I was watching the Human Traffic
series unfold as it was originally posted to the web. At the time, as now, I thought it an extraordinary body of work. Mike Johnston -- a critic of much deeper experience than my own -- later agreed
. (Reichman's assent -- unlike Johnston's -- certainly does not help the situation, but you take your intellectual allies where you can get them, I suppose.)
Doesn't mean those who think the work mediocre are wrong -- everyone's entitled to an opinion or three -- but it does mean that serious people can disagree, and that we casually dismiss a major body of work at our peril. The Americans
, of course, is a case in point.