid. But are they actually targets? With a new populist movement taking hold of London’s streets and the old order ensuring that everything’s for sale to the highest bidder, the world’s a dangerous place for those deemed surplus. Jackson Lamb and the slow horses are in a fight for their lives as they navigate dizzying layers of lies, power, and death.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data's Day Rewatch Season 4, Ep 11
"Dear Dr. Maddox, As I write this, I am very sad. Our beloved transporter chief has been stood up at the altar— BY THE BENEVOLENT KEIKO. ALL HAIL KEIKO AND HER GLORIOUS ARBORETUM! Sincerely, Robot Man." [more inside]
Book: The Catch, by Mick Herron (novella)
John Bachelor is the saddest kind of spy: not a joe in the field, not even a desk jockey, but a milkman—a part-time pension administrator whose main job is to check in on aging retired spies. Late in his career and having lost his wife, his house, and his savings after a series of unlucky choices, John's been living in a dead man's London apartment, hoping the bureaucracy isn't going to catch up with him and leave him homeless. But keeping a secret among spies is a fool's errand, and now John has made himself eminently blackmailable.
Book: Slow Horses, by Mick Herron
London, England: Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another. [more inside]
The Little Drummer Girl: Full Miniseries Books Included Season 1, Ep 1
Based on John le Carré’s best-selling literary masterpiece of the same name and directed by visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook, The Little Drummer Girl weaves a suspenseful and explosive story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue. Set in the late 1970s, the pulsating thriller follows Charlie, a fiery actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker while on holiday in Greece. It quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are not what they seem, and her encounter with him entangles her in a complex plot devised by the spy mastermind Kurtz. Charlie takes on the role of a lifetime as a double agent while remaining uncertain of her own loyalties. AMC [more inside]
Star Trek: Enterprise: Two Days and Two Nights Rewatch Season 1, Ep 25
The crew of Enterprise attempt shore leave, with mixed results. [more inside]
Any interest in overthinking 'The Little Drummer Girl'?
This question refers specifically to the recent miniseries adaptation of the 1983 John le Carré novel of the same name. [more inside]
The Americans: Jennings, Elizabeth Season 6, Ep 9
Stan catches up with Pastor Tim and Oleg, offers Philip his support, and shares his suspicions with Aderholt. Elizabeth watches over Nesterenko and does not have dinner with Claudia. Tatiana's latest operation goes badly. Paige learns more about the nitty gritty of her parents' spy operations. Philip meets up with Father Andrei. Elizabeth packs for a trip.
The Americans: The Summit Season 6, Ep 8
Philip brings Elizabeth up to speed on his spy activities. Elizabeth's nursing job comes to an end, and her relationship with Jackson takes several turns. Stan continues piecing together information and watching the Jennings. Renee gets notice of a job interview. Philip visits Stavos, tries on a new suit, and rents a video. Elizabeth questions an order from Claudia, and asks Philip to relay a message to Oleg.
The Americans: Harvest Season 6, Ep 7
Philip shares his worries over the failing business with Stan, then visits Chicago where the planned extraction of Harvest doesn't turn out quite as planned. Stan drives Henry to his friend's house and then visits the Jennings residence. At the FBI, Aderholt grieves over the failure of his operation while Stan begins to work a new theory. Erika gives Elizabeth another drawing lesson. Elizabeth briefs Paige. Philip reminisces about his wedding day.
The Americans: Rififi Season 6, Ep 6
Henry comes home for Thanksgiving, Aderholt updates Stan on counterintelligence's activities, Elizabeth goes to the movies and Chicago, Stan is grateful for his freedoms, and Philip makes some business decisions and corresponds with Oleg.
The Americans: The Great Patriotic War Season 6, Ep 5
Tatiana catches up with Oleg, Elizabeth gives Philip a good time and a work assignment, Stan gives Renee some career advice, Erika gives Elizabeth more lessons in drawing, Paige plays pinball and goes on the offensive against her intern boyfriend and his wingman, Stan visits Sofia with cake, Gennadi with pizza, and Philip for a beer, Philip tests Paige's sparring skills, Claudia, Elizabeth, and Paige talk about Russian history and their own history and test the merits of olive oil, and Philip's relationship with Kimmie takes a few new turns.
The Americans: Mr. and Mrs. Teacup Season 6, Ep 4
Oleg and Philip have their last chat, Elizabeth takes her best shot at getting the radiation sensor, Erika goes to a party, Paige enjoys a night out with a young man whom she thinks has potential, Philip has drinks with Stan and goes line dancing with Stavos, Arkady and Igor compare notes, Claudia has plans for Sofia and Gennadi's future, Kimmie has travel plans for herself, and Henry learns his future may not play out as planned.
The Americans: Urban Transport Planning Season 6, Ep 3
Philip, Elizabeth, and Paige conduct a post-mortem on the operation with Rennhull, Claudia, Elizabeth and Paige cook zharkoye, Elizabeth goes out for pizza and meets with a new target, Stan and Oleg catch up, Renee floats the idea of a career change by Stan, Philip gives his travel agents a pep talk, Sophia, Gennadi, and Ilya relocate, and Henry gets an assist.
