From FX To DVD: “The Americans” Last Year

The fourth season of The Americans on DVD—I’m watching it.

Things start going wrong for Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell), the two Soviet spies with American accents in D.C., just when the Soviet Union itself is shown to be limping along (to the end of the road?).  The FBI discovers that Martha (Alison Wright), one of its paper-filin’ secretaries, married, without knowing it, a KGB officer!  That would be Phillip.  Worse, Martha becomes a traitor.  Martha’s boss (Richard Thomas) never had a clue.  Our enemies, however dangerous, are not as efficient as we continually think.

Despite the straining of our credulity, the first seven episodes of Season 4 are fun and compelling.  Viewers of Season 5, I’m right behind you.

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