Homeland Review: Come 'n Get Me, Chopper

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Over the past few episodes, for the first time, Homeland has begun to wear a bit thin on me.

 "I'll Fly Away" certainly had both its interesting and its entertaining moments, but it also grew tiresome much more than I ever thought Homeland would at its height last year.

I'm sure other people have mentioned it, and Saturday Night Live sure made its opinion clear a couple weeks ago, but Carrie's shtick really got to a tipping point this week. That was never more evident than on that dark and scary road in the middle of nowhere.

Brody Near a Breakdown

Sure, she might have been correct in thinking that leaving those three minions of Nazir out in the open probably wasn't a smart idea, and taking the three of them down right then and there may have severely crippled Nazir's plans for the near future, but watching her freak out about the whole thing couldn't have been more difficult to watch.

Whining and complaining that the whole mission had been blown, deciding to go out on foot to see what was going on, and then screaming and yelling as the helicopter flew away all added up to a Carrie Mathison that I had a really hard time feeling sorry for when everything seemed to fall apart at the seams.

Now that just raises this question. Is being slightly annoyed by the protagonist necessarily worse than if Carrie continued to be awesome week after week, season after season?  I'm of the opinion that too much of the same thing gets boring, so if my love of Carrie begins to dwindle, maybe that change of pace actually holds my interest more.

It's not like she wasn't completely awesome a few scenes earlier when she did everything she could to keep one of Brody's bridges from burning. The man was on his last leg, and just as she has done time and time again, Carrie worked her magic to get him to get back to work for the CIA.

Telling him that she envisioned their future where Brody played the hero and all of the bad stuff he did before that was forgotten was genius, but it was this give and take that made me smile;

Brody: Will you visit me in prison?
Carrie: I'll probably be in the cell next to you?

It's still so unclear how much of Carrie's game with Brody is an act and how much is her actually having feelings for the guy, but that all night sex sesh seemed to make her CIA brethren lean towards the latter.

Which led to the coolest moment of the episode as Saul so calmly asked her about her motives with Brody at the motel. He was hostile, he wasn't stern, he was just asking, and he was just cool.

Another impressive moment was at the very end. Homeland could have gone for the shocking. They could have gave us another twist, where the person Brody met after being swept away on the helicopter was some mole or a high ranking U.S. official that would have made us all gasp. But no, after a long, dark drive up and walk to Brody's face that gave us all a chance to make numerous guesses of who it may or may not have been, it turned out to be the obvious choice.

Abu Nazir showing up to see Brody wasn't shocking, but it was a great moment. This is the guy that in one way or another, almost everything on this show has been about. It was subtle, but that was a huge appearance, and it was done well.

Something that wasn't done well, as opposed to how I felt about it last week, was Dana's story line. That thing went back to being completely awful as I just waited for the camera to cut every time, she, Mike, or Jessica were on screen.

So all in all, "I'll Fly Away" wasn't one of my favorite hours of Homeland, but that's still a very good episode compared to most shows on television. We're grading on a curve here, people.

What did you think of it?  Is Carrie Mathison still your favorite CIA agent? What did you think of Brody getting flown away on the chopper? And do you care about Dana and the hit-and-run?


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

Beverly brooks

This storyline is becoming too close to what is actually in the CIA in the real world.


I think Dana's storyline is a great juxtaposition to that of her father. He has killed but was given training to deal with such an act. Not to say it doesn't bother him, but here's Dana coming to grips with a death she was a part of. It's one thing to grieve over a father you haven't seen for years and think is long gone, it's another to have a hand in someone's life ending. She's falling apart and if anyone could understand her feelings, it'd be Brody. The complicated nature of Brody's life right now means he isn't available, to anyone really. He's a filter for 2 separate groups. Carrie's craziness can get rather irritating at times. She knew Saul would find her at that motel, yet she's shocked they listened in? Majority of her job is listening in on private matters. The helicopter ride didn't seem like it took that much time, perhaps they're still in the states. I wish Brody had more than just a cell phone tracking device on him. The most obvious thing is to remove the sim card to disable tracking of a phone, you'd think the CIA would have done something more secretive on Brody to collect intel.


