I've grown to love the show more and more since it's moved away from the spy thriller elements
Posted by A.h. on 5/2/2017, 7:57 pm, in reply to "The Americans is awesome"
By resolving and/or abandoning the majority of its narrative conflicts more or less peacefully, the show has achieved a weird kind of emotional momentum that I don't think I've ever seen on any show before. Like for example, for a few seasons now the question has not been "Will Stan Beeman discover who Philip and Elizabeth are?" (Which is a question that would drive any normal show with this premise), it's become something more along the lines of "Will these characters continue to maintain a relationship with each other when one or both of them quits?" They've spent so much time exploring these inner lives, these people's psyches, that their very decision-making process has become a fascinating thing to watch. It elevates this show so much further above the "Highbrow Alias"-type show that it seemed in the beginning. It's stereotyped as a show about marriage, but it's really a show about every type of human relationship possible -- friends, family, lovers, coworkers, rivals, mentors, proteges, neighbors -- and what happens when those bonds are tested. I can't wait to see what they have planned for the final season. I hope it's even slower than this one was.
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