Sunday, November 30, 2014

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 4, Episode 9 “There’s Something Else Going On” (B+)

This show has transformed itself from a slow-burn thriller set on American soil to something much more intense and gritty, right in the middle of the action and in very dangerous territory. This was an installment built on suspense, first with the reveal of the kid wearing the suicide vest in the van with Saul as a red herring to create calm just in time for a devastating explosion that I can’t imagine has claimed the lives of heroic protagonists. My one bone of contention with how this all played out is that Dennis came clean with his wife only because he realized that all of the marines had been deployed. In no case should an embassy be left completely unprotected, and you’d think that these highly-trained soldiers might suspect a diversion as a distinct possibility. I was surprised that Carrie didn’t try to feed misinformation to Dennis and instead confronted him head-on about being a traitor, but subtlety has never really been in her wheelhouse. Dennis picked the right moment to be caught as a spy since circumstances will be so bad that he likely won’t face any consequences for what he’s done, unless the terrorist attack on the embassy doesn’t manage to cripple it entirely. Tasneem seems to have picked up on a secret communication of her own just as easily as Khan did, though that may not prove consequential either. Let’s just hope Carrie and Saul survived the explosions that hit their convoy and that they can rally to create a plan that might be able to get them and their countrymen out of Pakistan alive.

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