Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 5, Episode 6 “Parabiosis” (C)

Things are playing out exactly as expected with Saul and his preemptive conviction by the CIA as a certain traitor, and that’s a disappointment in a lot of respects. The degree to watch intelligence agents are incompetent on this and other shows is nauseating, and Saul being able to distract a few techs and download highly classified files just because he was sitting at another computer and then walk right out the door is hard to take seriously. You’d think that they would have been smart enough to monitor him and check his coat too, but I guess not. Instead, what we have is several people who don’t trust each other at all working together, all keeping secret the fact that Carrie is very much alive and headed somewhere mysterious to take down her enemies. And Quinn just happened to get picked up by a doctor working with terrorists who openly discuss their plot in a room that has a vent leading to a bathroom? It’s hard to stomach it all, yet that’s what this show demands from us. It’s getting tiresome, and I thought that this show had done a decent job of rebooting, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the case. Isolating its characters less would help, and giving more than just Carrie and Quinn the benefit of the doubt would be productive as well. Saul is the smartest of them all, and the fact that he’s now headed for life in prison at best until Carrie proves him innocent is a real stretch. Dar should know better.

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