Homeland Recap: Never Have to See You Again


Ibogaine — the wonder drug that Saul and his CIA doctor and Marine trainers use to detox Brody, leaving him temporarily singing the Marine’s Hymn in a duet with a resurrected Tom Walker — is, as it turns out, as real as the technology that Brody and Abu Nazir used to hack Vice-President Walden’s pacemaker. And there’s apparently a CIA connection to the drug that explains why Dar Adal is recommending alternative therapies to Saul and to Brody’s doctor. The agency apparently sponsored ibogaine clinical trials back in the fifties, though the results of those trials have never been disclosed. A University of Miami study of the drug fell apart when its funding didn’t come through, and clinical trials in Amsterdam were cancelled after a research subject died from an ibogaine overdose. But even if ibogaine is just a small tool, employed to let Homeland run through a series of events it doesn’t want to linger on in the space of an hour, it’s a good way to understand the strange place Homeland finds itself in right now.  Read More...




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