Thursday, November 13, 2014

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 4, Episode 7 “Redux” (B)

Carrie off her meds is not a reassuring sight. She’s frantic and unpredictable enough when she is fully focused due to her careful regimen of pills, and now that her dosage has been tampered with without her knowledge, she’s lost it completely. It didn’t take long for her to get taken in, but, predictably, it was Aasar Kahn, her one ally in ISI, who had orchestrated events to make sure that Carrie ended up in his custody rather than rotting in prison. I’m sure that many other viewers felt the same way I did when they saw Brody come downstairs, thinking for a moment that this show had completely jumped the shark, expecting us to believe that Brody had somehow defied death and that bringing him back now would make the show stronger. Learning that it was just Carrie hallucinating and that Damian Lewis had been convinced to come make an impactful cameo at least didn’t feel like a stretch, but it’s still distracting to see life how Carrie sees it rather than to see events play out as they are really happening. This show has always portrayed terrorism on a very one-on-one human level, first with Abu Nazir and now with Haqqani and Saul having heart-to-hearts about the ethics of their behavior, with Saul saving the news that he’s Jewish for just the right moment. Despite Lockhart’s aggressive behavior, I can’t imagine that Saul is doomed, but it would be awfully helpful if Martha would resign and get her duplicitous husband out of Pakistan as soon as possible.

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