Homeland: Chalk Two Down
March 8, 2020 1:42 PM - Season 8, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Carrie chases answers. Max attempts a rescue. G’ulom takes an opportunity.
posted by KTamas (5 comments total)
The combat scenes felt believable.

That the generals could be thousands of klicks away and the commander in chief completely across the world, commanding and watching their soldiers die. Bit of a mindfuck for me.

The dilemma of whether to bomb or not is satisfyingly complicated, with different implications for everyone. Presented artfully blunt, too.

Liked Sam Trammell's 'trying to weasel out of being on record/ actually making the order/ taking responsibility for something.'

Poor tactical triaging, trying to recover bodies in an untenable position. Or maybe a touch of military propaganda - or purely writing room drama?

I hate cliffhangers. I've really liked Max's growth, and it seems like there's suddenly a whole lot more growing to do now.
posted by porpoise at 7:50 PM on March 8, 2020 [2 favorites]

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posted by taz (staff) at 6:50 AM on March 9, 2020

I have no idea what realistic battle looks like but this was sure visceral and scary. Also tactically confusing. Why not try to haul the president's body out before the Taliban even arrived? I guess they had a primary mission of trying to secure the site and once that went to shit all bets were off.

The part that was too 24 to me was all the simultaneous phone calls. Particularly Carrie calling Max. Although he was hilarious, picking up the phone with a "Hello?" like he's back on the farm in Iowa.

I guess VP Weasel isn't in on the conspiracy afterall. Too busy puking in the trash can. The fact he didn't even seem tempted by the option of bombing the evidence makes it seem he's a totally unaware dupe.

Note the TV magic where it's full daylight in DC at the same time as Afghanistan. Not impossible, but unlikely.

It's been a few episodes; when's Carrie scheduled for her next psychotic episode? For that matter there's still Chekov's Yevgeny hanging around, her world is still gonna blow up. At least we now know the source of the credits voiceover "I believe you, but no one else will" and for once it's not about Carrie.
posted by Nelson at 7:38 AM on March 9, 2020 [1 favorite]

It was a fun episode, I also liked the combat stuff. Really didn't think the presidents were actually dead going in but they made a good case for it.
posted by KTamas at 1:05 PM on March 9, 2020 [1 favorite]

Finally watching after way too long. I’m thinking they will try to pin it on Carrie (it was her idea for him to go there! But she’s compromised by Russians!)
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