I think you're right that Homeland is, to paraphrase the teenage wisdom of Dana Brody, not the show it was back then (back then being season 1). But that doesn't mean it needs to be jumping through every hoop all at once. My favorite episode so far was "Q&A," where 90 percent of the action was limited to a single interrogation, and yet it turned out to be an incredible paradigm shift for the entire series. To mix my metaphors, I fear Homeland is playing all its cards too quickly, and won't have any chips left for season 3.
Then again, just when I thought it has written itself into a corner before, Homeland has surprised me in how it manages to crawl out. And with next week's previews showing we are back in the interrogation room, this time with Roya, I have faith it can do it again.
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