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Wednesday, 12 December 2012
HOMELAND, 2.11 – 'In Memoriam'
written by Chip Johannessen / directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Gathering feedback on last week's episode was more entertaining than the episode itself, because some people are seriously outraged Homeland's revealed so many chinks in its armour this season. It's fallen from grace to an extent, kept alive by some excellent performances and just enough intrigue to keep you on the hook—not to mention the desire to see this story resolve itself. If Homeland starts a new story, it'll be interesting to see how many people use that as the ideal stopping place. Just how much of the show's success is down to season 1's concept (which has been bent all out of shape this year) and the performances of Claire Danes and Damien Lewis? If any of that gets messed with, does the whole show collapse like a house of cards?
More importantly, I really enjoyed the final 10 minutes following Nazir's death, with the characters adjusting to this news. In particular, the relief on Brody's face when he was told, and how the death of his "mentor" triggered him to accept playing happy families with Jess (Morena Baccarin) isn't the best move. Nazir's death perhaps means new life for Brody, as he allows his wife to move on with best-friend Mike and goes after a fresh start with Carrie. But it won't be that simple, of course. Carrie's complicit in his lies about the circumstances of Walden's death, and Estes has Quinn (Rupert Young) poised to kill Brody at the earliest opportunity to stop him talking about Walden's role in the drone bombing of innocent school children. Clearly the finale will shift gears and have Carrie/Brody tackling an enemy much closer to home, and thus far more difficult to beat. Even if Saul comes to their aide somehow, it's hard to see how things can resolve neatly in just one episode... and yet, there's surely no real plan to extend the Homeland story into a third season with Brody still in play—or is there?
Overall, "In Memoriam" wasn't as achingly dumb as last week's episode (which was still good fun), and benefited from some unexpected moves and three great scenes. I just hope the writers know the best thing for the show would be to kill Brody, expose Estes, somehow make it plausible bipolar Carrie will be given her job back as a result, and clear the decks for a fresh third season storyline to begin in 2013. Fingers crossed, eh?
9 December 2012 / Showtime