The Americans is kinda sorta but not really a throwback… It kinda is in that the TV show itself is set back in the 1980s during the Cold War with Russia, and it’s kinda not because well it’s airing on TV right now!
It’s a TV show that I’ve only just started watching, it’s a drama series but also has enough action to keep you interested. It centres around two KGB officers, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, who are undercover as a normal American married couple with two children. It also has a main focus on an FBI agent named Stan who is working to try and stop the KGB.
I am actually really enjoying this show. I’m not sure how realistic it is in terms of the double lives that the KGB officers are leading or even how the FBI agent deals with his family issues is, but it is fascinating. That the KGB officers, who are not actually married, just faking it, still got down and dirty often enough to have two kids…talk about dedication. But when does it end for them? Do they ever get to “retire” and live out their lives? How would that complicate things with their children? Would they stay in a country they despise just because their kids are American? Or would they reveal all to their children and then skip of home to Russia? But then would the KGB kill them and their kids because they spilled secrets?
Don’t even get me started on the FBI agent on the way he’s treating his wife, that’s just going to blow up in his face and he’ll lose everything he cares about. Or maybe he doesn’t care anymore and that’s why he’s doing it.
Anyway, I’m only on the first season, but so far this period drama has me quite interested and kinda hooked. My only thought though is that so far there doesn’t seem to be a recurring theme for the season, aside from KGB want to destroy America and the FBI want to destroy the KGB officers… well duh, that’s just what the whole show is based on, but normally there’s one big point to a season, and I haven’t found it yet, it just seems to be each episode there’s some sort of plan to kill someone or get information or something, and the FBI or KGB foil it for the other party…and repeat. And yet it still has me watching more!