“The Americans” getting better and better. “The Princess Bride” meets Star Wars. And texting Shakespeare the best revenge for British guy

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Just a little personal plug: I’m covering the NCAA Tournament for ThriveSports.com, and have written a bracket breakdown, since I know some of you are still trying to figure out your office pool picks (“Where the hell’s Mercer, and are they any good?” is a common refrain, I’m sure).  Check it out for some (hopefully) good advice. 

When a TV show has a great debut season, you hope that it’s not just a one-year wonder, and that the creators/writers can find a way to keep making it better.

Happily, I can say that three seasons into Season 2, “The Americans” is better than ever.
I am going to continue to beat the drum for this show, because it’s not doing great in the ratings and it’s the best thing on TV right now (don’t even get me started on “Parenthood,” which continues to infuriate me. Yeah, Adam and Kristina are going to just up and start a school for autistic kids now? Sure, that’s believable and realistic.)

“The Americans,” is a show you should be watching (Wednesdays at 10 on FX), not just because it’s acted brilliantly by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich, but because the stories are so compelling. Every instinct in your body tells you that you can’t root for, and be invested in, the lives of Russian spies living in Washington, D.C. in 1982, but you are.

As good as last season was, as we followed Elizabeth and Phillip’s “fake” marriage and their many escapades in service of Mother Russia, this year has taken “The Americans” to a new level, ratcheting up the tension by bringing family concerns to the forefront.

My wife and I were on the edge of our seats for pretty much the whole show last week, and it’s been that way for each of the first three episodes of the season (it’s not too late to catch up!)
Watch this show. It’s better than anything else on TV right now. Trust me.

**Next up, as an enormous fan of “The Princess Bride,” I especially appreciated this: It’s a mash-up video of what would happen if the Inigo-Westley fencing match had happened with lightsabers:

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**And finally, this made me really happy, as a teacher and English major. A 24-year-old guy in the United Kingdom named Edd Joseph was pissed off when he bought a PS3 game console for £80 and the seller failed to deliver the goods.

So Joseph got his revenge by texting the guy the entire works of Shakespeare.

From this story: “He sends it as one text but his victim can only receive them in 160 character chunks – meaning the 37 works of Shakespeare will buzz through in 29,305 individual texts. So far Edd has sent 22 plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello which have been delivered in 17,424 texts.
“He reckons the remaining 15 works will take another few days to send – meaning his adversary’s phone will have been constantly beeping for nearly a week.”

Brilliant. I love it when smart people get revenge on lying jerks. Here’s my question: Think the thief took the time to read them all?”

Read more: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Bristol-man-gets-revenge-texting-works/story-20823040-detail/story.html#ixzz2wN8FV9XO
Read more: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Bristol-man-gets-revenge-texting-works/story-20823040-detail/story.html#ixzz2wN7wkKXG

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