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People have differing opinions? How could that be?

I find The Americans to be above average, but I don't watch much television anymore to be honest. I don't know why many people feel compelled to label things as "best this" and "best that." In which case, I hereby declare The Americans as having the best kitchen space in all of cable television.
Oh man I saw that tupperware too. To die for.

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I find The Americans to be above average, but I don't watch much television anymore to be honest.
You don't have watch much television to recognize that in terms of acting, dialog, characterization, premise and especially the costumes, sets and period details the show is easily above average fare. Just flip around prime time and you can find half a dozen cop shows that are barely distinguishable from each other in almost every way. That's where average lies.

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I don't know why many people feel compelled to label things as "best this" and "best that." In which case, I hereby declare The Americans as having the best kitchen space in all of cable television.
I wouldn't refer to any single show as the overall "best" either. I watch different shows expecting different things and a lot excel at a particular thing in their own way. Is a drama better than a comedy or a superhero show better than action show? Is The Americans funnier than Justified? Does it have better stunts than Arrow?

For The Americans I would definitely say it has the most unique premise and two of the best characters on television right now. I haven't noticed the kitchen space, so I'll have to check that out next episode.
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The Soviets are so brilliant and the FBI clueless.
Sounds believable to me.

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Sounds believable to me.
What's kind of ironic is that each structure was developed from an entirely Capitalist society and the other from a Communist. The irony is the intelligence circle that is more effective (i.e. more dangerous) is the Soviet's. Their biggest problem was a failure of their actual social/government structure without the support of a legitimate economy and support-system back home, and not necessarily with their intelligence structure/community.


The problem with ALL U.S. intelligence and enforcement agencies historically has been the competing compartmentalization of information amongst the various agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.), a tough lesson we learned all too well with 9/11. The Soviets, on the other hand, were much more united in their intelligence efforts. Yes, there were specialty groups running deep cover (the entire premise of this show), but the fact is their separate groups all shared information to try and get an advantage on the U.S. globally. This is one area in particular I think this show really nails that, as highlighted most recently by last week's episode.


On top of all of this, it's hard to judge an agency's efficacy when the only times you truly heard about them was when they failed in a public fashion. There are countless successes that never made the light of day because of the classified nature of our system. But when something got botched it was quite often public, hence leading to the appearance of an 'incompetent' agency/group. I, again, think this is where the show shines as well.
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Just when we thought Philip and Elizabeth were on totally opposite sides regarding Paige, she dupes them into being unable to reject her request for a baptism. Perhaps she's cut out for spycraft after all.
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Just when we thought Philip and Elizabeth were on totally opposite sides regarding Paige, she dupes them into being unable to reject her request for a baptism. Perhaps she's cut out for spycraft after all.
I was thinking exactly the same thing while I watched them wiggle on the hook she'd set for them. This isn't the first time she showed her ability to outwit/corner them. She would make a very effective spy I think with the ability to easily manipulate others.

It was odd when they were arguing afterward and Elizabeth shouted, "She needs to know who she is!" It struck me that really it's her parents who don't really know who she is but it seems they're starting to find out.

I was getting uncomfortable watching the scene with Philip and the babysitter as he tries to "develop her" as an asset to get information about her dad. It made me think back to one of the early episodes of the series when a man who was clearly a pedophile was oggling Paige and saying how "sexy" she was and how Philip reacted to it and how he even tracked him down and threatened the man's life later. Now the tables are turned and he's the one letching on a young girl, though obviously he's being forced to do it as part of his job. It's easy to see the discomfort he's feeling. I hope they don't have to take it too far.
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I was getting uncomfortable watching the scene with Philip and the babysitter as he tries to "develop her" as an asset to get information about her dad. It made me think back to one of the early episodes of the series when a man who was clearly a pedophile was oggling Paige and saying how "sexy" she was and how Philip reacted to it and how he even tracked him down and threatened the man's life later. Now the tables are turned and he's the one letching on a young girl, though obviously he's being forced to do it as part of his job. It's easy to see the discomfort he's feeling. I hope they don't have to take it too far.
>> I know what you mean, however they made a point in the episode of saying she was "legal 18" ( " The drinking age in DC is 18, so why are you instead trying to get in this place over here"), ... so they may go farther with that ....

.... I have the "original" 1st pressing of the YAZOO Upstairs At Eric's album, before they had to legally change their name to YAZ ...




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Ok why did they have yo change their name as a Brit knowing them as Yahoo this confuses me in America.
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Ok why did they have yo change their name as a Brit knowing them as Yazoo ( sp.)this confuses me in America.
There was some other Band, or possibly product (I forget), that complained...
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Aha, a Texas Rock Band Yazoo. We've all heard of them!
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>> I know what you mean, however they made a point in the episode of saying she was "legal 18" ( " The drinking age in DC is 18, so why are you instead trying to get in this place over here"), ... so they may go farther with that ....

.... I have the "original" 1st pressing of the YAZOO Upstairs At Eric's album, before they had to legally change their name to YAZ ...

