“Homeland” wrapped up its fourth season with an episode that easily outstripped the quality of its disappointing first half or so. But by bringing Carrie back home this week for a quiet, character-focused finale, the show couldn’t quiet reach the tense, knife-edge highs it set this season.
Another solid episode this week solidifies the upward trend in quality. And, I think, highlights how spoiled we are with 100 percent serialized shows like “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men” (and on and on) boasting near-perfectly toned, highly intricate season-long stories that bely how difficult it is to sculpt a satisfying narrative over the course of a dozen, hour-long episodes.
Two weeks ago, “Homeland” gave us its craziest episode this season, and this week, we got by far this season’s best episode. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. It’s kind of like the show finally sneezed and out of relief was able to relax into a tight, tense hour of very enjoyable television.
It’s not easy to sit down and complain about the same TV show every week. Or very fun. It stops being fun pretty quickly in fact. “Homeland” and a lot of TV shows out there are often disappointing, but fellow “Newsroom” fans know there’s more to this medium than what is strictly speaking good or bad. And that almost nothing is 100 percent terrible, and even when it is, it’s probably still a lot of fun to watch. “Homeland” has a lot of problems, yes, but it’s definitely not all bad, so I want to start by highlighting something I really love about “Homeland” right now.