Homeland plugs back into today's headlines with a Russian interference storyline

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Previously on Homeland, things were going badly. “Active Measures” turns down the temperature a bit following the explosive end to the standoff; it’s more of a simmer than a full boil, but the potential for another eruption is never far off. As Saul arrives at a federal building in Richmond, Virginia, tensions are…

Homeland picks up steam as fake news disrupts a fragile truce

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This is not fake news: Homeland can still deliver the escalating tension and dread exploding into chaos that made it a hit in the first place. “Like Bad At Things” is easily the best episode of the season, and maybe in years. It’s not perfect—there’s still a little too much of Carrie’s domestic drama for my liking—but…

Carrie's downward spiral follows a familiar pattern on Homeland

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“We’ve been here before,” Carrie Mathison’s sister Maggie astutely notes at one point during “Standoff,” and although Carrie denies it, those of us who have watched all six-plus seasons of Homeland know exactly what Maggie is talking about. It’s not just that Carrie is back in a full-blown manic state, unable to…

In its seventh season premiere, Homeland doubles down on its alternative reality

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It’s been a long time since anyone could say with a straight face that Homeland held a mirror up to our current geopolitical situation, unless we’re talking about a funhouse mirror with a few cracks in it. A season premiere presents the opportunity for a reset; a convenient time-jump can allow the creative team to…

Carrie and Quinn get to know the neighbors as Homeland’s sixth season winds down

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Homeland is so hot right now. Not in terms of, like, viewership or critical acclaim or anything like that. But for a show nearing the end of its anemic sixth season, it’s arguably never been more prescient or relevant to the current state of politics. The scene from “Sock Puppets,” in which Max learns the…

Homeland puts up the season’s best episode and hints at a intriguing path forward

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Carrie Mathison has been largely missing from this season’s proceedings, leaving all the heavy lifting to others who aren’t embroiled in a harrowing custody battle. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been using that time wisely, and it doesn’t mean that all of her counterintelligence instincts have been supplanted by…

Homeland dives further into the riveting details of...the Iranian nuclear pact

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“Sock Puppets” is probably the closest season six has come to matching the suspense and thrills of classic Homeland, which is a shame considering it’s still pretty far off the mark and there are only three episodes left in the season. Of all Homeland’s seasons, I’ve never been more acutely aware than I am this year of…

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