Homeland Season 2 Review “Beirut is Back”

Through two episodes, Homeland has produced harrowing action sequences, brilliant acting, and plotpoints that require you to stretch your disbelief (in some cases quite strongly). While the quality of the work remains very high, it’s tough not to look at these two episodes without a red flag popping up behind your back.

I consider myself a first-rate Homeland apologist, but the places they are taking Brody to keep him in the loop call for some serious high-wire activity. If you thought stealing from the CIA director’s office was tough, try having him send secret texts to the world’s most wanted terrorist while sitting in a room with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was already enough of a stretch that he was in the room to begin with, but then they’re going to add him communicating with Abu Nazir while in the room? The captain flashed the red flag sign at that point. Normally, this wouldn’t be much of a problem, but we’ve already contrived to keep Brody around at the end of last season. Therefore, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to me to take Brody to the point where he has to go. He may not be there yet, but he’s approaching that point far more rapidly then it seemed possible once they decided to not blow him up. It’s a dangerous game that they are playing. Our empathy for Brody may only go so far. Read More...



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