'The Little Drummer Girl': Will Charlie make it out in the next episode? Here's what to expect in chapter three
A theatre, a rescue mission, and dire consequences. Charlie (Florence Pugh) has no idea about the dangers that are waiting for her in the next episode of 'The Little Drummer Girl'
BBC One's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel, 'The Little Drummer Girl', has probably been one of Florence Pugh's most exciting roles because she does not have to pretend to be someone else as Charlie Ross. An aspiring actress, ready to voice out her political opinions whenever asked for, and who can literally live through a lie without thinking twice, Charlie has found herself in the middle of a conspiracy led by Mossad agents. Her acting and lying skills are being utilized by Mossad agent, Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon), who is determined to bring down the Palestinian terrorist, Khalil.
In the second episode, Charlie sat in an interrogative session with Kurtz, who pretended to be casting her for a role in the "theatre of the real".
As the lines between reality and imagination began to blur throughout the episode, Charlie soon finds her lies falling short of convincing the sharp-eyed Marty about her pathetic past, and her difficult present. Although Marty is not convinced with her lies which probably work well for Charlie during auditions, he is assured that he has picked up just the right girl for the role which requires a lot of pretenses, and most of all good acting skills.
Although Marty and Becker prepare Charlie for the role, she herself takes up the role sincerely as she begins to improvise on it with her own elements, such as smoking a cigarette. Towards the end of the second episode, we were left on the note that Charlie finally sets out on her first task as a pawn for the spies, and here are three things to look out for in the third episode:
1. Charlie's debut in the "theatre of the real"
At the end of the second episode, Becker (played by Alexander Skarsgard), warned Charlie of the explosives that were hidden in her car and welcomed her to the theatre of the real where tragedy happens due to the actual existence of a fatal flaw. In 'The Little Drummer Girl', the fatal flaw is the terrorist organization that has raged a war in the already war-torn countries of Israel and Palestine, and the tragedy remains in the fact that Charlie who is only aware of the war as an outsider is now playing the catalyst in it. Episode three will determine her actions as an actress because a single wrong move on her part could have some serious consequences in the war.
She has always been a brilliant actress with a vast knowledge about the classical drama which often involved the element of masquerade, signifying the false identity that often overshadows the original. She knows when she is required to be an actress, and when she needs to be a normal girl with a terrible past. Either way, Charlie can lie without realizing and act without really pretending. If her debut at the "theatre of the real" was a success is yet to be found out, but let's root for the fact that Charlie always finds out a way in the direst situations.
2. Sometimes acting can have consequences
All her life Charlie has been playing roles that were either written down by playwrights centuries ago or have been penned down by her directors and scriptwriters. She has always been an actress of fiction, something which has fewer consequences when put against reality. It didn't matter earlier if she was Rosalind or any politically-charged up postmodernist, her role stuck within the boundaries of an elevated platform and was forgotten as only "a great show". However, this time as an actress in the real world Charlie will be watched, followed, and eventually encountered by things that exist for real, such as a group of murderers or a car full of explosives.
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Although all of this to her is yet a part of a script, (fortunately for Kurtz), Charlie continues to go undercover while thinking that it is all a part of one big play. She does face the consequences when it comes to her affection towards Becker, who is equally attracted to Charlie but is holding himself back for the cause. However, she might not realize what consequences her espionage to the other side of the border might have in the third episode, when things begin to go out of hand for the Mossad agents. The tragedy continues to lie in the fact that Charlie is least aware of the things awaiting her.
3. A rescue mission
Other than following Charlie on an espionage to Austria, the third episode is almost like a test for Kurtz and Becker, as they race against time to fix a fatal flaw in the plan. Kurtz and Becker have been the subtle representations of war which causes collateral damage to innocent people who are, for the most part, not involved in the war. As a representation of that group of people, Charlie is least aware of the danger that is coming her way. She continues with her undercover mission without any knowledge on the amount of risk that she has signed up for.
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Are Kurtz and Becker able to rescue Charlie is yet to be found out, but the two men seem to be on different sides when it comes to the rescue mission. Who will be able to rescue Charlie without causing her any harm will be revealed soon, but as of now, it can be said that the two men will not leave any stone unturned to bring their pawn back home.
'The Little Drummer Girl' airs every Sunday on BBC One at 9 pm.