Sunday, March 5, 2017

What I’m Watching: Homeland

Homeland: Season 6, Episode 6 “The Return” (C)

I really don’t feel like we’re getting anywhere here. This show has become pretty boring, and the only action we had in this entire episode found Ray encountering a strange company that seems extremely nefarious, Carrie wandering through an abandoned building and nearly encountering violence, and Quinn getting taken by Astrid, whose return is random at best. Starting out with Alan Dale as the current president made this feel like vintage “24” when he briefly ascended from the role of vice-president to the top office, and while he’s busy making speeches on live TV in New York City, the president-elect is being sequestered in a way that doesn’t make her feel like she’s about to be in charge of the country. It’s also highly unbelievable given the way that our current president has shucked any such protection or privacy on a regular basis from when he was elected until the present moment. I’m not convinced by her cathartic experience with the woman who didn’t vote for her and that she’s suddenly been completely transformed to start talking about her son. I also don’t think it’s anything new that Carrie has been accused by someone of ruining their lives, and I’ve had just about enough of Quinn. Now Ray is suddenly her number one ally, uncovering some sort of conspiracy going on thanks to a scene that felt like it really didn’t belong on this show. I’m not sure how Astrid is connected to all this, but I think we’re going to need some serious action and momentum to make the rest of this season worthwhile.

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