Friday, March 16, 2018

What I’m Watching: Homeland

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

I’m strongly considering giving up on this show, not because this episode was significantly worse than the rest of what we’ve seen this season, but rather due to its inability to really go anywhere interesting. Saul thinks it might be the Russians, not O’Keefe, who was responsible for the doctored video that caused all the chaos, an attempt to mimic reality that doesn’t feel like it’s going to be worthwhile since it can’t possibly compare to election influencing and all that, and is hardly as exciting as the kind of government conspiracies we’re used to on this show. I’m not sure why Keane thought it would be a good idea to encourage the widow of the FBI agent killed to attend the memorial, and the fact that the mother of the dead kid chose to welcome her doesn’t negate the angry reception everyone else gave them when they walked in. Keane is congratulating herself without much reason to do so, and things are going to get much worse soon after this brief victory. Carrie’s operation didn’t go too well despite her intervening to plant a second bug after the first failed, and her puzzled reaction at the end of the episode is leading to a conclusion that we’ve been well aware of for some time: Wellington is not involved in this corruption at all, but, worse, he’s being played by someone else who’s manipulating events. I really do feel that this season is proceeding along without much purpose, and with so much else on, why should I bother with this show anymore?

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