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

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

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

“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

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…