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post #661 of 900
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

I was looking too. My guess is they took it off demand, if they ever had it, because they'll be releasing the box set soon.

But they are airing season 1 now so I set my tivo to record, though the earliest one is ep 3.

I thought I missed a re-airing of the first two episodes. Hopefully, they'll have a marathon before season 2 starts.
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

I thought I missed a re-airing of the first two episodes. Hopefully, they'll have a marathon before season 2 starts.

Lol. When I checked for future episodes, the next showing is Thursday morning at 2am.
post #663 of 900
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Originally Posted by hooked01 View Post

Lol. When I checked for future episodes, the next showing is Thursday morning at 2am.

Right, but they're showing the 3rd and 4th episodes, I think. I bet I missed 1 and 2 last Thursday.
post #664 of 900
I'm in the exact same spot. Thought I was paying attention but looks like I missed what I assume was the re-run of the first two episodes last week (2am stealth airings!) But have now set up the DVR for the rest of them going forward. Looking forward to good drama and a little '80s nostalgia.

Looks like iTunes has the individual episodes at $3 ea. Worth it for 2 episodes, I guess.
post #665 of 900
I would guess the Blu Rays could be had for under $20 in a few months.
post #666 of 900
The Americans is now available on Amazon Prime as an exclusive.

Finally I will be able to catch up after my DVR crashed and erased all the episodes I had recorded last year. I was trying to record the late night run too but some strange guide info has kept missing episodes.
post #667 of 900
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

The Americans is now available on Amazon Prime as an exclusive.

Finally I will be able to catch up after my DVR crashed and erased all the episodes I had recorded last year. I was trying to record the late night run too but some strange guide info has kept missing episodes.

Awesome. Thanks for the heads up! I did a Amazon Prime trial in December to get the free 2-day shipping and they automatically charged me for the subscription after the free period ended and never bothered to cancel it. I guess it worked out.
post #668 of 900
Season set to start Feb 26. cool.gif
post #669 of 900
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That's around the corner! I'll be busy during the live premier but I'll catch it via the DVR.
post #670 of 900
Thread Starter 
The Americans Valentine's Card. Clever!
post #671 of 900
How sweet...
Nothing says Happy Valentines Day like a loaded gun.... eek.gif
post #672 of 900
But is that going to be the theme of the second season, that they're going to do their jobs but continue to butt heads, because they're not a real couple?

I've been watching season 1 again and they've playing out that theme heavily. Just watched where they tell the kids that he's going to move out and it goes on. They have a working relationship but are cool to each other.
post #673 of 900
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

But is that going to be the theme of the second season, that they're going to do their jobs but continue to butt heads, because they're not a real couple?

Is that sarcasm?
post #674 of 900
Who's psyched? Best new show of last year comes roaring back tomorrow night. Break out your leg-warmers, headbands, and Walther PPK's, baby... Phil and Liz are back! Woo-hoo!

From the HOTP thread....

TV Review
'The Americans': FX series starts 2nd season well
By Dave Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

If Scott Fitzgerald were still alive and writing TV reviews, he might observe that there are often no second or third seasons in American television. You create a great show and against all odds, it hits big the first season and then what? If it's a high-concept show, you have to keep the high-wire act going without squandering the credibility you worked so hard to create in the first season.

Five episodes into the second season of "The Americans" on FX suggest this is one great series that isn't in immediate danger of that second-season slump. All of the elements that made it must-see last year are working at full throttle in season two, which kicks off Wednesday night: intrigue, deception, sex, duplicity, spy vs. spy stuff and, most of all, irony.

The show is set in the early days of the Reagan administration, when the Cold War was building toward a climax in singularly operatic style. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings live in a well-manicured Washington suburb with their teenage daughter, Paige, and young son, Henry. They run a travel agency, and by all accounts, live relatively uneventful lives.

Except, of course, that Philip and Elizabeth are Soviet spies. Their kids don't know that, though, nor does their neighbor Stan Beeman, an FBI agent.

Elizabeth and Philip were perfectly cast as a suburban couple and have played their roles to perfection, until recently. They are still efficiently cold-blooded about carrying out orders from the Center, a.k.a. the KGB, even if it involves going to bed with other people in order to use them. They are also just as efficiently cold-blooded assassins when they have to be.

But in spite of the lie of their marriage and their primary allegiance to Moscow, they have developed feelings for each other. As avidly as they try to hold on to their Soviet values, they are getting quite used to American life.

Following cliff-hanger

The new season picks up after the cliff-hanger first-year finale, when Elizabeth (Keri Russell) was wounded as Philip (Matthew Rhys) saved her from getting caught in an FBI trap, set up by Beeman (Noah Emmerich) and his boss, Special Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas).

