Critic Consensus: Homeland sets the table for a thrilling fifth season mired in real-world strife with "Separation Anxiety," an episode showcasing both Carrie's strengths and flaws.
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Critic reviews for Separation Anxiety
"Separation Anxiety" may not be the most thrilling way to start Season 5, but it proved to be a telling and effective example of foundation-building.
Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have always constructed Homeland from the global strife and American paranoia of the moment, but an adventure set amid a real and worsening humanitarian crisis is its grandest flight of non-escapism yet.
While the main plotlines as they exist are a bit on the "meh" side for me personally, it's only the first episode, so things could definitely improve. Here's hoping, at least.
For an episode that had quite a bit of legwork to do in introducing some new characters, a new location, and a new geopolitical crisis for Carrie to initially muck up and then eventually solve, "Separation Anxiety" did good work.
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