The Americans Season 2, here we come! FX's series about a pair of Russian KGB spies posing as a married couple in the U.S. during the latter years of the Cold War is set to resume tonight, and if you haven't yet caught up, you really must. Why? This show is romantic suspense at its best, as it turns out that agents Phil and Elizabeth Jennings (played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) may actually be falling in love with each other after 15 years, many many missions, and two kids.
The whole first season is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, so feel free to quit reading and check it out at any time.
...Need more incentive? Let's get to it. Allow me to present 4 (mostly Philip/Elizabeth-related) reasons why, given the opportunity, this show will hook you good:
1. Theirs is a love story in reverse. If you thought your relationship was complicated, wait'll you hear how Philip and Elizabeth got their start: In Season 1 we learned that fifteen years before, these perfect strangers (seriously, they'd never even met before) were paired for a long-term KGB mission in the U.S., where they were ordered to pose as a married couple and, eventually, produce a few kids to really sell their cover in between all the covert ops Moscow assigned them. Can you imagine? So, really, it wasn't at all surprising to learn that in the years since, they hadn't exactly fallen head over heels for each other, despite the fact that they did, indeed, bring two children into the world and into their “family.” Except, in the Pilot episode, after Philip ruthlessly snapped the neck of a man who raped Elizabeth in training years ago, feelings started to come to the surface for both of them after all.