THE COLLISION: Episode 94 – GAME OF THRONES: Looking Back at Season 4

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by Allison Keene and Charles Judson to talk about the fourth season of Game of Thrones.  During our conversation, we talk about the season’s highs, lows, the benefits of departing from the book, what made “The Children” the best season finale thus far, the future of the series, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

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THE AMERICANS Recap: Season Two Finale, “Echo”

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The Americans has had a fantastic second season, one that tied in its many plots together in emotional ways.  While the series was propelled by the gruesome murders of the Jennings’ fellow spies (and their daughter Amelia), as well as the roving wild card of Larrick, the season also never felt beholden to those things.  That’s what made “Echo” such an odd finale in many ways; it answered those questions (quickly), and then raised so many more.  Hit the jump for why “she belongs to the cause, and to the world.”

Matthew Rhys Talks THE AMERICANS and the Season 2 Finale, Approaching His Complex and Complicated Character, and Possibly Directing an Episode

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The FX drama series The Americans follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell), posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.  On the Season 2 finale, entitled “Echo” and airing on May 21st, no one is safe, as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete their mission.

During this recent interview to discuss how the events in the finale will affect things, going forward, actor Matthew Rhys talked about how what happens at the end of the finale is going to bring division between Philip and Elizabeth, what it’s been like to play the changing family dynamic, why Philip is a more lenient and forgiving parent, how he approaches such a complex and complicated character, the most challenging aspect of doing this show, and whether he might ever direct an episode.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Operation Chronicle”

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Can we just talk about how great The Americans has been this season?  If the first season was setup, the second season has been payoff.  Although, within this second season, there have been so many additional interesting layers and threads; from Leanne and Emmett’s murder to start things off, to high-concept arcs like those involving loyalty and betrayal, The Americans has unfolded over the last 12 weeks beautifully and with great effect.  And as a bonus, while most series introduce kids just to have them in the background, The Americans has also used Paige and Henry’s own stories to act as foils, or to augment their parents’ struggles.  Hit the jump for why I think you have a very bright future (now take my money and run).

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Stealth”

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In “Stealth,” The Americans got down to brass tacks.  The season’s biggest arcs are all coming together and, seemingly, coming to a close.  The stakes are actually starting to look a lot like those in Game of Thrones: you don’t just win or lose, you win or you die.  It’s easy to feel disconnected from that reality when watching The Americans, because the Jennings are not presumably going to suffer the same fate as Emmett and Leanne.  But that gruesome death, which set the tone for the season, also assured viewers that things are not going to be simple.  And at the very least, the amount of emotional carnage will be high.  Hit the jump, you young pioneer!

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Yousaf”

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the americans recap keri russell matthew rhysThe Americans has been exceptional this season, but it’s at the point in this slate of episodes where things are beginning to slow down before the big turn towards the finale.  “Yousaf” had Philip and Elizabeth treading water, so to speak, while their foes moved against them.  Larrick has returned to the United States with murder on his mind, and a newly-returned-to-work Gaad helps Stan out with a clue that is bringing him exceptional close to the truth.  Everyone is out for the Jennings, and for once, they’re the ones in the dark.  “Mutually assured destruction, keeps the world spinning.”  Hit the jump for more.

Keri Russell and Gary Oldman Talk DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Filming in New Orleans, the TINKER TAILOR Sequel, and More

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted an enormous amount of coverage on director Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  We had our set visit (with 45 things to know about the movie), on set interviews with Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and cinematographer Michael Seresin, new toy images, new movie images and posters, a TV spot, and more.  Based on everything I’ve seen and learned, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is going to be a great sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it’s going to show how motion capture technology has advanced over the past few years.  I really believe Reeves is going to hit a home-run with this film.

At last weekend’s WonderCon, I landed a great video interview with Keri Russell and Gary Oldman.  Unlike some interviews that are formal, I was their last interview of the day and they just wanted to have some fun.  You’ll understand as you watch the video.  They talked about how the film shows both the apes and humans perspectives, what it was like filming in New Orleans, working with Reeves while he was seriously ill with pneumonia, the morality of Oldman’s character, the performance capture technology and shooting in 3D, what happened with the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel Smiley’s People, The Americans season 2 finale, and you can even watch Oldman talking with his son on the phone.  It’s a fun interview so check it out after the jump.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Martial Eagle”

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All season long, The Americans has addressed issues of loyalty and consequence.  What has made this season so powerful is the emotional connection Philip and Elizabeth have had to their work, and how deeply it has affected them.  Starting the season off with the gruesome deaths of their fellow spies set the stage and tone for what would follow, and the season’s tight focus on just a few stories (which are now connecting) have made for an incredible arc of episodes.  No hour has been so dedicated to consequence as “Martial Eagle” though, a dark and difficult walk with Philip as he goes through crisis.  Hit the jump for why “I know this is war.  It’s just easier for you.”

