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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.
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.
Homeland has once again assumed its place as television's sharpest appraisal of the War on Terror, a grim, even despairing examination of chickens coming home to roost.
For me, "Islamabad" worked, even while it made me feel the same emotions I'd imagine would lead someone to the exact opposite reaction.
Man, what a great episode.
Yes, Friend owned this episode, but can we please talk about playwright and actor Tracy Letts, who as the slick CIA director Andrew Lockhart, proves that he's more than a hyphen in terms of work? The dude can do anything.
This seems to be the season where long-running shows pull off the trick of improving themselves by switching course.
"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.
Not only did it come in under the normal air time in terms of minutes, it was almost nonstop action for much of it. It was brilliantly fierce in its delivery.
Despite earlier flaws with the season, particularly with the characterization of Carrie, Homeland has already accomplished what a lot of fans and critics had thought was impossible: Making the show just as good as it was back in Season 1, if not better.