To: " Confused above" Did u miss the end with the man Brody saw at the end? It was Abu Nazir..just shaved is all..jeesh! I love how people start giving low or bad reviews only because they can't wait for how this all turns out and they are getting mad about it. Just enjoy it. it won't be on forever and then you'll find yourself bitching because there's nothing on thru the Holidays and worse next year, or after this show ends whenever it may be. It's still by far one of the best shows in years. Or at least right up there. So just watch and take what it gives you. Don't try to make something out of nothing. To me this has made it enjoyable to watch which is far and few between in TV these days. Oh and the Dana saga? It's probably as real as it gets in the world of crime and political families. I almost didn't catch it when the lady said "don't ruin it" as u recall the Running for Presidents wife did say shed take care of it a couple episodes ago. I'm glad they put this into it. There needs to be a break every once in awhile. Take what the show gives you, don't expect to much, and just enjoy while it lasts!


I completely agree with the review. This episode was very painful to watch. I had my eyes rolling in basically every scene with Carrie. Her passion and obsession for Brody is getting extremely tiresome. And this episode couldn't be any less annoying and tiresome since it was basically centered on this fact. The best parts for me, believe it or not, were Dana's scenes and the ones in the CIA intel. I really do hope there's a big shift planned because if it gets all about Carrie's pursuit to be with Brody I will surely be done with this show.


I love the show, but it's not as good as last season. I think the storyline of Brody being a Congressman and a potential candidate for VP were not required. It simply makes the story less believable--he never has time to do his job as a Congressman!


So over Jessica's holier than thou attitude about the "hit and run!" Hey, it was an accident by two stupid teenagers and "stuff" happens...it's just really unfortunate that someone had to die because they were out hot-rodding around, but she wasn't driving! OK, we know you're sorry and want to do the right thing but now that the family has been "paid off," so to speak...get over it, enough's enough! Don't rain on their parade even more now that they at least have a little money to put food on the table (and most likely much more); after all, nothing's going to bring back the person they lost so the money is far better than her accountability at this point. On that note, I'll just say again that Claire Danes' performance of "shock and awe" continues to impress, and very few actresses on television are able to consistently perform with such brilliance! She plays KRRAZZY with so many subtleties that we're always playing catch up and trying to guess what's real and what's not. Is she really anxious about the imminent terrorist attack or the stresses of her stressful job...has she forgotten to take her medicine, or is she just NUTZ and a real whack job? Who knows but kudos to her for the sheer bravery and acumen she shows every time she steps in front of the camera, Homeland IS ClaiRe Danes and without her, well that's not gonna happen unless someone calls Bellvue or DC's equivalent and commits her! But if that happens, I'll be the first one to speak on her behalf and get her back to work! Still lovin' Homeland and strangely enough, finally FEELING it more than ever for our Brody. He really has been put through the ringer and consequently he's walking an equally fine line between sanity and insanity just like "you know who!" Let's see, "Crazy + crazy + terrorists = SHOWTIME!


The episode was just okay...and I am sooo over the daughter and her story. SNL got it right with her angst...it's becoming annoying.


Who do you think it was the man calling Brody "Nicholas" at the end? It was Abu Nazir.


This review says Abu Nazir showed up to see Brody. That did not happen at all.


It is disappointingly obvious where Brody is headed - another explosive vest (or car full of explosives) and a suicide mission to prove himself. Both sides are now using his family against him, with Nasir now threatening them (in the promo for next week) and the CIA using the harm that will come to them if the truth about Brody is revealed. Somehow nerve-wracking and yawn-inducing simultaneously.

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Homeland Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

If that's the last thing I see before they lock me up, it could be worse.


I'm more alone than I was in the bottom of that hole in Iraq.