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Thanks for the videos. One of my favorite albums. Allison Moyet's voice is incredible.
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It was odd when they were arguing afterward and Elizabeth shouted, "She needs to know who she is!" It struck me that really it's her parents who don't really know who she is but it seems they're starting to find out.
I interpreted that line differently. I think what Elizabeth meant was that Paige needs to know where she comes from and not who she is. There's a big difference, and Elizabeth's fatal mistake is that she assumes Paige will unconditionally join her side once she knows the truth.

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I was getting uncomfortable watching the scene with Philip and the babysitter as he tries to "develop her" as an asset to get information about her dad.
I loved the construction of the scene where Philip and Elizabeth are in the bedroom and talking about how they have never tried to recruit someone so young, and then Paige yells, "I'm home!" from downstairs. Speaking of potentially catastrophic attempts to recruit youngsters...
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I interpreted that line differently. I think what Elizabeth meant was that Paige needs to know where she comes from and not who she is. There's a big difference, and Elizabeth's fatal mistake is that she assumes Paige will unconditionally join her side once she knows the truth.
Yes, I agree that's probably what she meant, but she's quite mistaken if she thinks Paige "came from" anywhere other than Washington DC. It's where she was born and raised. It's the only life she's ever known. She's an American teenager with American values and an American attitude. Philip seems to understand that to some degree. She's never known the type of hardships that her parents knew that drove them to do what they're doing and he said so in a previous episode this season. She's not equiped for what would be expected of her was what he said.

The fact that the two kids are just normal everyday American kids is a testamant to the fact that Philip and Elizabeth acted their roles out so well, even in the privacy of their own home, that they even have their kids believing they're just typical middle class Americans. If they do get to the point of outing themselves to Paige the writers could certainly go a lot of ways with it, but the most logical would be for her to freak out and at least seriously consider turning them in as traitors to her country.
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Her deciding to turn them in remains the most likely outcome in my mind, but Elizabeth is so blinded by her own ideology I don't think she's even considered that Paige would reject the "family business", let alone turn them in for it. She hasn't prepared at all for the fact that the revelation could force them to kill their own daughter, which seems quite possible to me. It would be truly chilling if this season ended with Paige being the one in a suitcase... That seems more like a final-season kind of twist, though (and I hope that season 3 isn't it!).
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Her deciding to turn them in remains the most likely outcome in my mind, but Elizabeth is so blinded by her own ideology I don't think she's even considered that Paige would reject the "family business", let alone turn them in for it. She hasn't prepared at all for the fact that the revelation could force them to kill their own daughter, which seems quite possible to me. It would be truly chilling if this season ended with Paige being the one in a suitcase... That seems more like a final-season kind of twist, though (and I hope that season 3 isn't it!).
Let's look at this more on the geopolitical level. Andropov is now in power but only lived about a year or two before Gorbachev took over and when he does the directive to recruit their children might go away. Though that would not make very interesting TV, it's just a thought.
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Her deciding to turn them in remains the most likely outcome in my mind, but Elizabeth is so blinded by her own ideology I don't think she's even considered that Paige would reject the "family business", let alone turn them in for it. She hasn't prepared at all for the fact that the revelation could force them to kill their own daughter, which seems quite possible to me. It would be truly chilling if this season ended with Paige being the one in a suitcase... That seems more like a final-season kind of twist, though (and I hope that season 3 isn't it!).
^ lets hope it doesn't happen- I think that type ending for Paige would be the death knell for the series.
Nobody is going to watch (or sponsor) a series where the two main characters are completely hated by the viewers.

That being said- I could easily imagine a series finale' where Paige outs her parents- and just before capture they both take a pill and we fade to black.
Hopefully we have a few more seasons before that happens though.

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Speaking of the future of the show, it was a year ago this past week that FX renewed it for season 3. So hopefully there will be some good news soon.

Came across a quote from Matthew Rhys who thought an interesting storyline might be the Jennings turning double, against the KGB, in effort to protect their kids. Would be an interesting avenue to go down as a way of mixing up the show and keeping it fresh. It won't be easy for Elizabeth to get to that point, but I suspect there is a significant dark side to Gabriel, belied by his fatherly monotone. I don't see he or The Centre giving Matthew and Elizabeth much of a pass for their years of good work should they dissent on the second generation issue. That'll make defection an easier choice.
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The thing you can take from this discussion is that hardly anyone has a definitive idea that the show will take. That lack of predictability is a rare thing on television these days and one of the benefits of having a show that is not following a typical batch of "good" guys.

Will the Jennings live or die? Kill their own children? Will they defect? If one or both defect does that retroactively make them "good" guys all along despite everything they've done?

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.... I have the "original" 1st pressing of the YAZOO Upstairs At Eric's album, before they had to legally change their name to YAZ ...
That album actually created a bit of a timeline issue in this show.

It was released in August of 1982. Right after the scene where Philips gives Paige the album, he's see reading PC Magazine Volume 1, Number 1. That issue was released for the months of February and March of that same year. Assuming the album has been out for a couple weeks or so, and PC Magazine followed the method many magazines followed of delivering each issue just before the beginning of the month, it could have been the end of August in the timeline. That means it should have been the September Issue he was reading.

