Most of the film’s characters are unconvincing, flattened out by Charlie’s self-focused lens.
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.
The Americans is as full of formal coups as any of its more flashy brethren.
The Americans traditionally finds suspense in the slow, summative effect of its wary glances and closed doors.
Professionals in the art of reading people are most vulnerable to misapprehension when their judgment is clouded by the personal.
“Baggage” uses Philip and Elizabeth’s respective reactions to Annalise’s death as an entrée into the subject of childrearing.