WarpFox said:Using a person's first name and patronymic is a way of formally addressing them and would definitely be used in a professional atmosphere.
Using a person's first name and patronymic is a way of formally addressing them and would definitely be used in a professional atmosphere.
Yeah. All caught up. It was pretty crazy, we watched basically the whole thing to date in about 3 weeks or so. So damned good. I think I liked season 2 better than 3 on the whole, but it was awfully good and really gripping. They've really done a great job on everyone's evolution.
I'm glad that you inadvertently reminded me. I've got to check out your podcast. I had meant to, but kind of spaced on it. I'm going to do that in the next couple of days.
I look forward to re-watching it all too, once some time passes and I can look at it with a fresher brain, but I suppose I preferred season 2 a little bit over 3 because it did become a bit of a grind. Don't get me wrong, it was a brilliant grind, and the Americans is a show that does a great job of making the viewer uncomfortable while being so compelling that you can't turn away but there were points where it felt like it was pouring down so hard from so many different angles that I found myself begging for at least a little relief. I get that it's just the escalation of the game and that the point of the current plot is seeing Phillip lose faith in the conflict while Elizabeth retreats into her sense of purpose and the experiment of seeing those two forces, so incredibly exacerbated while they still do care for each other, and how all of that plays out and partially turns into a war for Paige's soul, but as much as that is incredibly compelling I think I was having the most fun in season 2 where they had a focused enemy with a face (the CIA asset who turned on them, name is escaping me) and a more over-arcing mission and things hadn't spiraled quite to the extent that it did. Actually, maybe that is it. Maybe they just had too many irons in the fire in season 3. I get that it was part of the point, to see them spread so thin, but it did leave less to completely grab onto while things are just falling in and out of the plot. Season 2 as I remember was a bit more cohesive which helped.
All that said, I really enjoyed season 3 a great deal. I just preferred 2 a little bit. I will say that the episode where Elizabeth had to murder that old woman so that they could bug the mail bot was amazing. Such great performances. Anyways, that's my season 3 ramble.
I've wondered what S3 of The Americans would be like when marathoned. I think S3 is one of those shows that plays much better as a weekly show because not only does it take me few days to fully unpack an episode (unfortunately, we record before then, haha), but it's similar to Breaking Bad with its buildup of dread and anxiety. When I was catching up to S4 of BrBa, I couldn't watch more than one or two episodes per day because the intensity was too much. And BrBa is more action-driven and has that gallows humor to balance it, so... yeah, I can definitely see how S3 of The Americans can be a bit much to marathon because it's also extremely sad on top of everything else.