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The Americans “Martial Eagle” Review (2×09)

24 Apr

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“There is grace and forgiveness for you.”

“Do you believe that?”

“I do.”

Hiding is an essential aspect of being a spy, but sometimes, we can only hide for so long. In “Martial Eagle”, arguably the best episode this series has ever produced, our spies continue to become undone, with Philip Jennings, in particular, affected the most.

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The Americans “New Car” Review (2×08)

17 Apr

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“It’s nicer. It’s easier. It’s not better.”

Last season, one of the major character questions was whether Philip Jennings was coming around to the American way of life, seduced by the glamor and the peaceful life and the culture. That question arises again in “New Car”, which is an excellent installment in an increasingly excellent sophomore season.

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The Americans “A Little Night Music” Review (2×04)

19 Mar

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When you play a part, it’s only natural that you relate to it and get caught up in the words and the actions and the beliefs, perhaps actually taking on some of those traits you’ve been asked to act out. Oftentimes, the person you play is merely an extension of yourself, the other side to a curtain you attempt to open and shut.

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The Americans “Cardinal” Review (2×02)

5 Mar

CARDINAL2top“We’ll get used to it, like we got used to everything else.”

The Jennings family has been through a lot recently. Last week, Philip and Elizabeth saw the bodies of a murdered family with ties to their own, and that traumatic event has compounded upon their paranoia. There’s an unsettling feeling permeating this second hour, a slower, yet still compelling episode with nice character work.

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