Espionage in a Healthy Way
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The CIA plot line takes center stage and thank God for that. The creators promised John le Carré this season in comparison to some of the crazier stuff that went down last season. While the writing so far hasn’t honored the le Carré name in its entirety, the show has been rebuilding its espionage material and that’s where the image to one of espionage’s greatest writers shines. The spy stuff is so good this episode that it starkly contrasts with how bad the Dana storyline has become. I love Morgan Saylor as an actress and she’s really, really good. It’s unfortunate that she this season has been getting story lines that just don’t go anywhere.
We get our first serious inklings of where the CIA is truly fitting into this season after floundering about in front of the Senate at the beginning of the season. According to Saul, an Iranian official named Majid Javadi was going to enter the country. An Iranian official coming to America would be news in any circumstance, but Saul believes that Javadi had his hands on the Langley bombing at the end of Season 2. Saul carries this episode, learning of his potential tapping to become the head of the CIA. His political maneuvering at a hunting retreat is one of the best scenes Homeland has ever done, perfectly encapsulating what the CIA in many ways has become in the modern day. It is an agency like any other that relies on political favors and bureaucratic power tendencies of the American realpolitik, as independent as it may consider itself to be. Who can sell themselves better is often the question asked over who is actually more qualified. If the latter was the question asked, Saul would win the job, no contest. Senator Lockhart sells himself and his detachment and when his nomination is announced, Saul tartly declares how little he actually cares.
I have to confess, I have no clue what Homeland is doing with Dana, just no clue at all. There has to be a better way to utilize her character and tie it into the overall schematics much more effectively. If not, shelve the character until you can do so. Carrie does a neat little yoga trick that gives the title its name, whereupon she would be switched with a woman who looks likes her while she searches for Dana. Leo reveals that his brother didn’t commit suicide and in fact they were playing a stupid gun game that ended up killing him by accident. Dana’s furious at his lies and she goes home. Yep, that is all. At least the episode ends with Javadi coldly commuting to Carrie: ”You’re in good shape. Must be all that yoga.” It almost makes us forget the boyfriend angst. Almost.
Title: The Yoga Play
Written By: Patrick Harbinson
Directed By: Clark Johnson
Image Courtesy: Rich Jepson