Same, I just finished not too long ago. It's an S-rank show, and it could be legendary if it aces it all the way. On the contrary to you, once I did a little reading I figured I'd enjoy it (I love spy fiction, history, and '80s music). Although, what I didn't expect was identifying with the themes of marriage and family so strongly. A lot more people should watch, there's a lot to learn from this show not only historically and politically, but regarding personal relationships just as well. I can't wait for March.I just started watching the show and now I'm proudly up to date. I had absolutely no interest in this show based on the premise, but I'm am absolutely hooked. Just blew me out of the water; I don't even binge watch shows like that.
Dammit, Henry.THE AMERICANS
Season four of the retro spy drama kicks off right where season three ended: April 1983, when President Reagan declared the Soviet Union "the evil empire" and Paige (Holly Taylor) ratted out her spy parents to her pastor. "Everyones in crisis and I think they feel that theyre fighting for their survival," says costume designer Jenny Gering, who established the looks and direction for season four. (She co-designed the first episode with Katie Irish, who took over for the rest of the season.) Hence, a darker, cooler palette for Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and more leather. "In regards to what's going on in her life, I think she needs to feel protected," Gering adds. "She's being, in some ways, attacked from all sides. These fabrics, these textiles are her armor."
Last season, a morally conflicted Philip (Matthew Rhys) said he wanted out of the spy game. "He is craving normalcy, so he seems a bit more flustered and perhaps less focused," hints Gering. "I think it's possible that there could be some wardrobe slip ups with him." And we know those covert operative disguises are critical elements of Philip's missions. On screen, there's no break going from season three to four, but in real life, months had passed presenting a new challenge to the costume designer. "Over the summer, Keidrich Sellati, who plays their son Henry, grew six inches," Gering laughs. "So that meant, of course, a totally new closet for the kid."
I just made this:
They were simultaneously released for previous seasons iirc. It's been a recent trend by a few networks to cut the blu-ray releases for shows that don't move a lot of units.That makes no sense. Was it like this for the previous seasons to come out on dvd first then bluray down the line?
Some minor spoilers in the full article.The fourth season of FXs Cold War spy drama is a bit of a step down, especially from the near-perfect second and third seasons. Primarily, this is because at this point its gotten hard to hide the shows carefully stitched seams from view. This season is an even slower burn than usual, with even more balls hanging in the air. Secondary characters drift in and out seemingly because they are narratively obligated to make appearances. Even the tensest scenes have a whiff of familiarity. These are the expected, unavoidable signs of aging in any TV show, let alone one that maintains such a precarious balance of tones and moods.
But noting that The Americans is showing some signs of wear isnt to say that the show is no longer stylish, delightfully off-kilter, panic-attack-inducing entertainment. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell continue to do spectacular work as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, the sleeper KGB agents thrown into a sham marriage and family that has become increasingly emotionally real.
Thanks guys. I'll be back, I promise! Wish FX offered streaming as it aired, though.
Much of season four is driven by the internal conflict of the Jennings’ daughter Paige, played Holly Taylor, who at the end of the last season told Pastor Tim about her parents’ double life. “She’s very confused as to whether she should trust her parents — she’s grown up with them all these years and they’ve never done anything to hurt her,” Taylor said. “So she has that reason to trust them, but at the same time, she doesn’t know how to do that anymore because she’s lost a sense of who they are.”
Weisberg and Fields are so deeply committed to historical accuracy that they consult a calendar to make sure that the television programs the characters watch did, in fact, air on the date an episode takes place. So while they occasionally joke about letting the Russians win the Cold War, as they’ve begun planning the end game for the series they’ve strived to stay as truthful as possible. They’ve recently begun planning the end, and Fields thinks they will do “five or six” seasons in total.