Granted, it's possible Phillip might have been reading (or re-reading) an old issue, but the September issue was PC Product Guide. It would make more sense for Philip to be leafing through that if he has any interest in computers. Granted, issue one profile the IBM PC, but the Product Guide likely compared it to other systems available.

Now, it could be they simply couldn't get a copy of Issue Number 5 since it's less likely people would have kept that issue verses the very first one. Plus, it sort of points out that was the first year the magazine started.

The cell phone in the previous episode was a blast from the past, though. I had a later model that was half that size and game in a soft bag. I wanted the "brick", but it was way too expensive and got terrible reception compared to the bag phone (which ran a full 3 watts).

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I watch some shows 2 or 3 at a time off the dvr and just happen to be watching the last two of the Americans. I am sure others noticed Callie Thorne in the 2/18 episode, she is one of my favorites and just can't see her doing just a walk and talk on. From my point of view she ands some fun to the party.
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That album actually created a bit of a timeline issue in this show.

It was released in August of 1982. Right after the scene where Philips gives Paige the album, he's see reading PC Magazine Volume 1, Number 1. That issue was released for the months of February and March of that same year. Assuming the album has been out for a couple weeks or so, and PC Magazine followed the method many magazines followed of delivering each issue just before the beginning of the month, it could have been the end of August in the timeline. That means it should have been the September Issue he was reading.

Granted, it's possible Phillip might have been reading (or re-reading) an old issue, but the September issue was PC Product Guide. It would make more sense for Philip to be leafing through that if he has any interest in computers. Granted, issue one profile the IBM PC, but the Product Guide likely compared it to other systems.
Philips a busy guy. I can quite see a stack of unread magazines piling up.
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That Yazoo brings back memories, I was a similar age as Paige at the time, and we listened those tunes at a summer Pioneer camp in Hungary, 4 years later I defected just as I turned 18.

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I'm surprised there's no new posts from last Wednesday's episode.

Nina is kind of cute in survival mode. First she messed with the FBI, then KGB, now her only possible friend. It was a Cold War, indeed.

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What exactly did Nina do, anyway? I guess she reported whatever her cellmate said, which in turn led to her being found guilty and hauled away, but I don't recall any admissions during their conversation.

Is it just me, or is this show slowing down? I just noticed that we've exhausted half of the season already, and there isn't really a sense of building tensions or anything. I feel like this season is less focused.
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There might have been too little story for the amount of episodes. That said, Philip and Elizabeth are caught up in very delicate situations, so the extra slow burn does make sense. I have no doubt that the season's second half will really amp things up as the Afghanistan plot grows.

Stan and Oleg are probably going to regret saving Nina if they succeed; that girl is nothing but trouble.

The ratings unfortunately appear to have dropped badly, so we would be lucky to get another season.
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I still watch this show because I started from the first episode. Thank god for DVR's because I can come back to the episode when I get bored with this show. Its no True Detective or Breaking Bad. Some show's hour flies by and some are long and boring. The Americans is boring, but I keep watching.

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Yep, I gave up on it this year. Just not enough going on and not building to anything.
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I don't even have the energy to grudge watch this show. I wanted to like this show; I really did. We watched two full seasons as they aired. I fell four episodes behind this year, realized I have no interest in these characters, and finally threw it overboard. The situations seem so contrived, particularly the Philip-Martha marriage, and the Stan-Nina affair. Then there is the matter of keeping all this secret from your kids. We barely manage to arrange an occasional dinner out with friends, much less wandering off to be all super spy.

Also, Matthew Rhys is the most wooden actor since Anna Torv on Fringe.

I am roughly the same age as Paige, so I did enjoy the period references to the 1980s.
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I don't even have the energy to grudge watch this show. I wanted to like this show; I really did. We watched two full seasons as they aired. I fell four episodes behind this year, realized I have no interest in these characters, and finally threw it overboard. The situations seem so contrived, particularly the Philip-Martha marriage, and the Stan-Nina affair. Then there is the matter of keeping all this secret from your kids. We barely manage to arrange an occasional dinner out with friends, much less wandering off to be all super spy.

Also, Matthew Rhys is the most wooden actor since Anna Torv on Fringe.

I am roughly the same age as Paige, so I did enjoy the period references to the 1980s.

Anna Torv is not wooden always and as it was said for years the "wooden" was character. She was also in "The Pacific" and I don't remember anything wooden about her then.

Wait you're a teen? Or were a teen during the 80's? I am guessing you meant I was and not I am.

I don't get grudge watching any show. If I truly don't like t it goes away. I see people in the forums continue to watch and complain week after week. It's like people enjoy torture.

I'm still really enjoying this show, it's slow and there isn't much action but I am invested in the characters. Outside of Paige showing glimpses that she is smarter than her parents give her credit for, I think last weeks episode was more of a bridge episode. This show usually doesn't really dstt picking up steam until the last half.


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There is a lot of set up going on in the story arc right now. I anticipate the last 7 hours will get really interesting.

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