The Romanoffs 1.8 FAQ
What’s it called?
“The One That Holds Everything.”
Matthew Weiner directs from a teleplay credited to “Mad Men” mastermind Weiner and Donald Joh (“Covert Affairs”).
What says Amazon Prime?
“A man tries to escape a family curse in a story that circles the globe.”
“Circles the globe”? Does this “man” visit New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Paris, Budapest, Mexico City and/or Vladivostok?
Does this episode acknowledge any of the characters we met in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Paris, Budapest, Mexico City and/or Vladivostok?
Almost immediately. But don’t expect too much continutity porn. I suspected at least one character from each prior episode would return for this one, but this is far from the case.
How does it start?
A fellow enters the Paris Metro’s Gare Du Nord station.
Tell us about this fellow.
He a British writer from Los Angeles. He adapted the book written by the John Slattery character into the miniseries starring the Christina Hendricks character. He is not himself a Romanov.
Who appears this week?
Generally the finale features a cast much less famous than the other episodes’ casts (at least to those who don’t watch a lot of British television). It includes Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar (who plays a central role in Peter Jackson’s fast-approaching “Mortal Engines”), Ben Miles (Princess Margaret’s boyfriend Peter Townsend in “The Crown”), JJ Feild (James Montgomery Falsworth in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Hugh Skinner, a British TV fixture who played Holdo’s first officer in “The Last Jedi.” Christopher Goh, who co-wrote this episode, wrote himself a sizeable role.
How does this episode compare to the prior seven?
It nestles comfortably among the series’ three best.
Does the final episode feel like a late-career Woody Allen movie?
No. This one feels more like Stephen Frears. Maybe.
Were you disappointed by the eighth episode’s ending?
No, this one I found quite satisfactory.
The big news?
This episode contains a lengthy flashback within a flashback within a flashback.
What else is Amazon not telling us?
The original title of this episode may have been “The House of Special Purpose.”
I’d call this the tightest of the eight episodes .
What’s not so great?
This episode does not hold everything
How ends episode seven, spoiler boy?
With West End girls.
11:59 p.m. Thursday. Amazon.