The Americans Season 1 Finale Review: Looks Like We Made It

The Americans S01E13: "The Colonel"

Newly committed spy-Nina made progress turning Beeman while Phillip and Elizabeth’s dubious meeting with an asset resulted in a death-defying escape from the clutches of the FBI. "The Colonel" was a solid season finale that expertly represented a show that's both similar to and far different from the one introduced in the pilot. We are still watching spies be people and people be spies, but across the board, nearly every character has had their world drastically changed from the originally established status quo. The well-oiled, heartless machine of espionage from early on has become something that's simultaneously more compassionate and more exploitative of the human condition. 

Phillip and Elizabeth learned each other’s pasts and worked through the hurt they've leveled against one another; Beeman stepped up out of his straight-laced existence, fell into a romance with an enemy lover, lost a friend, murdered an innocent person, and is now in a slow-motion tailspin; faced with punitive action, timid, low-ranking Nina drew on her untapped cunning and feminine wiles to rise through the ranks of the KGB. Set against the backdrop of the intelligence-obsessed Cold War, in 13 episodes The Americans has successfully "married" the two initially disparate themes of family and spy-craft to the point where it doesn’t really make sense not to think of the two together. What are relationships, but the sharing and withholding of information? What are the two emotional extremes of life, but love and war? Sure, the premise of this show felt like pitch-fodder at first, but in a time where intel is just a smartphone away, where we have 24-hour access to news trumping up the threats to the American way (whatever that is anymore), and where ripples from our nation’s warring past continue to haunt our headlines, the kind folks at FX have created an hour that is both entertaining and vitally important to us all as humans moving forward (even if you think the wigs are hokey).

But let’s talk about the events of this episode, why not? Phillip and Elizabeth were perfect. Whether you know it or not, their marriage is actually/officially an "on-again-off-again" romance, possibly the best one on television today. Between Phillip murdering Elizabeth's rapist in the pilot, Elizabeth letting her husband down gently about the inauthenticity of their arranged marriage, and now her Russian invitation for him to "come home," this show has discovered a new way into the "will-they-won’t-they" dynamic that viewers demand, while maintaining a taut, original, suspenseful drama. Perhaps the most innovative aspect to their uncertain relationship is the possibility of death on either end (Jim and Pam will NOT face this). How romantic is it to be so committed to a shared cause that the end of life might stop your love? 

Case in point, Phillip and Elizabeth’s debate over who should take the kids. Isn’t it the epitome of adulation to feel that your biological, creative partner is better suited to care for your progeny? Or is it self-hatred? At one point Phillip cited Elizabeth's status as their mother, insisting it makes her a better candidate. A nurturer—only, in their case, the less-loved of the two. Still, she bears the title of "mom," and historically, this role is more aligned with kindness and gentleness; Phillip's stance implies that he sees the world to come as a ruthless, unforgiving one, and for Paige and Henry to endure it, they’ll need comfort. Contrarily, that Elizabeth sees her husband (normally an "enforcer") as the better suited of the two to provide comfort is just one of the many ways The Americans has subverted societal roles.  

On the opposite side of the spectrum is Agent Stan Beeman, a floundering man-child in the ways of love. Right? It seems he’s made his family, but refuses to interact with them (I think his only words to Matthew this season were about The Rocky Horror Picture Show.) An individual so used to being someone else would ostensibly find it difficult to behave as the cornerstone of an intimate group, and that’s exactly what’s occurred. That Phillip had a hand in scoring Beeman that sweet Jamaican vacation deal doesn’t necessarily mean his neighbor has infiltrated the FBI agent’s marriage, but it certainly feels like the product of such. Wouldn’t that be a win in this world? Ruining your enemy’s personal life?  Sure, in the Jenningsphere it looks like Elizabeth is pulling through from the awesome car-chase-cum-gunshot-wound, but on that note, Paige also seems to be getting close to figuring out her spy parents? We should all be thankful Elizabeth and Phillip seem to be on the up-and-up, because it’ll take teamwork to handle their children’s growing curiosity, plus Papa Jennings’ fake/real marriage to the tragically enjoyable Martha. Oh Martha. You sure can pick 'em! 

