Berlin 1945: Diary of a Metropolis (2020): S01E03 – May 1945

Introduction Life in Berlin in 1945 before, during and after the battle of Berlin seen through the eyes of those who were there at the time from common Berliners to Allied troops. Also known as Berlin 1945 : Le Journal D’Une Captale (French) and Berlin 1945: Tagebuch einer Großstadt (German). Outline The British, French and… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E13

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline Ruta suspects Biryukov of treason. Golub decides to return Klava. Ruta and Biryukov, with the help of Boris, warn Khrushchev of the impending coup. Korneev meets with… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E12

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline Ilya is arrested in Cranes. Everyone is surprised that Ruta went to work. Golub brings Klava home to introduce her to her parents. Golub is arrested after… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E11

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline The scientist, whom Golub helped to go abroad, is seeking political asylum. Vareinikov organizes a conspiracy. He and other members of the Central Committee of KPSP are… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E08

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline Vareinikov asks Biryukov to influence his former mistress, German journalist Gabi Goetz. According to the authorities, she is in to Moscow to talk about the new novel… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E07

Introduction The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. Outline Ruta is waiting in the hospital when Bykov’s operation is over. She tells the investigators that it was an accident – her husband was cleaning his weapon.… Read More