Homeland puts Carrie through some familiar paces
Photograph: Sifeddine Elamine (Showtime)
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“Two Minutes” serves as a helpful reminder that Homeland’s imminent conclusion isn’t in the least untimely. The character of Carrie Mathison and the best way she’s handled by her reluctant colleagues maintain no additional surprises. Irrespective of what number of occasions she saves the day, she’s at all times going to be considered with suspicion and resentment. That’s to not absolve her of any blame, because it’s additionally clear that her individuals abilities are by no means going to enhance. She treats everybody round her as an impediment to be overcome on the best way to finishing her mission, a dynamic that’s entrance and heart this week.
Carrie’s single-minded mission is to rescue Max, who she put at risk within the first place by insisting he retrieve the flight recorder from the president’s downed helicopter. Max has been captured by a Taliban soldier who medication him, handcuffs him, and takes his stuff to promote on the market. Sure, that features the flight recorder, which will need to have been a troublesome promote. (How a lot would you pay for a bit of digital gear if you happen to had no clue what’s was?) The final we see of the recorder, it’s strapped to a horse on a mountain caravan, so…good luck with that.
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On the Kabul station, an investigation into the crash is underway, with the FBI now on the scene. The working principle is that somebody on the within gave up the president’s location, and as foreshadowed, suspicion falls on Carrie as a result of she’s the one who instructed Warner go to the troops within the first place. Not solely that, however the techs have completed cleansing up the recording of her assembly with Yevgeny, revealing to Jenna, Dunne, and ultimately Saul the career-destroying element that Carrie considering drowning her personal youngster. It’s the right time for Carrie to interact in much more suspicious habits, corresponding to sneaking out of the constructing to fulfill with Yevgeny in hopes of enlisting his assist in the seek for Max.
Photograph: Sifeddine Elamine (Showtime)
Yevgeny agrees on the situation that Carrie shut down American surveillance within the space for the titular two minutes to be able to shield his supply. Within the hour’s most suspenseful sequence, Carrie ditches Jenna (not the stealthiest agent round) and heads right down to the communications heart, the place she phases a copier machine breakdown to be able to hold a tech distracted whereas she unplugs the surveillance. The tech’s reactions to Carrie on this scene just about sum up all the CIA’s working relationship together with her: she’s an annoying distraction, always disrupting protocol, and doubtless to not be trusted regardless of the numerous occasions she’s gotten outcomes.
With G’ulom having put in martial regulation, rounding up all Taliban and holding them in a soccer stadium, it’s time for the brand new U.S. president to apply some robust diplomacy. Hayes is not even remotely as much as the duty, nevertheless; even after sturdy teaching from David Wellington, Hayes fully caves and finds himself agreeing with each phrase G’ulom says by the tip of the decision. It’s nonetheless too early to shut the door fully on the likelihood that Hayes was concerned in taking down the president, nevertheless it’s actually trying extra doubtless that he’s simply an incompetent boob.
When Saul learns that Carrie’s account of her assembly with Yevgeny is a fabrication, he decides to ship her again to Germany to proceed her restoration. Carrie sole focus continues to be Max’s rescue, nevertheless, and she or he’s not inclined to go away that within the arms of her colleagues. As soon as once more, Jenna proves she actually doesn’t know who she’s coping with right here when she escorts Carrie to the airport and assumes her job is completed as soon as she sees Carrie enter the jetway. Carrie jumps out a service door and meets up with a ready Yevgeny. Sure, people, she’s going rogue.
The very last thing Carrie sees as she’s leaving the station is Haqqani turning himself in. Out of escape choices and unwilling to show himself over to G’ulom, he decides his greatest wager is to take his possibilities with the People. So long as Saul is in control of the state of affairs, that’s most likely his greatest wager. As soon as the brand new president will get concerned, nevertheless, the state of affairs is for certain to deteriorate quickly and it is going to be time for Carrie Mathison to return to the rescue as soon as once more. After that, it could be a good suggestion for her to seek out one thing else to do together with her life. Her character has gone about as far on this world as she’s ever going to get.