Homeland: Imminent Risk
March 6, 2017 12:21 AM - Season 6, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Carrie gets bad news. Saul makes a plan. Quinn accepts his situation.
posted by roolya_boolya (6 comments total)
 
I found this episode kind of annoying and/or tedious because it was clear to me since last episode that everything happening to Carrie was a result of her not taking Dar's threats seriously. Same goes for Saul and his Iranian contacts, and Peter Quinn. It's all Dar's machinations and while we do get confirmation of this it was pretty well foreshadowed before now so this episode kinda seemed like a really drawn out way of hitting us over the head with what we already strongly suspected.
posted by some loser at 6:24 AM on March 6 [1 favorite]


Good lord but was this the bummer reel or what. Everything goes to shit.

I like that they burned Dar Adal. We know for certain he's completely Evil this episode, it's unambiguous. Like some loser says, they've been sort of drawing this out for awhile, ever since the character was introduced really. But they put F. Murray Abraham in the show and by God they got their several seasons worth out of him. I assume this season is the last. I mean good heavens, he fucked Peter Quinn? Bad enough that he recruited the vulnerable orphan boy and acted as a menacing father figure, but he fucked him too?

The big question for the rest of the season is how Saul gets on top of the situation and saves the day.

Note also the brief appearance by Robert Knepper. He'll be back, he's another actor too good to spend on a throwaway role.

I also liked how Frannie has been put in danger. This whole season I've been thinking they'd do some cheap 24 thing where the innocent girl child was snatched by the evil terrorists, gun to her head. Being taken away by CPS in a normal procedural way is much more menacing. I mean she's fine, we don't have to fret hour by hour. But Carrie is completely compromised.

Speaking of Carrie, isn't the place that Quinn was taken to the secret love shack that Carrie took Brody to in Season 2 or so? Wasn't that her old family cabin or something?
posted by Nelson at 9:56 PM on March 8


The big question for the rest of the season is how Saul gets on top of the situation and saves the day.

By letting Carrie do her thing?
posted by roolya_boolya at 6:56 PM on March 9


isn't the place that Quinn was taken to the secret love shack that Carrie took Brody to in Season 2 or so? Wasn't that her old family cabin or something?

She did have a family cabin, but I don't think there's any reason to suppose this is it. I can't help thinking the seemingly random remote cabin must be less random than it seems - that there's something/someone significant nearby and Dar is counting on Quinn to inevitably revert to his spying ways and go hunt it down.

The revelation that Dar abused Quinn* was heart-breaking, given how low Quinn is already this season. I guess it's arisen now and not before because Quinn is so much less able to censor himself and his speech than he was before. The "why don't you just put me in a...." "collar" "COLLAR, thank you" exchange was particularly sad - he's even beholden to Dar to provide the very word with which to accuse him of lording extreme control over him.

It seems like a shame, though, that suddenly Dar is such a black-and-white villain. I always enjoyed the fact that he seemed so villainous but you were never quite sure, and occasionally he seemed to be on the side of right. There's not really any coming back from this revelation, and from the casual way he talked about it. When Quinn called him a "fucking dirty old man" and he smirked "Fair enough!" - that was pretty irredeemable.

(*I'm assuming that even if he didn't 'force himself on anyone', a middle aged spy recruiting a 16-year-old foster kid involved some pretty fucked up power relationship.)

On the bright side - hooray for Astrid being back, let's hope she quickly realises what an asshole Dar is and helps Quinn get back in the spying game.

Oh, and "She's a German spy woman! She's keeping me captive!" made me laugh. Poor Quinn, can't even get people to believe him when he's telling the stone cold truth...
posted by penguin pie at 1:58 PM on March 11


So... has the Department of Child Services been unwittingly pimping out foster children to Dar for decades? (Worst "Big Brother" Big Brother ever.)
If Saul had any idea that Dar is a "dirty old man", then that would make Saul CIA's Joe Paterno.
posted by dogstoevski at 4:23 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]


Oh, and "She's a German spy woman! She's keeping me captive!" made me laugh.

Quinn and Astrid totally came across as crazy people to that guy in the truck. And Carrie could justifiably seem like an unhinged, reckless parent to a social worker. Moments like those give those of us who've seen the entire show a realizing sense of just how messed up the Homeland characters' lives are, though they have come to seem almost normal and manageable to us.
posted by orange swan at 7:02 PM on September 7


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