Critic Consensus: "The Midges" further complicates things for the Jennings on the domestic front, advances the season's espionage stakes, and sneaks in a beloved character's return -- all before concluding in a messy burst of violence.
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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Critic reviews for The Midges
Drawing out scenes and storylines for as long as it can before pulling the trigger on our understanding of what the show is doing and why the show is doing it. "The Midges"...features what's bound to be one of the most talked-about examples.
The energy that's gone into establishing the Morozov mission, coupled with the show's new thematic interest in hunger, temporarily sidelined the longer, more psychologically driven plots that make The Americans great.
The Americans roils with intense feeling, but its pleasures are not volcanic in nature-its secrets and sentiments seep into the tiniest gestures, the most quotidian moments, until we realize the trickle's a flood.
Martha's back! It felt inevitable we'd see her again at some point, but it's great to get confirmation here. In classic Americans style, it wasn't rushed... now we know she's potentially in play this season. When might she pop up again? We shall see.
Consider the slow start over. While episodes one and two of season 5 were delightful in their own expository way, "The Midges" announces that we are right in the thick of things now.
"The Midges," which gets its name from the insects that Philip and Elizabeth and their supervisor, Gabriel (Frank Langella), believe is being used by Alexei to target the Soviet Union's wheat, impressively coils together its two major plot threads.
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