Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 5, Episode 2 “The Tradition of Hospitality” (B)

This season is heating up quickly, and the intrigue is definitely there. I should point out that I recognized the portrayer of philanthropist Otto During last week, and I confirmed that it is in fact German actor Sebastian Koch, who did double duty in 2006 starring in Oscar-eligible foreign films, “Black Book” from the Netherlands and “The Lives of Others” from Germany, which deservedly took home the award. Otto is an interesting character because, despite what the CIA would have Carrie believe, he seems to be truly dedicated to humanitarian causes and putting his money where his mouth is, writing a check and boldly venturing into dangerous territory to present it. As usual, Carrie’s instincts kicked in at just the right moment, enabling her to help the caravan avoid several bombs and get out unscathed. The revelation that she was the target rather than Otto is a major one, and that’s rightfully going to put her on edge, especially since she’s quite alone in Beirut, having sent her entire team back to Germany and no longer being linked to the CIA. Maybe Quinn can help, though he’s apparently killing people he knows and may well have received Carrie as the latest name on his list. The newest and boldest player on the show is Laura, who managed to get herself brought in for questioning after being less than subtle about her drive to expose illegal government conspiracies. Allison offering Saul up to Adal as a scapegoat was an intense move, and we’ll have to see how that pans out for her.

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