AVClub: The problem with Deutschland 83 is Martin has no reason to be a good worker and a bunch of reasons not to. What, they’re gonna kill him for being bad at this? The West Germans might. The East? His own aunt? She talks a good game, but there’s a big difference between squeezing Martin, her only candidate for an urgent position, and letting him get killed or something because he “happens” not to be very good at espionage. The incentives are all screaming for Martin to take lemons and make worse lemons. Leave the bug in General Jackson’s room. Stay on the hunt for Yvonne until it’s too late to come back and complete your mission. Rely on the fact that you’ve never been trained in safe-cracking and leave this shit for someone who has. Hey, you tried. Plausible deniability is the name of the game.