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Homeland Review: Hide and Seek

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After starting out season 2 in fine fashion, all but erasing any doubt that Homeland wasn't going to be able to continue its stellar quality, "In Memoriam" was the third or fourth straight episode in which much of that excitement was trumped by lack of believability and uninteresting stories.

Let us put aside the fact that Carrie has to be the dumbest person in the world for going back into that building when she so passionately felt that Nazir would be in there.  She's CIA, but she's not a killer.  Nazir is. 

Regardless, once the squad gets there, it seems pretty clear to us that they want the audience to believe Carrie is absolutely nuts for thinking Nazir is in there.  She was imagining it or something, going crazy yet again.  Quinn's questioning looks and appeasing nature when telling the men to go back in and look gave off that vibe.

Carrie's Hunt

Of course she's crazy, because why on earth would Nazir have stayed in there when he had plenty of opportunity to leave before the large group of agents got there?  Why stay in the one place that the CIA is DEFINITELY going to search?

Wait, what?  Nazir was actually in there?!?!  He decided to hide in some little room instead of leaving for any other hiding place in the country?  That's the guy we're supposed to believe as the evil mastermind?

So hold on a second, the trained search team that went through the building multiple times found absolutely nothing, but our little Carrie sniffed out the spot within minutes of taking her time in there?  Let me guess that can be attributed to her knowing Nazir more than anyone in the world?

As soon as that door opens and you see there is a secret room, you call for back up, you don't go in there alone.  But alas, that is exactly what happened, and when Carrie left the nameless agent was sliced up quietly by what seemed to be a devastatingly dangerous killer.

When Carrie came around, however, Nazir turned into a slow motion-moving weakling.  At first, it seemed as if he was in The Matrix and he was just reaching out to touch her.  That of course gave her plenty of time to counter, and you know, not die.

If that wasn't enough, now knowing that his position had been compromised, the man that we are expected to believe orchestrated everything that happened in season 1 spent his next few minutes seeking out Carrie.  No, he didn't start thinking of new ways to get out of there.  He attempted to find Carrie, and take her out, because that was better than finding a way to escape.  If that wasn't bad enough, once he found her, the man who quickly sliced up the SWAT Team member was suddenly in an even fight with the female analyst.  Yup, this is the best show on television.

So after all that madness, it turned out Carrie was correct in her theory once again, and the crazy lady finally got to see Nazir dead.  Without him in the picture, I'm hoping the next big bad turns out to be a bit more intelligent, and I'm curious as to what kind of direction the show can take next.

While all of that was going on, we were also treated to the most recent episode of The Brodys, a show about the messed up life of Nicholas, his wife, and their two kids.  It's a show that I couldn't care less about, and I think that is because they never really gave any legs to Brody and Jessica as a couple.

That kept using dialogue to tell us that these two were once truly in love, and a great couple, but it was never shown to us.  That made it hard to get emotionally attached, and their dissipating relationship had very little impact.

Dana screaming that the whole family would be better off with Mike was certainly shocking, but that is the best thing I can say about that character.  She has been an annoyance all season, especially given that her hit and run turned out to not have a major effect on much at all.

Chris, on the other hand, may have had his best episode ever.  Asking "that's good news, right?" when it was announced Nazir was dead, and then not realizing that it was actually Jessica who was making their beds every morning at the CIA apartment, Chris was on fire in relative terms.

The main bright spot during the hour was Saul Berenson, who continued to be a joy to watch.  Mandy Patinkin can get angry with the best of them, and when he asked the man who was going to do the polygraph, "Who the f*ck are you?" I almost fell out of my seat.

We can only hope that Saul takes the lead next season as he attempts to take David down for attempting to murder Congressman Nicholas Brody.  Yes, that's right, I said "attempted."  Don't get me wrong, if they actually went through with Quinn killing Brody, I would give Homeland so many props that they wouldn't have room for them all.  But there's no way that happens, right?

No matter what goes down in next week's season 2 finale, Homeland has to take a drastic turn next year.  With both Nazir and Walden dead, that side of the story has run into a wall.  With Brody and Jessica broken up, is there any reason for the latter to still be a main character?

There is still one hour remaining in the season, but at this point, the future of the series is as interesting a topic as anything that might happen next Sunday.  Well, that is, unless they actually go through with the assassination.

