The Optimists (2017): S01E04

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 Biryukov and Ruta are in Paris as part of the Soviet delegation. Everyone is waiting for the results of the negotiations. Biryukov meets German journalist Gaby Goetz,… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E03

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 At the cinema, Muratov secretly meets with a French producer. Biryukov raises the stakes again – the department, which has just changed the course of history, should… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E02

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 Biryukov is trying to find support from his patron, Head of the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee Vareinikov. But he considers the game of his… Read More

The Optimists (2017): S01E01

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 Information and Analytical Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, created by Ruta Karlovna Blomane, is assigned a new chief. Grigory Biryukov previously worked at the… Read More

The Optimists TV Series Overview

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 show opens during the 1959 American National Exhibition in Sokolniki and continues to unravel the Russian and American acts of espionage and the personal lives affected… Read More

A Very British Deterrent (2016)

Introduction With Trident renewed for another generation, A Very British Deterrent tells the story of the remarkable events, eye-watering costs, power relationships and secret deals done half a century ago to secure Britain’s very first submarine-launched nuclear missiles. Outline In today’s turbulent world, it is a story that is more relevant than ever. At the… Read More

A Century of Silent Service (2001): Part 02

Introduction To celebrate 100 years of the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force, Sonalysts (Jane’s 688(I), Fleet Command, Sub Command) has teamed up with the Naval Submarine League to create a unique 90-min video documentary. A Century of Silent Service is hosted by President Jimmy Carter, himself a former submarine officer. Chronicling the genesis of the US… Read More

A Century of Silent Service (2001): Part 01

Introduction To celebrate 100 years of the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force, Sonalysts (Jane’s 688(I), Fleet Command, Sub Command) has teamed up with the Naval Submarine League to create a unique 90-min video documentary. A Century of Silent Service is hosted by President Jimmy Carter, himself a former submarine officer. Chronicling the genesis of the US… Read More