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"New Normal" takes an exciting new turn but at the expense of a long-gestating spy story set up by Homeland's previous episodes.
Homeland has entered the final sprint of Season Five, and it's surprising to note how little of the drama that led us here still resonates in "New Normal."
F. Murray Abraham earned this week's [MVP] honor in an instant.
It's certainly a good time to have all hands on deck, but it's also unexpected.
The thread with Allison remains compelling, and the business involving Quinn's "death" was gripping and tough to watch.
Over the last two weeks, Homeland has alternated which of its two primary stories has gotten the time to shine, with notably different results.
After weeks of cliffhangers and continually upping the ante, "New Normal" was something of a letdown.
O.K., so that's a huge relief.
Terrorists may be about to unleash an attack somewhere in Berlin, but it's this small-picture human element that matters most.
Pacing has been a struggle throughout the season, but "New Normal" is especially disappointing for two reasons.
Meanwhile, the vans loaded with sarin are barreling toward their destination. And fiction is edging ever closer to reality.