Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What I’m Watching: Homeland (Season Premiere)

Homeland: Season 5, Episode 1 “Separation Anxiety” (B)

Back in its first and second seasons, this was my favorite drama on television. Season three was an enormous disappointment, and season four recovered but wasn’t anything like what the show used to be. At this point, I don’t know what I was expecting, since the initial allure of a bipolar CIA agent tracking an American marine she believed had been turned into a terrorist is a distant memory. It’s definitely true that this show’s title is no longer applicable, since most of the series doesn’t even take place on U.S. soil and the threat is no longer an internal one. This feels like a major reboot, with Carrie now doing security for a human rights organization that seems to give the CIA more trouble than anything else. Most jarringly, she’s a devoted mother with a stable live-in German boyfriend who seems like a pretty solid guy. That doesn’t stop her from jumping right back into old habits, demanding a meeting with a high-ranking Hezbollah lieutenant whose son she just happens to have killed. Saul seems to be furious at her for the way that she left, even though he’s in good standing next to Dar, who is running the show. This data breach the CIA fell victim to is quite a screw-up, and it’s going to cause major trouble for the CIA and by extension Carrie. I’m not sure where this season is heading, but I’m mildly intrigued, which is at least a step up from bored and annoyed.

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