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A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
A Red Wheelbarrow is a focused episode that diverts its attention in two separate ways. One road follows the hunt for the Langley bomber and the other road follows Saul’s preparation for regime change in part in Iran. The first one ends rather ambiguously and disappointingly if they never follow up on it and the second one is a tantalizing prospect, if they can play the cards right. Outside of those two threads, Mira tells her boyfriend that she’s going to try to work out her marriage with Saul. And Carrie’s gynecologist tells her what pretty much everyone is thinking at that moment: she’s not exactly mother material. It’s a good, solid episode if not a stupendous one.
Saul’s initial idea of keeping the mission on Iran a secret from Carrie is an intriguing one and if this creates more cracks in their relationship, I’m all for it. On Saul’s home front, it looks like he’d better watch out what he says at home. Mira isn’t going for the affair thing anymore and Alain bugs their home instead. Gotta get the information, right? My main problem with this is how Alain’s treachery has been so clearly choreographed from the very beginning. It’s expected to be suspenseful when it’s inherently been thrown in not that very long ago. That’s been a problem at large in this season, really.
Javadi’s intelligence leads the CIA to plan an attack on the alleged perpetrator, implying at the very least in some way that a fashion of Iranian intelligence was a part of the plan to attack Langley. Leland Bennett comes back from Episode 4 after Dar Adal advises him to cooperate with the CIA, which he naturally declines to do. As the CIA assumes, Bennett’s associate Paul contacts Carrie, asking her why the investigation was occurring in the first place. Carrie, ever in her element here, lies superbly that the CIA has a warrant for the Langley bomber and he was connected to Bennett. Immediately the man who actually carried out the bombing is warned and his exfiltration is planned out. Having wiretapped their phones, the CIA moves in and Carrie does something I don’t expect from Carrie. Carrie ultimately is obsessed with her job above everything else and it combined with her obsession with Brody. But nevertheless, it was always her work above everything else. When she sees Bennett, she runs towards him to prove Brody’s innocence and Quinn has to shoot her in the arm with a sniper rifle. With that fiasco, Franklin kills the bomber, a fact a furious Carrie learns about as she asks where Saul is. In that moment, Carrie’s actions become a bit more grey as she could have grabbed Franklin, but there is little doubt her running off but a twist in the entire operation. It was not a moment that represents her character well.
Saul is at the Tower of David in Caracas. Our favorite bearded man presents El Niño (which is a terrible name for an actual person and doesn’t add any badass element whatsoever). He hands him ten million dollars in cash (which could help with the renovations no doubt) and finds Brody in a catatonic state. He’s surrounded by a plethora of heron needles. Well, then.
“so much depends/
a red wheel/
glazed with rain/
beside the white/ chickens.”
William Carlos William’s poem is inherently about imagery. An imagist himself, his most famed poem evokes a picturesque portrait in our mind. But it is his opening words that are the key. “So much depends”. This entire story depends on so many things it’s incredibly frightening from a narrative perspective. The entirety of what Season 3 of Homeland depends so ardently upon to work in its final stages is built upon a shaky foundation. The mission depends on Carrie to not allow Brody to cross her mind over the job as it did in this particular hour. The mission depends on Javadi to cooperate, a notorious man who brutally butchered his own ex-wife with a shard of a bottle. The mission depends on Saul to be savvy enough to politically survive. The mission depends on Brody to pull off something incredibly dangerous and he’s hooked on heroin. This was an extraordinarily riveting installment whose undertones are nevertheless chock full of an anxious desperation for the future. The imagery nevertheless, promises to be a haunting one.
Title: A Red Wheelbarrow
Written By: Alex Gansa & James Yoshimura
Directed By: Seith Mann
Image Courtesy: The Huffington Post