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  1. Alberto

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    Premier's tonight at 10:00 on FX. Set near the close of the Cold War a family living in suburban DC may not be as they appear.


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    I'm hooked. Keri Russell is such a badass.
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    Curious about this...
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    I'm in.

    There were small things all over that bugged me a bit, but did anyone else have a problem with the Czech Republic being a location?


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    Why? It was part of the eastern block. Why would you have an issue with it?
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    Overall it was quite good. I like the back story with the senior KGB agent that defected and how it tied into Keri Russell's character.

    Also, how her husband views his relationship with her as more than a job. He's in love with her. You could see it during the flashback to their first night undercover in Virgina in 65 and how he caresses her ponytail and she misinterprets it as a sign he wants sex.
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    She seriously needs to eat. She's way too skinny.
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    Did they call it the CR? Cuz that's a serious anachronism.
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    I think you could see, by the end of the episode, that Elizabeth was viewing her relationship with Phillip as more than just a job.
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    It wasn't said or printed on anything in the action. The flashback began with the location on the screen, but it wasn't the Czech Republic yet. It just made me do a bit of a double take and rethink the time line unnecessarily.
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    So they identified then Czechoslovakia as the Czech Republic with an on-screen caption?
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    The first episode was actually quite good.
    It might be odd to say such a thing about a show that had rape and murder in its first hour, but it doesn't take itself too seriously and has a light enough tone and sufficient humor to off-set the somewhat ludicrous set-up and plot contrivances.
    In other words, it's just well-made fun. Ain't nothing wrong with that.
    The "In the Air tonight" sequence was a nice wink to 1980s style editing.
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    i opted not to watch the show based purely because of how over the top fx was promoting it. it sounds like something i'd be interested in, but i hate it when networks promote it to death. my own little private boycott, i suppose.

    unrelated to that, i could stare at keri russell for hours. if the reviews continue to be good, maybe i'll jump on board and catch up.
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    Just to illustrate their sense of humor:
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    :D
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    Thank God it wasn't plaster over lath or mesh. That would really hurt!
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    DVR cut off the last couple of minutes......
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    I know it sometimes signals it's a bad show when it's over hyped in the months prior to it's premier, but this show is quite good. I wouldn't keep myself from watching. You usually can see true tripe on tv commercials. As an example Jersey Shore.
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    I was wondering about the characters' supposed ages.
    Elisabeth being 2 when her father died at Stalingrad would make her either 40 or 41 in 1981.
    So she would have been 20 at the time of the rape, 21 when she was introduced to Philip and 25 when they finally arrived in the US?
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    Now that I have had some time to let it digest, I believe that the fringe-less core of this show is the dynamic between Elisabeth and Phillip, and their very different regard for each other.
    As some of you have said, Phillip obviously has real romantic feelings for his partner. I wouldn't go as far as saying that Elisabeth is indifferent towards Phillip (she did after all lie to her handler to keep him safe), but I see her feelings more as a sense of loyalty born out of working so closely together for nearly two decades (much of it in a very hostile environment where they had only each other to depend upon).

    I believe this show will remain relevant for as long as they can keep that dynamic interesting. It's certainly already a far more interesting and believable relationship than Brody and Carrie on Homeland ever managed to become.
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    Yep. Pointless arguments on another message board zapped my brain and I'm still struggling to come up with the right combinations of letters to express what I'm thinking.
    When they did all of those time hints, I eventually gave up trying to make it work out.
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    The rather simple (one might even say cliché at this point) role-reversal of making the husband the sentimental one and the wife the cold/detached/calculated one works wonderfully well. Based on the very small sample size that was the pilot, of course.
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    Doesn't it seem like this will be hard to sustain over a series?
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    Or CMU. :eek:
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    Oh definitely. I don't see this being a five season series, at least not if they want to maintain the current premise. They can probably squeeze two good seasons out of this material, maybe three. But the set-up implies the main characters will have to make a choice at one point or another, and there will come a time where the delay of that choice becomes unrealistic (even merely within the internal logic of the show).
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