"The Americans" devoted its first season to developing an unusually complex and multi-layered conceit. Philip and Elizabeth have to lie to the world to survive, but that also means lying to their own children.

Beeman is supposed to be a walking talking symbol of truth, justice and the American way. Yet he is having an affair with Nina (Annet Mahendru), a Russian woman who he thinks is spying for him but is, in fact, a double agent. Beeman, of course, is lying to his wife, Sandra (Susan Misner), every time he comes home from work very late at night.

The tangled web is still being woven in the second season - deceit begets deceit, lies breed more lies. Paige is old enough to know that something isn't quite right about her parents' marriage. At the same time, she is lying to her parents about where she is and what she's doing.

Typical teenager, right? Not when she's an unwitting player in her parents' duplicitous conceit. And her lie isn't about seeing another boy: It's about finding herself drawn to Christianity, which is bound to upset her parents.

This is a critical moment for the show, the point at which everything can go wrong. Irony and coincidence are crucial to the series, but they have to be credible, and "The Americans" is skating along an especially sharp edge right now.

There's a moment in one of the new episodes, for example, when the family is playing a board game and Elizabeth needs to get the kids out of the house. OK, so? Well, the game they're playing is Life.

Ouch. That kind of heavy-handed telegraphing in the script can bring the whole show down like a house of cards if it's not nipped in the bud.

Too obvious

Don't underestimate your audience that way. We're smart enough to know that Philip and Elizabeth are playing their own game of life. We don't need to be hit over the head with obviousness.

Show creator Joe Weisberg and his writers need only look to Showtime's "Homeland" if they need a reminder of the challenges in trying to keep the plates spinning for a high-concept show in its second and third seasons.

So far, they seem to know the key, as it is in any great TV drama, is character: Write great characters, keep them real and, most of all, believable and you are halfway home. It doesn't matter if a day at the office involves disguises, assassinations, high-level spying or using sex to compromise an asset. It's all in a day's work.


THE AMERICANS
Season two premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.
post #675 of 900
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I won't be able to watch the premier. Vacationing where it's snowing!! LOL
Enjoy
post #676 of 900
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Who's psyched? Best new show of last year comes roaring back tomorrow night. Break out your leg-warmers, headbands, and Walther PPK's, baby... Phil and Liz are back! Woo-hoo!]

Thanks, great piece! With the great True Detective going on and Justified in full swing, the imminent return of The Americans makes me feel as if I had died and gone to heaven. smile.gif
post #677 of 900
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Thanks, great piece! With the great True Detective going on and Justified in full swing, the imminent return of The Americans makes me feel as if I had died and gone to heaven. smile.gif

It kind of is a new golden age of television, isn't it? My biggest worry now is just finding the time to watch all this great stuff. A show has to be pretty damn good -- and fully serialized at a minimum -- to make my cut these days. My reading-for-pleasure time is gradually being whittled down, which I hate. Only so many hours in a day.... frown.gif And my wife requests a few minutes of my daily attention; she's so demanding! tongue.gif
post #678 of 900
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It kind of is a new golden age of television, isn't it?

I never used to watch much tv. Maybe one series at a time would hold my interest. !st was Hill Street Blues, then Twin Peaks...then X-Files. I might see other shows but only as a time filler, not really paying much attention. Now, there is:

Justified
The Americans
Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
Orphan Black
Continium
Grimm (not in the same class as the others I admit)
Dramaville
Dr. Who

All of which are appointment tv for me. And I know there are other shows I'd really enjoy if I had the time. Heck, I just discovered SOA a couple weeks ago and been trying to catch up-on S5 now. I am amazed there are so many quality shows on. For me anyways this is surely the best tv has ever been. And when baseball returns...

Sorry for going OT. Bring on The Americans!
post #679 of 900
Oh man! I have some serious catching up to do! I finally watched the first episode of Season 1 on Amazon Prime and I was hooked. They sure didn't waste time setting things up. Husband wants to defect. FBI guy moves in across the street. FBI guy has strong suspicions and acts on them (searching the garage). Usually it takes a whole season of another show to cover what happened in just the first episode!
post #680 of 900
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

It kind of is a new golden age of television, isn't it? My biggest worry now is just finding the time to watch all this great stuff. A show has to be pretty damn good -- and fully serialized at a minimum -- to make my cut these days. My reading-for-pleasure time is gradually being whittled down, which I hate. Only so many hours in a day.... frown.gif And my wife requests a few minutes of my daily attention; she's so demanding! tongue.gif

When my wife and I had been married for only a few months, she complained to me, "You always have your nose in a book." Alas, that didn't change much during her lifetime. Over the past 10 years, I have shifted the medium I use for books from print to audiobooks. It's not quite the same thing as reading but audiobooks let me "read" during times that used to be unavailable for reading, e.g. cleaning up in the morning, driving my car, and preparing meals. Right now I am "reading" Doris Kearns Goodwin's magisterial, Team of Rivals, about Abraham Lincoln, his cabinet, most of whom had been his political rivals, and the Civil War. The book was the basis for Steven Spielberg's brilliant film, Lincoln.

