Homeland, "Achilles Heel": it's a trap, Captain Walker

Quick Take: Homeland, "Achilles Heel"
The government closes in on Walker.


Review: Homeland, "Achilles Heel"
(S0108) The best word to use in order to describe what is going on in this show has to be insidious. What better way to make sure you won't be noticed than to pose as a homeless person? Walker is literally hiding in plain sight and is easily accessible at any time. This twist is nothing short of brilliant.

I know it's not wise to assume anything when watching Homeland, but I'm going to continue hoping that Brody (Damian Lewis) is telling the truth. That way I can watch his introduction into the American political system. The way he is already being handled and manipulated is just as fascinating as any espionage they've had on the show so far. Plus, if Brody ends up having an agenda of his own, my mind will be pleasantly blown.

The incident at the Mosque was probably the worst thing that could have happened and the saddest part is that their only choice was the correct one. If the government tells the public that two Muslims were killed in an effort to catch a known terrorist, they will probably be okay with it. This show just gets more and more wrong.

The other insidious aspect of this show is how they manage to depict every character's personal stories in such a way that I'm just as invested as I am in the action. Normally, I couldn't care less about a guy whose marriage is breaking up because his job is too demanding, but the way Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) story has unfolded has me watching with baited breath.

As usual, the ending scene was a complete jaw dropper which hopefully cured my willingness to make any assumptions about this show.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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1 Comment
On: Monday, November 21, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

I personally love a show that weaves action in with character moments, and this show does that exceptionally well (a heart broken Mandy Potenkin, how can you get better than that?) on top of being an amazingly taut and intriguing thriller. 

Brody keeps getting more interesting to watch each week, and totally agree that we need to see his move into politics. 

Very well said about making assumptions about this show, and what a delight to serious fans of TV !


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