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Even though Carrie continues to make dubious decisions, "About a Boy" is an exciting build-up episode with both international and interpersonal tensions.
Fara this season is proving she's got a knack for this job, and is fast becoming my favorite character on the show.
As much as I wasn't a fan of watching a retread of the Carrie/Brody dynamic, [this] follow-up episode sounded like a direct message to fans: we know what we're doing. Trust us. I will, especially after a week like this one.
Ultimately, "About a Boy" did what Homeland does best: rendering huge thematic conflicts in interpersonal terms.
In the CIA's deadly struggle with the Taliban and ISI, America just suffered a devastating setback.
With the same terse, fragmented structure as "Iron in the Fire," tonight's episode of Homeland ably frames its accelerating narrative as a clash between competing intelligence agencies, one that threatens to ensnare unsuspecting innocents.
So... another fine episode, but one in which the game wasn't really changed in too many ways.
This will all come back to Carrie in some explosive way, we're sure, but for now it feels like a silly conceit to add tension to a season that, so far, has been lacking it.
Did the writers really decide that the best way to give the series new life post-Brody was making the audience root for Carrie's downfall?
There is no evidence that Homeland is slowing down anytime soon.
As long as Homeland continues to show us some of the repercussions of Carrie's odd decisions and tightens the connections between what is now a cast of nearly a dozen players, there could be something very good here.
All of this seems to be building to a big reveal, but like Aayan, there's not enough evidence of what's at stake for any of it to be rousing or engaging, beyond the obligatory curiosity of what will happen next.
Carrie was more balanced this week -- sympathetic, if still dastardly in her way -- while scary-exciting stuff is heating up for Saul and perhaps Fara too.