"All or Nothing" combined the awkwardness of ex-lover reunions and the pain of a socially isolating career while still maintaining a fun tone on the way to a sexy, devastating breakdown for our hero.
I’m happy to report (see what I did there?) that "First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" indicated a welcome change in direction for the News Night crew.
"Exit Plan" focused almost entirely on the escape of mystery character Sonya and her equally stunning huntress Oksana, which didn’t offer the most complicated story, but had plenty of gorgeous cheekbones and explosions to distract from Fiona’s weak—though momentous—B-story back home.
"Brothers in Arms" wisely combined emotional revelation with explosive sacrifice, both of which further illuminated Michael Westen’s path to the end.
"Down Range" doubled-down on both the old and the novel by mixing earlier story threads with new threats, resulting in a satisfying episode that hinted at a possible conclusion to the whole series.
This week’s adventure was mainly concerned with reuniting Westen and his crew, as well as sticking our noses right in the sour roses of Michael and Fi’s spoiled relationship, all while uncovering the true identity of last week’s dastardly Mystery Man.
With the introduction of a new boyfriend, a new villain, new bosses, and new status quos to be dismantled, "New Deal" managed to set the stage for an exciting race to the Burn Notice finish line while still functioning as a standalone entertaining adventure.
"The Colonel" was a solid season finale that expertly represented a show both similar to and far different from the one introduced in the pilot.
The Americans has maintained a steady sense of purpose all season long, and this penultimate episode hinted that an assured finish just around the corner.
As if there weren’t already enough beautifully shot TV series about difficult subject matter featuring capable actors, along comes Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first wholly owned scripted series.