In terms of a general retrospective, something that just struck me was how effective Americans was in getting me onside with the various and diverse protagonists.
By way of background, I watched The Wire back to back and then tried to watch S1 of The Sopranos. I found that the Wire had made me “Real Police” and that while I’d followed Omar, Bodie and Big Chris over the series, my full viewing loyalty was with the Police. So, i found myself absolutely rooting against the mobsters in Sopranos, I had zero sympathy and just wanted them infiltrated and arrested. Or just suicided by cop.
Now, with Americans, I found I related to the Illegals (how are they going to infiltrate POTUS’ laundry and switch labels with the one with a radio bug? I related to the FBI - what would they need to break the network? And I related to the Rezidentura - damn those FBI who are trying to break our network.
what I found painful wasn’t so much the killings of the random security guards but the way that someone was getting subborned, seduced, betrayed by someone they like, love or trust and who isn’t who they think they are. Some times I couldn’t watch that.
I never wanted the Jenningses to go to the chair or be broken under brutal interrogation. But I did want the FBI to break the network.
doublethink in action - and good writing and acting. I wanted Stan to work it out and for Phillip to get away. Elizabeth, somewhat less concern there tbh. And I could see how Oleg and Arkady wanted to turn in a good job and keep the Management happy. And spread World Communism of course.
Maybe that makes me far too morally plastic. Or something.