TVOM: "When the modernist poet Ezra Pound began to promote the mantra “make it new,” the idea was to innovate in the face of traditionalism. Pound took inspiration from classic Japanese art in general and infused it with modern sensibilities. Similarly, The Americans works with a traditional genre: spy-thriller. Since John le Carre and Ian Fleming, the genre has developed its habits, both effective and cliche. What “Open House” does, though, is it takes some of those tropes or previously-established ideas and themes and flips them back to the viewer in new and interesting ways."