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Dan
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(03-03-2017, 02:40 AM)
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I'll make time for this, while getting further behind on everything else.
TripOpt55
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(03-03-2017, 03:59 AM)
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Looking forward to this. Seems like it gets better every season.
Intheflorsh
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(03-03-2017, 05:22 AM)
They're running an ad for The Americans on the NYT homepage that turns all the text to Russian, lol
RatskyWatsky
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(03-03-2017, 05:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by Intheflorsh

They're running an ad for The Americans on the NYT homepage that turns all the text to Russian, lol

Neat :D
Cornballer
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(03-03-2017, 04:02 PM)
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- IndieWire review

Unparalleled depth can be felt throughout thanks to this careful layering, and Season 5 so far effortlessly captures a complex range of emotions that proves more enriching with every extra minute of consideration. Tension rises and falls with rapidity, even though the ever-present risk keeps things constantly taut. This, too, has always been a strong suit of Weisberg and Fields’ nuanced work. Grade: A

- Den of Geek review

I’ve mentioned endings when there is still two full seasons to go but if you cut up the show’s six seasons into a beginning, a middle and an end, we’re at the very beginning of the denouement. Thankfully, season five’s first three episodes reveal that The Americans is as good at endings as it is…well, pretty much everything else.

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(03-03-2017, 05:28 PM)
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I like that The Americans has stayed grounded enough in the way where Phillip and Elizabeth are able to not get caught. So many other shows would have let Stan figure things out by now yet contrived a reason for him to stay in the picture - blackmail or something else like that. But The Americans has handled Stan and Nina and others really believably.

That said, I wonder if this penultimate season will be when Stan finally finds out about Phillip and Elizabeth, and the final season will focus on the ramifications of that discovery and how they deal with it.
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(03-03-2017, 05:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by dLMN8R

I like that The Americans has stayed grounded enough in the way where Phillip and Elizabeth are able to not get caught. So many other shows would have let Stan figure things out by now yet contrived a reason for him to stay in the picture - blackmail or something else like that. But The Americans has handled Stan and Nina and others really believably.

That said, I wonder if this penultimate season will be when Stan finally finds out about Phillip and Elizabeth, and the final season will focus on the ramifications of that discovery and how they deal with it.

I'm starting to envision a Shield-like situation with the train losing its brakes mid season.
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(03-03-2017, 05:39 PM)
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Stan is pretty screwed. What's his best case scenario here? He catches them and then his career is ruined because he didn't see it sooner? He might actually be ok with that.
tearsintherain
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(03-03-2017, 05:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Stan is pretty screwed. What's his best case scenario here? He catches them and then his career is ruined because he didn't see it sooner? He might actually be ok with that.

Stan defects to USSR, he is tasked with protecting the Berlin Wall starting Nov 8th, 1989.

Alternatively in the "Stan rises" theory, the spy couple ultimately defect and tell their handler that Stan knew all along and was milking them for information. Their information directly leads to the fall of the soviet union. Stan takes credit, runs for office, and becomes a senator, forms his own private military company after 10 years, and ultimately runs for President.
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-griffy-
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(03-03-2017, 05:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Stan is pretty screwed. What's his best case scenario here? He catches them and then his career is ruined because he didn't see it sooner? He might actually be ok with that.

I think Sepinwall had a pretty good Twitter poll the other day between who would be more immediately screwed if they discovered the truth: Stan with his neighbors vs. Hank with Walt. Stan won the poll.
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BluenoseGames
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(03-03-2017, 05:45 PM)
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I can't wait for this, there's still no UK air date so i'll be re-watching the whole show before it airs in like May or June.
TangoAlphaLima
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(03-03-2017, 05:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Stan is pretty screwed. What's his best case scenario here? He catches them and then his career is ruined because he didn't see it sooner? He might actually be ok with that.

Probably not much different for Stan than it was for Gaad, so yeah, he probably loses his job if the Jennings are outed.

I really wonder what the best case scenario for the Jennings is. Paige and Henry won't go to the USSR willingly. Do Phillip and Elizabeth leave them? Die? Does the whole family go on the run, make new lives for themselves somewhere? It'll be really interesting to see how it plays out.
Splash Wave
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(03-03-2017, 06:35 PM)
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This show is so fucking good and I could not be more excited for its return. That's all.
Saty
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(03-03-2017, 06:57 PM)
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Steady...Steady..

https://track3.mixtape.moe/llujww.webm
OG Shaka Zulu
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(03-03-2017, 07:01 PM)
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Unintentionally funny shit that cracked me up is how many times they say the words "Pastor Tim". When Elizabeth says while arguing with Paige "if I hear about Pastor Tim one more time..." I was cracking up.

