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The Americans, Ep. 3.06: “Born Again” turns its attention to Paige

5 March 2015 12:15 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans, Season 3, Episode 6: “Born Again”

Written by Tracey Scott Wilson

Directed by Kevin Dowling

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

More and more, this season of The Americans feels like it’s centered around Paige. Although the myriad subplots weave together to paint a broad portrait of Cold War life, she’s become important enough to feel like as good a candidate as any for the show’s emotional core. Paige serves a dual function in the narrative: her embrace of Christianity is interesting in its own right and is also an ideal lens for the viewer to understand the complicated relationship between Elizabeth and Phillip. This week’s episode takes its title from Paige’s baptism, so “Born Again” naturally focuses on her, and she continues to be a perfect anchoring point for the show’s broader concerns.

This dynamic is on display from the beginning of the episode, »

- Max Joseph

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The Americans, Ep. 3.05: “Salang Pass” appropriately handles a challenging topic

26 February 2015 1:50 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans, Season 3, Episode 5: “Salang Pass”

Written by Stephen Schiff

Directed by Kevin Dowling

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are ostensibly co-stars on The Americans, but the former’s character has increasingly become the more interesting one. While Elizabeth’s unceasing dedication to the Ussr has become a bit one-dimensional (despite her taking Paige to church), Phillip’s conflict between his commitment and his growing embrace of American life makes him a more dynamic and complex personality. Her steeliness makes her a fascinating “straight man” to his less disciplined self, but it’s Phillip’s lack of self-control that makes for the more human and fascinating conflict. This week’s episode, “Salang Pass,” amplifies the compelling nature of his character, having him act abhorrently and testing the limits of the viewer’s sympathies without completely severing our connection with him.

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- Max Joseph

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