Season 4, Episode 7, "Redux" | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine

November 10, 2014 9:06 PM

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Season 4, Episode 7, "Redux" | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine

For all the sound and fury it expends to propel this season's narrative in new directions, the aptly titled "Redux" in fact sends Homeland hurtling into history. Saul (Mandy Patinkin) returns to the fore, enduring the humiliations of captivity at the hands of Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar); CIA Director Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) returns to the fray, blustering before a Pakistani delegation invited to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad; Carrie (Claire Danes) returns to the "understandably fragile" state of panicked obsession that has long threatened her career; and the specter of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) returns to disrupt, fleetingly at least, everything we thought we knew about Homeland itself.

The hallucinatory atmosphere of "Redux" stems primarily from the rather cruel scheme implemented by the ISI's Tasleem Qureshi (Nimrat Kaur) and her inside man, Dennis Boyd (Mark Moses), who conspire to replace Carrie's meds with the nefarious, unnamed white powder that ends up producing her tailspin...

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