Claudia finished off the season being the most Claudia she could be: ordering Elizabeth "Eggs Florentine," claiming to know her better than she knew herself; slicing and dicing Patterson for the death of Zhukov (who knew she had feelings?!/"You won't be able to move for 20 minutes. Which is 10 minutes longer than you have left."), and advising Arkady for the benefit of Phillip and Elizabeth (who knew she had feelings?!). So far we’ve heard tell of Moscow’s sometimes uninformed, greedy direction to its lower operatives, but only now have we seen higher-ups such as "Granny" and Arkady questioning the authority back home. I have to reiterate how impressive it is that this show has established a world where we care so much about people in their workplace (a workplace that happens to be spying for Russia), that it’s okay knowing how the Cold War played out (spoiler alert: no one attacks anyone with nuclear missiles). It’s not about who wins nationally, it’s about seeing the smaller characters on the frontline survive in spite of their duties, and the everyday demands of human existence.      

So, with an FBI agent in the doghouse, unknowingly watching the kids of KGB operatives (connecting the two families even further), set to Peter Gabriel’s war-critical song "Games Without Frontiers," The Americans both set forth its own criteria and proceeded to stick a perfect landing within its self-identified terms. To view the series and its growth has been a WHOLLY satisfying experience and thankfully the next season can continue from where these first 13 episodes have left off pretty effortlessly. Sure it may be history, but in focusing on the individuals involved, this seemingly limited world has endless possibilities.      


ADDITIONAL INTEL

– Elizabeth listening to recordings of her mother in the basement. Heartbreaking/she sure could’ve used a comforting parental figure. 

– The Jennings children are delightful TV kids. Just naive enough, but also full of individual emotion. 

– Whew, a lot of deaths this season: Robert, Timochev, Gregory, Zhukov, Vlad, Amador, Vasily, Robert’s wife, Patterson, Udacha, just to name a few. Am I forgetting anyone?

– The show is taking it to space next season, apparently.

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Aug 16, 2013
Beeman's wife is KGB. Right? RIGHT??
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Jul 07, 2013
The Americans or Orphan Black for best new show of the season? I don't really care to be honest ... I love them both. I just finished watching this episode and .... it was great. No other words required. Great finale to a great season.

I'm really looking forward to the intricacies of the Philip-Elizabeth relationship and am curious to see how much the kids will find out about their parents in the next season. Also, I wonder when that useless kidnapper will make an appearance again. Can't wait for him to get his ass kicked :)

When is season 2 starting again?? :D
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Nov 12, 2013
There's a ticker on this page: http://www.tv.com/shows/the-americans-2013/episode-14-2982853/

At the time of writing: 77 days, 15 hours, 30 minutes and some seconds.
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Jun 08, 2013
OWW Yeaahh.. Well this was an awesome season!! More please!
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May 15, 2013
How's everyone holding out?

I've been watching my second-favourite show Orphan Black, a science fiction mystery which often (but not always) has me hanging to find out out what happens next. It's no The Americans, but I like the script, the acting, and most of the characters.

I also started watching Justified since everyone else seems to, and at first it just seemed like a stylish cop show, but now at the end of season 3 I am thoroughly enjoying it. I'm watching it so much that at night I think in a Kentucky accent, which is quite a stretch since I'm Australian. It makes me think about stuff, probably most of which is stereotypes.

I'm also watching Green Wing again, and I got a lot of movies to catch up on. Anyone got any non-cop shows to recommend?
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May 21, 2013
Right now I'm on a comedy mood, new girl and parks and recreation are my top two comedies at the moment... Did you see "The Killing", I liked it a lot, but it is cop-related. Already downloading "the following", I hope it is good.
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Nov 12, 2013
I was absolutely obsessed with "Top of the Lake" which is also a cop show but not with all the shoot-outs and car-chases I am used to ringing around this house.

i bought the DVD and have watched it too many times now, hanging out for the new year and seasons 2 of "The Americans" then "orphan Black".
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Dec 23, 2013
Yeah The Americans on february, I cannot wait!
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May 21, 2013
Yeah I liked The Killing a lot, and now my partner is watching every Scandinavian cop/body-guard show out, but I don't think any are as good.

Green Wing is chick comedy but I guess it's about 10 years old now.

Let me know what you think of The Following?
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May 06, 2013
Well, that was a great season 1.

