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We didn’t think it possible to be more uncomfortable with the doings on The Americans, but we are again! It happens in this week’s episode entitled ”Divestment”. It was written by Lara Shapiro and directed by Dan Attias. The original air date for the episode was March 18, 2015.
This week the show begins just where we left off last time, with Philip and Elizabeth and Ncgobo interrogating their hostages. Ncgobo decides to execute Venter in a grisly manner, and Todd confesses he has a bomb. Later, Elizabeth releases Todd unharmed. Taffet continues his investigation into the source of the bug in Gaad’s pen, and Martha becomes more and more on edge. Nina is visited by one of her jailors who informs her the work she has done has reduced her sentence to 10 years. She can go free if she can seduce Anton Baklanov, who appears to be stalling in his work on Soviet Stealth tech. Martha confronts Clark, asking “who are you?” and getting a conflicted answer. Later, she and Clark lie in bed, together, alone.
We have found some good news items for you this week. We start with the socialist site Jacobin on communists for austerity, then hear from EW with a biblical, ‘binding’ theory of The Americans, The New Yorker’s opinion that The Americans is too bleak, and that’s why it’s great, good ratings news via Headline Planet, and wind up with the WSJ Blog’s interview with Alison Wright on Martha, Mail Robots and Pen Maintenance.
For our history segment we examine divestment from South Africa, visit Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech Movement., join the African National Congress, and witness the gruesome practice of Necklacing. For tech of yesteryear we dust off our trust Microfiche reader!
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