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More entertaining assignments for the Soviet agents in ’80s America. Well, entertaining for us, anyway – Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and wife Elizabeth (Keri Russell) look pretty glum about being asked to intervene in a KGB hit; and indeed about the prospects of their relationship when certain truths come out. There’s bed hopping and double-crossing aplenty, so pretty much everything you’d expect from a slightly soapy spy series, although the soundtrack – including The Cure – lends a quirkier tone.
The most human (and humorous) note is struck by FBI clerical worker Martha (Alison Wright), who’s voraciously devouring a bespectacled Phillip (perhaps in a nod to Superman, his pseudonym is ‘Clark’). Bedding a woman for undercover work might sound like some men’s dream, but Philip’s no James Bond. Meanwhile, FBI supervisor Gaad (Richard Thomas) is still romancing Russian Nina (Annet Mahendru), which is sure to end badly for someone.