"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, March 4, 2013

Girl of the Day - Keri Russell and The Americans

I've started watching The Americans on FX, a new series about deep-cover Soviet spies posing as American suburbanites in 1981 as the Reagan administration takes office.   It's very good, although it plays the "moral equivalence" of America and Russia a little bit too much down the middle for my taste.  (Frankly, I'm still happy that they are just playing it down the middle and not using the series as a platform for typical Hollywood anti-Americanism.)

Anyway, Keri Russell plays the wife in an arranged marriage of Soviet spies who, despite her two very-American children and her comfortable suburban lifestyle, remains a committed socialist and Soviet patriot.   She's the more cold-blooded of the two spies, and an early story thread has her rejecting her husband's idea of defecting to America.   A dark and sexy role that has re-booted her career in an interesting way -- 180 degrees from the cute college student of Felicity.

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