Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 5, Episode 4 “Why Is This Night Different?” (B-)

There is a point at which there are simply too many twists. That’s not even to suggest that the twists are bad, but when the same character is involved in multiple head-scratching revelations, it’s hard to take her or her show seriously. When Alison went behind Saul’s back to try to get him fired to save her job, that was one thing. When it was revealed that they were sleeping together, the ethics and logic of it were both called into question, and it was clear that they weren’t keeping it secret, if Saul bringing her to a Passover seder is any indication. Now, it appears that Alison was unquestionably the one who put Carrie’s name on the kill list Quinn got and may also have been responsible for bombing the plane with the CIA’s best hope in Syria on it after going to great lengths to convince him to turn on Assad. It’s baffling to me how much corruption and treachery there is within the CIA in this show’s universe, and watching “Quantico” immediately makes law enforcement seem like a lost cause. I can’t quite understand why Quinn thought it was a good idea to have Carrie come with him to the drop since it would have made sense that someone was monitoring his activities, but she did save his life and the assassin wasn’t even called in until Quinn made his drop. Laura’s pursuit of new information isn’t going to lead anywhere good, and the dead bodies piling up thanks to an unfortunate sale to the Russians is only going to create major problems for all intelligence operations in Germany.

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