COMMENTARY | Season Two of “The Americans” ended with a couple of awesome twists, which foreshadow one would imagine things that are going to happen in Season Three. Some spoilers surely follow noted in an interview with the show’s creators.
First, there was the decision by Stan to betray his Soviet lover Nina rather than his country, a correct one not the least of which is because Nina was playing him. She is presumably on her way to Lubyanka Prison in Moscow and a bullet to the back of the head, though it looks like her story is not quite over, so we’ll see.
The most intriguing twist is the revelation that the KGB is starting a program to develop the children of deep cover illegals as spies themselves. Derek, the teenage little monster, ventilated his entire family on orders of his control. Now the KGB want Elizabeth and Philip to start grooming their 14 year old Paige for the cause, the theory being that she could pass any background check and be able to infiltrate – say – the CIA.
Paige would seem to be ripe for this kind of manipulation. She has already been caught up in the nuclear freeze movement, thanks to the wiles of her hippy, dippy preacher. She even expressed astonishment when the police responded with bolt cutters against the protestors who chained themselves to military base’s gates. “It’s as if they didn’t even care!” Well, yeah.
It would be ridiculously easy for her folks to convince her that the Soviet Union really wants peace, but is being thwarted by that big meany Ronald Reagan. There can be lots of mother/daughter bonding exercises in which they could break into secret government installations and kill people.
Philip may be a good communist, but he loves his children more, which could prove to be a problem. Elizabeth muses that maybe this is just what the little girl needs in the way of a suitable direction, not to follow a purveyor of children’s fairy tales about God, but rather her mommy, the servant of a soulless, monstrous tyranny that once upon a time wanted to rule the world.