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The Americans S01E01 "The Pilot" OAD 1/30/13 SPOILERS

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Timbeau, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Bierboy

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    They've only been sleeper agents in the US for 15 years, so they could be "younger"...plus Russell says in the linked interview she's only known her husband for 15 years.
     
  2. murrays

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    Exactly what my wife said!
     
  3. murrays

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    I'll say it again, I really appreciated that they played near full versions of the songs vs. shortened versions that we typically hear.

    -murray
     
  4. DLiquid

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    I know. That was the best they could do to make Keri Russell look younger? She looked exactly the same as the supposedly 41-year-old version. It reminds me of when Howard Stern jokingly played his high school self in Private Parts.

    As for the show, it was okay. I thought it was kind of dull. As a big fan of Homeland, I think this is really nothing like it. Sure, there are some conceptual similarities, but Homeland is one of my favorite shows, and The Americans didn't do much for me at all. The previews looked better than the pilot though, so maybe I'll give it some episodes to grow on me.
     
  5. Sadara

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    While watching this episode, which I just watched last night. I could see all the parts that folks here would nitpick on! :D

    I liked it. I also did not think it was dark. Maybe I have an awesome TV. :D

    I did keep looking for things that weren't going to realistic for the time! This is something I do with Vegas as well. I can't help myself. But, I think they did a decent job. Even if the mall scene looked like it was from today, not 1981. Because that mall scene totally did NOT look like 1981. I was a teen mall rat in 81 and I never saw a mall that looked like that! I can look beyond it though.

    Good show, we'll keep watching.
     
  6. Lee 2.0

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    Michael Mann is a visionary.
     
  7. Rob Helmerichs

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    But it's strange how little of a visionary he turned out to be...i.e., he did Miami Vice and Ridley Scott did Blade Runner at pretty much the same time, and they both seemed very forward-looking. But Miami Vice today looks quaint and old-fashioned, whereas people are still imitating the look of Blade Runner.

    Which to me makes Michael Mann somebody who had a vague notion of where the culture was going and did a brilliant job of shaking off some (but not all) of the deeply-embedded tropes of the day, and Ridley Scott a visionary who not only saw very clearly where the culture was going, but helped shape it.

    Which isn't to say Michael Mann wasn't important in 1984. It just wasn't a lasting kind of importance. He rode the wave, which is more than most people ever accomplish. Ridley Scott WAS the wave.

    If any of that makes sense...
     
  8. Bierboy

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    I say gauth...
     
  9. Rob Helmerichs

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  11. MikeAndrews

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    In the true story the agents were very RRRRussian. These two are passing as Mr. & Mrs. Suburbia.

    There's no doubt that the KGB, aka Russian mafia, had (has!) people in the US, but they're obviously Russian. We had a Russian guy shot down in cold blood in a suburban shopping center parking lot.
     
  12. Rob Helmerichs

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    Yeah, I think this is based more on the old Cold War urban legends about Russian spies who grew up/were trained in fake American cities and sent over here to Live Among Us as sleeper agents, and destroy our way of life when they got the signal from Москва.
     
  13. Lee 2.0

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    Certainly. I would not compare anything Michael Mann has done to Blade Runner, which is incomparable. I wouldn't compare most of what else Ridley Scott has done to Blade Runner either. But in terms of filmmaking, Mann was ahead of his time. Miami Vice is dated in terms of costume, writing, etc., but created a kind of production value that television just didn't have before.
     
  14. Bierboy

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    This.....and, off-topic, the newest Blade Runner Blu-ray release is just unbelievable...
     
  15. robojerk

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    I accidentally deleted the pilot, got yelled at by the wife. Re-acquired it through wizardry means.

    I liked it.. I was born in 1980 so I can't really say how accurate it feels as a time piece. The wife in the pilot seemed a lot more cold to the husband.

    Blade Runner, one of my favorites..... I owned the director's cut (before the latest was released) and it has the narrative removed. When I showed it to friends they all would usually pass out during the scene where Deckard brings Rachael to his home after the killing the stripper replicant. I failed to get a lot of my friends to enjoy it as I do, as they said it was boring.. :(
     
  16. robojerk

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    Also like to add the husband, Matthew Rhys, I've never seen Brother & Sisters but his character on this show was so likeable in the pilot.
     
  17. JLucPicard

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    I kept getting John Ritter flashes from this guy, too, though you're right - more like Jason Ritter.



    I should mention - a little late to the game here as I just watched the pilot today.

    And Rob - another class of '79er here! :up:
     
  18. Mr. Soze

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    We just watched the premiere. As soon as they showed that jackwad's name on the card I bet Mrs. S. that Philip would find him and beat the schitt out of him. He actually overachieved. ;)

    I though she came around at the end a bit with the hot car sex.

    ETA: In The Air Tonight = Miami Vice. Every single time I hear it to this day, I picture Crockett and Tubbs. And Class of '76.
     
  19. Family

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    For some strange reason when he's in disguise he reminds me of Jim Carrey doing Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton.
     

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