Monday, December 29, 2014

What I’m Watching: Homeland (Season Finale)

Homeland: Season 4, Episode 12 “Long Time Coming” (B-)

This episode wasn’t as worrisome as the hour before it since it actually legitimized its shocking twist pretty easily, but it felt awfully bureaucratic for a season that’s been very much right in the middle of the action. It makes sense that Carrie would have to go home for her father’s funeral, but that meant that none of the episode actually took place in Pakistan, and we had to settle for seeing Tasneem being interviewed as an unapologetic fanatic on television as our only connection to the country that served as the setting for most of this season. Adal being in Haqqani’s car because he went there to broker a deal to save the U.S. and Saul from embarrassment isn’t so crazy, but it feels like a sell-out, one that makes everything that happened this season worthless. There was something to seeing Carrie, Saul, Quinn, and Lockhart sitting around drinking after the funeral, but shouldn’t Quinn have been furious to know that he couldn’t find and kill Haqqani, even if he wasn’t privy to the news that Adal had all but granted him a pardon? Carrie storming off after she found Saul casually sitting outside Adal’s home doesn’t suggest much about the state of national security and the work the CIA does except for that there are always deals to be made. There’s a point to be made here but it’s hardly thrilling. This season was an improvement over the show’s third year but hardly the return to quality of the first two seasons that it seemed like it might be.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Nimrat Kaur as Tasneem

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