Thursday, October 10, 2013

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 3, Episode 2 “Uh…Oo…Aw…” (B+)

Not much is actually happening thus far this season, but I think it’s interesting to have everything occur at a slow pace because it draws out the biggest and most impactful developments. We still haven’t seen or heard about Brody at all, but I think that’s because the writers are saving the best for last, and Brody will only come back into the picture once he has someone on his side, when Farrah discovers that the bankers are connected to someone else or Quinn stars looking into things as he advocates for Carrie. Seeing Carrie in this state is very disturbing, particularly because everything she does only makes her situation worse. Not taking her meds is very typical of her, but it’s worrisome to see even her family pushing her to do something she doesn’t want to do. Quinn is actually the best friend she could ask for right now, and let’s hope that Saul has stepped in to do the right thing in some form after some unfortunate politically-minded missteps. Farrah is an intriguing new character, and it’s great to see her make her voice heard so early on, and the combination of her shaming the bankers and Quinn intimidating them seems to be producing results already. Dana sneaking out to spend a sex-filled night at the institution was a rebellious act to be sure, but what’s much more interesting is her Muslim prayer moment at the end of the episode. I do think that she’s convinced of her father’s guilt, but she wants to know more about what brought him to that point where others would simply write him off as disillusioned and violent. If only Carrie and Dana could spend some more quality time together – imagine what they could accomplish in defense of the mystery man who’s sure to pop up sooner or later.

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