Critic Consensus: "Amber Waves" kicks off a new season of The Americans with compelling questions of loyalty, impressive contrasts of character, and a sense of desperation building to a dangerous boil.
as Philip Jennings
as Elizabeth Jennings
as Paige Jennings
as Henry Jennings
as Stan Beeman
as Sandra Beeman
as Martha Hanson
as Agent Frank Gaad
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Thoughtful editing reveals the passage of time by showing the agents taking turns in the increasingly large and deep hole they've dug, pausing to wipe the sweat from their brows or take a swig from a canteen.
Joe Weisberg's show. . .has always investigated the overlap between the personal and the political, and the ways the story you keep telling about yourself starts to become a second truth.
If "Amber Waves" has a flaw its that a bold beginning and superb ending detract from the plot moving that comes in-between.
Although there are still over 20 episodes left, The Americans is preparing its characters, and the audience, for the moment when they too have to let go, further cementing the show's place as the best drama on TV.
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