Homeland, "Crossfire": there is a plan

Quick Take: Homeland, "Crossfire"
"I'm not crazy?" - Carrie


Review: Homeland, "Crossfire"
(S01019) There must be some kind of contest going on in the offices at Homeland to see who can come up with a way to make each episode crazier than the last. While we're all still reeling from witnessing Brody's (Damian Lewis) secret meeting, we now have to find out why he's getting beaten and kidnapped.

It's amazing to watch Carrie (Claire Danes) do her job because even though she clearly has a screw loose, she is really good at what she does. I don't know the first thing about domestic security but it's clear that her kind of focus is what is needed in a job like hers. I imagine she has a motivational poster in her office that says, “The ends ALWAYS justify the means.”

Now that most of the show's cats are out of the bag, the focus seems to be on seeing everyone's individual plans take shape. I love watching Brody wrestle with working for Nazir (Navid Nagahban) as an insider. The dance between Carrie and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is riveting as well due to Sauls's manipulation of Carrie in order to cover his own ass. Then there's Walker (Chris Chalk) hiding out ion the forest, honing his sniper skills and shooting anyone who crosses his path.

When Brody comes home and has to keep lying to his wife, it seems that everything is back to normal. Unfortunately, normal doesn't mean the same thing on Homeland that it means to you and me.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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1 Comment
On: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

Great review. I love that with each major relevation/reveal it's much less about Brody IS good or Brody IS bad but much more nuanced. 

The flashback scenes in Iraq are material that could have been badly mishandled by many shows, but it was great here. We see yet another side of Brody (and how freaking great is Damian Lewis?) at a time where he's found some semblance of peace within his POW/MIA existence, and we learn the real basis for his motivations after his "rescue." 

Also cool to look back and see that while Brody was most forthcoming with Carrie at the cabin, he held back quite a bit even so. 


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