I liked how they wrapped up most storylines from season 1 but created enough starting points to almost guarantee an interesting season 2.

I agree with the review, there were a lot of deaths. And quiet frankly thats the one point I am not so sure about. I understand that it is a useful tool to kill off characters in order to set a tone and to keep the stakes up etc. But there does'nt seem to be much historical merit to the idea of spys going around an killing people. And there seem to be some fairly good academic arguments against it, too. It is like with the mafia, where you usually don't go after your rivals family - because everybody has a family. Same thing would apply here. If everybody spies on everybody (and that certainly was and maybe still is true) then there are always people at risk. If you start killing one another, that would not be pretty and to lead anywhere. Just the opposite - it would make your real job, which is gathering intelligence, much more difficult. Because: a) you draw attention to yourself. b) killing is much more overt than dealing in information c)police is usually better at solving that sort of thing and d) killing is so much more final than captureing.
A couple of comments talked about famous KGB spies in the US. But there were as many, maybe even more in Europe, and especially in Germany - on both sides. And what did they do with the captured ones? They exchanged them in Berlin - on a bridge that is famous just for that reason. Why? because a) you can still learn something even from a captured spy b) everybody values the lives of their people - maybe the US more so than the USSR back then, but still the basic principle applies. And to add to that - if you don't value your agent's lives in the field and try to get them back, how will you convince new spies or assets to trust you?
So, I don't know if its just not open public knowledge that spies did a lot of "wet" work, or that aspect is more a tv-show thing.

Still, I don't say I didn't enjoy it - I just have some basic strategic problem with it.

Otherwise the show is great with the historical detail and attention to global / strategic developments back then. I like how they placed it at a time when the USSR still seemed very strong and it was one of the high times of the Cold War. That makes for a long 9 "real" years to be covered by hopefully at least as many interesting seasons until the USSR collapses :D

Also: thanks for some great reviews covering the whole season!!
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May 05, 2013
Who was the man Phillip met in the park ? The guy came very close to calling the fall of the Soviet Union as he rambled about another arms' race.It was to happen just a few years down the road.
Claudia did a reprise of her creative killing role in Justified. Loved how the guy just laid there bleeding out as Claudia explained she did not like that he killed her former love ! His facial contortions were great.

To the fan here that asks were Soviet spies embedded in the USA during the time frame of The Americans.Answer - yes. A life long friend of mine was in mid career with FBI during that time and spent most of his rooting out those types. Really stingy with any details but enough that I got the idea.

Google - A. Ames & R. Hansen if you want a more recent examples.of spies for the commies !
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May 12, 2013
I think the guy in the park was the colonel or something that they were planning on meeting with.
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May 05, 2013
I've been thinking that the real cliff-hanger here is that the Colonel, who has come to the attention of the FBI, has both seen Claudia's face and heard Phillip use the name "Elizabeth". Phillip is going to have to get to him before the FBI does, and the Colonel spills Elizabeth's name. As to whether or not Claudia is blown, that depends on what Phil does to the Colonel.

Or maybe something altogether different will happen.
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May 04, 2013
For the first time in a long time I see Soviets being portrayed as regular, and even nice folks in such a way that people end rooting for Phil, Elizabeth, Nina, Arkady... Perhaps even Claudia. (But I'm still pissed at Stan for having terrorized and killed Vlad in cold blood.) I imagine such a depiction wouldn't have been possible in the 1980s. I mean, of course it is in their job's nature to do nasty things occasionally but hey, don't take it personally, it's all for a greater good, right? Essentially there are no really bad guys here, just two sides so entrenched in their own ways that a senseless and silent confrontation becomes inevitable. That really brings a new angle for an espionage story.
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May 04, 2013
What a great show !! Certainly the best this year, this season finale was breathtaking !! Let us wait for season 2 !!
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May 04, 2013
Brilliant episode, and has to be have been the best thing on this week. What a great job the writers are doing in showing the best and worst of both sides..... it really is intriguing that the 'goodies' are the Russians, and that, in the end, they will all go to great lengths for what they believe.