The Americans: Tchaikovsky Season 6, Ep 2
Stan finds out an old friend of his is back in town, Philip loses a client, Erika and Glenn Haskard contemplate a difficult choice, Sofia and Gennadi experience marital difficulties, Elizabeth learns to draw on the right side of the brain, has lunch with one friend and a few nightly rendezvous with another, and Paige learns more about the scope of a spy's work.
The Americans: The Soviet Division Season 5, Ep 13
In the fifth season finale of The Americans, "the Eckarts" help Alexei and Evgheniya with a family emergency, Paige continues to work at the food pantry and work out in the garage, Sofia's fiancé takes a test, Elizabeth gives Tuan career advice, Jim tells Kimmy he's relocating, Elizabeth, Philip, and Stan all consider retirement, Martha considers a new venture, and Henry finds out he got into St. Edwards and is being awarded his scholarship, only to find out there's another obstacle. [more inside]
The Americans: The World Council of Churches Season 5, Ep 12
Pastor Tim tells Paige about his career plans, Elizabeth and Philip tell Claudia and Pastor Tim about their retirement plans, Sofia tells Beeman and Aderholt about her matrimonial plans, Oleg talks relationships with his investigators, sentencing with his boss, camp life with his mother, and shop with his father, Mischa has dinner with his uncle, Elizabeth and Evgheniya clip coupons, Paige tries to change up her accessories, Pascha comes home from school with a new look, Tuan comes up with a new plan, and Henry makes dinner. [more inside]
The Americans: Dyatkovo Season 5, Ep 11
Oleg and his co-worker continue their food police work, Philip parents two of his sons and reminisces about his own father, William receives his memorial, Philip and Elizabeth are told to track down a former Nazi collaborator, Henry meets the Mail Robot, and Elizabeth declares herself ready to make a life change. [more inside]
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]
The Americans: IHOP Season 5, Ep 9
Oleg answers some questions and gets some answers, Philip listens to audio and consults a priest, Stan is faced with a new dilemma and visits Linh Gaad, Gabriel visits Martha, Kimmy celebrates her 17th birthday, Henry announces he wants to leave home, and Tuan leaves home. [more inside]
The Americans: Immersion Season 5, Ep 8
Elizabeth and Paige are kung-fu fighting, Stan considers taking up skydiving, Claudia handles Philip and Elizabeth, Oleg has unwelcome visitors, Beeman and Aderholt make lunch and dental visit arrangements for Sofia, Evgheniya takes up some extra-curricular activities with one of her students, Henry plays video games with friends, Pasha's only friend cooks up a plot against him, and Philip gets dumped. [more inside]
The Americans: The Committee on Human Rights Season 5, Ep 7
As Paige becomes even more enmeshed in her parents' world, tensions with Matthew Beeman come to a head, Philip and Elizabeth's honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI. [more inside]
The Americans: Crossbreed Season 5, Ep 6
Mischa takes the last leg of his fruitless journey, while his unknown father Philip learns more about his own father, Gabriel visits a friend and announces his retirement, Elizabeth is reminded of an old friend and takes up Tai Chi and psychiatry, Beeman and Aderholt may have finally made a new friend, Evgheniya has her picture taken, Henry updates Stan on who the mysterious Chris is and tells his parents he has no interest in the family business, Paige continues her induction into the family business, and Oleg makes an arrest and retreats to a rooftop to deal with the CIA's overtures. Soundtrack: Peter Gabriel. [more inside]
The Americans: Lotus 1-2-3 Season 5, Ep 5
Renee sees Romancing the Stone with Stan and Matthew, enjoys some pillow talk with Stan, and has drinks with Stan and Aderholt as well as a furtive escort home, Philip has sex and learns Lotus 1-2-3, Elizabeth has sex and eats Smores, Mischa meets with Gabriel, Philip has Russia flashbacks, Paige and Matthew have one of those awkward "us" discussions, Henry has unsuspected talents, Tuan learns to throw a football and has McDonald's, Oleg's parents host a The Bachelor-themed dinner party, and Oleg gets stood up. [more inside]
The Americans: What's the Matter with Kansas? Season 5, Ep 4
Philip and Elizabeth get new assignments from Gabriel and have dinner with Stan and Renée, Philip has a beer with Alexei, Elizabeth tries carob chips and goes hiking with Ben, Philip hits the treadmill and learns about logistics from Deirdre, Oleg continues to work as a food cop and to try to figure out how counteract the CIA's tactics, Stan threatens to sacrifice himself to protect Oleg, Paige crosses boundaries while babysitting for Pastor Tim, Mischa crosses borders, and Henry has issues with his math teacher and with the lack of Apple Jacks in the Jennings household. [more inside]
The Americans: The Midges Season 5, Ep 3
Stan and Aderholt can't seem to make any new friends, Alexei bowls and complains about Russia, Mischa's travel plans hit a snag, Paige practices rubbing her fingers together, Oleg investigates suspect tangerines, and Philip and Elizabeth get into cowboy cosplay. Also: MARTHA. [more inside]
The Americans: Pests Season 5, Ep 2
Stan makes some progress with "gym lady" Renée and expresses his concerns about both Oleg and Paige, Alexei keeps complaining about Russia, Elizabeth goes on a field trip, new Food Police Agent Oleg gets an unwelcome message, Paige punches her mother, Elizabeth and Philip are concerned about where and with whom Paige is sleeping, and Henry sleeps. [more inside]
The Americans: Amber Waves Season 5, Ep 1
In this first episode of the fifth season, Philip and Elizabeth begin a new mission in a new place with a new agent, Oleg begins a new job in Moscow, Mischa begins a journey, Paige begins combat training, Stan begins going to the gym every day, and Hans and William complete their last operation.
