Monday, November 4, 2013

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 3, Episode 6 “Still Positive” (B+)

This season is finally going somewhere interesting. I’m happy to forget all about mental institutions and to focus on the fact that Carrie is undeniably back in the field. Getting everyone but Javadi to leave the room after the lie-detector test and demonstrating some of her token ballsy nature was fantastic, and she didn’t waste any time in laying out all of the facts. Learning that Javadi knew Saul by name was eye-opening, and that revelation was well-supported by Saul explaining to Fara his history with Javadi was extremely negative, considering Javadi turned in the four people he promised to save and had them all killed. As usual, this show is most exciting when it’s in the midst of an active operation, and Carrie going to meet Javadi where she had planned to meet him was never going to go totally smoothly. The panic in Saul’s voice when he realized where Javadi was heading was worrisome, and Javadi managed to do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Saul hitting Javadi in the face demonstrates his passion and fury, something we haven’t seen play out in a physical way prior to this, confirmed in Mira’s plea to Saul to get angry, and it’s going to be a rocky road going forward. I am glad to see that Adal is managing to be both a trusted new ally of Lockhart’s and a close confidante of Saul’s, which should work to the passed-over director-to-be’s advantage. A small moment that’s sure to be explosive in coming episodes, but we’ll leave it be for now: Carrie’s pregnant! I guess she thinks that taking more tests and hiding them will negate the truth, but we’ll have to see what then ends up leading to. Dana changing her name and moving out of the house is considerably less consequential in the grand scheme of things, but maybe it will allow Jessica to move forward with her life more.

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