Friday, December 14, 2012

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 2, Episode 11 “In Memoriam” (B+)

There are few things I love more on television than when characters are brutally honest with each other, ready to bare themselves to someone else and risk the consequences of them knowing the truth. After hearing that Abu Nazir as dead, something that clearly pained him, Brody seemed ready to tell Jessica everything. Jessica realizing that Brody must really love Carrie, and saying as much to him, was a sure sign of their union being done, and rather neatly, considering everything that’s happened. Brody going to Carrie’s house suggests that he knows what he wants next, and seeing Quinn waiting outside her house prepared to follow his orders to kill Brody was the perfect ending to lead into the season finale. The hunt for Abu Nazir in the tunnels was eerie, and, as usual, Carrie’s wild paranoia turned out to be partially correct. Saul is rightly furious at Estes for trying to discredit him and get him fired to make sure that he doesn’t reveal his plan to have Brody killed, and let’s hope that Virgil or Max is still around and able to help him get the word out before it’s too late for Brody. There are a lot of things that could happen in the finale, one of which could be Brody receiving the presidential nomination with Walden dead. With Abu Nazir out of the picture and Roya not talking in interrogation, this show needs a new direction and a new mystery for season three, one I’m sure it will be able to find.

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