Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 4, Episode 6 “From A to B and Back Again” (B+)

I’ve written before about the questionable value of killing off intriguing characters since it’s hard for them to live on after they’re literally no longer alive. In this case, I don’t think Aayan was all that dynamic a character in his own right, far more crucial as yet another example of Carrie sleeping with the enemy and going way too far to secure her assets. Seeing Aayan wander around and enjoy the beauty of the country was a distraction tactic that made his sudden death all the more shocking. Mainly, it indicates that ISI is completely aware of what’s going on with the CIA operation in Pakistan, and now that Dennis has helpfully spelled out all of Carrie’s psychological issues, things have gotten very bad. It’s a good thing that they didn’t use the drone to take out the caravan that would have killed Saul as part of the strike, but that’s exactly what they were counting on to protect them. Fortunately, Quinn was there to override Carrie and make sure that she didn’t let her shock and grief about Aayan lead to her making an irreversible mistake. Earlier on in the hour, Carrie had a few of her token blowups, reacting very poorly to Quinn’s admittedly antagonistic response to the way she was conducting operations and also chewing out Fara for having a conscience. Redmond may well be the only friend that Carrie has left, an unexpected ally given the way that they started, but one who appreciates what it is that Carrie is trying to accomplish as station chief.

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