Why did I like The Americans?

February 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm (Randomosity) (, )

First off, this review comes over a week after The Americans debuted because I don’t have cable and that’s how long it took the pilot to get online. (Or, at least, that’s how long it took me to remember that television happens on the internet now.)

Secondly, to at least partially understand why I liked The Americans, you have to be familiar with Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. I know clicking links is time-consuming, but if you’ve never heard Tusk, you need to hear Tusk. If you’ve heard Tusk, it probably won’t hurt to hear it again.

It's always been my favorite Fleetwood Mac song, mostly for the brass band section.

It’s always been my favorite Fleetwood Mac song, mostly for the brass band section.

So: on to the actual review, which tells about how The Americans is about a couple of deep-cover Soviet spies disguised as suburbanite Americans that look like Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. They have two TV-cute kids who, so far, aren’t annoying TV-cute kids, so that’s good. And they totally kidnap a Soviet defector to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, so, while they might be loyal to Mother Russia, at least they know good music when they hear it.

Yeah, they look happy now, but she's about to try to stab her fake-husband with that knife.

Yeah, they look happy now, but she’s about to try to stab her fake husband with that knife.

I’ve noticed in a lot of reviews of The Americans, the reviewers question how we’re (actual Americans) supposed to root for these Soviet spies as the protagonists. Eventually they come up with an answer that involves quality writing (which the show has) and good acting (which the show has). But they miss the most important reason which is: This show is set during Reagan-era America, which means we deserved all the spying we got. Come on! Reagan-era America??? We were the bad guys then!!

Moving right along, The Americans has nice character development and some pretty cool fight and chase sequences, so you should watch it too.

The logo alone deserves your love, doncha think?

The logo alone deserves your love, doncha think?

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