“So when Rayanne Graff told me my hair was holding me back, I had to listen. ‘Cause she wasn’t just talking about my hair. She was talking about my life“
Homeland is back!!!
This is my first attempt at covering something dramatic instead of funny and/or ridiculous so I will do my best, but I truly love this show so hang in there and I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it! I will start with a short and crappy recap of last season that you can probably skip!
Last season – We met Carrie Mathison, portrayed by my favorite 90’s actress Claire Danes, as a CIA operative who was in the Middle East and received a tip that an American POW had “been turned”. Her information becomes relevant when a before unknown bearded GI Nicholas Brodie shows up and is immediately launched into American hero-dom and politics. Assured he is the guy, Carrie launches her own unsupported mission to prove his treason. She tries unauthorized surveillance, ill-advised personal contact and eventually screws and falls in love with Brody. That always works, right? Although her unorthodox methods and her hidden struggle with severe schizophrenia kept her from getting the support of coworkers and family, she does have help and at least sympathy from one thorny mentor agent Sal Berenson, played by an awesome Mandy Patinkin.
When another GI surfaces and is caught playing sniper, even Carrie feels she was wrong about steely-faced Brody and confesses her motives. Although she tries to further seduce him away from his family, he is now wary of her and claims harassment to get her thrown out of the agency and off his trail. As viewers we find out she is right even as she is mourning a lost love and wondering if she made a mistake in judgment. We learned he was turned by the spiritual al-Qaeda leader, Abu Nazir, who allowed him to live freely in his home and teach English to his youngest son, Issa, and eventually taught Brody the religion of Islam. Brody truly felt hate for the West when an air strike targeted a school and killed his young student/friend. Brody was then trained to return to the US to perform a revenge mission to execute the Vice President (considered responsible for the cruel drone mission) and many high powered DC players. Luckily his courage fails, but Carrie is finally convinced he was innocent.
We leave the show with Carrie about to undergo shock therapy to “cure” her, while Sal urges her not to, claiming she was right about her theory about an attack being related to a personal tragedy for Abu Nazir and tells her about Issa’s death. Just before the anesthesia kicks in Carrie has a flashback of Brody waking up in bed during their weekend tryst screaming “Issa!”. So now she can be sure… but will she remember?
We open with a focused and healthy-looking Carrie gardening outside her sister’s house while her sister and father have a discussion in the kitchen to fill us in on what happened to our little electric shock victim since we last saw her. Her father, who also has schizophrenia, argues she is on an unnecessarily high dosage of lithium, while her sister claims that it is for the doctor to decide and Carrie is in “a good place finally” and to butt O-U-T. Didn’t he do enough damage to Michael Douglas already when he pretended to be a doctor? When Carrie comes inside she mentions she needs to grade papers and that they can turn the news back on, proving her level of awareness is still there and she has some kind of teaching job.