Traitors (2019– )
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The episode shows SOE training ,a fake interrogation,they really did this sort of thing so some research done there.
But then we have the 1945 election,many of the voters were soldiers who were overseas so it took several weeks to get the soldiers votes back to Britain,the results day was not the same day as the voting.
Characters keep referring to the Labour Party as The Socialists,the Daily Mail and the Telegraph used to refer to Labour as the socialists to make then sound foreign and extreme but I doubt members of the public used the expression much.
The election result in 1945 was a surprise to most people but there had been indications that it might turn out as it did. Churchill fought a bad campaign,personally insulting Attlee who greatly admired him. Churchill suggested that a Labour government would need some sort of Gestapo to Britain,Attlee reply was statesmanlike.
There is little evidence that America spied on Britain much after 1945. The American intelligence organisations learned a lot from British intelligence organisations 1941-1945 and they maintain close links to this day.
There is little evidence for the plot idea that there was much Soviet influence on the Labour government. Soviet influence on the Labour party and Trade Unions yes,influence on government ,not much. Attlee and Bevin had fought the far left in the Labour party since the 1930s.
Bevin was very much an anti communist,he helped drag America into forming NATO by fooling it over the Greece crisis. Attlee made sure that the far left pro communist mps were sidelined and thrown out of the party by 1950. The Attlee government helped form Nato built the British atom bomb and took part in the Korean war. ed to It is true there was the rhetoric of left will talk to left in 1945 and Britain did sell jet engines to the USSR but the majority of evidence shows that the 1945 government thought that British democratic socialism was a weapon against communism not an ally of it.
It gets another chance on Sunday, but so far I'm not a fan. (Edit: it got another chance - still not a fan. It just didn't get any better and instead of hoping for a second season, you forget rather fast that this series even exists.)
I must confess that I cam getting mighty tired of episodic TV endlessly dragged out and with a cliff hanger ending hoping that the series will get picked up for a second and further seasons. If the Netflix selection team actually watch programs like this, rather than just accepting them based on a synopsis, I feel really sorry for them.
The show seems to draw, at the least, a moral equivalence between the American and Soviet intelligence apparatus. The only character that takes the Soviet threat seriously is a murdering psychopath and a right wing fanatic. He actually pleads for a bigger budget by telling a room full of rich men that they need to protect their riches from (paraphrasing) "All the little nobodies with big ideas." As if the only reason to oppose this murderous, tyrannical ideology of world domination was to protect your money.
The only value of this series is to understand the perverse worldview of the modern leftist. Forget about being entertained.
The whole episode was underwhelming script-wise/acting-wise/direction-wise/camera-wise. It almost made me wish that the Nazis had won WWII just to see an alternative to this pedestrian production.
The series heroine is a young British female, who goes under the nickname of Feef. She is looking for a life less ordinary and is therefore upset by the end of WWII and by losing her chance to play her part with the French resistance ... or something along those lines.
Since she also having an affair with an allegedly married American soldier, she gets introduced into the spying game, with the idea of contrasting Commies'infiltration in the British civil service.
Her handler is Rowe, a totally ruthless American white male, who gets her to do despicable things. At last, she gets fed up and wants to quit the spying game, but the obnoxious Rowe blackmails her, with photos of her gay brother performing gay stuff.
She must joins forces with Jackson, the Afro-American soldier who used to be her previous lover's driver and together they fight white-male oppression, and also a little bit of Communism.
Her other antagonist is Priscilla, the Commie agent, herself a female, but justified in her treason by the obnoxious treatment of women and by the demise of her father during WWI, all the fault of white-male, capitalist oppression.
Conclusion: I know the world is a bad place where bad things happen, but a little less of an agenda against white-male oppressors would be appreciated.
Maybe I have been too generous with the three stars especially as it seems the 'no boobs' boy look is in fashion..... does it really add value to flash a flat chest all over the screen? - 3rd show I have seen in the past fortnight that has done this..... must be trendy......