Looking forward to next season!
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May 03, 2013
Wow! Claudia does her own "wet work" if manipulation just won't do it (showing up as the most sinister Granny in TV history; taser-inject paralysis drug-slow scalpal bleed out while sitting comfortably and reminiscing). Every character is gold, every character, even the kids could have their own spin off (like that hitch-hiking incident).
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May 12, 2013
I like the kids too, I wonder if Paige will find something in the basement.
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Jun 18, 2013
Unlikely, Elizabeth is a solid agent, she even had folded washing ready to complete the cover story she told. It was a nice touch to not have her find it I think, it shows the sleepers can use their skills and can maintain their cover even against their family and over 24 hours a day.
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May 03, 2013
Wonderful show, great characters, intriguing story lines, can't wait for next season!
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May 02, 2013
I was hesitant about this series in the beginning. Mostly because we know the ending of all of this and that tends to ruin everything. But this season was absolutely perfect. For me this ranks right up there with some of my favorite first season of TV. The Shield, POI, Justified, just to name a few. This series is such a welcome addition to FX especially now that SOA is swirling the drain.

NIna. Nina has big things in her future. It is going to be interesting to see where she goes in the plot and how much influence she will be able to exert over Beeman.

Phillips new found pretend bigamy is going to be great. Balancing the two is going to be fun to watch.

Claudia is right about Elizabeth, she knows Elizabeth probably better than Elizabeth knows herself. Probably because Claudia was Elizabeth and she is just as ruthless and just as dedicated. And Elizabeth because her passion is so fierce can be turned when her trust is betrayed. They have been hinting at that all season and eventually it is going to blow up and it is going to be fun to watch.

I can't believe that was the whole season. It went by really fast as great shows often do. These are the times that FX's shortened seasons are frustrating. But damn what a season. I can't wait to see what they come up with for the next one.
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May 02, 2013
It was a great season ! I agree with Tim about the consistency. This is one the best written,acted and directed series this year. Right up there with Breaking Bad ! The finale may not have any cliff hanger but it kept me on the edge of my seat. Though I know the FBI probably will not catch the Jennings but the danger felt so real. It was also great the see a humane side with Granny!

Lets hope season 2 is as good if not better since the bar is set very high ! Hopefully good word of mouth will get more people watching for season 2 !
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May 02, 2013
Perfect season 1!
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May 02, 2013
What a fantastic first season! I don't think I've ever seen a show that's delivered more consistency in its debut go-around... every episode was top-notch with no marked drop from the pilot to the finale. Consistency is so hard to achieve these days. Homeland didn't have the kind of consistency that The Americans did, not even close.

The downside to that is that while the finale was excellent, it wasn't quite the punctuation I expected, whether those expectations are valid or not (and really, they shouldn't be). It was a great episode of The Americans, but that's what every episode of The Americans has been. It raises the question of whether our expectations of what a finale should be are a product of us being spoiled by the constant drive of showrunners to make the finale that big, crowd-pleasing moment. And do those expectations–trained from years of shocking deaths, cliffhangers, and literal explosions–interfere with appreciating a (relatively speaking) more muted finale, like "The Colonel." They shouldn't, yet this didn't feel like "finale" to me. It felt like another awesome episode of The Americans, and I'm very aware of how spoiled that makes me sound and I kind of feel dirty saying it.

I don't want to be misunderstood here, I'd give the finale a 9.5 (and I'm not giving out 9.5s that often), and really appreciate what it did. In particular, I LOVE the ending with Paige, and I love that she didn't find anything. My only hesitation is that it felt more like a fantastic midway point than an end point, and again, that goes back to the question of reasonable viewer expectations. I can't wait for Season 2. There's still so much for the show to explore.
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May 03, 2013
What I think is so great about it, is that it's different because it didn't feel like a finale. It would be great if they had 6 seasons and it felt like one continuous story until the very last episode
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May 02, 2013
If I have to be honest I prefer 13 awesome episodes then one ground breaking final.

I really don't need to see big cliffhangers or characters dying at the end of each season - yes, Grey's Anantomy, I'm talking to you...

I wish the creators of "The Americans" would release the dvd with songs from season 1. Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, Roxy Music and Peter Garbriel make a great soundtrack! I would buy it instantly.

