Homeland: Season 2, Episode 2 “Beirut is Back” (A-)
This show is a terrific thriller, but it’s also a spectacular character study. Both Carrie and Brody are right in the middle of the action in tense moments with barely any way out, and it’s completely captivating to watch them deal with it and get their jobs done under the immense pressure. Carrie meeting with her contact by herself before rendezvousing with Saul was reckless, as was running into her apartment. I was very concerned that the car was going to get tipped over, and even more worried when they drove away without Carrie. Watching Carrie fall apart and run to the roof was unsettling, and her explanation of her former conviction about Brody’s guilty was heartfelt. Brody, on the other hand, got a surprise front-row seat to the near-apprehension of Abu Nazir, and it’s a wonder that the managed to send a text that got through to Nazir’s henchmen in time. Brody’s double agent status is going to get to him, and his Marine buddies realizing that Walker missed the Vice President on purpose won’t help his state of mind. As Jessica finds herself pulled in more and more by the political world, it’s interesting to see Dana forging a friendship with the Vice President’s son. There’s nothing, however, that compares to that ending, which gives Saul undeniable proof that Brody was in fact turned. I can’t wait to find out to see how he’s going to handle it, since he can’t share it with Carrie without ruining her life again. What an awesome show!