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.