Critic Consensus: "The Man in the Basement" boasts grounded performances and political commentary as a setup for a potential epic showdown.
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Critic reviews for The Man in the Basement
Well I'm not some fancy big city lawyer but I do declare that I know when I have been hoodwinked by a big New York City television program and boy howdy was Homeland back up to its old tricks.
This week's performance continued to build Quinn's new, damaged psyche. Friend isn't chewing up scenery or stretching to create bigger moments on his own... and the results are more affecting because they feel so grounded.
[Carrie will] be butting heads with Dar Adal again soon, which can only be good for the show. However solid the intel on Iranian nukes turns out to be, it felt like the old Homeland was back this week.
Without fanfare it elaborates a portrait of a woman pulled in a million directions. It also launches Homeland's most explicit criticism of the War on Terror to date, as seen, for the first time this season, in the series' ever-evolving title sequence.
This week, Homeland hammered successfully on the two plot threads that really worked so well last week.
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