I also crack up when Stan pops up unannounced and ends up eating or drinking beer. There's a scene where that fool waltzes in, opens the fridge, and grabs a beer without asking. He's like Bruhman from Martin.
Cornballer
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(03-03-2017, 07:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by -griffy-

I think Sepinwall had a pretty good Twitter poll the other day between who would be more immediately screwed if they discovered the truth: Stan with his neighbors vs. Hank with Walt. Stan won the poll.

That's a tough one. Both of those are pretty bad.

Originally Posted by TangoAlphaLima

I really wonder what the best case scenario for the Jennings is. Paige and Henry won't go to the USSR willingly. Do Phillip and Elizabeth leave them? Die? Does the whole family go on the run, make new lives for themselves somewhere? It'll be really interesting to see how it plays out.

My guess was always that they'd end up on the lam in the US. I doubt they'd kill any of the Jennings family, but who knows...

Originally Posted by OG Shaka Zulu

I also crack up when Stan pops up unannounced and ends up eating or drinking beer. There's a scene where that fool waltzes in, opens the fridge, and grabs a beer without asking. He's like Bruhman from Martin.

Tamanon
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(03-03-2017, 07:28 PM)
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I wonder if the Phillip and Elizabeth would actually kill Stan if he found out.

I mean, we've seen them be cold-blooded before, but I don't think they could do it.
TangoAlphaLima
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(03-03-2017, 07:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tamanon

I wonder if the Phillip and Elizabeth would actually kill Stan if he found out.

I mean, we've seen them be cold-blooded before, but I don't think they could do it.

No way Phillip would do it. Elizabeth is absolutely cold-blooded enough, though.
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(03-03-2017, 07:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by TangoAlphaLima

No way Phillip would do it. Elizabeth is absolutely cold-blooded enough, though.

Henry will do it. For Mrs. Beeman.
Ristifer
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(03-03-2017, 09:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by -griffy-

Henry will do it. For Mrs. Beeman.

The reactions to Henry saying that at the dinner table still get me to this day.
Cornballer
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(03-03-2017, 10:17 PM)
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More reviews:
- Boston Globe review

I’ve seen the first few episodes of the new season, and the drama remains as tense as ever, with strong, careful writing and an abundance of fine performances. Both the spy stuff and the family stuff work on their own, and they blend together more naturally than you might expect, especially where daughter Paige is involved.

- TV Guide review

Perhaps armed with the knowledge that next year is the show's last, the stakes in Season 5 feel even higher even as its trademark slow burns decelerate to a purposeful crawl, and the personal and the professional lines blur further.




Articles:
- Slate: Russia Scandals May Make The Americans “Relevant,” but That’s Not What Makes It Great
- Mic: 'The Americans' soundtrack: 13 of the best songs from the FX spy drama
- NY Times: Alison Wright, Exiled From ‘The Americans’ (Perhaps), Hits Broadway

Will Martha be back this season?

No comment. They’ve told me that I can say something they’ve said many times themselves: She’s alive — and if you’re alive on “The Americans,” there’s always hope for you. Which is fair enough, but it’s certainly something that everybody is dying to know. I’m asked on a daily basis.

Are you sick of the questions?

No, it’s fan-tastic. I’ve noticed just this real tenderness when they talk to me about her, their genuine concern and sympathy and empathy. It’s quite lovely, because it didn’t start out like that.

Cornballer
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(03-05-2017, 10:13 PM)
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The matching Phillip art:

Just a couple of days away!
Cornballer
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(03-06-2017, 04:55 PM)
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- Onion A|V Club: On set at The Americans with Russia on the mind

Even with an end in sight, the showrunners aren’t resting on their laurels. They’ve introduced a new tone (but decline to define the tone specifically, leaving that to critics). “We have in a sense much less espionage whizbang,” Weisberg says. “Of course, each season has had less than the season before, and this season though, there’s even a more dramatic drop-off than before.” After reading some of the scripts, FX CEO John Landgraf said he “noticed there’s a focus on emotional velocity.” That became Weisberg and Fields’ “catchphrase.”

Whereas in past years the writers would begin plotting the season by figuring out what theme would drive the action, that has changed. “The characters and the story are telling us what’s right tonally and what moves come next,” Fields says. Now, as well, they are dealing with even more stories that are taking place in Russia. KGB official Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin) has returned to his family grieving the loss of his brother. There’s also the little matter of whatever became of poor Martha. “The truth is, as much as we plan all the moves of our story, we’re also open to being surprised by them as they unfold,” Fields explains. “That was one that was a surprise to us toward the end of last season, because the story pointed toward these characters being sent home.”

