The Americans


Series Synopsis: "Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government."

Pilot Synopsis: "Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are two seemingly normal Americans who are really undercover KGB agents.  After kidnapping a Soviet defector they discover their new neighbor is an FBI agent assigned to their case."


Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Philip Jennings maintains his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Philip Jennings, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Philip Jennings prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Philip Jennings uses holistic problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Philip Jennings ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Progress
Overall Story Issue: Fact vs. Fantasy
Overall Story Problem: Accurate
Overall Story Solution: Non-Accurate
Overall Story Symptom: Proven
Overall Story Response: Unproven
Overall Story Catalyst: Threat
Overall Story Inhibitor: Enlightenment
Overall Story Benchmark: Future
Overall Story Signpost 1: Past
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Present

Main Character Throughline

Philip Jennings

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Doing
Main Character Issue: Wisdom vs. Enlightenment
Main Character Problem: Theory
Main Character Solution: Hunch
Main Character Symptom: Proven
Main Character Response: Unproven
Main Character Unique Ability: Experience
Main Character Critical Flaw: Fantasy
Main Character Benchmark: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 1: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Learning
Main Character Signpost 4: Understanding

Influence Character Throughline

Elisabeth Jennings

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Being
Influence Character Issue: Knowledge vs. Thought
Influence Character Problem: Accurate
Influence Character Solution: Non-Accurate
Influence Character Symptom: Effect
Influence Character Response: Cause
Influence Character Unique Ability: Desire
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Worth
Influence Character Benchmark: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 1: Being
Influence Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Relationship Story Throughline

Professional Marriage

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Preconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Value vs. Worth
Relationship Story Problem: Effect
Relationship Story Solution: Cause
Relationship Story Symptom: Proven
Relationship Story Response: Unproven
Relationship Story Catalyst: Worry
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Thought
Relationship Story Benchmark: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Memory

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Progress
Overall Story Consequence: Preconscious
Overall Story Cost: Doing
Overall Story Dividend: Being
Overall Story Requirements: Future
Overall Story Prerequisites: Subconscious
Overall Story Preconditions: Becoming
Overall Story Forewarnings: Obtaining

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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