Monday, November 11, 2013

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 3, Episode 7 “Gerontion” (C)

I’m not buying this season’s plotline. For one thing, we’ve seen Brody now in one out of seven episodes, and that hardly seems fitting given that he was one of the show’s main characters for its first two seasons. Secondly, there’s far too much deception and immediate forgiveness. Quinn wasn’t read in right away and had to put together that Saul was up to something on his own, and now Adal confronted Saul about not letting him in on everything but then had no problem backing him up just because it was a good way to piss off Senator Lockhart. Watching Saul and Adal literally walk the Senator in a room and lock him in there felt like a joke, and seeing them enjoy a celebratory drink after drove home the point that this show isn’t taking itself seriously. Previous plotlines with Estes and Walden were far more sophisticated, and there was plenty of intrigue to go around without having to resort to cheap childlike tricks. There was altogether too much conversation in this hour, and Javadi feels much more like an American than an Iranian, prodding Carrie to get her rattled up about the CIA bombing and reminiscing about the good old days with Saul. I’m not sure why Mira’s infidelity is a shock and a major thing now since their marriage has long been over, and Saul should be much more in tune with that than he is given what we’ve been show. Quinn getting caught on camera was an interesting development, but that went nowhere quickly with his false confession, which will presumably serve to help him unravel later but does little now to satisfy those watching at home.

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