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What We Learned From This Week's Aggravating, Dana-Heavy Episode Of Showtime's 'Homeland'

By / 10.07.13

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When Langley was bombed at the end of last season, resulting in the deaths of nearly 300 people, and Nicholas Brody went on the lam and Carrie and Saul were left to pick up the pieces, the last thing I expected from a season three of Homeland was a series about Brody’s whiny, sulking daughter. What the #$@%? I’m willing to give the series some leeway in the first part of the season as it sets the table for the rest of the year, but in a show about the CIA, terrorism, and espionage, the last damn thing that I want My So-Called Life: Terrorist Dad edition. It’s mystifying, especially since the Dana storyline was the least popular among viewers in season two. Why does Homeland want to double down on Dana? Is this Kim Bauer all over again?

So Much Dana — “My Dad blew up the CIA; he killed 300 people; and it was all anybody talked about for a month and a half … what I did? [Attempt suicide] By comparison, it’s like nothing.” My sentiments, exactly, Dana. And yet, Dana’s shrink, like the show itself, insists, “It’s not nothing. It’s why were here.” Indeed, the Dana storyline takes up a good 40 percent of last night’s episode, and has seemingly nothing to do with the investigation into the Langley bombing. I’m willing, for now, to see where this goes, and how it ties into the major storyline, but I don’t see a great outcome. Dana pouts, then runs away, sneaks into the laundry room at her rehab facility, and sleeps with Leo, only to get caught by security guards the next morning.

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She’s fixated on whether the bathroom was remodeled. Then she finally has it out with her mom and tells her that, because she’s banging Leo, she feels ALIVE.

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But before the episode is out, she’s pulling out her Dad’s prayer rug and offering shout-outs to Allah.

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How does this work into the main plotline? The two possibilities that I see are that, Leo eventually dumps her (because, duh, he was Zack in Dexter, so clearly he’s an asshole) and she takes a nasty turn toward religious extremism, or Leo has connections to the terrorist underworld and Dana ends up being abducted or used as leverage. Either way, it has all kinds of Kim Bauer echoes, meaning Alex Gansa learned nothing from 24.

The upside here, at least, is that Morgan Saylor is actually turning in a good performance for what is a thankless, annoying role so far this season.


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