Alison’s steps towards independence from Noah draw her back to Montauk and Cole, while Noah himself feels the sting of being cheated on and lied to in an entertaining finish to the season.
Both Alison and Cole make significant changes to their lives as Noah reveals his true colours in a strong pair of episodes.
The publication of Noah’s book takes a toll on numerous individuals, from Alison to Cole, as Whitney’s actions seen from various viewpoints suggests a major change in her near future.
As Cole and Helen begin moving on with their lives, Noah and Alison’s relationship begins to show cracks, causing Alison to retreat towards familiarity while Noah finally comes up with an ending for his book in a compelling pair of episodes.
As Noah tries to reconcile Helen’s demands with his budding relationship with Alison, how the Solloway children are coping with the divorce and the behaviour of their parents takes centre stage in a strong pair of episodes.
The focus of the show shifts from Alison to Helen in the second season premiere, as the effects of Noah and Helen’s divorce on the formerly married couple, as well as their children, takes centre stage in a strong return for the series.
Evelyn Poole and her coven of witches have been fighting hard to deliver Vanessa to Satan, and “Little Scorpion” highlights one of the reason’s the devil wants Vanessa’s soul so badly: it’s steeped in darkness.
Over the course of its run and subsequent release on home video and DVD, the tv series Twin Peaks has garnered a number of fans, many of whom have lamented the hasty end of the show, brought about by a cancellation and marred by network interference. Fans of David Lynch, who was a driving force for the …
Alison, Noah, Helen, and Cole all deal with the aftermath of the disintegration of their marriages in different ways, as the loss of the Lockhart ranch and the affair between Whitney and Scotty adds further tension to the proceedings, in a strong finish to the season.
The revival of the affair forces Alison and Noah to ask what they really want, leading to both making strong decisions in pursuit of that goal, in a compelling episode that sets up an exciting season finale.
Picking up a period of time after the revelation of the affair, another strong episode shows that Noah’s home life is rocky even away from Montauk, while Alison wrestles with the loss of another family member, with Noah by her side.
As the summer draws to a close, the infidelity of Noah and Alison get revealed to Helen and Cole, and the two react in ways that is bound to affect the path of both marriages, in a compelling episode.
The detective’s dismissal of the central duo allows for a greater degree of truth to enter the stories, leading to the exposure of a major secret about the Lockharts, in another strong episode that reveals a new side to Cole.
As the episode delves into the troubles Alison and Noah face in their individual lives, their reasons for continuing the affair become clearer, in another strong outing that reveals who the murder victim is.
As Alison and Noah spend a day together away from Montauk, the roots of their attraction become clearer, providing some answers while raising other questions.
The town of Montauk is further explored from both Noah and Alison’s perspectives, as more is revealed about the relationships the duo have with the people around them, providing a better understanding of what drove both into adultery.
“I’m a spy. I know shit.”
That line, spoken by John Redmond, is funny in the moment, but begins to feel ironic by the end of the episode. Practically everyone is off their game this week, with an abundance of questionable decisions leading to Saul getting kidnapped. By this point, we’ve spent plenty of time with Carrie, Saul, Quinn, even Fara. We know what they can do, we know how good they are at their jobs…except when the writers need them to be stupid. It all feels overly telegraphed, to the point where these uncharacteristic decisions not only frustrate on a plot level, but a character one too. It’s reminiscent of how a show like Family Guy treats its characters and its continuity, which is an unfortunate comparison to make with a high profile prestige drama.
Nuggets of truth begin emerging from Noah and Alison’s narrative, as both paint a clearer picture of how they feel about their respective roles in the tryst at the centre of the show.
There are several reminders in this episode about how good Carrie is at her job, as if the writers are making sure we have the right perspective on her character heading into the episode’s final scene. Fara tells Quinn when he arrives, “I don’t know how she finds time to sleep.” Later, the guy John Redmond had tailing Carrie last episode (and failing) tells John, simply, “She’s good.” Considering the fact that we’ve seen Carrie often at her worst, it is valuable to remember what a good agent she is. Which brings us to that final scene.
Is Homeland a show about romance? Put another way, is romance central to what it is trying to say about war, intelligence, bureaucracy? After the Carrie/Brody romance was present through three seasons of the show, there were undoubtedly many that hoped the show would get back to basics with Brody gone. They looked forward to Carrie moving to Pakistan, letting her baby and its father fade into the past, taking control of her new station and hunting down bad guys. That stuff is happening, but we also seem as if we may be heading towards a Carrie/Quinn romance, and it’s unclear if that’s a good thing.
The newest series from Showtime doesn’t waste the talent it has amassed, as the pilot uses the multiple perspective narrative structure to great effect, establishing unreliable narrators and using actions and dialogue to draw out characters, showing great promise for the show.
The opening minutes of Homeland’s fourth season, designed to disorient and excite, throws us into Carrie’s new world as the CIA station chief in Kabul. This double feature premiere hits the ground running as we watch how Carrie and her team make a decision that looks as if it will have reverberations throughout the rest of the season. Welcome back, Homeland is saying, and let us get “back to basics”.