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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 02:23 pm (UTC)
You're not in the minority, your reaction is completely normal. You can tell just by the comments you've received. That doesn't mean that I don't have my fingers crossed that you'll find a way to like it one day (or parts of it) If you stick with it, just focus on how hot Matthew is looking and maybe you'll enjoy it a little better :)
31st-Mar-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
I am compared to the board on IMDB and reactions that I read in other places, such as recaps, interviews and such.

I love Matthew's acting, but with my head and not heart. I see how well played the character is and the many layers that are to Philip and I see how well Matthew manages all those different emotions, I almost study it, :) but unlike his parts in for instance B&S, Drood, Death comes to Pemberly or House of America I don't get drawn in, I don't FEEL it.
Maybe it's indeed, as Laira says, that I can't bring up much empathy for the characters aside from Martha and the kids. This doesn't mean that the acting isn't good, because it is.
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