But what did you all think TV Fanatics?  Is your love for Homeland running out?  Or is it still your favorite show on television?  What was your favorite moment from "In Memoriam?"  And was there anything that you just could take seriously?  Sound off in the comments!

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

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I agree you are being too hard on Homeland. It is still the best thing on TV. The character development is priceless. For a weekly, three month show, it keeps us glued and makes us remember them the whole year. I love the show and I am a continuous watcher. I want the soldier "Brody" to be a success story because our country needs that type of positive belief.

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I think the reviews on this site have been way too harsh. Homeland still has the viewers hooked its the characters that drew people in..no matter how unbelievable the plot might be it works. And Brody is a very very broken guy and shouldn't be killed. I felt this episode nicely wrapped the death of nazir and brody's marriage..next week should be really exciting.(going by the preview...)

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God, Carrie is just so goddamn stupid. Idiot woman fraks a terrorist, and then the terrorist tells her he killed the VPOTUS for her? Cause that's so romantic, amirite? Godspeed Quinn, and straight shooting. Put two in Brody's chest and two in his head, and put that motherfrakker down.

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I'm sorry but i do not agree with you, Homeland is still going strong in my eyes. I still love the sory lines and am curious what's next. Is next season about Quinn? Trying to get broduy killed or Brody&Carrie on the run.

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@Pratik: I think last season was to test Brody's alliances to Nazir. Shooting the VP would have been too easy, and we wouldn't have seen Brody seriously consider becoming a suicide bomber. Plus I think Walker was more or less a puppet that Nazir was playing with. I think he did come to the states to see the VP and majority of the returning service men die in his version of 'justice'.
@74Coug: I do agree that there is now a darker side emerging from within the CIA. Information is deadly depending on whose hands are on it. As for more story options with Brody, I don't see what else there is for him besides an attempted assassination. I don't see him and Carrie living happily together after.

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Does this episode create more options for Brody? Is there a darker and more sinister person out there...more sinester than Nazir? I thought they were in a rush to kill Abu Nazir...and that the emerging dark side appears to be Estes/CIA, etc.

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I so agree with your review (which was published very late though).....In fact, as an Homeland fan, I hated this episode. Despite such massive story-lines being played tonight, they did not captivate my interest at all....The Abu Nazir thing was so crazy, the way he died just did not give me any sort of justice for this great show. Also, a little confused here, so help me out. What was Abu Nazir's mission coming to America? Was it just to kill the Vice-President? If that was the motive, why did he just not tell Walker to shot the Vice-President last season, as he was one of the best snipers. But his motive has always been bigger. At least, that is what I thought. Still an utter disappointment.

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This show started off with major fireworks and we are now being treated to some sparklers.

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Jessica and Mike have been screwing around since Brody got back and Brody knew it. Their marriage has been seriously strained since Brody's return. Their separation was only a matter of time. I thought the killing of Nazir was too easy. I also thought the same exact things when Carrie went back to search the place again. Why would an entire SWAT team, fully armed and suited, go in with Carrie? Wouldn't that be too big of a risk? Why did this SWAT team conveniently move along leaving Mr. Talkative and Carrie to lag behind? Why did it honestly take Carrie only a few moments to realize something was 'off' with that certain wall? Why did the SWAT team member go in alone? We know Nazir knew and didn't care that he wouldn't leave the country alive, but really? This grand mastermind lives behind a false wall and when one crazy chick sees him, he chases after her? Him killing the one SWAT guy wouldn't make him think, "Well I doubt they brought a whole team in!" This show started off with major fireworks and we are now being treated to some sparklers.

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I think your review and rating is little harsh. The episode was flawed, so was the previous two but unlike most shows we know were going to get a pay off whether it is in the finale next week or next season. Everything has been done on this show for a purpose, even the hit and run storyline had a purpose, without it we wouldn't of got Dana witnessing Carrie telling Nick not to go to the police, Dana wouldnt of told her mother, Jessica wouldnt of slept with Mike and we wouldn't of got the scene in the car in this episode, in which Nick and Jessicas marriage finally fell apart. There is a chain of thought and we have to give the producers more credit. Killing the VP is going to have big consequences next season, gaurentee it! We knew after the finale last year the reasons why some season 1 plotlines were carried out and it will be probably the same, this time next week!

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