The Americans: Persona Non Grata Season 4, Ep 13
In the season four finale, William faces a legal and medical emergency. Paige gets further involved with Matthew and the spy trade. Mischa Jr. receives indirect help from his father and a gift from his mother. Oleg decides on a move, Arkady has his next move decided for him, and Elizabeth and Philip consider early retirement. The Washington Redskins lose the 1984 Superbowl 38-9.
The Americans: A Roy Rogers in Franconia Season 4, Ep 12
Mail Robot has an internal exam. Tatiana and Oleg get new job offers, and William is offered a trip abroad. Martha's parents and Stan each receive some valuable new information. Paige processes her new awareness of her parents' skills and has her first experience of honey pot duty. Henry learns about a startling new technological innovation.
The Americans: Munchkins Season 4, Ep 10
Pastor Tim finds Ethiopia more of an adventure than he expected, and the Jennings find Alice to be a better player than they expected. Oleg and Tatiana engage in more pillow talk. Aderholt is marginalized by his new boss. Stan and Aderholt take Mr. Hanson out for drinks, Kimmie and Jim smoke pot, and Matthew and Paige drink coffee. Gaad entertains unexpected visitors and Elizabeth has second thoughts about the Young Hee and Don operation.
The Americans: The Day After Season 4, Ep 9
Everyone watches The Day After, William questions the merits of liquefying organs, Page drives a Camaro, Oleg and Tatiana take their working relationship to the next level, Pastor Tim looks forward to a trip to Ethiopia and a talk with the Jennings, Philip and Stan play racquetball, and Elizabeth plays Young Hee's husband Don.
The Americans: The Magic of David Copperfield V Season 4, Ep 8
Martha goes on a trip, Philip and Gabriel go out for a drink, Elizabeth goes to the movies, EST, and Lisa's house, Paige goes mini-golfing, and Gaad goes to the director's office.
The Americans: Travel Agents Season 4, Ep 7
The FBI and the KGB search for Martha while she takes a walk in the park. Oleg and Tatiana plan a circuitous shipping route. Philip has some cold borscht, Paige, Henry, and Matthew enjoy a cold beverage at the Beeman residence, and William's rat chills out.
The Americans: The Rat Season 4, Ep 6
Paige and Elizabeth enjoy some Korean food while Henry continues his video game marathon. Meanwhile, Martha faces several difficult truths, and William sets up a meeting.
The Sandbaggers: Enough of Ghosts Season 2, Ep 2
Geoffrey Wellingham is kidnapped in Brussels. Complicating matters, in his office is a paper detailing co-operation between the SIS and South African intelligence. Against orders from Peele, Burnside dispatches both Sandbaggers to Belgium to try and track him down. Despite both Sandbaggers being on station, most deem it to be a futile operation given the past history of hostages being murdered. [more inside]
The Americans: Pastor Tim Season 4, Ep 2
Nina gets her visit from her husband. Oleg and Elizabeth both get bad news. Paige and Henry get a computer. Henry and Stan talk man to man, Philip and Elizabeth talk EST, and Philip and Stan don't talk. No one seems willing to take Philip and Elizabeth's little vial of destruction off their hands, and Elizabeth discovers that Paige has confided in Pastor Tim.
The Sandbaggers: Always Glad to Help Season 1, Ep 5
The Ministry of Defence asks the SIS to send a diver to investigate a Russian merchant ship that they suspect has been outfitted to launch espionage operations against NATO and French naval bases. Sir Geoffrey Wellingham asks the SIS to organize a coup in the middle east. A Russian defector walks into the British embassy in Ankara. Dickens, Caine, and Burnside are left with very little time to sort through murky and contradictory information about internal and external plots. [more inside]
The Americans: Glanders Season 4, Ep 1
Clark and Martha and Paige and Pastor Tim try to find their way forward. Gabriel gives Elizabeth and Philip a new mission. Philip reminisces about his childhood at EST and has drinks with Sandra. Stan does not think Tori's EST-style advice will help him improve his workplace relations at the FBI. Henry isn't seen, but his presences is smelt.
The Sandbaggers Rewatch
Would anyone here be up for re-watching "The Sandbaggers"? [more inside]
Homeland: Better Call Saul Season 5, Ep 5
Quinn covers for Carrie. Dar and Allison assess the damage.
Homeland: Why Is This Night Different? Season 5, Ep 4
Answers elude Carrie. Saul and Allison run an operation.
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