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The first season of The Americans came to a thrilling end in “The Colonel,” a gratifying resolver that still left plenty to ponder for Season 2.
Our favorite Directorate S agents were given two separate orders, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) was to meet the Colonel (Victor Slezak), with intelligence on President Regan’s Star Wars missile defense system, while Phillip (Matthew Rhys) was ordered to retrieve a the latest recording from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s study bug, which audiences learned from last week, was compromised by Agent Gaad’s (Richard Thomas) task force.
Orders came from Claudia (Margo Martindale) in another icy exchange with Elizabeth, sparking suspicion from her and Phillip, that the meeting with the Colonel was most likely, a setup due to its sudden urgency and level of intelligence exchanged. It was finally agreed upon that they carry out the orders as planned–until Phillip changes the plans at the last minute, »
- Ernie Estrella
Breathe. Do not forget to breathe.
Your enjoyment of "The Americans" requires you to stay alive long enough to truly appreciate the incredible -- but real -- genius of the show's Season 1 finale. No matter how much anyone studied history or could have guessed about what was coming, "The Colonel" still managed to shock and surprise from beginning to end.
It's going to be a long almost-year to wait before we find out what happens next.
Crises of conscience and related international crises
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) have not one but two missions to accomplish before the season ends. The first is an everyday thing: Someone has to go retrieve a recording from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's study bug. The other mission is a little more dangerous, as it requires one of them to meet with a Colonel who knows all about the Reagan administration's Star Wars program. »
In its first season, "The Americans" has been a surprisingly tense and entertaining work of drama. Kgb spies Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) have made a compelling couple to watch as they negotiate marriage, secrecy and the Cold War.
But whatever "The Americans" has achieved throughout Season 1, it all pales in comparison to the incredible season finale, "The Colonel."
The basic plot for the finale tells you nothing of the edge-of-your-seat thrills and heartbreaking stories of the episode. In it, Philip and Elizabeth have to think about their relationship as they prepare for a meeting with a Colonel (guest star Victor Slezak) that might just be a setup. Meanwhile, Stan (Noah Emmerich) inches closer to identifying his illegal Russian spies.
The tension merely builds from here. Because doing so would partially ruin this great episode of television, there is no way we can reveal any major spoilers for "The Colonel" here. »
The new film is based on the novel by author Mohsin Hamid, about a Pakistani man working on Wall Street, from Cine Mosaic and Mirabai Films Production, also starring Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber for producer Lydia Dean Pilcher:
"...a young Pakistani man, graduates from Princeton, and chases corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland..."
Filmed in Lahore, Istanbul, New York City, Atlanta, and Delhi, cast also includes Riz Ahmed, Om Puri, Meesha Shafi, Shabana Azmi, Nelsan Ellis, Martin Donovan, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Victor Slezak, Clayton Landey, Mark Oliver, Chandrachur Singh, Steven Kulesza and Kevin Miller.
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- Michael Stevens
4 items from 2013
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