Homeland episode 4.10: 13 Hours in Islamabad, picked up where the cliffhanger from two weeks ago (There’s Something Else Going On) left off. The convoy containing Carrie Mathison and the just-freed Saul Berenson is under fire, the Taliban is in the process of breaking into and attacking the U.S. embasssy in Pakistan, Lockhart, head of the CIA, is a dick, and Duck Philips sucks.
I am reluctant to be flip when something so terrible has happened. Fara is dead. Max grieves. Carrie grieves. Quinn grieves. Max’s stricken face is devastating; Carrie’s call to Fara’s father, whom we met in season 2, is heartbreaking. Forget The Walking Dead, which broadcast far and wide that An Important Character would die. We had no way of knowing that any series regular would be killed; the entire hostage negotiation was set up as Kill the Redshirt, Kill the Redshirt, get to Fara, “Wait! Stop!” That she was killed after all that was shocking, horrible, and all too real.
I don’t think this week will satisfy the Lockhart is a Traitor conspiracy theorists among you. He gave up The List to Haqqani far too easily. Is Lockhart a wuss or a traitor? Professor Spouse and I vote wuss, but the jury is not yet in. Of course, the whole thing was massively unrealistic; him knocking down the ambassador, giving up the list, being all soft-hearted about saving Fara when the lives of dozens of others were being traded. It was pure crazy. Pure Homeland.
I want to say, thank God the shower scene was played the way it was. A shower as a symbol of cleansing away the emotional trauma, while cleansing away blood, is a staple of film and television, but usually there’s a little gratuitous T&A thrown in. Thank you, Homeland, for having it be Saul and not Carrie; the whole thing was far too emotionally raw to be prurient.
Next week will be the return of Colonel Handsome. There’s no doubt that he will be Carrie’s vital help in finding The List and possibly saving Quinn. Otherwise, he’s a loose end.
Just before we saw that Farhad was the driver following Quinn, I was sort of wondering about him. He’s another loose end, after all. When Quinn came back around and kidnapped him, well, that was badass.
One thing the writing is doing well? I have no idea what happens next week. My only clue is that Colonel Handsome will be involved, but that’s not saying much. So, kudos to that.
Can Duck not even commit suicide right, or is that belt going to be some kind of weird Hannibal Lecter escape trick? Probably the former.
Well, Basketcases, what did you think? Wuss or traitor? Failure or Hannibal? Weigh in.