Noah B. Hulke
Where is season 3? Why can't I purchase it anywhere?!
This is from real life former Soviet intelligence officer Vladimir Rezun's (alias Viktor Suvorov), book Inside Soviet Military Intelligence. In the Chapter "Illegals" we read "We can define an illegal as an officer of strategic intelligence performing the tasks of the Centre on the territory of a foreign state, who passes himself off as a foreigner but not as a Soviet citizen." He writes that the candidates' training to infiltrate foreign countries include, "From the first day the candidate becomes accustomed to the circumstances in which he will be living and working for many long years. In this connection he wears the clothes and shoes, and eats the food, even smokes cigarettes and uses razor blades procured from overseas[..]he is supplied with the majority of papers and magazines. He sees many films and descriptions on video tapes of television broadcasts." "It is obvious that after a number of years of training, the future illegal knows by heart the composition of every football team, the hours of work of every restaurant and nightclub, the weather forecasts and everything that is going on in the realm of gossip as well as current affairs, in a country he has never been in his life". This following description sounds like Elizabeth in the first episode. "...the wife also acts like a control for the GRU on her husband. She scrutinizes his behaviour and sometimes may warn the GRU ...." As to their life story once in the country he writes, "A vital role in the lives of illegals is played by cover stories, in other words concocted life stories. The basic or ground cover story is created on the basis of real events in the life of the illegal, only changing a few details[...]The illegal is thus telling an out-and-out lie but only a half truth" I share these details so that this show that The Americans is accurate in how it depicts the world of illegals during the Cold War. If you are a history/espionage buff you should get this book. I wouldn't be surprised if the creators and writers used this book.
When oh when will The Americans come back ?!?!? !!! Paige & Elizabeth & Elizabeth's mother ... The look between Paige & Philip when Stan Beeman was over for dinner & Philip was sharpening a knife ... Sure, Philip & Elizabeth revealing themselves to Paige had to happen sooner or later - but, IMHO, this series is about what is right & what is wrong & how we make those decisions. To me, the most riveting episode was when their son broke into a friend's house to play video games, & he pleaded with his parents, "I'm a good person - really I am." Philip's look at Elizabeth said volumes: "Our boy is saying what we say to ourselves with every mission. How can we discipline/punish him, then justify what we do ? Are we, really, good people ?" I love LOVE this series. It makes me think.