I am pretty selective about what I watch on TV. These days, my favorites are, in no particular order:

The Americans
Justified
True Detective
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Sons of Anarchy
Sherlock
Downton Abbey (I know it's just an elegantly made soap opera but can't help myself. smile.gif)
Homeland
Edited by gwsat - 2/25/14 at 11:55am
post #681 of 900
Just found this terrific Grantland piece about Season 2 of The Americans. Although the author, Andy Greenwald, discusses in general terms some of the stuff that happens in Season 2, I thought everything he said was benign. Knowing spoilerphobics as I do, though, I thought I should give fair warning. Greenwald says that the high wire act the writers' pulled off so well in Season 1 is even better in Season 2. I can hardly wait!
post #682 of 900
Great opener, I thought. Totally absorbed the whole episode,
post #683 of 900
So that was suppose to be Keri Russell in that threesome, but probably a body double.

And quite a scene for Page to walk in on?
post #684 of 900
It was a decent premiere. I give it a sixty-nine rating. wink.gif
post #685 of 900
Hey GW: Magisterial, really??? Appreciate your reading update, I started Audio Books after Baba Booey started discussing it years ago. Now after goofing on him for years, the King is utilizing the medium.
Favorites, Add:

Blacklist
Ray Donavan, back soon
Sunday Night Showtime now, + Californication final season coming up...
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones??? Can't do it, tried. I go back to WW2, with the notable exception of Nucky and The Untouchables
Sons of Anarchy
Soprano's running nightly on HBO Sig. Tony is titanic... RIP, Jim...

On occasion, the Good Wife, the SUV...
Edited by Ray Lucca - 2/27/14 at 11:16am
post #686 of 900
I am late to The Americans party. Just watched the full 1st season last week off Amazon. Timing is everything! While I liked the season premiere, it lacked something that last season had. Not sure what it is just yet. Could be that they are setting up new story arcs and things just aren't quite jelling yet. The previews for the rest of the season looks good though. Glad to see Granny isn't completely out of the picture. Another antagonist? Or another friend? Either way that might be a cool wrinkle.

Having become of age in 1981, all I can say is, Keri Russell rocks mom jeans like no one I knew at the time! Yousah!
post #687 of 900
really weak season opener. basically nothing happened to move the story forward. hope they're not out of ideas!
post #688 of 900
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really weak season opener. basically nothing happened to move the story forward. hope they're not out of ideas!
I don't think I could possibly disagree more.

While things started up where the left off, there was a lot of stuff in there that moved things along quite nicely - in particular:

1) We had another KGB family decimated, leaving one member who saw Philip leaving the scene - and may remember him later. This also left both adults fearful they might have been compromised and potentially be next.

2) We saw Philip forced to bring his son into an operation, something he hated to have to do.

3) We now know that Mom and Dad know about the daughter checking up on them.

4) We saw the slow rebuilding of relationships on both sides of the law, though neither of the men are able to give up their relationships with their sources. That includes a nice parallel between Stan's relationship with his wife and the one with Nina via their reactions to the same movie.

5) We had a suspicious shooting of Sanford by the Colonel (multiple shots where a single head wound would have done the job) that might be a coverup for something more.

6) We have a new wild card at the KGB with the young analyst who could be trouble for either side.

7) Finally, we all know what ended up happening in Afghanistan in real life, so the question becomes: what blowback will there be for Phiilp's operation gone wrong?
post #689 of 900
The kids aren't old enough to stay at home for an evening while Mom & Dad step out with friends, yet they leave them unattended at an amusement park? Okay then.

This show continues to underwhelm me. Somehow, I like it enough to continue watching, but I want to like it more. Every episode, I expect my wife to look over and declare "welp, I'm out."

Matthew Rhys (or at least his character) is a particular obstacle for me. He's as exciting as a potted plant.

Everyone wandering around in their hushed, mopey mood.

What is more ridiculous than the "marriage" between Philip and Martha? Come on.
post #690 of 900
Great post NetworkTv...caught a few things I missed. Hopefully you will continue your summaries each week, adds a lot to my enjoyment of the show.
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