Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 2, Episode 8 “I’ll Fly Away” (A-)

This show just doesn’t stop delivering. There’s nothing quite as fascinating on television right now as the relationship between Carrie and Brody. Spiriting him away after his meltdown with Roya was the ultimate gesture of protection, and just the latest thing to get Quinn and Estes furious at Carrie’s antics. Brody saying that he felt more alone now than he did in the hole seemed to indicate that there was no bringing him back, but Carrie managed to work her magic again, telling him how she’d love to imagine a future for them that would negate previous acts, prompting him to tell her that she’s crazier than people say. Roya’s midnight drive with Brody was very intense, particularly when Carrie decided to drive by to check on him and then chased his departing helicopter into a field. The not entirely surprising revelation that Abu Nazir, minus his beard, is in the United States and here to see Brody changes things considerably, and I’m so intrigued to see whether Brody will report dutifully back to Carrie or flip again. Saul helping the CIA track her down was a tough decision, and having all the agents hear Carrie and Brody having very loud sex was extremely awkward. Dana going to Mike’s gave everyone some space, though her chaperoned trip to see the woman’s daughter didn’t end well and is likely to just make her ask more questions. Most problematically, Jessica now knows that Carrie was at the police station, which means that Abu Nazir may be the least of Brody’s worries.

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