Critic Consensus: "Crossbreed" quietly heightens the stakes in The Americans' fifth season while opening the door to a beloved character's departure -- and an unexpected meeting.
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Critic reviews for Crossbreed
Throughout the whole episode, actor Matthew Rhys looks like he'd just gotten awful news seconds before the cameras started rolling, and his face is shot up against the edge of the frame as if he's trapped. Yeah, I'd be worried too.
Rarely has a show more artfully married its camera quirks to an episode's themes, and as those themes change, so do the ways the camera echoes them.
The job is forcing everyone to take a long, hard look at who they are and how they got here, and it's hard to like what anyone's seeing.
"Crossbreed" was a welcome relief. It's a pretty sedate hour, all things considered, but it's intimate and revealing in a way I've been waiting for all season.
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