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I finally binged this show a little while ago. It's full of a lot of great moments, but there is a lot of moments during the down time when I think it gets a little too melodramatic (Usually the family dynamic)

- Matthew Rhys is a fantastic actor, the Jesus scene is one of the best scenes in the show. All that weight that was being put on him and he just snapped. His character I have the most sympathy for, it seemed he was far more conditioned to become a spy and was never really driving by an agenda

- Keri Russell is hit and miss for me. When her acting dips, you see why she never became a star actress in Hollywood. I have less sympathy for her, she is far more driven by ideology, nationalism, and even prejudice at times. 

- Annet Mahendru - I don't know much about her outside of this show, but her story was my favorite. Being used by the US and Russia and her tragic end, heartbreaking stuff. Great actress. I was wondering how realistic the execution scene was, after looking up some real events, it seems the only unrealistic thing is they used to kill traitors as soon as they walked through the corridors. No meeting with a judge, just bang, wrap em up and bury them somewhere. 

- As for the kids, Paige can get a little irritating at times with her persistence, but that feels intentional. Her character is getting better, and I think this is where the biggest clash between Philip and Elizabeth will come. As for their boy, he's pretty much useless. I think he's beaten out Walter White, Jr. for useless character in an otherwise good show.

I don't see this ending well for Philip and Elizabeth, though I am still holding out hope that Philip gets to have a life he's always wanted.

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On 3/15/2017 at 7:55 PM, Ruiner said:

The impression I get is that he's merely what they're using to get close to his father, though what the endgame is on that front isn't clear yet. 

I thought that too, but his severe "anti-USSR" persona wasn't known to them until their fake son told them how awful he was. Unless he's the target for some other reason and that's just extra incentive.

@Matt how far along are you?

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2 hours ago, Vigo said:

I thought that too, but his severe "anti-USSR" persona wasn't known to them until their fake son told them how awful he was. Unless he's the target for some other reason and that's just extra incentive.

@Matt how far along are you?

I actually just finished season 4 a few days ago. Had no idea season 5 started already. Will get around to watching the first two episodes in a couple days. 

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I'm curious if they've got something up their sleeve with Henry being so far in the background in this past couple seasons, or the actor just didn't develop his skills like Holly Taylor did to keep up with a heavier dramatic character and is being kept as comic relief. I recall him doing pretty well with that storyline where he was breaking into the neighbor's house, so I feel like he could handle at least something. 

Which, combined with him becoming full-on bros with Stan leads me to believe that he's got a big part to play in things yet. 

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23 hours ago, Ruiner said:

I'm curious if they've got something up their sleeve with Henry being so far in the background in this past couple seasons

I think Paige accidentally revealing her parents identities would be too predictable. I wonder if something bad is going to happen which convinces her to go to Stan to tell him everything. I wouldn't be surprised to see Henry get killed somehow which sets this in motion. The only problem with this is that Henry is such a massively useless character, I don't think the audience would feel Paige's pain when he died.

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6 hours ago, Mike said:

I think Paige accidentally revealing her parents identities would be too predictable. I wonder if something bad is going to happen which convinces her to go to Stan to tell him everything. I wouldn't be surprised to see Henry get killed somehow which sets this in motion. The only problem with this is that Henry is such a massively useless character, I don't think the audience would feel Paige's pain when he died.

When he appeared for two seconds in that episode it made me realize I don't think he's been on camera in I don't know how long. I think if they were going to not write anything for him they could have shipped him off to space camp or boarding school or something when things were looking bad. Although his presence is necessary for them to have to whisper, hide when getting signals, and generally still be sneaky.

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10 hours ago, Vigo said:

Although his presence is necessary for them to have to whisper, hide when getting signals, and generally still be sneaky.

I imagine that's why his character was created in the first place.

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1 hour ago, Ruiner said:

Again, I feel the writers have earned the benefit of the doubt re: Henry. 

In four previous season, the only story he has ever had was the pointlessness of his crush on Mrs. Beeman. Do you really think this late in the game they're going to finally give him a real story? Matt is right. Henry is the Walter Jr. of The Americans.

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37 minutes ago, Mike said:

In four previous season, the only story he has ever had was the pointlessness of his crush on Mrs. Beeman. Do you really think this late in the game they're going to finally give him a real story? Matt is right. Henry is the Walter Jr. of The Americans.

You're selectively remembering. He was pretty much always given something to do up until last season, and even then there was the blossoming bond with Stan which is a pretty potentially enormous long-term story.

Not that I'm blaming you, because it's not like most of his stories have been especially memorable, but it's only been recently that he's become such a total background character.

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Also, he was key in Paige maturing and learning a protective instinct because lots of times she was his primary caretaker. 

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