Also for the sake of the show I hope Keri Russell learned something from her time in "Felicity" and she won't cut her hair this time around.
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May 02, 2013
I agree. I was really glad they didn't end on a major cliffhanger. The Americans is better than that! It doesn't need to do anything like that to get me to come back and watch the next season.
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May 02, 2013
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May 02, 2013
That was a really really good season finale. It built up slowly, but by the end I was truly worried that either Elizabeth or Phillip would be captured. I'm really impressed by the writing and acting on this show. How rare is that?

Now I'm sorry they got Granny fired. All along I thought she was trouble, but I guess she's just a tough old lady who means business :) It was good to find out she really did have their best interests at heart.

Thank you for such a great show, FX!
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May 02, 2013
WE LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! Simply marvelous and brilliant! How long do we have to wait until the start date of Season 2???????
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May 02, 2013
Wonderful show. Thanks for covering it Mr. Sandoval - you clearly were as impressed as I with the quality and execution of a stellar freshman season. They've set a pretty high bar for the future but with all the talent involved in this program looks like its going to be a great ride. Kudos to everyone involved in this show. Thanks to the best network on cable for finding crazy amounts of talented people, giving them the freedom to create their shows, and best of all leaving their network hands off the products because they trust the talent with the pens and the cameras. AMC can keep perpetuating the myth that they have the best shows but we all know the truth.

Season 2 for this show and my other new favorite "Banshee" cannot arrive quick enough. Still hoping both shows tremendously talented female leads, Keri Russell and Ivana Milicivec, are competing for Best Actress in September. One can dream.
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May 02, 2013
This show is so good, so glad I gave it a shot and have been watching since week 1. I was never worried about Elizabeth's fate after she got shot, but I did worry about how they were going to fix this problem without others getting too suspicious.

I'm glad you brought up the Jennings kids. I just told someone that they were great and I haven't heard anyone complain about them. And now that Paige is snooping around a bit, it is only making the situation more tense.

Nina is awesome. What is she like a triple agent now? If that is even a thing. The idea of turning Stan is so intriguing, I never thought that would have been possible but I will be interested to see how that plays out.

And poor Martha. What a crazy woman she is, I think being married to her is going to cause a lot of problems for Phillip. Watching her put on that ring was hilarious.
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May 02, 2013
Where do either of them find the time?
It's like joining the KGB is signing up to a lifetime of sleep deprivation.
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May 02, 2013
Great review, Ryan. You're turning out to be one of my favorite reviewers in this website.

People have been praising Paige and Henry for being realistic, normal kids, as far as I can tell. What do you guys think? Normal for 1980's standards only? Would they still be considered "normal" today?
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May 02, 2013
The American's helped ease my pain of American Horror Story ending, and now it has created a void of it's own. I like 13 episode seasons - more story, more action, less treading water, only problem is I want two of them in a year.
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May 02, 2013
This is simply a brilliant show. And that was an insightful review. I can't wait for next year.
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May 02, 2013
I liked the review as well. Thanks Ryan.
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May 02, 2013
I'm just a tad worried about the excuse Phillip gave Stan for their absence. Have the kids ever heard of this "great aunt"? Paige & her teenager-ness are just waiting to cause havoc. This show is great tv. I was afraid in the beginning that it wouldn't find an audience. Relieved!
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May 02, 2013
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. What a great show this has turned out to be. What would life be like without FX and AMC? I dont even want to think about it. That was a wonderfully - and organically - tense hour of television that took place without "main character" deaths or huge, unrealistic, twists of plot. Just good old fashioned suspense built from a foundation of good storytelling that goes back weeks (maybe months). This show, for me, although its very different in some ways, echoes Breaking Bad. Where a scene with a few (seemingly) friendly folks sitting around a dinner table talking about the happenings of the day can be more tense than any interrogation or standoff between enemies. I applaud the Americans for delivering on a show that I have been excited about for a long time now!
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May 02, 2013
Wooo, that was fantastic. I like that you used the word 'effortlessly' in your review, as that's the word I'd use to describe why the Americans feels so good: absolutely nothing seems forced.

I know plenty of others feel the same and this isn't anything original, but I absolutely love Nina. It feels a little odd to say considering she's a double agent spy, but she really feels like the most trustworthy character on the show. I know, right? A trustworthy double agent?! But seriously, something about the way she's conveyed and portrayed makes me think she's the smartest and most trustworthy character on the show, despite technically having lied to everyone.

