Quick Take: Homeland, "The Weekend"
Brody and Claire get real on a weekend getaway.
Review: Homeland, "The Weekend"
(S0107) It is clearly getting crazy up in here. Carrie (Claire Danes) is so far over the line that she doesn't even recognize it anymore, Brody (Damian Lewis) is showing some clear signs of PTSD, and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) wants to play cowboy and bring back the suspected terrorist. To say that Homeland has me sucked in would be a massive understatement.
I hate to admit it but I am speechless when it comes to Carrie's relationship with Brody. She is so convinced that he is a terrorist and an enemy of the country that she spied on him and his family for weeks and then insinuated herself so far into his life that she had sex with him. Now she's alone with him in a remote cabin. I'm starting to think she doesn't really have a plan and is making this all up as she goes along.
Watching Saul at the diner reminded me of Dead like Me. There is no better way to get somebody to open up then by putting a sandwich in front of them. What's fascinating about Saul's road trip is not the conversation he's having but the fact that he is sharing all of his information in hopes of finding out anything at all about a potential attack. It's truly amazing to watch.
It's no accident that every character on this show has a reason to be pitied as well as despised. The one I still end up empathizing with is Jess (Morena Baccarin). Her only mistake, it seems, is trying to move on when she thought Brody was dead. Call me cold blooded but I think that after eight years, that's perfectly understandable.
I'm even willing to give Mike (Diego Klattenhoff) a pass since Jess is so crazy gorgeous, but Dana (Morgan Saylor) is absolutely right. If the Brody family wants to go back to the way they were, Mike needs to be out of the picture.
As with any great drama, Homeland doesn't answer any questions without asking more new ones and it's that kind of brilliant storytelling that keeps me watching.