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holy balls....Brody who?
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that was the best 45mins on tv ever...poor Fara Cry

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Episode recap....Spoiler alert-dont read if you havent watched it:

Quote Homeland S4E10: "13 Hours in Islamabad"

Oh man, it's like my personal Christmas came early this week on Homeland. In my review of the previous episode, "There's Something Else Going On," I wished for Quinn to take control of Haqqani's infiltration of the U.S. embassy in Islamabad as if he were Jack Bauer mowing down, well, basically anyone and everyone. And in "13 Hours in Islamabad," my wish came true, and then some. The episode was a great showcase for Quinn and Rupert Friend, who turned in what is almost certainly his best performance of the season, and probably his best on the show in general. But as awesome as it was to watch Quinn nearly singlehandedly (shout-out to that marine who aided Quinn along every step) take down Haqqani's deadly operation within the embassy, his inspiring, heroic behavior was just one part of another fantastic episode of Homeland. It's becoming kind of a trend here at the end of the season.

If there's one thing that this episode further confirmed it's that Homeland soars when it sets aside some of its tics (namely, Carrie's mental instability) and murky interpersonal discord and simply commits to being a show about spies, espionage, and terrorism. While I understand the show's hesitance to drop all pretenses of being some kind of "prestige" character story, particularly with the comparisons to 24 so easily nearby, but dang, this show knows exactly how to sustain prolonged intense action sequences, better than most anything else on television that I can think of. The prisoner exchange in the last episode relied more on ominous sense of dread, while the extended chaos at the beginning of this one was more electric and propulsive—but the point is, both were tremendous. Most impressively, the episode managed to bounce back and forth between the insanity in the embassy and the, uh, insanity a few blocks down with Carrie and Saul's convoy, without losing much of the momentum of either sequence. That's not necessarily easily to pull off, especially considering it seemed like the action at the embassy was moving a little faster than Carrie and Saul trying to survive in the street. Best of all, Don Attias and the editors made sure that none of the action here was framed with excessive or lazy shaky camera, or chopping editing. These scenes moved quickly but weren't in a hurry, and they weren't afraid to let it breathe with some silence. Just everything you'd want from a series of sequences like this.

The extended nature of the anarchy in both locations made room for the kind of character moments that Homeland has gotten very good at this season—namely, the small stuff that doesn't involve someone going insane, taking drugs, or developing romantic feelings for someone else. Quinn's proactive takedown of Haqqani's operation was everything you could have hoped that it would be. He took his time, made good decisions, and saved the day at the best possible time. (I sound like a sports commentator breaking down game film.)



Meanwhile, Haqqani's plan to grab hold of all the CIA's assets on the ground in Islamabad created a really interesting tension between Ambassador Boyd, who was unwilling to give up the information even if it meant the death of more Americans, and Lockhart, who was simply overwhelmed by the violence and intensity of the moment and eventually caved to Haqqani's demands. The show's decision to embrace Lockhart's deficiencies from an operational level without completely destroying him as a character has paid great dividends since he arrived in Pakistan, to the point where you couldn't entirely disagree with his choice here. Yet, at the same time, Martha's desire to stay the course illustrated that she couldn't let her stupid, cowardly husband's traitorous behavior define her time in this country. Again, there wasn't really a good choice there, and the show was better off not making a clear value judgment about who screwed up, or how stupid someone was, or whatever.

instead, it was clear by the end of this bloody event that everyone screwed up at some point, which only further signaled how the disparate story threads keep tightening together in an effective manner as we get closer and closer to the end of the season. Carrie botched some operations, Quinn probably thought too much with his heart a few times, Lockhart is simply in over his head in every way possible, and Martha was railroaded by her scummy husband. They're all responsible, but they were also trying to do their jobs. To me, that really goes a long way in showing how screwed up of a situation this has been from the jump. I'm nowhere near an expert on foreign relations so I can't speak to Homeland's verisimilitude in this area, but in the context of these 10 episodes, the show has displayed why the U.S.'s involvement abroad doesn't always work, or can at least go so poorly, even when people are busting their humps to do a good job.

That theme continued in the aftermath of chaos as well, as Lockhart and Martha didn't even want to take the call from the White House, and Carrie had to placate Lockhart a bit by telling him that she might have made the same exact call. That level of "well, we're all in this f*cked up situation together" really spoke to me in this episode, especially compared to some of the more combative stuff we've seen between Carrie and Lockhart (or Saul and Lockhart) over the last two seasons.



