So far it’s difficult to tell if “Homeland” is a show you watch because it’s actually good or because it has the potential to be good. There were some wonderful moments this week and a marked capacity to build and release tension, but there were some dud scenes too and a sort of generalized feeling of directionlessness. So I just don’t know.
I had to keep pausing it to watch “The West Wing” clips on Youtube to remind myself that, yes, it is possible to make something like the U.S. State Department feel personal, compelling and human. (Remember Sam tearing up, telling Donna about the people “who gave the last full measure of devotion, of fidelity?” Or Toby Ziegler getting riled up over whatever?)