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The Americans on FX

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Scott Kocourek, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Feb 2, 2013 #41 of 142
    Maruuk

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    Yeah. A dog. No charisma, no sex appeal. Pushing 40. See, to me, any show that could open with such an incredibly trite and lame-o 70's-style action sequence with terrible music editing and present such a middle-aged skank as the woman who was clearly being set up as the "eye candy" had zero cred. DELETE CITY.

    Now some folks actually like cop chase scenes right out of CHIPS or Miami Vice or Charlie's Angels (with 40 year olds!) or whatever. Be my guest. Enjoy!
     
  2. Feb 2, 2013 #42 of 142
    phrelin

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    Well, I will argue with you about Golden Globe winner Keri Russell. Yes, she will be an aging 37 in March and she does play the mother of a 15 year old daughter. You'd better stick to the Victoria Secrets shows, I guess. :nono:
     
  3. Feb 2, 2013 #43 of 142
    Maruuk

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    This isn't about dating, this is about eye candy in 2D when you have a choice from the most beautiful women in existence. I can look at average-looking late 30-somethings all day long in real life. This is supposed to be a fantasy world, and I expect fantasy-level eye candy matched with top-notch acting. The Americans comes up way short on all fronts.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2013 #44 of 142
    spartanstew

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    Thankfully, I have never evaluated a show based on the "looks" of the people in the cast, but I also don't masturbate while I watch TV shows as apparently many others do.
     
  5. Feb 2, 2013 #45 of 142
    Maruuk

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    That would require getting it up, so I understand the limitations of some others...

    I guess films and TV producers never consider the looks of the actresses to be cast. It's just kind of randomness that produces the end result. That's why the Oscars look pretty much like the crowd at my local Safeway.
     
  6. Feb 2, 2013 #46 of 142
    TomCat

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    But Keri said she thinks you are really attractive. :nono:

    I'd give 20 bucks to see what you're squeezin'.:rolleyes:
     
  7. Feb 2, 2013 #47 of 142
    armophob

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    So..."Baywatch" good show because of pretty girls, and "Americans" bad show because of not as pretty girls.

    Got it.
     
  8. Feb 2, 2013 #48 of 142
    TomCat

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    Where is your mind, Spart? No offense meant, but I think you may have connected dots that never were there.

    And of course no role in Hollywood is ever cast with the potential appeal of the actor in mind. :rolleyes: This is why Gabourey Sidibe and Susan Boyle are having such great careers.

    When do you, BTW?

    Be sure not to fall off that high horse and hurt yourself.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2013 #49 of 142
    Maruuk

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    Jeez, I apologize for my heterosexuality "fellows". We don't have our "Stonewall" for straight pride as you do.

    But seriously, any given bunch of guys are going to disagree about who's hot and who's not. And I'm still watching Downton Abbey, and they just killed off the only hottie in the entire series, so I'm not ALL bad. 8^>

    I'll be sure to give Barbra Streisand an extra hand when she performs at Oscars this year.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2013 #50 of 142
    spartanstew

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    No dots to connect Tom. Some watch TV just for eye candy, some watch for story lines and acting. If the cast is hot, fine, but that's not a reason to watch or not watch IMO.

    And nobody's horse is quite as high as yours TomCat, but we do appreciate your posts in this thread not being your normal novels that nobody reads.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2013 #51 of 142
    Maruuk

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    The classic straw dog syndrome. I led with terrible writing, bad directing, awful music, and finally zero eye candy. But the only attack point was the desire for an attractive female lead. Fair and balanced?

    I appreciate and respect you folks who worship older actresses like Cher and Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler. Can't we all get along?
     