And maybe it's because it's the kind of thing I now expect from some of my favorite dramas, but I'm happy with and glad that no major or recurring character died in this episode. I guess Gregory and Amador's deaths earlier in the season satisfied part of that, but one of the things that makes The Americans seem so effortless is that they don't seem to force a big character death or huge plot twist for the sake of a season finale and such.
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May 03, 2013
I agree with everything, except for Nina haha. She seems like she could turn on any of the sides at any moment and not bat an eye because she has outs in both camps.
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May 02, 2013
Awesome first season! Fantastic season's final! Like I said it many times "The Americans" is one of two best new shows of 2013 - and "The Colonel" confirms that! Bravo!

1. "Come home" - two words I've been impatiently waiting for since Phillip moved out. Looks like Phillip and Elizabeth will be back together! Squeee! I love them as a couple. Team Jennings FTW!

2. Elizabeth - I knew they shot her the moment the bullets went through the front window. Fortunately, she's going to be fine. I can't imagine this show without her and Phillip.

3. Phillip - I loved how he ran to rescue Elizabeth from the trap. If that's not love then I don't know what is.

4. Paige - something tells me that in season 2 she's going to both find out the truth about her parents and join their family business.

5. Nina and Arkady - true heroes of "The Colonel". Their actions saved Elizabeth from FBI. I see bright future for Nina in KGB.

6. Beeman - Nina has already turned him. He just doesn't know about it yet.

7. Granny - something tells me Emily Thorne is her relative :P She avenged Zhukov in style. Also she kind of saved the Jennings. I still hate her though.

8. Martha - judging by her "O" face she had a great foax wedding night. Good for her. She's already dead.

Why do we have to wait till 2014 to see what happens next?! That's not fair!

Thanks for review, Ryan!
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May 02, 2013
Love this list - on point #2 they faked me out by waiting so long. It was my first instinct too (especially remembering back to the West Wing's excellent use of it), but I still enjoyed the reveal.
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May 02, 2013
Well, Phillip and Elizabeth were sitting in front seats and the bullets went through the window. So for the sake of realism at least one of the Jennings had to be shot.
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May 02, 2013
Oh definitely no argument there. I'm glad it wasn't a miraculous escape.
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May 02, 2013
Also fantastic use of "Games Without Frontiers" by Peter Gabriel - more of this please!
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May 02, 2013
Thanks for your insightful reviews for this fantastic show, Ryan. I hope that you'll be joining us for season 2.
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May 02, 2013
Its difficult to find some fancy words to describe just how much this show took me by surprise, unexpected and complete breath of fresh air. love it
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May 02, 2013
How long till next season ?
Joins GoT and PoI as my the can't get enough of them shows.
Excellent work by the actors, writers, creators and everyone involved in bringing us this wonderful show.
Excellent music choice at the end - thought Paige would see something in the laundry, but Elizabeth is such a pro and covered her tracks.
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May 02, 2013
I'm a big game of thrones fan, but this is by far the best show on TV.
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May 02, 2013
Since it was the season finale we didn't get to see the reaction to Claudia 'retiring' the CIA boss. If this show sticks true to form in terms of realism what's the betting that 'the boys upstairs' in the fbi & the cia suddenly decide to put a halt to the whole tit for tat murder thing. That sorta stuff is fine when its just field agents who are no longer able to draw oxygen into their lungs; in fact it is a good thing - it makes a boss feel truly masterful moving his agents around the chessboard of life.
However if it means putting 'some of the finest bureaucratic minds in amerika today' at risk, that is quite another story. The only issue will be the ostensible excuse which 'the finest bureaucratic minds in amerika today' use to resile from their murderous policy.

