UPDATE on our Post
FEATURING DOUG PRATT'S REVIEW OF THE TV SERIES - THE AMERICANS (posted on May 14th)
Variety announces --‘The Americans’ Renewed for Last Two Seasons, FX Show to End in 2018.
A good spy should always have an Exit Strategy...
“I don’t feel like the main character earned the breakthrough in the murder investigation she was working on. I felt like everything she needed to know was handed to her by the snitch character… out of the blue.”
“We didn’t earn this supernatural plot twist to our story. There’s no way we laid enough pipe that the audience will accept, maybe even understand, that this was a possibility in our storyline. And our lack of credibility could cause us to lose a major part of our audience who will check out after this scene.”
“In the scenes where our main character connected emotionally with his wife, I couldn’t help but feel like the breakthrough wasn’t really earned. There was nothing the hero accomplished that would explain his mental leap to a better place. Nor do I believe he earned the wife’s sympathetic reaction. It all felt like I was reading something in the script because it was the place in the script for this to happen.”
“I don’t think we’ve invested enough time in this character to have her turn out to be the lynchpin of the entire plot.”
“We need to invest more in setting this major left turn in the plot. As it stands now, this twist should be a surprise, but instead throws the audience out of the picture because it feels like it’s the beat from a different movie.”
“Let's consider investing more in the rules of our universe so the audience has no problem understanding that this could happen within the context of our story.”
"The storytelling is highly involving, jumping back and forth between characters and situations, and re-telling events from multiple perspectives. There is also a very elaborate dream sequence that lasts almost an entire episode and is as challenging as anything to have appeared on TV, although it fits nicely with the show’s psychoanalytical turn. The season finale looks like something out of Hieronymus Bosch."