As intense as this episode of Homeland was, it seems each time Carrie is in contact with Brody, they follow a painfully obvious chain of events that results in some sort of game-changing decision by Brody. We could have predicted every move that was going to be made throughout as nothing was out of the ordinary with Carrie, Brody, or even Roya; it just wasn’t shocking in any way. But as Homeland episodes go, the acting and pacing was superb with just enough spice to keep the series ever so captivating.
You know what’s funny? In the exact episode – episode 8 – of last season, Brody pulled the same stunt. He “had enough” of being a double agent for al-Qaeda following a stressful string of events and decided he wanted nothing to do with Nazir anymore. The only difference in this episode? He quit in the beginning rather than the end. But the result was the same, he was taken off to a random location where – gasp – Nazir shows his face and starts to “question” his allegiance. If that was intended as a cliffhanger, Homeland must not realize that it was clearly predictable the minute Brody “quit.”
You know what else is funny? Oh yeah, you guessed it. The public aural audience of Brody and Carrie’s “turning” in Quinn’s own words. My god was that the most awkward thing Homeland has done so far, but quite honestly, it gave the episode a dimension that I feared it wasn’t going to have. The revelation that the CIA had found them was the only hint of something different as the reactions from the various agents was priceless. You would think they’ve heard it all by now, but it probably never fails to make an impression, especially if one of the people in question is an agent of their own.
I was half expecting this CIA to burst in while Carrie and Brody were doing the deed, but as awesome/even more awkward that would have been, I’m somewhat glad they didn’t, even though it would have taken this episode into a different direction than what was happening. As always, good old Saul convinced Quinn that Carrie had a grasp on the situation and to give her time. And as always, Carrie was given time and she succeeded in calming Brody down – in more than one way.
I’ve been against the whole Carrie/Brody romance this entire time and it was no different this time around. I don’t know why they keep dragging it out with each episode; we know it’s going to happen, especially with Carrie’s ulterior motives of trying to get into Brody’s pants every second she gets. As much as she denies it – which I find extremely irritating – she and the entirety of the CIA knows the fairy tale ending she yearns for.
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My favorite scenes of Homeland has always been the instances where Brody cracks in the facade he so reluctantly wears. His argument with Jessica played to Damian Lewis’ strengths in the teary-eyed explosion of emotions that he is so brilliant in. It seriously never gets old. And when Carrie found him in the corner of the house basically giving up, Lewis showed how he really knows how to work a corner. Sad Brody is sadly a pleasure to watch.
The whole Brody and Roya charade was interesting to watch, but nothing really came out of it. Again, it was predictable, but definitely not boring. Though Roya is a bad guy in the traditional sense, she never really emits any sort of intimidation, making her seem very non-threatening. This works insanely well as it gives her a coy attitude where the viewers are intrigued, but wary. Being a character with no backstory, I see her revealing it once the CIA arrests her – assuming she even gets the chance.
I couldn’t decide whether Dana’s storyline in this episode was heartfelt or annoying. I say heartfelt in response to her well-timed appearance at Mike’s house – a character who is in danger of being completely forgotten about. Her confrontation about his role in their family was well overdue, but better late than never. It was a nice moment and gesture to Mike’s character who will surely find his way back into the fatherly role before Brody returned. To be honest, I’m rooting for him. Brody is slowly loosing his grip on the family man he so wishes he was.
And now we get to annoying. Dana’s visit to the daughter of the woman she “murdered” showed so much promise, but ended up being….awkward. I’m still not sure what it was, but I feel like it was a mixture of so many elements that were wrongly placed. First off, the daughter was insanely annoying. Yes, I understand she just lost her mother, but man if there wasn’t a worse way to act. Her whole “the baby’s not mine” thing was so unnecessary and made the daughter immediately unlikeable. The revelation that she was paid-off wasn’t a terrible decision, but it just made Dana completely useless. Why did we have to go through all that just to be told that Dana won’t tell anyone?
As derivative in story as this episode was, it was still handled with complete perfection. In retrospect, we didn’t get anywhere as the story did not progress whatsoever. There’s still an imminent attack on the U.S. which we know absolutely nothing about. The only thing we did get was that Nazir is presumably in the U.S. planning his next move. These last four episodes of the season will undoubtedly be jam-packed with intense moments that I cannot wait to behold.Previous