I was digging this week of Homeland. The writers put Carrie, a once sympathetic character, into a hard and annoying place. I really didn’t think they could ever recover this character. She had been dipped so deep into her own psyche and had no handle on reality. Season one was supposed to make us question if she was right or wrong or unstable or just lonely to the point of insanity. This season is just her losing her mind. Then the twist came.
…And you lost me. I just don’t believe it. Claire Danes is an excellent actress. Carrie Mathieson is not a better actress than Danes. If she is working still for Saul and the CIA, why is she crying away from Bennett? It’s as if she’s acting for the Showtime cameras and not Bennet’s possible “hidden ones.” I would believe that she would lose it a little in the “loony bin,” but when she was actually executing the portions of the plan that didn’t depend on her ignorance, I didn’t buy it. I don’t think that she’d be as fragile as she was in the field. The fact that they told it from her point of view with no hint of motive was a complete mistake on the writers’ fault.
By concealing her motives, most of the scenes from the past two episodes are just Danes emoting. There were no stakes at all, but now that we know her motive, I feel cheated as opposed to excited. When she was in the ward, I wasn’t connected to her at all. It felt like a total detour for Carrie and her story. In theory this twist should enhance those scenes in hindsight, but in a miscalculation on their part, I don’t care at all. I feel like this twist cleans up the first few episodes, but creates so many more problems that it wasn’t worth it. Patinkin and Danes are excellent in the final scene, but I can’t overlook plot for great acting, especially in a show like Homeland. I actually didn’t miss Brody this week, as they didn’t bombard us with CIA mumbo jumbo and played on the intrigue of the characters. Then the twist happened.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t DISLIKE the twist, I just think it was poorly executed. By totally keeping us in the dark, we lost our sympathy for poor Carrie and Saul. Hopefully in the coming weeks everything will be explained, like if the charade was set up from the beginning or when Carrie was already in there.
OH! And don’t forget about Dana! Oh man! How about Dana’s situation… She’s so—oh wait… I don’t care… at all. Not at all.
Keep on Watchin’