Monday, April 10, 2017

TV Show Review: Homeland (Season 7)

The hit Showtime series of espionage and counterterrorism returned with a new setting and a new president. The show misses the mark with historical context falsely predicting that there would be a woman president who has good relations with the current president instead of the reality of our presidential election. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) has returned to New York to live a somewhat normal life with her daughter Frannie. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) deal with the new president Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) and the Iranian nuclear deal. Saul becomes aware of some secret dealings and goes through secret back channels to discover the truth.

Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) works to recover from his stroke and start his life over but his memory and motor difficulties plus extreme PTSD prevent him from adjusting well. Carrie worries for him and decides to take him in. She feels responsible after what happened in Berlin in season five. Despite his new disability, Quinn picks up that someone is watching Carrie's house.  Carrie is busy working a new case where a young Muslim man Sekou Bah (J. Mallory McCree) is detained just for posting controversial videos on the internet. When Sekou becomes involved in a bombing, Carrie's house is descended upon by police and press triggering a traumatized Quinn.

Carrie finds herself targeted by Dar Adal and after the incident with Quinn, she loses custody of Frannie. Distraught, Carrie seeks answers that Quinn has but because of his stroke, he's unable to convey the truth behind the explosion. Dar works with a controversial talk radio host Brett O'Keefe (Jake Weber) who runs a secret underground outrage factory. This part of the show was probably the most significant plots to our current reality as these outrage machines do exist to create fake outrage.

The investigation leads to the death of an FBI Agent dying and Max (Maury Sterling) stumbles into the facility where these fake social media accounts are made. The plot to discredit President-Elect Keane turns violent as a militia force is recruited and Quinn is set up as the fall guy. Another series regular Astrid (Nina Hoss) met an untimely ending in one of the more exciting scenes of the series. This season did not disappoint with the spycraft and suspense.

The finale culminated with Quinn's demise as a sacrifice to save the President and Carrie. The show jumps forward several months to set up the seventh season as President Keane persecutes those she believes were involved in her assassination attempt including Saul. Carrie tries to intervene but her pull with the President isn't strong enough and she finds herself on the outside staring at Congress in the final shot. I liked the season, not my favorite, but still a very interesting addition to this great Homeland story of Carrie Mathison, the brilliant spy. 

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