Critic Consensus: "Blackout" ratchets up the tension with a surprising emotional turn that lays the groundwork for the final episodes of The Americans' fifth season.
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
Critic reviews for Darkroom
The creation of this paranoia is clearly one of the show's great strengths no matter if it's justified.
The less momentous first two-thirds of "Darkroom" may even be better than the final act.
In the exchange of rings as in that blood-red light, or in the match cut of Philip's face as he hears he's a pre-programmed machine, The Americans achieves a far more powerful force: fusion.
The season as a whole continues to be a slow burn...but ...the show can still hit with devastating force.
Darkroom is another episode of the show turning up the burners underneath its simmering pot of water and letting us wonder if the damn thing is going to boil already. But as with most of the recent episodes that have done this, I liked it quite a bit.
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