Review of Homeland Season 6 (Spoilers!)

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BQB here with a review of Homeland Season 6.

FYI this is a review for people who have seen it.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t read below.

So honestly, for most of this season, I wanted to hate it.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.  In theory, the whole idea of various elements of the government conspiring to carry out a coup on the president is not only possible but maybe even more possible than usual, given that the left and right sides of the political aisle are more at each others’ throats than ever before in our country’s history.

However, this particular plot just seemed far fetched.  Also, I thought it had been made clear that Quinn died at the end of Season 5.  The choice seemed like a bold move.  Getting rid of a favorite character to prove a point of the show, namely, that intelligence officers like Carrie are often called upon to do shitty things in the name of keeping America safe, i.e. waking up Quinn out of his coma too early and putting his body at risk.

But they brought him back and the way that Quinn was portrayed just made me sad.  Even so, he has his John Wayne moment of heroism at the end but still, I thought he had it in Season 5.

They also moved the character of Dar Adal from quasi-evil to super evil.  That seemed like a dumb move to me.  Dar had always been the CIA boogeyman, the one who was willing to do bad things in the name of good, thus another illustration of the show’s main point – that intelligence work often means doing bad in the name of good.

Further, the whole Brett O’Keefe (Alex Jones parody character) subplot where a boiler room had been created with all sorts of computer technicians generating massive amounts of phony online criticism against the president-elect seemed far fetched and silly although technically, yeah, fake things happen on social media all the time.  Hell, I wish I had my own computer tech boiler room to drive traffic to my website.

Anyway, I wanted to hate the show but the season finale episode really tied the whole thing together and has left me interested in watching season 7 so, brave Homeland, bravo.  You draw me in yet again.

What say you, 3.5 readers?

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