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I stacked up this season's episodes and binge watched over the course of a few days.. and I came out liking the season as much as any before. The initial thread of active FBI entrapment of misguided youth has been shown to be quite prevalent in the past few years. I didn't feel that was far from the truth or the plausible. Similarly I didn't feel that the friction between the warhawks/neocons and a PEOTUS that advocates diplomacy-first was that far from our own lived reality in the past few years.
I don't feel Carrie is an unsympathetic character, though I admit she is deeply flawed, touch more or a tad less than most folks out there. As a father of two young kids, I totally empathized with the hell Carrie went through this season, by having her kid used/abused to pressure her. Did it piss me off that the Carrie character has morphed from a gung-ho daredevil secret agent to a helpless, sobbing mommy? Not at all.. and it made sense for the natural progression of the character that was trying to re-prioritize her life after she had a kid, but still keeps getting dragged back into her past life of constant danger. Her priorities were no longer the mission at all costs, and the pathos of potentially losing custody of her child, and her helplessness to protect her child being subjected to the pain due to someone's political machinations was acted out brilliantly by Danes.
This show is nowhere near the ridiculousness that was 24, and I feel that this season was a nice change of pace, where instead of another "big bad terrorist of the season", we got to explore the "what if" scenario of a rogue wing of an increasingly powerful Security establishment trying to apply the tried and tested (and widely documented) tactics of active covert action, political manipulation and propaganda inside the US. This is a vexing hypothetical scenario to me, where the current US society is becoming increasingly more polarized, and law enforcement is approaching a truly para-military status.
Each season of this show is a steady progression of a flawed super agent that goes from a committed patriot, to someone who gradually sees that evil is not just reposed in ideological "terrorists" but also in the machinations of fanatical patriots that feel the ends justify any means. This explains her getting fascinated with a confessed jihadi like Brody, eventually falling in love with and having his child, and most recently a "legal eagle" trying to defend people like Sekou that get caught in this vicious security state apparatus.
I remain an avid fan of the show, and would like to see a proper conclusion of Carrie's story, instead of being forced to run across the globe to foil the fresh plot of terrorism for the season. Terrorism is going to be here long after all of us are gone, and I want Carrie to eventually reach a point where she can rest peacefully with her daughter on a ranch somewhere in Montana or the Pacific Northwest. Two more seasons might just be long enough.
Last edited by raaj; 04-21-2017 at 03:31 PM.