I knew going into season three of Homeland that Brody wouldn’t be making an appearance in the first two episodes and I thought to myself, “What a great idea leaving the viewers hanging and salivating for awhile.” What I think the writers failed to realize was that by choosing to leave Brody out for awhile, you have to actually make the other stories worth watching. Last week’s premiere was well-paced and well done. This week, I’m all “Okay Dana Brody I HATE YOU AGAIN.”
This week, we learned that there really might only be four people total who work for the CIA. We’ve added a new analyst to the bunch, but we know nothing about her except Saul is using her as a punching bag for his guilt. Dar Adal was absent from most of this episode, so we still have no idea how he and Saul cultivated their relationship as work husbands. Oh, and I’m sorry, I love Rupert Friend on this show but isn’t Peter Quinn a Black Ops assassin? What the hell is he doing traipsing around the building poking his head in important meetings? And volunteering as character witness for Carrie during her mental competency hearing? I’m glad he’s a “good guy who kills bad guys” and that he feels protective over Carrie and all, but how realistic is this plot point?
Which brings me to Dana Brody breaking and entering into the “nuthouse” (good parenting, Jessica Brody) to get it on with that hot young sociopath from Dexter. I know, I know, but she’s happy for the first time in like, ever. I will say I think tonight’s episode was the first time Dana actually raised her voice in a non-whiny way and I was able to decipher 100% of her lines during the scene between her and her mother in the bathroom. So… kudos, I guess.
I know this is the third season and seeing a manic Carrie Mathison is nothing new, but it still gets me every time. My natural inclination is to become annoyed with her, but I can’t because Claire Danes is just so damn good at this role – I’m usually too busy being in awe of what she’s able to do with her face that I can’t find room in my heart to be irritated. How heartbreaking was it to watch her interaction with Saul at the very end? Damn, Danes. You done good. You done real good.
So in other words, I’m ready for Brody to come back next week. Because Brody = action. I’m also sincerely hoping the writers of this amazing show aren’t considering a Dana-turns-Muslim story line.
Apparently I’m not alone in my frustration with this season so far, because Twitter is blowing up about tonight’s show and I love it:
— KFC, Kevin Clancy (@KFCBarstool) October 7, 2013
One more episode of Homeland about Dana and I’m done. — Jonah Grant (@jonahgrant) October 7, 2013
No sign of Brody yet on “Homeland.” Perhaps he is hiding out as new manager of the Bada Bing.
— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) October 7, 2013
On the next episode of #Homeland Carrie will befriend the large Native American in the ward to plot her escape from Nurse Ratchet.
— Arthur Stacy (@arthurstacy) October 7, 2013