|Chip away the stone|
Indeed. I was prepared to see them shot in their car at the crossing.
I don't think they would be welcomed in Russia after killing the KGB agent who tried to assasinate the START team member. Refusing the job might have been enough to get you killed, but killing the agent would have nixed any chance for a happy return to mother russia.
I understand leaving the boy and hoping he'll make it. Paige getting off the train was stupid and fits in perfectly with the stupid way she acted through most of the series.
|His Royal Hiney|
I was expecting this after they crossed the border.
When he asked for the car to stop and they stepped out, I couldn’t make out the place they were looking at. I didn’t think it was Lenin’s square; so I thought it might have been a gulag that they knew they were coming to.
"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, 1946.
Paige might be all right. I don't think they have any evidence she was involved. Stan is the only one who knows for sure, and he can't exactly explain how he knows without getting himself in trouble.
I was also waiting for Philip and Elizabeth to be shot by a less than friendly KGB. I kept expecting the car to pull over in an empty field with Claudia and a few other agents standing there. Or maybe he pulls up to a gulag and we see them being hauled inside. I guess it depends on whether the hard-liners or the Gorbachev supporters get to them first.
It seems to me the writers didn't want to piss anybody off, so they left it so you could write your own ending. They also left a lot of room for a spin-off series or some movies.
"They who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin
"So this is how liberty dies; with thunderous applause."
- Senator Amidala (Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith)
Best series ever. Loved the ending.
|teacher of history|
There may be some confusion. They were met in Russia by Ivanovich, the head of the KGB. In an earlier show, he was the one who was pro Gorbachev and wanted to stop any attacks on the summit. The man who met Elizabeth in Mexico was military not KGB.
Claudia had said something to the effect that some in the KGB were opposed to Gorbachev, but not all.
Seems to me the KGB would be very pleased with their actions.
Important point for those thinking about P&E's future. They've lost their kids, their new old country faces nothing but trouble but they should be part of the in-crowd and do o.k. If there were to be a follow-up of some sort, the groundwork has been laid.
Set the controls for the heart of the Sun.
|Too clever by half|
I feel like they didn't pay enough of a price, particularly Elizabeth. Leaving their kids behind to a better life was not punishment enough. WOuld have been better had their innocent child, Henry, gotten caught up in their activities despite their efforts to insulate him, and died as a direct result. Missed opportunity, IMO.
"We have a system that increasingly taxes work, and increasingly subsidizes non-work" - Milton Friedman
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