Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 2, Episode 3 “State of Independence” (B+)

This wasn’t a great episode for our main characters, as they both realized that it’s hard to have only one foot in the door. Carrie staying up late all nigh to write her report really didn’t pay off as she was purposely left out of the meeting and then told by Estes that she shouldn’t have expected to be reinstated. Vomiting up her medication suggests that she is spiraling downward once again, and hopefully Saul’s house call will help prevent that. Showing the video of Brody to her before letting Estes or anyone else see it implies that he trusts her again, and hopefully they’ll be tactful in how and where they share the news. Brody receiving on-the-spot assignments from Roya while he’s supposed to be in the public spotlight is immensely problematic, and his panic was evident as he pursued his reluctant passenger through the woods near the gas station. He was much more calm and collected when he used a piece of wood to jack up his tire, but he revealed how his situation was getting out of control when he killed Bassel because he was making too much noise while he was on the phone with Jessica. His wife, for her part, did an impressive job of rescuing the event, but threatening Brody with a divorce is going to undo all that hard work. Everything is heating up and heading towards a boiling point, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the coming episodes.


Unknown said...

You do realize carrie was trying to commit suicide in that scene when she vomitted up her pills, right? She took so many pills and downed them with wine, that would have killed her in minutes, and then she panicked and threw them up. Just wanted to make sure, because it's not clear in the review whether you got that she was trying to kill herself.

Movies with Abe said...

I'm not sure I did get that, no, but it's an important point. Thanks for commenting - I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention in one of the less action-packed moments. That's equally crucial to her downward spiral, and it's a good thing that Saul didn't catch her. I'm still surprised that he came right over and showed her since she's definitely going to go into a frenzy now.