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The Americans (2013) and The Hunt for Red October (1990) (Rebroadcast)


In this rebroadcast we relive the moment the third season began. Enjoy.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this podcast! Prime Flix has returned with a new format and new (?) co-host – Dean.

This week on the podcast Ed and Dean discuss two different Cold War themed properties: The Americans (2013) and The Hunt for Red October (1990).

The Americans is a well regarded show that has recently begun to air it’s third season on FX. It stars Felicity’s Kerri Russell and some british guy as two Russian sleeper agents living together as a married “Americans” (clever title) in the Metro DC area in the 1980s. Things get wacky when – surprise! – an FBI counter-intelligence agent who just returned from deep cover as a white supremacist moves in next door.

The Hunt for Red October was the first of the Jack Ryan novels by Tom Clancy to be made into a feature film (I know, by now there are so many we’re basically on a first name basis with him). Ryan (played by a pre-words-with-friends Alec Baldwin) must convince the US military to help a Russian sub captain (played by a post-James Bond Sean Connery) that he believes is defecting to the US aboard the USSR’s new high tech submarine the “Red October”. This movie’s submarines are out-numbered only by its stars. This impressive cast includes James Earl Jones, Stellan Skarsgard, Sam Neill, and a (non-singing) Tim Curry.

The Americans is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and The Hunt for Red October is currently available on Netflix Streaming.