Originally Posted by hooked01
Wow, you must not watch a lot of television then (other than The Americans).
Believe it or not, there's some quality television out there. You just have to look for it. Unfortunately a recent trend is to pass mediocre shows like The Americans as serious historical drama.
You probably don't waste your time on Reality Shows either since those are all cast and manipulated by the producers to increase the drama and melodrama levels.
Actually I do and laugh at the obvious manipulation while the producers pretend that we're all too stupid to figure out what they did.
Of course there are differences between TA and MI, but if you boil down them down to the essentials, you get: Spies, covert missions, disguises, devices, intrigue, and danger,
What you and I consider "essential" are much different. I want believable characters, believable plots that make sense. If a show it trying to pass itself off as a slice of history, it must have some resemblance to that history.
If that's just too dang hard then bring back Alias, a great spy show that never took itself too seriously and had several brilliant plots.
I don't think the audience will stick around to watch Phillip and Elizabeth listening to wiretaps all day and sitting in cars doing surveillance.
Have you seen any good spy films? "The Falcon and the Snowman" for example?
Also, I think the deaths that have been portrayed on the show were not just the Illegals mowing down people left and right with automatic weapons and grenade launchers. Each death served as a plot point. Phillip having a crisis of "faith" when he had to kill the young kid when he was caught on base.
Yes, and it upset him for almost ten minutes then he forgot about it and went back to killing. This was not a plot point. It changed nothing.