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The Americans..  
30th-Mar-2014 02:47 pm
the americans
.. Not trying to be mean about this show. I've desperately tried to like it, because Matthew likes working on this show so much. But I just don't like  this show. And I don't know what it is.

I think I can compare watching this show with a comedy with a 'laugh-tape' underneath. I don't need to hear the laughter to get that there's a joke, but I won't laugh at the joke if the joke isn't funny. With "The Americans" I can see it, but not 'feel' it.

Maybe that a lot of that feeling is due to Elizabeth. This is by no means some dig at Keri's acting. I think she's doing a good job, I get where Elizabeth is coming from, I can understand her worries for her kids etc, but I don't give a sh**. If she is concerned/worried/scared about something, I just end up rolling my eyes and think 'get over yourself, drama-queen'. I think it's because Elizabeth has been an ice-berg for too long, that her about-turn just feels incredibly fake to me. I'm more concerned/have more compassion for Sandra, Nina or Martha.

Maybe it's knowing that Philip/Elizabeth will always get out of it alive, is what takes the sting out of these episodes as well. Like watching an episode of the A-team, you just know that, regardless how well the trap, they will get out of it. No worries. (Unfortunately the 'ways out' for P/E aren't half as entertaining as the A-team's. :S)

I think that Matthew is doing an phenomenal job in showing off his acting talents, he makes each character a different one and I watch in awe of his subtlety, the nuances on his face, the way that he uses his body and everything, but I'm not engaged in Philip at all. Again, there's no need to be worried about him either.

If Matthew hadn't been in it, I would stop watching this show. And though I know that Matthew likes this role, because he does get to slip in all these different disguises and I want him to be happy and with a steady job and such, a part of me wouldn't shed a tear if this show got cancelled tomorrow.
31st-Mar-2014 11:18 am (UTC)
lol! Season 5 of B&S, that was a really crazy time :D

I think the difference with the Americans is that even if season 5 of B&S was really bad, we still loved the characters. They were different from the previous seasons but I loved the Walkers and they were people with real feelings very easy to identify with them.

I think that self-identification and empathy with the characters is one of the reasons that keep people watching a TV show every week. In the case of "The Americans" it's almost impossible to feel something for these characters, they are mostly a group of assassins, so except for the children and maybe Martha there is nobody that people can feel anything for them. IMO this is the reason of the bad ratings, even if the show is very well written and with great acting.
31st-Mar-2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
and empathy with the characters is one of the reasons that keep people watching a TV show every week. In the case of "The Americans" it's almost impossible to feel something for these characters,

I completely agree with this. :)
31st-Mar-2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Interesting comment, I hardly never watch shows where I feel empathy for characters. I avoid chick flicks like the plague. I am drawn to action, fantasy, sci-fi and generally speaking genre's that are not based on any form of reality. I get a kick out of The Following with James Purefoy and he's a psychopath that makes The Americans look like they're playing patty cake. My point being this, if you are looking to empathize, then I can see why this show is frustrating. In my case, since I don't typically watch shows with empathetic characters, that aspect doesn't phase me, which explains a little more why some are responding to it, while others don't.
1st-Apr-2014 07:31 am (UTC)
I see what you mean. I prefer to watch shows with people that I find 'interesting', the character has to 'grab my attention and hold it' and I don't care if it's a psychopath or a house-wife.

Of course a lot depends on the sort of show/movie. I love slasher-movies and horror-movies that doesn't have vampires or zombies or aren't devil-related.

I don't watch a movie like "Conan, the Barbarian" to feel empathy for Arnold Schwarzenegger. I just want him to slice his opponents to bits. :) I usualy don't care much about the big-boobed 'virgins' that end up being killed by Jason Voorhees or Freddie Krueger or some chainsaw carrying madman. I'm watching for HOW they get killed, not IF they killed.

However, I also like shows like Criminal Minds where I love to get a view into the mind of the serial killer and his/her reasoning of being/becoming a serial killer. I can realize that they have their own demons and I can still be glad that the murderer gets shot in the end, or feel sorry that they get shot in the end.

I enjoy my psychopats like crazy, but there has to be 'that certain something' that drives me to watch them. I don't like to watch a show about some killer, who does it for the killing only and doesn't offer anything to sink my teeth in.

Which is why I do tend to not look at romantic movies or comedies, because those characters usually have as much depth as a piece of paper.

I think that 'The Americans' wants (nearly insists) me to feel for the characters. Yet, all I can do is roll my eyes and be annoyed with how I cannot 'feel' them, even when I recognize that it's all well-filmed, fairly well-written and well-acted...
1st-Apr-2014 08:54 am (UTC)
Oh no, (the last bit). Well, I didn't think this would happen but you've finally convinced me.....I suppose this show is just not for you. I'm not one to change people's minds. I really wasn't trying to. Just pointing out a few positives and possible reasons why some dislike it....well, I tried anyway....
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