As for getting back on track, I'll give this show the benefit of the doubt, as I did last season (I thought there were some holes in season 1, but I put my reservations aside because the rest of the show was so good.). But the holes that were poked in the plot last night were pretty big.
Tierney: I suspect Dana will become much more jaded and cynical in episodes to come. Perhaps we will see the return of pot-smoking, moody Dana—beacon of morality be damned!
I also thought that Dana and Mike's interaction would have pushed forward his suspicions of Brody. And lest we forget wild card/lush Louter—it's only a matter of time until he comes limping back with his actually-true conspiracy theories.
Over the four episodes left in the season, I can't help but think Season 2 will follow Season 1's lead in culminating in another terror plot—the final episode is called "The Choice," if that is any hint. And the show has been picked up for a third season, so here's hoping the writers have plenty of cement to fill up these holes.
One thing I would like to see explored more is Peter Quinn's backstory. Who is he and why did Estes bring in him to lead the mission?
Greg: I am really at a loss for what Quinn brings to the table. He is either a new mole for Nazir (snore) or he is playing for the good guys, but being a jerk in the process. Where do you go from there with this guy? What is this character adding to the show? I have more interest in seeing Galves recover than I have of learning Quinn's back story.
I'm also at a loss for how quickly I am losing my affinity for Saul Berenson. If there is anyone showing a vast amount of mental weakness this season, it's poor Saul. He seems to be forcing trust into places just to have something to hold onto. The more I think about it, the sadder it is.
Tierney: It was painful to watch Carrie and Saul's relationship deteriorate over the course of the episode, particularly her barb: "I'm not your daughter, Saul." I hope they can patch things up, as my favorite moments of this season have been when their trust in one another has been validated, not compromised, as when Saul found the Brody tape and brought it straight to Carrie's apartment.
What bugged me about this episode in terms of character development was I found there to "telling" rather than "showing." The dialogue in the motel scene was over the top—all the waxing poetic made me want to gag, particularly, Carrie's "You say you're not alone, you're not." The episode itself was called "I'll Fly Away"—no doubt a double entrendre of the final helicopter scene and Carrie and Brody's shared desire to do just that.
Greg: My favorite was a specific line of schlock from Brody: "You know how crazy everyone says you are? You're crazier than that." What is this, a daytime soap? Who approved that line, or for that matter, the whole scene? It was a formulaic disaster, and probably the worst in the show's history.
It's also painful to watch Carrie go rogue despite everyone else's reservations, throwing attitude in everyone's face that gets in her way, because she now believes (as we have been led to believe) that in the end, she is always right because her actions, however unethical, save the country. It reminds me of 24, in that Jack Bauer often times pulled the "ends justified the means" card, despite the fact that a true spy would never get away with half the crap Bauer did.
A big part of the Homeland's success was not only having the viewer question the validity behind Carrie's decisions, but seeing Carrie wrestle with her decisions herself. Ever since Brody's been outed, Carrie has gone full throttle, and the story has suffered in the process.