‘Tower Of David’
After trudging through two episodes that mainly consisted of Clare Dane’s infamous wobbly chin, Brody’s back! Where has he been? Your guess is as good as ours, but we meet him after a near-fatal encounter with a group of Colombian’s keen to cash in on the $10 million bounty America has put on his head. Wounded, he is taken to the titular apartment block notable for its lack of walls, windows and its poorly rendered views of Venezuela. Here he is treated/held captive by a group of terrorists, who happen to have a history with Carrie, and by a doctor who likes to use his mysterious vocal tones to impart pointless wisdom on our male protagonist.
Anybody hoping that Brody’s return may herald the jump-start this season now so desperately needs are going to be sorely disappointed. Despite his return and the introduction of an abundance of new characters, this was another languorous episode primarily consisting of dull filler.
After spending half of the episode establishing and then unnecessarily re-establishing Brody’s character, the second half spilt its time between Brody’s imprisonment & Carrie’s; who is still stuck in the hospital and equally as desperate to escape. Homeland has always tried to show how characters in very different situations can be mirroring each other emotionally, but here it wasn’t so much observed and more just rubbed in your face – both are imprisoned, both are being medicated against their will and both don’t know who they can trust. What do we learn from this… very little as it happens, but with no other plot points to explore we have no choice but to focus on the tedious parallels of our two central characters.
Damian Lewis’s continued brilliance will just about pull you through though. The actor has a fantastic ability to shroud himself in suspicion and there’s tension in the constant toing and froing over his guilt in the Langley Bombing. Brody continues to insist he didn’t do it and you want to believe him, but our inability to trust him means you can’t and this is down to Lewis’s ominous presence.
It’s a shame the writer’s seem unable to harness this tension though, as without it Homeland is becoming an increasingly boring experience. That this episode neglected to even include a cliffhanger is a reflection of just how tiresome it is becoming.