Ah yes, the infamous third season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ever since starting my binge-watching, I’ve heard nothing, but terrible things about this season and I have to admit: the critics were right. I suffered a lot of second-hand embarrassment while watching this season and had to stop constantly after one or two episodes because suddenly our suave super secret agents were getting knocked around like useless rag dolls???? Slapstick doesn’t quite work as well here as it does in Batman.
That said, I did enjoy the season as a parody for the series and there were a lot of things that stood out to me as references the 2015 movie used. Also, as far as the seasons go, this is a very memorable season.
P.S. For those wondering: yes, The My Friend the Gorilla Affair is every bit as bad as everyone says it is. It is genuinely the worst episode of the lot.
Now onto my favourite eps of the season:
The Galatea Affair
This is an early episode in Season 3, which features Illya teaming up with Mark Slate (from The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.). This plot involves a swap of two women that look exactly like one another, but have very different lives: one is a baroness and the other is an entertainer at a bar. There are some very My Fair Lady scenes involving Mark Slate trying to tutor Girl #2 to be a lady, which are actually pretty cute.
Also featured in this episode: Illya as a gondolier, ferrying Napoleon through Venice (at the beginning); Illya the cute tennis instructor; Mr. Waverly’s old man charm; Mark Slate being done with everything; Napoleon Solo being Napoleon Solo.
Overall a very strong episode for Season 3.
The Pop Art Affair
A lot of my friends, while watching TMFU, have wondered to me: why don’t they use more 60s slang in the show? Well, this is the episode where you get so much of it that you either wish you never asked that question or you think it is the best thing ever. This episode reminds me of one of those really bad fanfics from fanfiction.net written by a teenager that just got really into the 60s and their pop culture scene. This is an episode I like to call: it’s so bad, it’s good.
Honestly, I don’t even want to talk about the plot or anything. I don’t even really know why I love it as much as I do. I mean, it starts off great with Napoleon and Waverly in dad sweaters playing golf, while Illya is the angriest caddie ever…but after that? It just goes downhill plot-wise. Still, worth a watch, if only out of morbid curiosity. Also, this is not the worst ep of Season 3, if you are afraid of that.
The Concrete Overcoat Affair
This two-parter is a fun ride. It starts off a bit slow, to be honest, but once Napoleon makes a hasty escape away from a shotgun Italian marriage, it gets better. The second part features retired mobsters, a failed attempt at marrying Napoleon off to their niece, and then the retired mobsters teaming up with Napoleon to save said niece off some remote T.H.R.U.S.H. island. It’s silly and it’s amazing. Also, the villainess is genuinely terrifying.
My fav line? “Look out, it’s a pineapple!”
So yes, definitely one of my favourite two-parters in the series.
The Suburbia Affair
Ah yes, the Domestic AU. This was the episode I had been looking forward to since I started watching TMFU and did I love it as much as I thought I did? Yes. Very much so. The plot basically is that Illya and Napoleon must insert themselves into a quiet suburban neighbourhood in order to sniff out a famous physicist that has gone MIA. It features a subplot where Illya is very determined to make Napoleon a souffle and Napoleon in turn is very determined to avoid that fate; exploding dairy and baked goods; and KO by popsicle. Yes, you heard me right: popsicle.
This episode is wacky, as expected of season 3, but it also is a Domestic AU and I am a sucker for Domestic AUs.
The It’s All Greek to Me Affair
The new U.N.C.L.E. codes are exchanged in Athens, only to be intercepted by T.H.R.U.S.H. Illya goes into pursuit and gets waylaid by a retired Greek Highwayman. Waverly is too cheap to pay the ransom and then Napoleon goes after Illya and things don’t go their way. Then finally Waverly shows up 30 minutes late with no cash on hand. This episode is silly and the highwayman character is hilarious. It’s a light-hearted sort of fare even with all the threats of dismemberment, etc and it features a hilarious ending where we find out a little more about Waverly’s younger days as a dashing secret agent.
The Cap and Gown Affair
Illya gets to indulge in a bit of protest against the Establishment fun, Police carrying off Illya like a big toy, Napoleon calls Illya “baby” for the sake of his “cover” several times when they first are reunited at Blair University, etc. Sinister plot + silly university shenanigans + Waverly being Waverly really makes this last episode of Season 3 for me. I did not expect to like this episode at all, but I really did? Yeah, I don’t want to say much else besides this is a pretty good episode.
Today I’m not doing the same things I always do. I’m
not here to talk about me either.
I’m here to ask you to support justice
and to support my country. Argentina is in crisis and we need all the help we
can get. Tomorrow people from all over the world will be silently marching to
demand justice for Alberto Nisman. I think people who follow me know already
what I’m talking about. Nisman was a prosecutor that was investigating the
biggest terrorist attack in the history of Argentina. He spent over 10 years
gathering evidence and making sense of what happened, and he discovered a plot carried
by our very own President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to cover the real
culprits behind the AMIA bombings. He was ready to present his findings to a
court, and only hours before the hearing he was murdered. Now, you make your
We are so tired of all the corruption,
and tired of being robbed blind. Enough is enough. This silent march was first
organized by Nisman’s colleagues, but it has become a world event. People from different
countries around the world will be joining us. So I ask you to join us too. You
don’t need to go, but please help us spread the word. Let’s make #18F known
everywhere so that justice can happen after a decade of injustice.
