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  1. S03.E03: The Center Will Hold 2018.06.12

    Nicky is going to get herself killed. J’s infatuation with Cartel Girl is like a neon sign pointing out that if J dumps Nicky, she knows enough to put the whole family in prison.
  2. S04.E08: No One's Gone 2018.06.10

    This show. They present an intriguing S4 premiere that looks to revitalize the series with new characters. And then. And then. They use this ridiculous, impossible-to-follow narrative structure that manages to kill any interest I had in these characters. Add generous helpings of Idiot Plot wherein the protagonists distrust and fight the other protagonists, while trusting people they shouldn’t trust. Oh, and let’s take the most talented actor in the cast and make him a medical invalid the last two episodes, essentially giving him nothing to do. I would support a five year ban on the use of all flashbacks and flash forwards by television writers.
  3. S06.E10: START

    So, no accountability for all those murders of innocent people except that they are cut off from their kids (in Paige’s case a plus)? In my ending, they get blown up by Chechens in the 1990s.
  4. S06.E10: START

    Hated it.
  5. S06.E08: The Summit

  6. S06.E08: The Summit

  7. S04.E05: Laura

    That may have been the dullest hour of television I have ever seen.
  8. S04.E03: Good Out Here

    I really hate Idiot Plots, but the episode would have been about 15 minutes long without them. I liked the first two episodes of the season, but this one had me rolling my eyes throughout. But it I won’t miss Nick and his scenery chewing.
  9. S06.E05: The Great Patriotic War

    The best thing about last night’s episode of #TheAmericans was the shot of Philip in the phone booth, with the American flag just out of focus behind him. The camera rotates around to put it right behind him—like a cartoon angel on his shoulder, whispering into his ear. —Sonny Bunch on Twitter
  10. S06.E05: The Great Patriotic War

    Rewatching. The Oleg-Tatiana scene is my favorite in the episode. It’s intense and well-acted. One thing that pro-Soviet sources don’t like to discuss is how the methods Stalin and his generals fought the war contributed to the enormous casualty totals, such as the frequent tactical use of human-wave assaults on fortified positions. Solzhenitsyn also says that many of the deaths included in wartime casualty totals were those in the vast prisoner population in the Gulag camps. In the privation of the war years, “Just as many died in the camps as at the front”.
  11. S06.E05: The Great Patriotic War

    Can we acknowledge Elizabeth as the monster she is yet? Abducting and torturing a child isn’t grrrrrrrl power, it’s a crime against humanity. The “she’s just a soldier fighting for her country” nonsense no longer applies when you’re committing atrocities. And that’s not counting the two horrific murders. Phillip sabotaging the kidnap plot is his finest hour.
  12. S03.E01: Enter the Phoenix

    The Widow looks fantastic this year, I agree. She’s really the star of the show at this point. I also like Tilda’s new Kristen Stewart look; that old haircut was and remains unfortunate. So so far so good. Sunny is as bland and uninspiring as ever but Nick Frost continues to add interest.
  13. S06.E04: Mr. And Mrs. Teacup

    Love that Elizabeth’s first thought on fixing the travel agency is a purge. So very Elizabeth. Paige=world’s dumbest human. Why can’t Phillip hit up the Centre for some cash, via Margo Martindale?
  14. S06.E03: Urban Transport Planning

    Could it be, could it be, could it be...Stan will divine from a conversation with Oleg that the illegal is someone close to him, and Stan, with his usual instincts, will look at Renee, who turns out to be innocent?
  15. S06.E03: Urban Transport Planning

    Elizabeth is just seething with rage at the USA at this point, and it comes out in her weekly murders of Americans. Phillip declining to eat the stew because he’d filled up on take-out was such a metaphor. I was on on the fence before but Laurie Holden’s character’s demand to get into the FBI had all the red flags flying.