Homeland: Episode Four

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We’re already four episodes in to the new series of Homeland – what are your thoughts so far? Here’s our review of the latest episode. As always, beware of spoilers!

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Did anyone else feel majorly hustled after the revelation at the end of this episode??! After weeks of thinking Carrie had completely lost it, and that Saul had thrown her to the sharks, turns out that it was all a ruse to get her close to Javadi. But at what personal cost? From what she said to Saul, she was pushed to the absolute limits of her sanity in the psych ward. I didn’t really like the way Saul just kind of fobbed that comment off.

I thought it was a good twist, in classic Homeland style of old. But was it convincing… really?

In other sub-plot happenings, Dana breaks her boyfriend out of the home and they go on the run. Then it turns out that her boyfriend is possibly a psychopathic killer. Seriously?? SOOO over this painfully boring story arc. Pleeeeease let them wrap it up snappily.

Also, we are starting to get hints about why Brody is in Caracas, as Saul and Fara trace the money laundering. Could be promising. Watch this space.

– Kate, HarperFiction

Want more Homeland? The prequel novel, Carrie’s Run, is out now. Start reading it for free now!

Homeland: Episode Three

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Did you watch Homeland last night? If not, beware of spoilers…

Brody

Brody’s back! But last night’s episode brought more questions than answers:

How did he get from Canada to Caracas? Why was he in Colombia? How does he end up in the hands of a Venezuelan gang? What is up with the creepy American doctor? Why do they keep trying to pump Brody full of drugs? Why do they want to hold him there? Are they trying to help him? If so, why do they end up locking him in a dungeon? What is their connection to Carrie? How do they know that he’s gone to the mosque? How do they manage to get there just as the police do?

Three quarters through the episode, we started to flip back and forth between Brody and Carrie, and the very unsubtle parallel between them, both being held against their will with no way out. Carrie’s still in a psychiatric ward, where she somehow manages to convince a nurse to a) not turn her in for bashing her head against a mirror and b) to let her out to see her visitor even though she’s not yet allowed visitors. Which raises another question: How does she manage to convince people to let her get away with these things? She says she isn’t crazy, but the wide eyes and shuddering lower lip aren’t massively convincing.

It was a bit of a slow start last night, but by the end of it I was fully back on board. I can’t wait for next week!

Katie, HarperFiction

First of all, I should say that I agree with all of Katie’s questions. For me, the episode was reminiscent of the Buffy musical episode or the black and white X Files special. It seemed a little too early for an episode devoted almost entirely to Brody but absolutely necessary for the plot development. I especially liked the doctor. For me, he felt a little like Silva in Skyfall – completely unnerving throughout, he could be the best addition to the series yet. A character so poised on a knife-edge and ready to flip at any minute that he brings some much-needed tension to the ensemble. But how exactly do they know so much about Carrie? I would have liked a little more background on how Brody ended up in Caracas but perhaps this is all to be saved for a future episode. One thing is clear – I cannot see how he is going to escape unless he forms a union with the head honcho’s daughter. It was easy to see what the scriptwriters had in mind for this episode: stress that Brody and Carrie are still inextricably linked through their shared and unwanted dependence on drugs and their mutual despair. One thing is certain – next week will be explosive (hopefully).

 Laura, Blue Door Books

Want more Homeland? Prequel novel Carrie’s Run is out now. Start reading now for free!

Homeland: Episode two

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Did you watch Homeland last night? If not, beware of spoilers…

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First of all, I’d like to get out of the way how much I dislike Dana. I put a very scientific straw poll out on Twitter last night and found that pretty much everyone feels the same way. She might be one of the least liked characters on television right now. She is so whingey and self-centered and what is up with her taking all the naked selfies? That is definitely going to come back to haunt her, although I’m not sure I care enough about her to wonder how. She featured heavily in last night’s episode, which put a bit of a downer on the whole thing.

Far more interesting were the plots around Carrie, who was forcibly locked away in a psych ward to stop her from talking to a reporter, the new character, Farah, who I hope will become a regular on the show as I’m sure she’s going to have a great back story, and Quinn. I didn’t really bond with Quinn last season, but he’s got a finger in every pie this season – one minute he’s in Argentina breaking into a baddie’s compound and accidentally shooting his son (did anyone else have visions of Saul sending him to Bruges to lay low? Just me? I watched In Bruges again recently, what can I say, it’s stayed with me), the next minute he’s by Carrie’s side in the institution, the next minute he’s in Farah and Saul’s interrogation with some dodgy bankers (if all else fails, blame the bankers) – is there anything going on in the CIA that he isn’t involved in?

Next week I hear that Brody will be back. Brody, seeing your hair in ginger curtains as Dana was emo-reminiscing about her dad made us realise how much we missed you. Can’t wait to see you next week!

Want a Homeland without Dana in it? Prequel novel Carrie’s Run is out now. Start reading now for free!

– Katie, HarperFiction

 

Last night’s Homeland was what I would call a “setting up” episode. Lots of potential plot-lines were introduced, nothing was really explained and it left me feeling completely frustrated. Something tells me that I’m going to be seeing a lot more of Dana in series three than I would like: she has a new boyfriend, she has made the critical decision that she wants to remain alive (if only for said new boyfriend) and she has discovered her father’s prayer mat upon which she will surely have many a ponder for the rest of the series. Will she be the one to discover where her father is hiding or are we destined to see her wrapped in piles of laundry yet again?

Meanwhile, Carrie’s life at the CIA is officially over: she’s still off the lithium and is convinced that she has been sacrificed to save their reputation – I’m a little sick and tired of scenes where she is chained to a bed and forced to take medication. It made for pretty unpleasant viewing without much in the way of plot development. I don’t blame Saul for this – he’s going to spend the rest of the series in limbo: does he do the right thing by Carrie or stick to his guns to protect the free world? It’s a big choice to make. You know you have a conundrum when even Peter Quinn suggests that it is all getting too much. Oh, and then there is the new character Fara. Something tells me that I am going to be a huge fan of hers. What really annoyed me was how even the most intelligent Americans working at the CIA appeared to judge her for wearing a hijab. Less of that please Homeland and I really hope that we get a bit more action next week.

– Laura, Blue Door Books