Of course, the characters also reacted quite differently to the news that the U.S. was ready to move on from diplomatic relations with Pakistan. Carrie, after countless instances of disobedience, recognized the toll of the job and all these disastrous operations when she had to sit and take Max's tearful lecture about how she treated Fara. She didn't even seem that mad when Lockhart jabbed her a little bit with the comment about the president's lack of confidence in her carrying on operations in Pakistan. Carrie's excessively stubborn, so her resigned reaction to the news only speaks to how difficult the last few weeks have been. Carrie was resigned, Lockhart was simply ready to go home, Saul couldn't really manage a substantive reaction given everything that he went through before the chaos in this episode, and Martha was too wrapped up in the continuing drama with her POS husband Dennis. But Quinn? Nah.

While I loved Quinn's Jack Bauer impression in the first half of the episode, I think his actions in the aftermath of Haqqani's attack were even more compelling. Sure, he saved a number of people's lives during the shootout, but he A.) couldn't save Fara and B.) clipped Haqqani but couldn't quite put him down. Those two things were motivation enough to put the full-court press on Saul in the interrogation room, but when Carrie came to deliver the news about the U.S.'s departure from Pakistan, the episode brought us one of the best TV moments of 2014.

Say whatever you want about the show's fumbled attempts at developing a romantic chemistry between Carrie and Quinn, but their confrontation here was worth all the clumsy stuff from earlier in the season because it made a great attempt to pay all that stuff off without digging into the romantic component. Quinn had just finished trying to save U.S. diplomacy in one of its most unstable bedfellows, only to come up short, and then be told that it's all over. On top of all that, he didn't even want to be here in the first place! Carrie talked him into it when he was circling the drain back in the States under the guise of saving the world or whatever, and now she's just going to bail? NAH.



Now, the roles have reversed. Quinn ended this episode by kidnapping Farhad Ghazi in an attempt to find Haqqani before he goes dark, while Carrie is somewhat begrudgingly sticking around Islamabad to aid her crusading and potentially unhinged co-worker. It's not about their possible romance; it's about finishing the job. I'll again reiterate that everyone was very good in this episode, but man were Rupert Friend and Claire Danes so good in that sequence in the ops room. That idea that the last two episode will simply feature Carrie and Quinn trying to take down one of the deadliest terrorists in the world, without the CIA infrastructure, sounds even better than it did a couple of weeks ago. Fingers crossed that they—and Homeland—finish the job.



NOTES

—RIP to Fara and John Redmond. Somebody semi-relevant had to die in those bloody attacks and you were the most likely candidates. The show never quite figured out what to do with Fara, but Nazanin Boniadi will be missed. Michael O'Keefe was also really sturdy as Redmond over the past couple of months.

—Also worth noting how great the scene between Martha and Dennis in the holding area was. That Martha actually went through with Dennis' initial plan to kill himself and try to absolve some of her of guilt was pretty dark, but it was made even better by Dennis' inability to pull the proverbial trigger (hang the proverbial belt?). Laila Robbins and Mark Moses are such pros.

—Interesting scene between Tasneem and Aasar during the attacks, wherein the former admitted her involvement with Haqqani but pretty easily convinced the latter not to go out of his way to help Carrie and Saul. Seemed like Aasar wanted to do something, but also kind of recognized the stakes of getting the U.S. out of his country. Will definitely have to keep an eye on that.

—So, will Saul actually get on a plane to the U.S.? Air travel has gone so poorly for him this season.
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My episode didn't transfer to my iPad this morning

I gotta wait till I get home

I heard it was hot faya

But I ain't reading all dem spoilers doc z *insert your avi here*



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I await your reaction
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Fantastic episode! Totally agree with the review above.
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im watching right now before i go back to the library...it's good lol
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im 8 mins in
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote afrokock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 08 2014 at 2:22pm
well that review was good,

however i dont think that Aasar agreed with Tasneem because he recognises the impact of american presence than the fact that he was trying to save his own skin. Tasneem should not be crossed so openly as she has the ability to make things happen in a not so good way.

so good i'm going back for seconds

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote afrokock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 09 2014 at 8:39am
It was better the second time I watched it ..

Poor Farrah, she was my eye candy in the show
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