Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Americans on FX: are you watching it?
Are you guys aware of the new FX channel show The Americans? Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play two Soviet spies pretending to live regular suburban American lives as a married couple in a Washington, DC suburb in 1981.
The show premiered last week and even though I love the concept, I didn't necessarily love *it*. However, I liked it enough to want to keep watching. Apparently, one of the creators of the show (Joe Weisberg) was an FBI agent in the 80s so I trust that the show is not entirely exaggerated.
As you can probably imagine, I was least interested in the typical, spy action scenes. I don't know if we live in different times or simply have seen too many movies, but I am no longer surprised that some people among us are trained killing machines. What grabbed me the most in the first episode and what I look forward to from the series, are the less bombastic moments when we are faced with the humanity of these people: carrying on their shoulders the weigh of a regime that we, as viewers, know is about to collapse AND balancing that with the day-to-day business of being married in a world that is not entirely their own.
Let me know if you guys are watching it and if you liked the first episode so far. Also, do you have favorite Cold War themed movies, TV shows and books?