Critic Consensus: Homeland continues to impress this season, as "13 Hours in Islamabad" is a tense, action-packed installment that features outstanding performances and some shocking plot turns.
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Critic reviews for 13 Hours in Islamabad
Only now do I feel I'm starting to truly appreciate the beauty of "Homeland" Season 4.
In what maybe the best episode of the show since Season 2's Emmy-winning "Q&A," Sunday night's installment opened moments after the cliffhanger from two weeks ago.
"13 Hours in Islamabad," which comprises 45 of the best minutes of Showtime's Emmy-winning series so far, is as close as the thriller has gotten to the territory of its network precursor, 24.
It managed to turn into the kind of sleek operation that occurs when the series is at its best. And that is remarkable, considering the episode missed so many big swings and still came out feeling like it hit one out of the park.
If there's one thing [the episode] further confirmed, it's that Homeland soars when it sets aside some of its tics... and murky interpersonal discord and simply commits to being a show about spies, espionage, and terrorism.
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