Friday, February 24, 2017

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 6, Episode 5 “Casus Belli” (D+)

It seems to me that it would be hard enough to perpetrate a terrorist attack (one would hope, at least) that framing an innocent person for it would come with way too many unknowns and chances for it to fail. On top of that, to presume that someone high up in government intelligence would set up a notoriously unreliable CIA officer and a completely innocent Muslim activist is pretty ludicrous. Both in the fictional world in which this show exists and the real world with more than enough conflict and controversial religious persecution going on, this seems both unbelievable and highly unnecessary. Worse still, this episode quickly devolved into an exploration of Quinn’s deteriorating mental health, as he decided to be really helpful and push a reporter down the stairs of Carrie’s building and then shoot a protestor just to make things better. It didn’t take long at all for news crews to show up at Carrie’s private residence and appear at every entrance to make Quinn even more paranoid, and then the cops set up shop all around as soon as night fell and the equally speedy and severe protests were dispelled by the sound of Quinn’s gunshot. Carrie sat by and didn’t do anything for a long time, which isn’t like her at all, and then she managed to save his life when her basement was breached, only to find out that, after all this, Quinn isn’t actually crazy and she was being watched. The President-Elect not being allowed to see her staff is puzzling, but I’m growing less and less curious by the minute.

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