Has anyone been watching The Americans on FX? It takes place in Washington, D.C. in 1981. It’s the height of the Cold War; Ronald Reagan has just been elected. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as two KGB agents posing as an American couple. Their two kids — age 10 and 13 — don’t even know their parents’ true identity.
It’s a heady mix of family scenes (“Hurry up, you’ll be late for school”), espionage, steamy affairs, brutal interrogations, assassinations, you name it.
The season finale was last night. I don’t know how well The Americans did in the ratings, but FX renewed it for a second season after just a few episodes.
I didn’t start watching the show until about halfway through the season. (It started in January.) It took me a few episodes to fully grasp who’s who, all the subplots, etc. But the show was riveting from the first time I watched it, even when I was going “Huh? Who was that?”
And the disguises are brilliant. It wasn't until two or three episodes ago that I suddenly figured out that Phillip (played by Matthew Rhys) and Clark Westerfeld were the same person. Maybe it was spelled out in an earlier episode before I started watching the show, or maybe it was obvious to everyone except me. But it sure was a bolt out of the blue. That poor woman married a man who doesn’t exist — a disguised KGB agent.
Needless to say, last night’s season finale was a wicked cliffhanger. We’ll have to wait ‘til January 2014 to find out what happened.
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