Critic Consensus: Carrie's in the throes of madness in "Super Powers," and the result is an intense installment that harkens back to Homeland's best stretches while promising intriguing new wrinkles.
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Critic reviews for Super Powers
The first two episodes of the new season established a fresh premise with a changed Carrie, but Season 5 just took a riveting turn toward vintage Homeland.
The next exploding cigar can appear at any moment, and after two episodes of context building and Edward Snowden references, "Super Powers" marks a bracing swerve into Sillyville.
Carrie's past looms large in this episode, which even more than usual for Homeland contemplates the ramifications of living a life in service of protecting the U.S.
Although going cold turkey from lithium was so clearly a terrible idea from the outset, it wasn't an implausibly bad idea for her, and Jonas is so robotic already that I mostly bought his going along with it.
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