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May 02, 2013
I guess Phillip missed listening to the bug in Gad's office that day. They spoke of the whole plan to catch the spy that would be getting the recording from the car. Excellent finale !
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May 02, 2013
That conversation was in the vault, not his office.
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May 02, 2013
This being the last year of Breaking Bad, The americans will sure be among the three best series of the next year, the others being Mad Men and Game of Thrones.
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May 02, 2013
I would love to see Nina turn Stan next season, or at the very least, for Stan to go along with it.
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May 02, 2013
Gotta say the evolution of Nina has been excellent! She goes from poor girl who's probably dead in a few episodes to one hell of a double spy, who saved the day for elizabeth!
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May 02, 2013
THAT was a great season finale!! I hope the ratings pick up for next season!! I also very relieved to see Nina still alive and looking beautiful! I have one question though, how did Phillip and Elizabeth stab granny in the back to the point that she had to be reassigned?
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May 02, 2013
They just asked for a new handler because they didn't trust her.... The KGB granted that wish because they need smooth operations between the handlers and the spies.... As it turns out to my surprise she actually had their backs!
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May 03, 2013
I think they did it more because she intentionally tried to poison their growing relationship and that left a bad taste in their mouths. That and she pretended (not really) to torture them and harm their kids.
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May 02, 2013
Thanks.
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May 02, 2013
Could someone clear up my uncertainty here please? I work a lot of long hours as a nurse and I may have missed something important. What was the "trap.?" What was Elizabeth going to meet the "colonel" for? How did it become a "trap?" Also. I love the old lady. She's the best character and I agree that she knows more than Elizabeth anyday. The fact that Elizabeth "loves" her husband and asked him to "come home" in Russian shows that she's vulnerable. Phillip is also. These two dopey spies love each other.
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May 02, 2013
Elizabeth was originally supposed to meet the scientist who was willing to share the truth about the American's missile defense program (it's a fantasy). They were very nervous about it being a trap, but didn't realize that the trap was actually set for the other mission - recovering the tape from the bugged office. That's why Phillip had to rush to her rescue...
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May 02, 2013
Yea, that's it essentially. Just to add what he's saying, in case you forgot or didnt catch episode 2 "The clock" The FBI knew that the home of the secretary of defense was bugged because the house keeper went to the police and confessed about how she was black mailed into bugging the house, and the "trap" was on.
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May 02, 2013
Martha does break my heart, but she's so naive at times that it's hilarious. While I'm sure they will eventually break her heart, I think it would be amazing if they managed to keep that "marriage" together throughout the show's run.
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May 02, 2013
If I were a woman, I wouldn't trust any man that happily goes down on me...


... but yeah, I'm like you: I feel like I'll be both gleeful and heart-broken if and when Martha finds out. Her innocence and trust makes me feel both annoyed and sympathetic for her character, hehe.
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Jun 08, 2013
Haha no " dining at the Y " for DavidJackson8 :p
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May 02, 2013
Poor Martha. I know....
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May 02, 2013
The marriage scene with Claudia in a wig as "Clark's" mother was hilarious
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May 02, 2013
I vaguely expected Akady to have at least by to acknowledge Philip and Elizabeth. I am weirdly anxious to at some time to see their interaction with any of the Russians other than their handler. I am so glad Paige didn't find anything..how are these the only normal children on tv? I mean I know nothing else about Henry than he loves hockey and has a wise ass in him somewhere (essay about revolutionary war..america won...I still love that). And seriously Paige is both totally normal and the exact child you'd expect Philip and Elizabeth would have. I almost wonder if the next focus will be if Nina can turn Stan& if someone will try and turn Philip or Elizabeth or one of them turns themselves.
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May 02, 2013
I agree that these are some of the better, if not the best, kids on TV (from what I've seen, anyway).

I think the biggest reason is that for the most part, they don't say much or do much. They're kind of shown as rather solemn with small bits of happiness. They're not too stupid, not overly smart, not too happy, not too moody, not too angry, etc. I think that kind of role provides a better opportunity for the two actors to not overact and show their weaknesses as actors. The hitchhiking stuff could have been completely awful if on any other show, but it wasn't that bad on The Americans.
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May 03, 2013
How sad is it that I completely agree as to why I like those kids. Just be there, don't speak, have rational emotions, and don't look me directly in the eyes. I'm still confused about the hitchhiking scene; will that come back and bite them in the ass or was that just a brother sister bonding moment?
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May 02, 2013
Regarding Henry (no pun intended) and Paige, don't forget the episode in which they tried to hitchhike home from the mall. There was some significant character material there.
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May 02, 2013
The kids are great!!!
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May 02, 2013
Totally agree on the children being far more realistic than most TV kids - full of doubt and anger, instead of clever one-liners. I really did believe that Paige would feel the need to look around the basement, which was extremely hard to pull off over just one season.
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