Homeland

Season 3 Episode 1

Tin Man Is Down

63
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 2013 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

After a devastating terrorist attack, Saul is promoted to Director of the CIA, and is tasked with carrying out six assassinations of terrorist leaders that may have been involved. Meanwhile, Carrie is called to testify in front of the Senate Committee about Brody's immunity deal, and Brody's supposed involvement in the terrorist attack.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Terrible season premiere, worst episode so far?

    2.0
    This was the most boring Homeland episode ever, complete with mandatory useless sex scene and anaemic writing.

    Where's Brody? How is tortured philosopher Saul head of the CIA in troubled times unseen since 9/11? How could such an unbelievable character as Carrie have a key role in D. C. security and the US security generally? What's her crazy dad doing searching her house uninvited, is she eight, doesn't she lock her door when she goes out?

    Dear writers: in a season premiere, with the dramatic events of the last finale, with Brody on the run and Carrie's implication, we don't care about Dana's latest boyfriend or about her gran, we don't care about Saul's marital sex life, we don't care about those unknown victims of Quinn&co. over "three continents". We want to know who bombed Langley and tried to frame Brody, and who's been a traitor for now a third season.

    Please get real.moreless
  • Slow, Steady

    8.0
    The second season of Homeland started off strong, but eventually descended into 24-esque territory, where characters were doing more and more ridiculous things to keep the increasingly ludicrous plot moving forward. It was only the shocking death toll and apparent departure of Brody that made the second season finale so promising. It left the faithful with the obvious question: what would the third season of Homeland look like?



    Based on the season premiere, it's hard to tell. Certainly there is plenty of drama and intensity, as is expected of Homeland. And the repercussions of the second season finale continue to parse out, even if it seems odd to think that the CIA would ever be in a situation where the government would seriously consider shutting it down.



    That said, Homeland struggled when it tried to stretch too far outside of the tight confines of the trinity of main characters: Carrie, Saul, and Brody. And in the wake of the bombing, the relationship between Carrie and Saul is the one that dominates. Saul is now in charge of the whole shebang, and that means he can't protect Carrie to the degree he once had. And that means putting the interests of the agency, and the nation, above the interests of one fairly compromised agent.



    But I can't be the only one who recalled that the third season was supposed to be something of a new direction, pulling back the scale to something more targeted and Brody-lite, right? Because that was the response from the writers and producers when the second season was soundly criticized. Of course, that's the problem: Howard Gordon and friends praised for going more and more over the top with 24, and Homeland has gotten even greater praise. It remains to be seen if Homeland will suffer a slow but steady decline, just as 24 did.moreless
  • Tin Man is Down

    8.0
    Homeland began again this week and had a rather curious reconfiguring after the two season arc of Abu Nazir had been capped off last year and Brody's primary function had been ended. I also enjoyed that he was nowhere to be seen in the first episode without seeing where he was by episode's end as it gave us the audience the "where in the world is Brody?" question that the world itself is asking. It must be hard to be smuggled somewhere when the entire US intelligence community has your poster up everywhere, not many smugglers would be willing to attract that kind of heat. But we see the return of Dar Adul as Saul (now CIA director) begins to launch a simultaneous attack on six separate targets at the exact same moment of those responsible for the bombing (aside from Brody). The dynamic of the Senate Hearings and the threat of having the CIA dismantled for negligence seems like conjecture but if that type of bombing happened in our own backyard like that I'm sure there would be hell to pay for it. Seeing Carrie struggle to account for her whereabouts at the time of the bombing (of course we know where she was) and being held in contempt show that the Senate means business. We also got to see Quinn in action in a thrilling venture to kill the banker of the terrorist network that set up the attack (because if any of the targets saw the attack coming they would go underground so it was necessary to surgically strike all at once). It was was sad to see Quinn incidentally shoot a kid after his "I kill bad guys" thing from last year. Seeing Saul's marriage and position as the new director will give Mandy Patinkin some great material to act this year. The most surprising part is that Saul throws Carrie under the bus (though without naming names) and how she is to be the scapegoat for her relationship with Brody to buy the CIA time to find Brody. I'm sure that Brody won't last too much longer, since his primary function is the series has been completed as of last year so hopefully they will use him sparingly this season and focus on the Washington angle. This leaves Carrie in a dark place with her being off her meds and picking up Brody-like types at bars for casual sex leaving her crusade to clear Brody's name a difficult priority when it comes to not being prosecuted for her conduct. Seeing the Brody family still dealing with the fallout of Brody's tape and the country turning on them (no pension, no church community, no peace) it would make sense that Dana had cut her wrists as she did. Jess is keeping it pretty together for herself, although struggling to find employment as a traitor's wife my heart really does go out to them as they had no idea what Brody was really up to for the last two seasons. I'm just curious as to where this goes in the longterm of this season, will it all be Senate fallout and the CIA struggling to be relevant and necessary to the intelligence community. Because Season 1 Saul would never have thrown Carrie under the bus like that, but director Saul has that much more to lose. What I like most is how much he is conflicted about his new post. "We're not soldiers, we're spies" he laments to Mira while discussing the operation that he is hesitant to pull the trigger on. So this was a decent episode that kept the trajectory of the last season going forward I'm still curious as to where the overall season is going in terms of action.moreless
  • No Brody

    6.0
    the episode starts with the interrogation of the Carrie by Congress.



    back a Brody house, DANA tried to commit suicide and the family is dealing with Dana attempt to suicide.



    However, Damn lewis was a no show. No story part was covered which reveled what happened to Brody
  • Season Premiere Disappoints

    6.0
    I know I seem to be Mr. Negative in many of my reviews, but this season premiere did not captivate me. They are now making Saul too much of the show's focus, when no one is asking for a Carrie and Saul feud. No one.



    We didn't get any update on Brody, even him sitting in a log cabin in the woods, unshaven, Dexter-finale esque, would have been suffice.



    They also didn't introduce any new villains or potential threats for the upcoming season to make us feel like, "Wow, the next few months are going to be intense!"



    Just disappointing.moreless
Tim Guinee

Tim Guinee

Scott Ryan

Guest Star

Sam Underwood

Sam Underwood

Leo

Guest Star

Amy Morton

Amy Morton

Erin Kimball

Guest Star

James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn

Frank Mathison

Recurring Role

Gary Wilmes

Gary Wilmes

Dr. Richardson

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Grandma Lois

Recurring Role

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