Review of Homeland ‘New Car Smell’
SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen episode 4, series 2 of ‘Homeland’
After last week’s episode which contained some action scenes that bordered on the ludicrous, it was reassuring that this weekend’s installment marked a return to realism.
With Estes being the only major player not to have seen Brody’s suicide tape/uniform dating video, his viewing of it is a logical starting point for the episode and instantly quashes any of the more outlandish conspiracy theories about how Brody might get off.
While Saul and Estes are constructing a plan to further ensnare him, things are not going exactly going well for Brody at home either. Not entirely surprisingly, given his behaviour in the last episode, only half of the ‘espresso and an apology’ peace offering to his wife is accepted and it’s the heavily caffeinated part. Although you do slightly wonder why he hasn’t at least shown her that the spare tyre is now on the car.
Once again it makes you wonder how he has stayed undercover for so long, Brody then shows off his fantastic ability to freak out about quite minor things. His panicked reaction to the revelation that his car smells of smoke would make you think the now ex-tailor from Gettysburg was the only person in the world who smoked.
However this week’s episode is mostly well done, with key parts of what made the first series a success making a welcome return. Back into the fold come series one’s lovable surveillance duo, Virgil and his brother who looks exactly like a nerdier version of Matthew Perry (Chandler from Friends) as the trap is set around Brody.
Another of Homeland’s most watchable qualities is the way in which the interactions between the characters seem to be largely very realistic. Carrie’s first and subsequent meetings with the newly introduced cocky CIA analyst Peter Quinn largely consist of the two locked in competitive discussion. However when Carrie needs reassuring about something, he is hugely supportive, demonstrating that there is realistically more depth to his character than just being an abrasive upstart whose sole purpose is to wind up Carrie.
Brody’s meeting with Carrie outside the CIA headquarters is also very well done. The scene is almost torturous to watch but as excruciatingly awkward as you would imagine (if indeed you could imagine) a conversation being between ex-lovers, who between them either accused the other of being a fundamentalist terrorist or caused them to have electroshock brain therapy.
Dana’s slow burning romance with Finn Walden, the vice-president’s son, also gathered pace this week. Although things seem to be going so well between the two of them you get the sense that, in true Homeland style, disaster can’t be far away. Possibly being raised on a diet of ungodly Western television, presumably deplored by jihaddists all over the world, has made me cynical.
Perhaps the main shame this week is that it appears that after only one episode, the stealthy surveillance is already at an end. Carrie’s insistence on flagrantly disregarding direct orders strikes again, which does make you understand why it appears she has managed to annoy so many people over the years.
However more importantly, it leads to Brody being captured, with Carrie at her manic best – not to mention most bulgy-eyed – hissing “You’re a disgrace to your nation” as he is led away with a bag on his head. It is certainly a shock ending because I certainly thought Brody was going to manage to evade capture for a little bit longer. What happens to him now is difficult to imagine and once again leaves us waiting anxiously until next week to find out.
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