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The Americans and Deutschland 83

WTA 35- Comparison of The Americans and Deutschland 83

Hey everyone! It’s been a LONG hiatus since The Americans Season 4 debut isn’t until March 16th, and to help get us in the groove we have a new show for you! This time we are doing a comparison/contrast between The Americans, the German TV show Deutschland 83, and the Tom Hanks film Bridge of Spies. The 2 TV shows are set currently in 1983, and Deutschland 83 takes a look at East and West Germany and spying during the same time period as The Americans. Bridge of Spies provides a look at the KGB and East German Stasi at the time of the building of the Berlin Wall. There are a lot of similarities and some stark differences in tone and style that were a lot of fun to analyze!

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Alison Wright Interview

WTA 31-Interview with Alison Wright aka Martha Hanson

What a surprise treat we have in store for you this week! Alison Wright aka Martha Hanson joins us for a terrific interview! She discusses acting, how she got the role of Martha and her approach to it, and she answers our questions about the character and last week’s monumental episode. Plus, she responds to some really thoughtful listener questions! You REALLY don’t want to miss this!

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Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep

WTA 27-Season 3 Episode 9 Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep

We have a surprise for you this week! Our good friend Kathleen Lewis joins us as guest host for this week’s breakdown of The Americans latest episode entitled ”Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”. It was written by Joshua Brand and directed by Stephen Williams. The original air date was March 25, 2015.

In this episode, Elizabeth tries to dismiss Hans, who has other ideas. He kills Todd and asks Elizabeth to take him back. Martha gets it together and tries acting as if things are back to normal with Clark. She tells him the FBI mailbot is being repaired offsite. Gabriel sends Philip and Elizabeth to bug the FBI mailbot, and they are discovered by the owner of the repair shop. Elizabeth forces her to commit suicide. Stan and Oleg act like buddy cops in an ill-advised and convoluted plan to secure Nina’s return. Philip confronts Gabriel, telling him that he will protect his family because no one else will.

The better this season gets, the more the press is talking about it. There were so many great stories about the show, starting with Slate on why the Hula-Hooping girl in Kimmy Schmidt’s credit sequence looks so familiar, then New York Times ArtsBeat revealing why

you should trust the organization, and ScreenRant’s opinion that ‘The Americans’ is better than the alternatives. We follow with Indiewire’s fascinating review of this week’s episode, Inquisitr’s report that Harrison Ford’s film ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?’ is set for 2016 production, and we wrap up with Grantland’s piece Crime and Punishment: ‘The Americans’ Soars in Its Brutal Third Season.

In our history segment we read Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and mark our place with Post-It Notes. For tech of yesteryear we debate whether Henry is playing Coleco Football or Tandy Electronic Football II.

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The Americans S3E08 Divestment

WTA 26-Season 3 Episode 8 Divestment

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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The Americans 3x02 Baggage

WTA 20-Season 3 Episode 2 Baggage

A crushing episode awaits you with this week’s all-new The Americans! ”Baggage” was written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, and directed by Daniel Sackheim. The original air date for the episode was February 4, 2015.

After a great start for the season, the ratings news was surprising and disappointing. We check them via Headline Planet.

In this episode, we see the return of Nina, alive and imprisoned at the notorious Leforto prison. From there the scene switches to right where “EST Men” ended up – the hotel where Yousaf met Annalise. Philip calls Elizabeth for help disposing of a body with bone-crunching results. Philip pressures Yousaf to arrange a meeting of CIA operatives involved in the Afghan conflict. Philip and Elizabeth follow Yousaf to his meeting at a bar and surveille. Oleg confronts Stan about Nina and Stan lives to walk away. He goes to Sandra’s new home to talk with her and she pushes him away. Oleg’s father, the Minister of Railways, visits Nina in prison. A woman defects from the USSR and Stan takes charge of her safety. The strain between Elizabeth and Phillip intensifies, and we get a flashback that helps explain why Elizabeth is so adamant about recruiting Paige. At the end of the episode, Elizabeth tells Phillip about her being approached by the KGB at 16 and her mother not hesitating to tell her to serve her country.

In this week’s history segment, we explore Reaganomics, the Leforto Prison, The Soviet Ministry of the Means of Communication  aka Railroads, The Institute for US and Canadian Studies, and the Soviet newspaper Pravda. In our technology of yesteryear we sneak a peek at a KGB Spy Camera, vending machines, and the Oldsmobile Toronado.

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The Americans S3E01 EST Men

WTA 19-Season 3 Episode 1 EST Men

The Americans is back for Season 3! We begin with an astounding debut, “EST Men,” written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, and directed by Daniel Sackheim. The original air date for the episode was January 28, 2015.

The news connects with the show yet again! We have a story from the New York Times detailing three Russian secret agents recently uncovered by the government. We also have great news about ratings for the season opener!

In our episode discussion, we see Elizabeth with a disgruntled CIA agent who gives her a list of CIA and FBI operatives helping the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. She is trailed by agent Gaad and loses the information during a fight. At the rezidentura, the Soviets watch a video of one of their soldiers being executed. Stan goes with Phillip to an EST meeting to try to save his marriage. He thinks it is stupid and tells Sandra so to bad effect. Phillip and Elizabeth visit their old handler Gabriel who wants to get them to bring Paige into the fold. Elizabeth tells him it’s moving along and enrages Phillip. Phillip contacts Annalise who has fallen in love with Yousaf from the Pakistani ISI. Annalise and Yousaf have a romantic encounter with a shocking outcome.

In the history segment, we discuss South African Apartheid, the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, Hershey’s Kisses, Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev, the TV show The Jeffersons, and the Kama Sutra. In our technology of yesteryear we look at the payphone, video rental shops, the adding machine, and carousel slide projectors.

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WTA15

WTA 15-The Americans Opening Credits

In this week’s Watching the Americans Episode 15, we present a special frame by frame analysis of the opening title sequence for Seasons 1 and 2 of The Americans.

In our discussion, we take each frame of the opening and discuss the images presented, giving historical context for them and relating them to what we know about the show so far. We also talk about some other sites that have done analyses of the opening sequence. We have a link to a blog post by one of its creators, and another look at the sequence with notes by another poster.

We finish by sharing more of your feedback for the Season 2 finale “Echo.”

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