  12. Feb 2, 2013 #52 of 142
    spartanstew

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    Exactly. eye candy shouldn't even enter the equation. You make it sound as if you could get by on terrible writing, bad acting and awful music as long as it had eye candy. I know this is a geek board and most get off on that stuff, based on years spent in Moms basement, but come on, you don't watch a show like The Americans expecting any "eye candy"
     
  13. Feb 2, 2013 #53 of 142
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    The Americans is a spy show. If this was a film it'd star the young version of Angelia Jolie (she's too old now) and the hottest guys they could find. In other words, it'd be a major male/female babefest. But this being a cheapasz FX show the best they could do was Keri Whatzherface, not exactly major box office any more. Not my cup of tea but you older folks enjoy! I mean, if EYE CANDY didn't matter here, why didn't they cast Melissa McCarthy??

    Gossip Girl got my attention with babes but it was really the fantastic character of Chuck Bass that held my attention. Downton is in trouble plotwise precisely because they have no sexual tension left to drive their Jane Austen-esque plot--they pulled the "Friends" jump-the-shark trick by marrying off or killing the 2 cute girls.

    A TV show doesn't make it or break solely on the cute girl quotient for me, but it sure helps! Film is a totally different thing. I mean, who's hot in the Bicycle Thief or Cinema Paradiso? Though I admit to being a big fan of Ludivine Sagnier! I do kind of follow her films for her.

    Now you take "Don't Trust the B..." Super hot lead, but also very creative and funny premises and writing! It's great when you have a win-win situation!
     
  14. Feb 2, 2013 #54 of 142
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    "The Americans" is a show set in 1981 with flashbacks to the 1960's. The plot is not centered around T&A and as with ALL televison shows it has a flaw or two.
     
  15. Feb 3, 2013 #55 of 142
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    That's your first mistake. You might know better if you saw the whole first episode through to the ending - it was near the ending of the first episode that we saw the main overarching story arc laid out.

    But don't take my word for it. Read about it from the FX show site (emphasis added):
    You derived assumptions about the show, maybe from its trailers which I guess you're expressing frustration about...
    The description of the show is not some wild fiction with gorgeous female and male model types running around in fantastic sports cars chasing and killing each other.

    "The Americans" sounds a bit like this ABC story dated Jan. 15, 2013:
    Or much closer to home is the Anna Chapman sleeper spy ring arrested by the FBI in June 2010 and swapped a few days later for four Russian double agents. Read this NY Post story How many spies remain?. Or maybe the story Russian Sleeper Agent Allegedly Tried to Recruit Son Into Spy Business which tells us:
    Yeah, I'm old. When I was an undergraduate student I loved the Bond books - male romance novels. But by the time I graduated people were being killed in Vietnam as the Cold War continued to be hot.

    If you want movies about spies see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Zero Dark Thirty not a Bourne or Bond movie. Or better yet, read all the John le Carré novels.

    Sorry, but for what this story is about Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were excellent choices. For what you want, watch reruns of "I Spy" with Robert Culp and Bill Cosby like us old folks did before we learned about life.
     
  16. Feb 3, 2013 #56 of 142
    Maruuk

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    "That's your first mistake."

    Nope, that was yours. I had researched the premise thoroughly, that's the only reason I was watching it. But when you see a production so weak and sloppy with hackneyed writing and bad casting and so many substandard executions of basic production values in the first 15 minutes--ya gotta bail or be a masochist. It's just uninspired tripe from beginning to end.

    I used to watch "I Spy" but only because there were basically no other choices back then. It was a pretty awful show even in its day! But you can't fault anybody back then for the lack of choice. Today, hell, watching crap is a mortal sin given all the possibilities.

    Bottom line: some folks like the show, others don't. Same as it ever was.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2013 #57 of 142
    RunnerFL

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    You've made your point, please let it go and not ruin the thread. Thanks.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2013 #58 of 142
    Carl Spock

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    I may watch the show.

    I'm never reading this thread again.
     
  19. Feb 3, 2013 #59 of 142
    Scott Kocourek

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    We watched the show last night and really enjoyed it. Let's give those that hated the show a chance to complain and I'll close this thread and start a new one after the next episode for those that continue to watch.
     
  20. Feb 3, 2013 #60 of 142
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    Absolutely will keep watching. I was enthralled once the story started to play out. Loved the musical score. And Keri Russell? Fell for her in "August Rush", she still does it for me.
     

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