Homeland

Season 3 Episode 10

Good Night

26
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 2013 on Showtime
8.7
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Brody goes on a dangerous mission.

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  • Good Night

    7.0
    I liked the mission scenes, and I feel that is the kind of action this show needs, but rarely gives to us. More of that, less of Carrie crying.
  • Good Night

    7.5
    Homeland picked up a bit of suspense this week as we spent the majority of the episode following Brody on the ground trying to get over the border of Iraq into Iran. Something did feel off overall in regards to what should've been a slam-dunk episode of suspense. It pulled off the suspense just fine the characters just didn't feel as grounded in themselves like they typically do. Carrie of course shoots her mouth off to her higher ups regarding the mission almost going sideways. The hard part of the episode to watch was Brody and the spec ops team leader talking him down from the edge of going AWOL after they have to put down a small patrol of local Iraqi PD who saw Brody's face. That scene and their interaction was the most resonant part of the episode complete with Brody dragging his body out of the wreckage of their truck after hitting an IED of some sort and Brody's calling depserately for backup. Luckily for him the guy made it out of there, what was somewhat less believable was how willing he was to try to go over with a full-on firefight happening with a patrol and the rest of the team inside of a building pinned down by fire. That part didn't really make any sense when it fully could have. When the show spends a good deal of time focusing on making Brody religious having him take a leap of faith should feel easy for us to believe but somehow the execution was a bit of a fumble overall seeing him blindly go against Carrie's begging to try to go across the border on his own. I'll at least say this for him, he's got stones trying to go it alone. I think a part of Brody knows he's probably not coming back from Iran after all no matter how much he says that he wants to. That other poor soldier accompanies him and gets taken hostage after Brody requests asylum and then when Javadi shows up he just straight up murders the guy. What the hell? Javadi's cold, but don't have the guy talk about buying Brody a week's worth of holding out information and then just kill him. But then I remember that Javadi is a sloppily written villain in this case; one who murders people in cold blood for no good reason other than being there. Other than that it was good to see the episode come together and put Saul's op into a stage where it can move into near accomplishment when Javadi asks Brody if he's "ready to go to Tehran?" Clearly the other Iranian intelligence officers bought Brody seeking asylum, another part of the episode that worked was how elaborate and truthful Brody's backstory to get to Iran was (although fake), sprinkling in truths about how he had gotten down to Venezuela on his own before the CIA found him. It's also good to see Lockhart getting toned down a bit as a baddie as we move into Saul's last hoorah as Agency Chief before handing the reigns over. I'm mostly curious about how this season will end and where it will leave us for next year with Meredith Steihm from the Bridge coming back from this season finale onward is a comfort as perhaps some of the more grounded exploits of Season 1 can come back into play (as much as I enjoyed Season 2 also). But this episode felt a tad bit too 24-ish in style, but hopefully with this out of the way the spy story can take over and make this arc that much more compelling and let Brody polish off the old lying skills he's so very good at.moreless
  • Right On Track.

    10
    This episode was everything and then some for me, Brody getting over the border into Iran and meeting with up with Javadi, despite the fact that the CIA wanted to shut the operation down, but Brody went ahead with it anyway. Now the conversation that Carrie had with Fara about her uncle in Tehran, I certainly hope she comes through for them and as for Carrie pregnancy, now that Quinn knows about, i'm sure he'll keep it a secret (But Carrie cant keep it a secret forever). Only 2 episode's left, I don't read spoilers, but I certainly don't want Senator Lockhart in charge at Langley. Still do not trust Adul. Fantastic Episode Again.moreless
  • Clumsy Sideways Op May Work

    6.5
    Does Homeland reboot with "Good Night"? In other words does it get back to the core of Saul, Carrie, and The Company kicking some @$$? This episode should do just that if Brody has been truly turned and can be inserted to Iran per Saul's bizarrely constructed long-shot play.



    The problem is for a series off the rails this return to zero is welcome even if it rests on a hard to swallow series of events which began with Saul's throwing Carrie under the bus (because he knew she'd be recruited as a double agent by Javadi, uh OK). Dedicated viewers had no recourse, save quit watching, other than to accept this is what we got, roll with it. Afterall, we're past the tedious set-up of all of this which often seemed no one remembered season one. We should be rewarded, right?



    As nothing Saul is a part of runs smoothly, it was as expected that Brodys insertion as assassin within the Iran terrorist cell would go south. However, we know Homeland keeps a dead horse alive and so it is also expected that Brody will survive when those around himeither fall or follow orders to fall back. Think Brody as a combination John Wayne/Energizer Bunny. Well, its better than Brody the Venezulian heroin addict. Anyway, "never say when" Brody gets into Iran if by quite precarious means (face it, you'd be disappointed if it went as planned). Anyway, it worked in the end with Javadi's covering himself inflicting some additional collateral damage.



    Bottom line: This episode was the mess it promised to be and succeeded at the same time which is pure Homeland. So we're back to the big story of The Company operating with impunity to fight terrorism with Brody as a centerpiece. While this op gone sideways story pretty much sucked Brody still got in. Let's see if the ship is truly righted by what the writers serve up for the balance of the season. Here's hoping this occurs.moreless
Mazin Akar

Mazin Akar

Iraqi Cop 3

Guest Star

Monte Bezell

Monte Bezell

Iraqi Cop 2

Guest Star

Abraham Makany

Abraham Makany

Iraqi Cop 1

Guest Star

Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi

Fara Sherazi

Recurring Role

Shaun Toub

Shaun Toub

Majid Javadi

Recurring Role

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