Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 5, Episode 7 “Oriole” (C)

I feel that this show is headed nowhere in a lot of ways, and I can’t imagine that the payoff will be worth it. What could possibly be in those files that would make Carrie faking her own death and Saul facing a lifetime in prison worth wasting half this season on? Carrie did a great job of getting her one ally in Amsterdam killed, and now she’s responsible for the death of yet another person who trusted her. Fortunately, Otto is extremely supportive, but naturally Laura was concerned only with immediately leaking all the documents before she did anything to help Carrie. Gabehcoud’s willingness to show his face and speak openly with a former CIA agent was surprising, and once again Carrie’s bedside manner won out, as she decided that bluntly telling a man she just met that his best friend was assuredly dead was the best way to start a new friendship. Saul’s decision to trust Alison with the top secret news that Carrie is still alive was a boneheaded one, and I can’t comprehend why he wouldn’t go to the man who he seemed to be so in league with last season, Dar. It’s lucky that he has his Israeli connections, and hopefully they can help him figure out that Alison is the last person he should be trusting. If only Carrie hadn’t made the same mistake as Saul and called Alison herself. Let’s hope her proclivity for spotting traitors comes in handy and she figures a way out of danger quickly.

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