The A.V. Club
The fifth season of Homeland is exploring some fascinating and satisfying themes, but exploring those themes requires an execution that isn’t always fascinating and satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying season five, though if I had to rank the seasons, I’d place this one second to last, just ahead of season three, based on what I’ve seen so far. But this meditation on privacy and isolation in the digital age has meant the characters have had to skulk around privately and isolate themselves. The Berlin reboot is a thoughtful and imaginative reshuffling of the Homeland deck, and the fundamentals of the show are still sound enough that I like that Homeland is in a place where it can try something radically new to see if it sticks. Halfway through, the season still feels improvisational, sometimes in a good way, other times not. “Parabiosis” neatly summarizes the catch-22 the show faces as its commitment to new ideas saps the show of some of what makes it great.