They're Trying to Take Your Precious Bodily Fluids: "The Americans" Title Sequence
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They're Trying to Take Your Precious Bodily Fluids: "The Americans" Title Sequence

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 24, 2013 | Comments ()


The depressing thing about tracking down the last post I made about a show is discovering that every joke I had in mind for the post is already in that last one. So to summarize my thoughts that I just discovered I already had: "New Girl" reference, Reagan, cocaine, shoulder pads, Felicity, jelly bean, boom.

Here are the opening credits to "The Americans", which if you can't read my coded last sentence, is about a pair of Russian spies posing as a married American couple in 1980s America.

I like the grafting of Russian and American imagery and music together, sort of a pop pastiche. Just to be pedantic, I might quibble with some of the name transliterations (the Cyrillic version of Matthew wouldn't have two "t's" in my experience), but it's a nice visual effect. And I dig the flashing of the "Мы люди" (we, the people) just before showing the American Constitution. Those words don't have the cultural meaning in Russian that they do in English (and they're using the wrong word for "people" in the context of the sentence if you want to be really critical), and so there's an implication of the Russian characters taking on the ideals of the society that they live in. One wonders what the end game for a show is like this, seven years down the road. Is the plan that the characters are instrumental in the fall of the Soviet Union? I might be able to get behind that.

"The Americans" debuts January 30th.

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  • Mrs. Julien

    It is a crime against nature to straighten Keri Russell's hair.

  • Lovely Bones

    I love that HBO and FX are both trying to make their own Homeland, especially with Homeland now being at a tipping point coming off of the roller coaster of season two, where it'll have to either regain its footing completely or fall off the line of quality entirely in season 3. I'm certainly excited about both this series and The Missionary, but I'm still bitter over Aaron Paul not signing on for The Missionary, which dampens my anticipation for both.

  • Bert_McGurt

    How did I not know that Graham Yost is running this show? That's a huge uptick in interest level right there.

  • Jerce

    FX has been pimping this thing to DEATH. Every time we try to watch Justified or AHS we get promos for this thing shoved in our faces, to the point where I was planning to skip it out of spite.

    But I really like Keri Russell...

  • Matt C.

    Everybody look at me, I speak Russian!

  • ras

    What a rip-off from the Homeland one.

  • Gabs

    Reminds me of Homeland. I was already interested, but this doesn't hurt.

  • ,

    "Keri Rus ..."


  • InternetMagpie

    A few weeks ago I had a dream that I was in this show. Keri Russell is just as beautiful up close and in my dreams, everyone!

  • denesteak

    And you speak RUSSIAN????

    *throws towel in. walks away*

  • Не за что! Я говорю по-русский очень плохо. Это только достаточно хорош, чтобы вешать меня.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Not at all! I say in Russian is very bad. This is just good enough to hang me."

    Not bad for Google Translate.

  • Buck Forty

    SLW is clearly a communist infiltrator!

  • JoannaRobinson

    Noah Emmerich! He's EVERYBODY'S neighbor!

  • TK

    Keri Russell got me interested, Noah Emmerich sold it. This will officially go on the List Of TV Shows I Definitely Want To Watch But Probably Never Will.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'm not sure why, but this doesn't really interest me at all.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Unrelated: Pajiba, what's up with the links at the top of the home page not working? Is it just me?

  • frank247

    They're working for me, Zeke.

  • zeke_the_pig


  • frank247

    No worries.

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