Here’s a list of the places outside Argentina where the march will
AUSTRALIA SIDNEY - Argentinian Consulate Level 20, 44 Market St. Sydney
NSW 2000 6 pm
AUSTRIA VIENA -
Argentinian Embassy - Goldschmiedgasse 2, 1° floor (next to stephandome) 6 pm
BRASI BUZIOS - PLAZA SANTOS DUMONT - 18 hs. RIO DE JANEIRO: Frente ao Consulado Argentino. Praia de
Botafogo, 228 slj. 201, Botafogo. BELO HORIZONTE, Frente ao Consulado Argentino 18,00 hs. Rua
Ceará 1566, 6to. andar. SAO PAOLO - Consulado Argentino: AV. PAULISTA 2312 - 6 pm.
CANADA TORONTO - Argentinian Consulate - 5001 Yonge Street. 6 pm – Local
time. MONTREAL: Argentinian Consulate 2000 Av. Peel (Maisonneuve) 6 pm
CHILE VALPARAISO - Consulado Argentino - Blanco 625 (altura Estación
Puerto del Metro) 8 pm. SANTIAGO - Consulado Argentino - Plaza Italia (estación de Metro
Baquedano) 18 hs. Se caminará una cuadra hasta el Consulado.
COLOMBIA: BOGOTA - PARQUE EL VIRREY FRENTE A ILLY - 18 hs.
RICA Embajada Argentina, 700 metros sur y 25 este de la Mc Donald´s ,
Curridabat. A las 17.30 hora local
ESPAÑA BARCELONA - CONSULADO DE ARGENTINA-DIRECCIÓN: Paseo de Gracia
11, 2º Piso, Escalera B - 08007 Barcelona MADRID - CONSULADO ARGENTINO - SERRANO 90 MALAGA - Avda principal y calle larios. a las 18 hora local. PALMA DE MALLORCA - Consulado Argentino - Sant Miquel 30, 4º C
Palma VALENCIA - Avda. Aragon y Blasco Ibañez 6 pm.
FRANCE PARIS - Argentinian Consulate - Impasse Kléber (62, Avenue
Kléber) 6 pm.
GREECE ATENAS – In front of the Argentinian Embassy. Leof Vassilissis
Sophia 59. 18 hs.
HOLAND LA HAYA - Argentinian Consulate - Javastraat 20 2585AN, Den
Haag. 18 hs.
ENGLAND LONDRES - Argentinian Embassy - 65 BROOK STREET LONDON WIK 4AH
ISRAEL HERTZLIA PITUAH In front of the Argentinian Embassy: Medinat
Hayehudim 85 - 6 pm. Migdal Haemek - Plaza del tanque - 17 hs.
ITALY ROME - Argentinian Consulate - Via Vittorio Veneto, 7 - 2do.
Piso - 00183 ROME - 18 hs. MEETING POINT: PIAZZA IN FRONT OF THE CONSULATE MILAN - Argentinian Consulate - Vía Agnello, 2 - 4to. Piso -
20121 - Milano - 6 PM
JAPAN TOKIO - Argentinian Embassy - Adress: 2-14-14 Moto Azabu,
Minato-ku (CP: 106-0046) 6 PM
MEXICO MEXICO DF Embajada - Av Paseo de las Palmas 1685 , Colonia Lomas
de Chapultepec, México DF PLAYA DEL CARMEN - Esquina de 5° con 30 - 6 pm.
NORWAY OSLO - Argentinian Embassy - Drammensveien 39 6 pm.
PANAMÁ Callé 50 y calle 58 Este, edificio Global Bank, sede de la
embajada Argentina en Panamá. 6 pm. Hora local.
PARAGUAY Asunción del Paraguay: Panteón de los héroes- Palma y Chile - 18
PERU LIMA - Plaza San Martín - 18 hs.
TOWN: in front of Company’s Garden (19
Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town CBD) 6 pm.
SWEDEN STOCKHOLM - Argentinian Embassy: Narvavägen 32, 3rd floor –
Train station Karlaplan. 6 pm. Local Time. Meeting point: Park fountain in
front of Karlaplan train station.
SWITZERLAND BERNE (Bern) - switzerland - Jungfraustrasse 1 - 7 pm local time GENEVA: Garden Anglais in front of flower clock. 6 pm.
URUGUAY MALDONADO - Consulado Argentino - frente a la Plaza Sarandi
entre 25 de Mayo y Florida - 18 hs. PUNTA DEL ESTE - Parada 16 de La Mansa - 18 hs. MONTEVIDEO - Frente a la Embajada Argentina. Cuareim 1470 11100
- 18 hs.
USA MIAMI BEACH – Temple of Beth Torah Congregation - 20350 NE 26th
Ave, N. Miami Beach, Fl 33180. 7 PM / Colins and 73th street, in front of
restaurant Manolo’s. Pleno corazón de la Pequeña Argentina en Miami Beach. 6 pm. hora
local. WASHINGTON DC - Consulate/Embassy of Argentina,1600 New
Hampshire Avenue Northwest Washington DC. 6 pm. Local time. NEW YORK - Argentinian Consulate NYC 12 West 56th Street, (between
5th. & 6th. Ave) New York, NY 6 pm. Local time BOSTON - Massachusetts - Downtown Crossing - 18 hs. CHICAGO - Argentinian Consulate - 205 N. Michigan Ave, suite
4209, 6 pm. LOS ANGELES - Argentinian Consulate - 5055 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA
90036 - 6 pm. MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Park in front of “Minneapolis City
Hall and Courthouse” 350 S. 5th Street - 6 pm. LAS VEGAS - Nevada, in front of the Bellagio. 6 pm HOUSTON - Argentinian Consulate - 2200 West Loop South Suit
1025, Houston TX 77027. 6 PM local SAN FRANCISCO: Civic Center. 6 pm.
Edf. Fedecámaras, Piso 3, Av. El Empalme, Urb. El Bosque, Caracas. 18 hora local.