THE AMERICANS Recap: “New Car”

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The Americans continued to dissect its major theme of loyalty in “New Car.”  An early conversation between Martha and Philip/Clark set it all up: when she objects to continuing to spy on her co-workers, even though those were the circumstances under which they met, he replies, “don’t put me in a position of having to choose between the security of the country and you.”  But both Philip and Elizabeth have been dealing with these issues of loyalty and choice all season, not only in regards to their own family versus their job, but also within their job as well.  In “New Car,” they were confronted with difficult decisions that went against earlier choices, but all of which added to the complexity of the situation, and their emotional responses to it.  Hit the jump for why “it’s nicer, it’s easier; it’s not better.”

FX Renews THE AMERICANS for Season Three

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FX has ordered a 13-episode third season of its excellent drama series The Americans.  While I enjoyed but wasn’t over-the-moon about its first season, the current second season of the period spy drama has turned the show into one of the very best on TV—and in this current Golden Age of Television, that’s saying something.  Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as sleeper KGB agents living in America as a married couple with two kids during the Reagan-fueled early 1980s.  While on the surface the show is a thrilling spy series, at its heart The Americans is really a portrait of a marriage as told through the incredibly complicated lives of two individuals, with Russell and Rhys regularly turning in brilliantly nuanced performances.  Suffice it to say, I am very much looking forward to The Americans season 3.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to catch up on Allison’s recaps.  The Americans currently airs on FX Wednesdays at 10pm, with six episodes remaining in the second season.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Arpanet”

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In “Arpanet,” The Americans really highlighted its time period, more overtly than perhaps ever before.  “Arpanet” itself references what’s considered “the first internet,” a Department of Defense project that used TCP/IP to create an information network for use by scientists, academics, and the military.  In The Americans, Philip uses “a bug the size of a rat” (also known as, essentially, a USB the size of a Mac LC) so that the KGB can monitor American communications, another clever way the show marries its fictional world with the real one.  Hit the jump for why you should always squeeze your anus before you answer a question.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “Behind the Red Door”

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This season, The Americans incorporated a central mystery (“who killed Emmett and Leanne?”) that has driven most of the spy action.  While the show’s greatest strength continues to be the depth and complexity of the emotions of its leads, having them all converge (more or less) under this central mystery umbrella has done wonders for both the plot and character arcs (and a general interest in both).  Now, the Jennings’ day job and their home life are connected in an even deeper way, and its leading to complications on both ends.  But the lesson for all of the characters this week was that emotions have consequences — sometimes deadly ones.  Hit the jump for more.

Executive Producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields Talk THE AMERICANS Season 2, Finding the Season Themes, How Far Out They’ve Planned, and More

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The FX period drama The Americans follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.  The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), whose 14-year-old daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old son Henry (Keidrich Sellati) know nothing about their parents’ true identity, is becoming more genuine, as the escalation of the Cold War makes everything more dangerous.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers Joe Weisberg (who also created the show) and Joel Fields talked about looking back at Season 1 before setting out on Season 2, their process for taking walking to talk and reflect on the story, how they find the themes of a season, how much nearly dying will continue to affect Elizabeth, how paranoid Philip and Elizabeth will continue to get, how dangerous Paige’s snooping will be for both her and her parents, and how far ahead they have things planned out.  Check out our interview with Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields for The Americans Season 2 after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “The Deal”

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The season, The Americans has been setting up mirrors for Philip and Elizabeth in their personal and professional lives (often both at the same time, since they overlap).  They aren’t always liking what they see.  This complicated confrontation manifested in “The Deal” as a series of conversations Philip had with an Israeli Mossad agent, and some revelations Elizabeth learned about Philip through Martha about “Clarke.”  Often subtle regarding its themes of identity, “The Deal” went whole-hog in expressing the struggle to define it.  Hit the jump for why “we are better at vodka, they are better at tobacco.”

THE AMERICANS Recap: “A Little Night Music”

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“A Little Night Music” (which sounds like it should be the title of a Bob Seger song) brought another narratively and emotionally twisty hour of The Americans.  There are several things that are haunting Philip and Elizabeth, and potentially affecting their work — something Claudia notes.  But Claudia is also a little off, and like everything on the show, suspicion abounds.  Emmett and Leanne’s deaths set off a chain reaction that resonates from the Jennings to Claudia to the Center, Arkady, Stan and everyone.  No one is above the potential for treachery, but the emotions behind each case are bubbling to the surface in a way we haven’t seen before.  Hit the jump … unless you need a higher security clearance.

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