Showtime’s hit series is back with a bang. Literally. The show started with a bomb strike ordered by Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) on a farmhouse in Pakistan. She is a bipolar CIA agent working in the field. Inside the house is no other than Haissam Haqqani. He’s the number four on the “hit” list. If your name is on that list next to a single digit number, the CIA will move heaven and earth to find you.
Mathison green lit the operation with two F-15 Eagles. They are just American twin-engines, all-weather tactical fighter. Or in other words, aircrafts you don’t want flying above your house, and if they do, it’s not good news.
There was a big problem with the attack. Someone was getting married at the farmhouse, therefore a lot of civilians died. The intel came from a mostly reliable source of Sandy Bachman (Corey Stoll), Station Chief in Islamabad, Pakistan. Somehow, the photo of Sandy got leaked to the press. CIA agents live in anonymity for a reason. Not even their families know the whole nature of the agent’s job.
The leak cost Sandy his life. Angry people with stones, sticks, and punches killed him in the middle of the street in Islamabad. The entire situation leaves plenty of storylines opened for the show to explore. There are many unanswered questions regarding the intel that has been helping the CIA catch the bad guys.
During the premiere’s second episode, Carrie almost drowned her baby daughter in the bathtub. Thankfully, she snaps out of it and picks her daughter up as they both cry. This is when we stop rooting for her. Even she knows she is not good for her own daughter, and the baby is better off with Carrie’s sister. That is why she asked the Director of the CIA for Sandy’s station chief post in Islamabad. She obviously hasn’t come to terms with Brody’s death. That may be the reason why she doesn’t want to be around their daughter.
We all hoped Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), the voice of reason, former CIA director turned contractor from the private sector, was still involved with the agency somehow after departing ways last season. Lo and behold, he will work for Mathison providing security.
For two seasons, the show was built around Carrie and Nicholas Brody’s love/hate storyline. Brody was an American prisoner of war who had been turned by al-Qaeda. The finale of season three felt like the end of the series. The inhumane death of Brody was hard to swallow.
What could the writers possibly do to reinvent the show and keep the viewers at bay? They made Carrie the center of attention, hence the title of the first episode, “The Drone Queen.”
Judging by the first two episodes, this season will be all about who was the intel informing Sandy, the sole-survivor of the attack in the farmhouse, and what will Carrie do as the new Station Chief in Islamabad.
Claire Danes does a fantastic job portraying a bipolar CIA agent working in the field. The show is definitely back, and stronger than ever. So maybe, after all, we can get to what’s important: catching the bad guys. I know Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend), who is the last hot guy left on the roster, said to Carrie during the premiere, “It’s not all about you.” But, it looks like this season is all about her.
You can watch Homeland, every Sunday at 9p.m./8c on Showtime.
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