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Allegiance - S01 E10

Drama . Thriller
 

Episode number: 1x10Airdate: Thursday April 09th, 2015Network: NBC.com

 
Episode Title: A Convenient Place To Die
Airs: 2015-04-9 at 10:00 pm
  • Vicki Hyman

    The set-ups are disparate enough [from "The Americans"], and Allegiance's twisty allegiances, are promising enough not to dismiss the show out of hand.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    Allegiance takes a potentially preposterous situation and makes it provocative.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    While Allegiance covers some of the same ground as both FX’s excellent period drama “The Americans” and Showtime’s resurgent “Homeland,” Nolfi and crew do a good job, particularly within the constraints of a broadcast network, differentiating their show’s mission.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    This espionage thriller is still a fairly conventional network series and not nearly as subtle and complex as “The Americans.” That doesn’t mean the NBC version is unwatchable, though, just more homogenized and predictable.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    While the hour is entertaining and moves briskly, it lacks the subtlety (not to mention violence, great opening credits and bad wigs) of The Americans.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Allegiance certainly won’t win many points for originality, but the episodes do clip along on a serialized basis, keeping the principals constantly scheming to stay one step ahead of the two sides between which they’re caught.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Allegiance does a decent job of propping up its crazy premise with some juicy intrigue and solid performances, though Stenhouse comes off as rather bland.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    A series both formulaic and limited in the writing department, Allegiance shows no signs of the immense ambitiousness of “The Americans.” ... The theme [of sleeper agents] does its work and carries Allegiance, as do Hope Davis, outstanding as the desperate Katya, and Scott Cohen, impressive in the role of her husband.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Its lead characters for the most part are appealing and accessible, even if their machinations aren’t always well-oiled.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The premise strains credulity, and the setup is convoluted. Yet the spycraft is fun, an affecting cast makes you care. [30 Jan/6 Feb 2015, p.123]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What NBC most likely wanted was a less intense, more audience-friendly mass-market entertainment with a clear hero and a leavening sense of humor. And that's what George Nolfi, who based his series on an Israeli show, has provided.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Allegiance is a broadcast network series that doesn't have the writing or the acting chops to compete with its FX counterpart. The series is, however, entertaining on its own merits.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Allegiance’s real mission, like “The Americans,” is to draw us into a believable family crisis and, in that regard, the show’s results are mixed. Some performances are strong (particularly from Davis and Stenhouse) and the first three episodes demonstrate a knack for getting everyone — viewers included--to hang together off the same cliff right at the 57-minute mark.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The first three episodes are essentially capers involving spy chasing spy as angst-ridden Russians try to defect, the CIA tries to get to them and the SVR sics the O’Connors on everyone.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Allegiance is a curious duck, indeed. Smart and sophisticated certainly, but -- occasionally--a bit dim-bulbed and hokey, too.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Even when it’s fun, Allegiance doesn’t do anything The Americans isn’t doing far better.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Early episodes are, regrettably, filled with television tropes. Still, Allegiance could evolve into the show it clearly hopes to be. But only if it plays to its strength, which is to say Hope Davis.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The problem is that Allegiance seems to have painted itself into a corner with its overwrought premise. It dictates that at least once an episode.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The pace is generally fast enough to distract from the convoluted plot.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Without the nuanced characters and slow-building suspense of The Americans, Allegiance is just a preposterous thriller. That puts it right at home on NBC, but still far behind its obvious inspiration.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Allegiance is a competent thriller. But bushwablocking is easier said than done as the labyrinthine family dynamic dominates each of the three episodes sent to critics for review.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    the pilot episode is briskly paced and told with a certain amount of flair. Technically, it's not without merit..... [But] It needs to get smart or risk being exposed as a pale impostor lurking among the elite TV operatives.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's not terrible, but rather aggressively mediocre.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Allegiance, set in the present-day, is at attempt to be a thoughtful drama about the differences between loyalty to family and loyalty to country, but its atmosphere is as drab as an early John LeCarre novel, without the prickly dialogue or tricky plotting.... And: We lost Parenthood to this?

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Allegiance is not terrible, although its characters are paper-thin, and, beyond feeling derivative, the show isn’t all that credible.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Allegiance does not demonstrate any of that careful planning; indeed, it is almost exactly the same thing as “The Americans,” except executed less well, with the complexities sanded off.

    Salon Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The story lines feel a bit contrived, though, and the action sometimes a trifle forced. We like the spies better than their thriller.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The potentially suspenseful premise is undercut by plodding storytelling and a cast lacking chemistry. [1-15 Feb 2015, p.16]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
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