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In the episode that started the complaining, Carrie's car gets hit by Abu Nazir's SUV (of course the terrorists use the gas guzzlers...they are better for smashing), she gets captured, and Nazir uses her to get Brody to perform a task: help Nazir kill the Vice President. Some people say it's too cartoonish or unrealistic for him to break into the VP's office, get the serial number for his pacemaker, and allow Nazir to cause it to malfunction. We don't know about the technology, but when is technology ever realistic on TV?
The motives are solid. Brody is in love with Carrie. Brody hates the VP for being a douche and for killing Issa. Brody has access to the VP and his office. It makes complete sense to us. Of course there had to be Homeland backlash since it was so universally loved last year. It was never realistic. Homeland Security doesn't even handle the Abu Nazirs. We don't care. PRESIDENT OBAMA, a fan of the show, doesn't care, and we're sure he knows which government organizations do what.
We would have wanted Brody to look a little more horrified at having killed the VP though, especially when he was watching him die. It's a fellow human dying right in front of you. Come on. It was crazy when Carrie kept going back, single-handedly to get Nazir, even physically fighting with him at some point. The show made it work, but Carrie is very cray for trying. We all know how much she always wanted to take this guy out though.
Finally, Carrie and Brody decide to be together. We liked the amiable split between Jessica and Brody. They both knew it was never going to work. We feel bad for Brody's son, who seems fairly devastated. Dana is just over it, as she is over everything. We love Quinn for standing up to Estes on the Killing Brody plan. We mostly love him for being hot though. We're glad Saul isn't fired or hampered going into season three.
We liked the scene when Brody told Dana that he had planned to perform a suicide bombing last season. It was the confession that Jessica refused to hear, wanting to stay in the dark. Instead, Dana got it. She got the message that her dad changed. That he changed his mind and wouldn't do something like that. Dana seemed to get the message that you can't trust or get close to anyone. That's when we wanted Brody to say, "You're the reason I didn't do it. That's the power and result of you getting close to someone. That's the impact you have." But he didn't. Lots of people hate Dana, but we think her relationship with her dad is one of the best parts of the show.
Then, terrorists grab Brody's car and use it to blow up Walden's funeral. Then they release Brody's confession suicide bombing tape to the media. He has to run. Carrie doesn't go with him, but vows to clear his name. We wanted Brody to die at Quinn's hand and for Carrie to start boning Quinn, but you can't have everything. This is almost as good. Maybe Carrie can bone Quinn while Brody is in hiding? This is a gamechanger.
We have to also remember that David Estes and Finn Walden are dead. These are major characters who seemed to have more story in them. It's a ballsy show. It's an entertaining show. And, yes, it's still a smart show. Some people just can't be pleased. Some people will hate on Dana, who is an honest and brave teenager, because they just need a woman to hate in every show at all times, and it can't be Jessica because she was on Firefly. Yeah, Dana is shriller and brattier this season, but she has reasons to be, first of all. She was so cool in the first season that we are willing to give her a lot of leeway before just writing her off as annoying.
We like this show. We're watching next season. Haters gonna hate.
Broken Hearts grade: B
In Memoriam grade: B+
The Choice grade: A-