The third episode to Homeland’s third season was Brody’s comeback although I would of loved for him to be a little more hardcore. As the episode progressed, I grew more and more scared they would be doing separate episodes for separate storylines. I hated it when they started doing this in Lost’s third season, I was hoping I wouldn’t be forced to go through that again. Thankfully, we will not.
What always stood out to me, in this show, is the incredible acting and actors, this episode was no exception. It actually made up for the relatively slow pace this episode had. Also,I felt the episode was going back to the show’s roots. Season one was all about finding out if Brody was good or bad and if Carrie really was as crazy as she seemed to be. Episode 3 made me doubt, basically everybody, for the entire hour. Are the Venuzuelans ill-willed? Is Brody’s want-to-be-nurse a spy? Is there really bigger terrorist organization behind the lawyer? So many interrogations, I love it when a show makes my mind work.
The episode started out pretty dark with Brody between live and death being transported to a really spooky basement with flickering lights. “Where are my lights?” I think I liked this scene more than I should have. There is a 10 million reward associated to Brody. He seemed to be in with the wrong crowd. It didn't feel like a great start for him. What was later brought up, was that Carrie had actually arranged for her lover to meet with these people. They were going to keep him safe. Their methods were, let’s say, unconventional. I didn't recall Brody being this soft, but this episode really did not make him out as any kind of badass, which makes me sorry. That is, beside his new haircut. But I haven't decided if it makes him look badass or sick yet, how about you guys?
Also cheers to the kids in this episode. One holding on to an artery with his bare fingers to stop Brody from bleeding to death while the doctor(his dad?)performed an operation. Another one rocked a shotgun to stop him from leaving. Then the first kid pretty expertly tried to drug Brody. Quite the trifecta!
After panting like a doggy quite a lot, Brody decided he had had enough of the creepy Tower of David. I kind of thought he wanted to find Carrie or get found by her. Instead, he thought it would be a good idea to go to the "muslim church". What a bad idea this was, and this is why I don’t do religion. It wasn’t the really sketchy guys that betrayed him, but the supposedly religious man. I don’t know muslim that much, but doesn’t religion usually prone forgiveness and redemption?
The Venuzuelans might have saved Brody's life, but he is far from free. They are expertly trying to break him. Quite frankly, they aren't doing so bad. Maybe I disn't get it, but are they really helping him on Carrie's behalf of is theire something bigger here? Brody is slowly starting to realise he has always been a pawn in this whole thing.
In the States, Carrie is still in the psychiatric hospital, as could be expected. She desperately wants to see Saul. Is it because she sincerely is sorry, or because she just wants to punch his teeth out? I personally would go for the latter, but who’s checking. They were both in the wrong for different reasons. How sad was it, when all the patients were making popsicle stick houses. If Carrie really becomes crazy, I blame this place. Also, the bathroom scene broke my heart a little.
When Carrie finally had a visitor, it wasn’t Saul. The confrontation will have to wait. It was, instead, a lawyer that wanted to protect Carrie from the CIA. By the end on this conversation, all I could think was yes, she’s still got it! Though, I think the lawyer was actually sent by Saul as a test, to see how fragile Carrie is and how likely she is to divulge Cia information to the press again.
The symetry could be seen in both stories when Carrie and Brody finally took the drugs. The episode ended with both Carrie and Brody giving in to what their captors wanted of them. Both of them surrendered or gave up...
How anxious are you for Carrie and Brody to reunite?
Who is the lawyer really working for?
What’s going to happen to Brody?