It is time to binge watch one of the best series on television from FX now coming to 4-disc DVD this Tuesday from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with the intensity of Russian spies posing as “The Americans.”
The season begins with Elizabeth (Keri Russell) losing a list of contacts leading to Gabriel (Frank Langella) telling both she and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) that it might be time to recruit young daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into the family business. The thought of it brings an argument between the couple.
But that isn’t the only bad about to happen as Annalise (Gillian Alexy) confesses to Yousaf (Rahul Khanna) of her reasons for being with him. Needless to say his response is dire and Phillip can do nothing to stop it. Phillip turns to Elizabeth to help with the problem and it brings closer to home the idea of recruiting.
It becomes imperative that Elizabeth get the contact list back but to do so puts the Jennings’ in danger of being discovered by the FBI/CIA. Tracking the signal in a mobile phone, it takes only a moment before rescue comes from an unexpected place.
The recruitment for Phillip isn’t over as Kimmie becomes the next target which still doesn’t solve the problems coming with daughter Paige. Religion is making its way into the Jennings’ home as Paige wants to be baptized and has the support of a Pastor and his wife. Phillip and Elizabeth feel trapped by their daughter yet let it all go forward.
Phillip continues to work on the babysitter Kimmie and while at her home learns her brother is a soldier in Afghanistan which opens the door to more taps. Phillip shares with Elizabeth everything he has learned and plans are in place that will bring Pakistan into the picture as well.
It finally becomes clear to Paige that the secrets in their house need clarifying and finally, Elizabeth and Phill8p must talk about what they’ve been hiding. Elizabeth learns that her mother is ill and when problems with Paige become more complicated, they think it is best if Paige travels to Germany as well.
In the meantime Stan (Noah Emmerich) has been trying EST and when he tries to put a plan together with Nina and Zinaida and when it fails he must face Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas) as his job with the FBI hangs in the balance. To put finality to the season, Paige drops the bomb to her pastor that Phillip and Elizabeth are actually Russian!
Other cast include: Lev Gorn as Arkady Ivanovich, Annet Mahendru as Nina Sergeevna, Susan Misner as Sandra Beeman, Costa Ronin as Oleg Burov, Keidrich Sellati as Henry Jennings, Kelly AuCoin as Pastor Tim, and Frank Langella as Gabriel.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give the complete third season of “The Americans” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I leave that last tube of popcorn to see what is coming next. This is such an amazing series filled with intensity, twists, turns, story changes that I don’t see coming and cliff hangers that are TRUE cliff hangers!
This is a cast that seriously comes in and takes every moment seriously. Russell as Elizabeth is amazing and I can’t get enough of her in this character. Watching her jump between “American” and spy is enough to give a gal whiplash but Russell can pass through this duality seamlessly.
Rhys as Phillip equally gives such an amazing performance as everything he knows comes into question, especially when it comes to recruiting his own daughter. My jaw dropped a few times with the way he reacted to certain situations but that is what makes the series so dang amazing. The one hour flies by making it cruel to wait for the next episode yet it also has brought up some amazing conversations with others that I watch the show with.
Emmerich as Stan has once again created a character that is memorable. I am a fan of Emmerich for so many reasons but mainly because he plays such a diverse selection of characters and each one of them stands out in its own right. In “The Americans” he gives Stan so much and even if there are times he isn’t on screen it is clear his presence is not far away.
Do I cover ever inch of the storyline — heck no! This is a series to be experienced and I love when new comers have the opportunity to be introduced to each character and see where their arc takes them. Trust me when I say that there is so much more to learn about “The Americans” and I can’t wait to hear your reaction!
“The Americans” has been recognized by the Peabody Awards, 5th Critics Choice Awards, TCA Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards and an Emmy for Margo Martindale for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series.
The DVD includes Special Features of Deleted Scenes and The Cold War for Paige. All of this is in preparation for the return for Season Four of “The Americans” with its premier in March. I can probably assure fans there will be more questions than answers,
more twists than turns and everything marvelous that we have all come to expect from “The Americans.”
In the end — it’s all about what is under the guise of being “The Americans.”