Critic Consensus: "Tchaikovsky" slows the momentum of its predecessor while threatening to push the conflict between family, career, and personal conviction to a breaking point in the lives of The Americans' core characters.
Critic reviews for Tchaikovsky
"Tchaikovsky" is a move-the-needle episode with a number of strong moments that pop among the many minor moments.
Director Rhys conveys the imbalance of knowledge and power in this scene with a shot of mother and daughter on a hill, the former above the latter.
After the opening during the premiere and the music, especially, I expect there is a chance the Jennings' marriage will survive, so I'm holding out hope that the tiny cracks in Elizabeth that are near-impossible to comprehend are good signs.
I find it rather interesting that at this point in the season, the "character" I'm most worried about is their marriage.
There are some things in life you can't unsee, things that burn themselves into your brain and haunt you for the rest of your life. I've got to imagine "your mom's panicked face covered in a man's brains" is one of those things.
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