10 April 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Americans Season 2, Episode 7 “Arpanet”

Written by Joshua Brand

Directed by Kevin Dowling

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX


Lies, lies, lies…. can’t any of these people just be honest with each other?!! I’m kidding, of course – but “Arpanet” seems to go out of its way to throw shade over every character, from the increasingly creepy Laric, to quietly conspicuous Kate and the ever-facetious Oleg. There isn’t a lot of coherent evidence as to what these people are up to (or more importantly, where their alliances lie) – and because of that, “Arpanet” is a tough egg to crack, especially with six hours left for these motivations and grand plans to come to light.

This ambiguity works as as aesthetic tool: even the most banal conversations in “Arpanet” become fascinating affairs, especially with characters whose plans are growing more complex as the season continues (I’m looking at you, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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