Cornballer
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(03-06-2017, 05:55 PM)
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- Sepinwall: Six Things To Know About Season Five Of ‘The Americans’

It is still one of the very best shows on television. FX gave critics the season’s three opening episodes. The first is more of a table-setter than some past Americans premieres have been, but the next two are outstanding, filled with the usual agonizing mix of spy thrills and family drama, and superb performances by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and the rest of the gang.

Cornballer
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(03-06-2017, 06:19 PM)
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Web of Lies Teaser
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(03-06-2017, 08:41 PM)
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- We Got This Covered review

The Americans, arguably the best show of any kind currently airing on television, is back and firing on all cylinders. 5 out of 5 stars

RastaMentality
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(03-06-2017, 08:46 PM)
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Random (irrelevant) tidbit but the show got its first mixed review on metacritic since season 2 which is a really great run.
Cornballer
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(03-06-2017, 09:54 PM)
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- THR review

The best drama on television continues to ratchet up the tension while pushing purposefully toward the end

- NY Times review

The series’ nuanced depiction of espionage as grinding emotional labor is still enthralling. Season 5, which begins Tuesday on FX, finds the Jenningses’ entanglements deepening.

Ashby
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(03-06-2017, 10:39 PM)
This is the penultimate season, right?
Cornballer
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(03-06-2017, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ashby

This is the penultimate season, right?

Yes. 13 episodes this season and supposedly 10 next season to finish it off.
Cornballer
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(03-07-2017, 01:52 PM)
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Season premiere tonight:

Amber Waves

As Philip and Elizabeth struggle to contain the risks from Paige's growing relationship with Matthew Beeman, the Centre sends them on an operation unlike any they've ever had before, straining their family and marriage to its limits.

Surprisingly, it's a normal 1-hr runtime this evening.
Niraj
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(03-07-2017, 02:29 PM)
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We've made it, comrades.
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(03-07-2017, 02:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Season premiere tonight:
Surprisingly, it's a normal 1-hr runtime this evening.

T Dollarz
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(03-07-2017, 02:33 PM)
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Let's eat.
Cornballer
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(03-07-2017, 04:22 PM)
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- Newsday review

The fourth season was great. The fifth at least needs to match it, and the evidence so far establishes that it will. Grade: A+

- YahooTV review
Ristifer
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(03-07-2017, 04:37 PM)
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TONIGHT, BABY!
Cornballer
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(03-07-2017, 05:37 PM)
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- Tampa Bay Times review

As always, it's all set to a perfect 1980s soundtrack, and written and directed with the same quiet reflectiveness, punctuated by moments of intense action, that has made the show a critical, if not ratings, success.

- Rolling Stone review

The Americans, FX's masterful espionage saga, is the most heartbreaking and harrowing drama on TV right now. But as it heads into its final two seasons, the show feels weirder – because it's also timelier, unfortunately.


Also, some new(?) art that's been making the rounds.



I haven't seen any official photography for this season yet. Wonder if this is it.
Conscience Falls
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(03-07-2017, 05:49 PM)
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I had no idea this was back, feels like it just ended but at the same time, I've mostly forgotten how the last season ended.

Just enough time for a refresh, I've missed these characters.
Cornballer
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(03-07-2017, 07:46 PM)
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- Best of Both Worlds - Americans/Hannah Montana mashup

It gets a little dark in the middle.
RatskyWatsky
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(03-07-2017, 08:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Season premiere tonight:Surprisingly, it's a normal 1-hr runtime this evening.

I am ready.
Sapiens
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(03-07-2017, 08:54 PM)
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I wonder if Matthew Rhys' hair-line will hold up for another two seasons. He's handsome enough to pull off the widows peak though.
Cornballer
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(03-07-2017, 09:31 PM)
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- NY Mag review

As always, The Americans does complex work that never calls attention to its complexity. The associations and connections are there if you care to make them, but the show maintains plausible deniability as a good spy should, walking briskly from scene to scene as if it’s just here to get the job done and get out.

- Vox review

Fortunately, The Americans’ fifth season succeeds in addressing our current world by being its assiduously careful self. This is still a show about how, beyond politics, beyond economics, beyond nationalism, people are people. How beautiful, and how terrifying.

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(03-07-2017, 10:22 PM)
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- Tampa Bay Times review

As always, it's all set to a perfect 1980s soundtrack, and written and directed with the same quiet reflectiveness, punctuated by moments of intense action, that has made the show a critical, if not ratings, success.

- Time Magazine review

The Americans hits new heights in Season 5


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