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My review of 1.08  
21st-Mar-2013 01:17 pm
the americans
May contain ***spoilers****, so don't say I didn't warn you.

And, it's official, I guess, I truly dislike all characters aside from Philip (and his kids)  and Sandra. I agree with Philip, so to Elizabeth I'd like to say: "You know, Betty, divorce is  more acceptable in 1981, so just get OUT and stop whining!"

I'm sorry, but this whole flip-flopping between Philip and Elizabeth.... Come the frack on! I've sat through 3 seasons of Justecca going 'Do you love me, I'm not sure you do, oh you DO love me, no you don't, now I don't love you, now I do, I hate you, I love you, No I don't ..... I'm moving to New York" Just put me out of misery, Betty, and move to Los Angeles. It's early '80, I know a company called "Ojai Foods" The owner, William Walker, likes blondes.....

I cannot sympathize with Elizabeth's upset over Philip's lie. It all feels so fake. I know that Philip lied to her, (NOT condoning it) but he was right. Whether he would have told her the truth or a lie, she would have made a scene (or in Elizabeth's case - give him the silence-and-no-sex-for-several-years-treatment) She sure easily forgot about the 13 years of sex with Gregory behind Philip's back and that he's not the only one who screwed up in their relationship. I think they do well as spies, but please, this whole fake-marriage-drah-mah-mah-mah is getting boring.

Equally boring is the Stan/Nina thing. It made me lose the respect I had for Stan and what little respect I had for Nina. I don't like to see them together sexually (because I don't feel they are romantic), though I'll admit that a lot that feeling is based on the fact that, so far, I still like Stan's wife. I didn't like the dinner-scene much either. There was a certain uneasy feeling about it, I'm not sure, but it felt as if the idea was being created that Sandra wasn't a good cook or something.I wonder if Philip had been the one to do the cooking, because he was very quick with the answer, while Elizabeth had her usually blank stare.

I wonder what Granny's agenda is, but still dislike her. I wouldn't trust her at all. And I don't think that Philip will ever do that again either. I hope he kills her.

I was glad to see snarky Kevin pop up momentarily when Philip wondered how they were going to find an assassin for whom they have no desciption or nothing.

I'm curious about Chris Amadour's secret, there's something about what Martha said that made me think "OMG! You're gay!", but I'm not the most reliable source on this, I see gay guys everywhere and if not, I'll make it up. (Hey! It's more entertaining than seeing ghosts, you know.)

P.S. Wow! Does Philip hold the record for putting on a condom or are they guys even faster than he is...?  :D

21st-Mar-2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I am so glad I wasn't the only one noticing the condom thing! Noone in the history of the world has ever put on a condom that quickly WITH ONE HAND! Seriously.

I thought Amadour was married? Isn't that his secret? I don't really get his character, which might be because so many different writers are putting in their perspective for every episode.
21st-Mar-2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe Philip doesn't know that you should actually unwrap the thing or something? I just remember looking at the scene and thinking 'yeah rrrrright!' :D

21st-Mar-2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
I seriously hope that is just bad sex acting, along with my pet peeve the "one thrust entry".
21st-Mar-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
might be a reason, why we haven't seen him in all too many sex-scenes so far?! but it makes a bubble burst over here. :) I really thought he can do anything.
22nd-Mar-2013 06:42 am (UTC)

Sorry. ;-)

We need to do more research. The only two other sex scenes I can think of are from Sorted and Patagonia. In Sorted he essentiallly gets raped, because he's drugged and not willingly participating. In Patagonia...hm, no, it's a lot more tender than the scenes in The Americans.

Maybe Philip does rough sex because he doesn't care about the person he's doing it with? So it IS good acting after all?
22nd-Mar-2013 08:37 am (UTC)
how could I forget the scene in Patagonia?! That was... yes... I rewind it (several times and every time I watch the movie)

Maybe Philip does rough sex because he doesn't care about the person he's doing it with? So it IS good acting after all?
nice point and you may probably be right...

thanks, bubble restored!!
21st-Mar-2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
maybe it's his experience?! makes him the word fastest 'condom-user' (sorry, I had to come up with a word!)
and yes, Chris is puzzling. I wonder what his real secret is.
22nd-Mar-2013 06:44 am (UTC)
What, like Matthew's own experience?

See, this is why I don't like watching sex scenes. I DO NOT want to know these things about actors. *brain bleach*

Chris Amador is sketchy. In both senses of the word.

Edited at 2013-03-22 06:44 am (UTC)
22nd-Mar-2013 08:34 am (UTC)
erm, I am weird, but not that weird!! Not Matthew's experience! Philip and his honeytrapping-experience :)
22nd-Mar-2013 08:40 am (UTC)
Phew! Thank you.

But generally, I don't like sex scenes because they tend to be so...I don't know...it's just too close to the real person, somehow. I don't want to know.
22nd-Mar-2013 08:54 am (UTC)
yes, it's intimate and not every movie or TV show requires it. I seem to have more trouble with the scenes, the more I like the actors. but sometimes there are really sensual scenes without too much nudity. (like in Patagonia - very intimate or another sex-scene I liked was Jude Law and Rachel Weiz in 'enemy at the gates')
22nd-Mar-2013 10:01 am (UTC)
It very seldom makes any difference to the story.
There are a few films where it's a valid plot device and where I don't find it too awkward watching, but I actually think that in The Americans we don't really *need* to see it. It would be enough for me to just understand that's where it's going or that is what has happened.

I like the Patagonia scene because it's believable. It's a little sad and desperate, but also tender and intimate. And no soft-focus humping to a full orchestra! ;-)
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