Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 5, Episode 9 “The Litvinov Ruse” (C)

Believing that a trusted character is a mole can be a stretch, and then presuming that they’re that good at being a chameleon and adapting when they’re caught is even harder to swallow. We’ve seen over the course of the past few episodes how dependent Allison is on her Russian comrades for solace, and for her not to even blink when she heard that someone was ready to blow her cover doesn’t track. It’s out of character for her to have some lover who she texts weird messages to, and for her to come up with a plan to change the entire face of her charges and reframe everything in a light that casts her as angelic and dedicated when she had no clue just moments earlier that she was being surveilled is a lot to digest. It’s hard enough to believe that Carrie was able to convince both Saul and German intelligence to create an entire operation without Dar’s knowledge based solely on a photo of an asset at a beach bar. Now it’s going to be an episode or two of Allison trying to talk her way out of this mess while everyone is distracted from the real threat of these terrorists who want to intimidate the West with the threat of sarin gas. Quinn’s attempt to appeal to the least terrorist-like of his captors’ conscience only worked so well, and while I suspect that he’ll survive thanks to the antidote shot he got, that doesn’t do much for the rest of Germany.

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