HOMELAND “Semper I” Review

HOMELAND "Semper I" Season 1 Episode 4 – The last three episodes were rather plot oriented, with Carrie conducting surveillance on Brody while keeping track of her agent sleeping with a Saudi prince. However by the end of last week’s episode the plots had largely been wrapped up: Carrie’s agent was killed, she and Saul figured out a way Abu Nazir was smuggling his finances (through a laundry mat in the form of jewellery). This week the episode also finishes off the surveillance thread in a way which means we’ll have no more images of Carrie watching Brody on her monitor as Saul refuses to reissue a warrant extending her surveillance.

So where does this all leave us? Well, the episode started off a few new threads in a way that was pretty daring both in terms of the storytelling (like having Carrie and her CIA partner cross off the professor so quickly, while we the audience knows there’s something fishy going on there) and in terms of pacing. The story jumped ahead three weeks, which means that it’s following a pretty interesting timeline that will allow the writers to jump around the place and avoid the duller passages of Carrie’s investigation and Brody’s readjustment to "normal" life. But the timeline within the show itself is interesting too: when Carrie and her CIA partner are tailing the professor, the scene cuts to them detailing the rest of their tailing expedition to David, which is a far more economical storytelling, plus provides plenty of opportunity to expand on characterizations: David was the most obvious beneficiary of these character expansions, moving beyond the 2-D "hardass boss" which might have cursed him. Read More...



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Aug 21, 2012 12:54PM EDT

OK Carie uses her sex to get what she wants and manipulation of the truth to get by. All of this will blow back into her face.

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