A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The second outing for Homeland’s third season is a solid one that is great in many moments and terrible in the other. There is something incredibly commendable in Homeland saying “F*** you” to conventional speed and taking it slow. Some find it boring but I find it quite constructive. This episode has Claire Danes acting at her absolute best, a peak that she will undoubtedly outdo next week. It can get tedious to constantly praise how damn good the leads are for Homeland, but Danes and Lewis always find more harrowing emotional ground for their characters and it’s astounding. The final shot of a huddled Carrie glaring at Saul is one of Carrie’s absolute best moments and it represents something truly breaking between the mentor and protégée. Even if there is something else at work here, because I truly find it hard to stomach that Saul would so utterly betray Carrie, going this length is shocking. There’s always something irreparable between the two they manage to overcome, but this will be a truly difficult obstacle to get over.
The episode begins with Carrie telling a reporter that Brody is innocent, but that bout of dramatic honesty is interrupted by Dar Adal’s policemen. It’s worth noting that this happening isn’t too far out of the question.Carrie gets committed to a psychiatric facility. Quinn visits her but Carrie believes that he’s being sent as a warning. The screws tighten further against her when Saul convinces Carrie’s family that she needs further help, causing Carrie to spiral further out of control. Quinn, despite Carrie rebuffing him earlier, is severely discomforted by Carrie’s state and announces his intent to leave the agency after he’s done with his current assignments. Quinn is slowly evolving into the show’s moral center and I’m enjoying his turn as the one questioning the CIA’s methodologies of throwing one of its own under the bus to protect its reputation.
In what hands down is the best scene of the episode was one of Homeland’s best forays into the complexities of the modern-day War on Terror. Saul introduces Fara Sherazi, a financial analyst, to well, analyze the records of a bank under suspicion of harboring secretive ties to individual(s) tied to the CIA bombing at the end of Season 2. Fara, new to the whose foreign policy angle, forget subtlety and openly accuses the bank of being accomplices to terrorist attacks. The bank’s CEO refuses to cooperate, until Quinn’s heavy handling changes his mind. The records are turned over to the CIA and a revelation of Iranian government officials being in contact with associates of Abu Nazir. There are some incredible real world parallels to banking institutions being fronts for terrorist transactions and Homeland deserves a lot of credit for bringing that little known aspect of terrorism to the front. The episode ends with Saul apologizing to Carrie in the psychiatric word. Carrie, high on medication, strugglingly hisses “Fuck… you… Saul.” Until next week.
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Written By: Chip Johannessen
Directed By: Lesli Linka Glatter
Image Courtesy: The Huffington Post UK