Morally equivical. Solzhenitsyn would weep
I haven't watched all the episodes and I am not up to date. I just watched the scene where Elizabeth " raped" a Korean scientist to get access to Level 4. However in general I believe this is not a good show for people to be watching, especially at a time where we have a "illiberal autocrat" (dictator) Putin in power and the fairly terrifying truth of Trump supporting him. For a lot of the first episodes we have the familiar feel of moral equivocation. The Russians think that way because they were bought up that way and we think this way because we were bought up this way. Kids learn this in school already....their aren't really any good guys and bad guys, that was something for kindergarten. When you grow up you realize nothing is black and white, we are all nasty and out for ourselves. Gradually though Philip and Elizabeth start murdering innocent citizens so frequently and so nastily that we get the feeling THEY ARE NOT VERY NICE PEOPLE and Elizabeth starts to get headaches after murdering or "raping" someone and Philip starts to look a little troubled. What I hate though is the fact that, as Solzhenitskyn recognized, the fact that the masses are seeking to be entertained, not to think, means that sexy little dramas like this exist and do not make anyone think. The only Soviet dissident turns out to be a spy. There is no guts and true moral fiber to the show, it is just a sort of Bond like spy thriller without the Russians being the badder guys, with a lot of sex and violence thrown in. What would have taken real courage would be to produce a show about Russia and the dissidents fighting the system, standing up as free breathing and thinking individuals. And you know what, that is who the writers in today's Russia are and were, hated, reviled and full of courage.....basically, wait for it, basically good people. But to do this would be to right leaning. After all, communism, living life for the masses not the individual (who lick up this tawdry drama) is something all American TV writers secretly admire.....because they are so liberal. That is why Solzhenitskyn would weep, because we are fed this tawdry morally equivocating stuff. We are afraid to stand up for our beliefs. I would so love to see the writer or writers of these shows really bite the bullet, write something that acknowledges what is wrong with America, the inequalities, but stands up for the individual, that fights back against the authoritarianism of Putin and his admirers. I would love to see our cynical and tarnished age admitting that the Soviet dissidents, the writers and free-thinkers are the heroes. But no, neither side is righter, absolutely not. The dissidents and free thinkers of Russia are crying.