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Though the character-focused drama is an obstacle for Homeland's overall destination, an unforeseen twist and an enlightening dip into the past make "Redux" a surprisingly fruitful episode.
You know something shocking is in the pipeline when Showtime refuses to make available a screener of a Homeland episode in advance. And the last ten minutes of Sunday's episode, entitled "Redux," did not disappoint.
Carrie has snapped -- again. She was wearing a straightjacket -- again. She's alienated everyone who cares about her -- again. "Redux" may be an appropriate title, but all-in-all, it's too spot-on to be complimentary.
What a better episode leading up to that crazy conclusion, too.
"Redux" was another terrific episode in a season filled to the brim with them.
Unforeseen consequences run through Homeland in provocative ways, and "Redux," despite coming across as a somewhat manipulative departure from this season's committed realism, focuses on several iterations of history's long game.
The intensity was well executed, because Claire needs something for her Emmy submission and this would seem to be the scene for it.
It's a shame Mandy Patinkin [has had] nothing to do for six episodes, but at least here he has some dialogue that shows his character, like Homeland itself, still has spark left in there somewhere. It's just a matter of finding the right time to use it.
Homeland managed to pull off the biggest twist in its history by incorporating a cameo of a character long dead without the reveal being spoiled ahead of time.
There is a lot going on in this episode of Homeland, which risks reopening old wounds for the show but also manages to drive the bigger story and remain engaging.
Unfortunately, if "Redux" is any indication, Homeland has turned back toward a version of itself that it has no business being at this stage.
It's starting to feel as if Homeland is using cheap shots to capture our attention instead of compelling storylines. While the occasional banter between characters wakes me up, I'd prefer the thrills to be plot driven and not to wind me up as a viewer.