Synopsis – The fourth season is set in Islamabad and Kabul, half a year after the end of the third season, with Carrie Mathison assigned to a dangerous CIA station in Asia. While Saul struggles to adjust to his new role in the private sector.
Episode – S04E01 “The Drone Queen”
My Take – Frankly I had no idea what to expect from the 4th season of Homeland, after season 3 was more of a crap fest & had seemed to gone far away from what season 1 had build upon. However the season finale, though a shocker, did give some breathing space for Homeland to perhaps start over in a different direction and as far as this episode concerns, I think its happening. Now before I talk more about the premiere, let me warn you, their are potential spoilers ahead!
We see the show moving into a new location, more fresh characters are introduced while we are brought up to speed with how the main characters lives have progressed. Carrie has had his daughter and is now Station Chief in Kabul. When her counterpart in Islamabad informs her that he has solid intelligence about a high level target she has little time to consider the options but as the undisclosed source has been reliable before she orders a pair of a drone strike to take out the target. Not long afterwards it becomes apparent that they have struck a wedding party; the target may be dead but so are a lot of innocent people and it isn’t long before feelings are running very high in Pakistan. She is ordered to fly there to brief the ambassador. Things go from bad to worse when the identity of the Station Chief in Islamabad is released to the press; Carrie and Quinn head to pick him up but he has been recognized putting them all in danger. The best part & probably the freakiest part of the episode was when the car carrying the protagonists is surrounded by an angry mob.
Claire Danes continues to impress as the manic Carrie & makes sure Carrie Mathison remains one of the most fascinating female characters on television, thanks to her fearless performance. The episode finally got back the thrill fans like me needed. “Drone Queen” was a securely focused, politically apt (well mostly), and technically savvy transition into the next phase of Carrie Mathison’s saga of Homeland Security. It is hard to judge where the series intends to go with this new plot lines & interesting new characters, but I suspect finding out will be highly entertaining!
Status – Season 4
Network – Showtime