Archetypes: Television: Review: ‘The Americans’ and the Lotus (2017)

Like “The Americans”’ Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys), the lotus is not what it seems. The flower – an Eastern representation of the female, specifically her genitalia – is externally magnificent, with no clue that it grows in the mud, anchored by earth. The title of Season 5’s “Lotus 1-2-3” refers to the […]

Archetypes: Television: Review: ‘The Americans’ Season 3 (2015): Parent-Child. Parent-Asset

Children are the most personal entities in the world. But, in the spy arena, to refer to someone in the field as a nameless “asset” is as impersonal as it gets. “The Americans” sees these two categories of individuals – neither of whom, for different reasons, are capable of fending for themselves and ensuring their […]

Astrology: Television: Review: ‘The Americans’ Season 2 Finale: ‘Echo,’ Greek Myth and Who’ll Get the Last Word

To call a television episode “Echo” all but begs rabid fans to hit the mythology books. In the spy business, the work is all about digging deep for secrets useful and necessary to the government who hired you. And in last night’s Season 2 finale of “The Americans,” the mythology connection seemed especially on the […]

Astrology: Television: ‘The Americans’ Season 1 Finale: Home Sweet Home

That old chestnut “Fly Me to the Moon” could easily have been the Moon-suffused melody of Season 1’s “The Americans.” In its finale, the Moon’s multi-layered definition of what and where the home is – across the sea, in the heart or both – came to a heady and bloody conclusion. Set during the 1980s, […]