Dave Clennon: I’ve come to think of Israel as a European settler-colonial state, which practices apartheid to control the Indigenous population it has conquered militarily.
Walter G. Moss: The TV episodes contain love and jealousy, good acting, suspenseful plotting, and picturesque and interesting settings.
Walter G. Moss: As I was watching Netflix’s wonderful eight-part Our Planet series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, I often thought of Anton Chekhov.
Walter G. Moss: The wandering of Ruth, her memory lapses, the love but also frustrations of her spouse, the question of where she can best be cared for, and the dilemmas faced by Ruth’s grown children, all seem real.
Walter G. Moss: Although the TV series does have some faults—e.g., a few of the final episodes seem to drag a bit—it provides for the average viewer a good overall picture of a turbulent period of Russian history.