Homeland Review: “In Memoriam” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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Brody’s instant emotional connection to Nazir upon hearing his death was perfect. Of course he would cry. I almost forgot what Nazir meant to Brody in season 1. It just seemed like so much time had gone by since Carrie was trying to reveal Brody as a threat to the United States. This season dragged a bit in the middle, especially after the interrogation episode, but thinking Homeland would retain the highest of quality it had in season 1 was being too optimistic. Showtime knows it has a hit and so the stories will continue to drag.

Not much happened with Brody as he spent his time moping in the safehouse. You know who else was moping? Dana. Oh my god was she unbearable. She has become increasingly so and her explosion of sorts just put her on the bottom of the list of likeable characters with even Chris – the son, in case you forgot – being above her. There’s nothing viewers hate more than a rebellious teenager who is rebellious just to be rebellious. And her whole deal with Finn? Can someone remind me what the point of that was? If it was to paint Walden as an antagonist, it didn’t really help as I was screaming at that whole storyline to just end.

I’m glad Brody and Jessica are finally separating. Whether or not Dana’s tantrum was necessary for them to come to this conclusion is arguable though the tears in Jessica’s eyes after Brody’s talk with Carrie was all they really needed. After the push and shove in their relationship, it’s good to know that Mike won’t be nearly as invisible in the season to come – assuming he sticks around of course. I like Mike and just like everyone else, he fits extremely well as the father of this ill-fated family with a daughter who needs to go away for a bit.

Saul’s storyline was unfortunate, but understandably so. With Estes continuing to be somewhat of an annoyance, Saul was only trying to do the right thing in uncovering the truth about Quinn – which wasn’t exactly a shocker. In a show with some much emotion, Estes remains the robot of the group with no dimension to his character. With not much screentime, Saul has multiple dimensions as does Quinn, but Estes? Just one. The overpowering leader who is always wrong. I don’t like Estes.

And so we reach the season finale next week in an episode that we “won’t see coming.” The one remaining string is Quinn’s whole purpose of being on the show, to assassinate Brody after Nazir is dealt with. Not much was shown in the preview, but honestly, it better be as fan-freaking-tastic as last year’s. Carrie and Brody finally have what they’ve wanted: love. As cheesy as that sounds, they were meant for each other in all their crazy. I’m relieved to see they’re giving a relationship a try or a clean slate as Carrie said. I wonder what will happen to that said clean slate? A few heads on a silver platter?

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