Scene after scene transpires as a discussion about togetherness—as eternal ideal and currency.
The Americans is the rolling stone that gathers no moss.
Throughout its runtime, the episode remarkably threads together the impressions of shared torment.
Another week, another episode of The Americans that’s notable for its pervasive lack of hurry.
The producers of The Americans are more than aware that they’re playing a very, very long game with their audience.
The latest episode of The Americans is practically a treatise on the psychodynamic theory of guilt.
The episode thrillingly and daringly comes close to completely pressing down on the reset button.
The episode is unique in the canon of the series for the sterling self-reflexivity of its sense of humor.
The attention to behavioral detail that goes into any given episode of The Americans is unlike that of any other show.
The latest episode of The Americans thrillingly plants the seeds of a whirlwind of emotional reckonings.
“Amber Waves” is an immediate reminder that The Americans is an edifice brilliantly constructed of contrasts.
The series proves once again that action need not be explosive to be effective.
The real danger in the world of The Americans is that one fails to notice they’re being crushed.
The episode frames its constituent parts as opposing forces, but in the end each element contributes to a coherent, if half-hidden, whole.
Having been told so many lies, Paige has now become the teller, her parents’ child after all.
The episode reexamines the distinctions we draw between offense and defense, between the necessary evil and the greater good.
The notion that one can simply pick up the pieces and move on is the season’s central illusion.
The episode establishes the rifts in the show’s key relationships through a series of skillful compositions.
The episode tightens the vise around the characters as if to test their instincts.
If the episode can be said to have a central thrust, it’s an interest in bruising the characters’ convictions through a series of unexpected developments.