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Homeland is back

Just when you think its over they pull you back in for another season. It is fall and Homeland one of the best series this century. I absolutely love Homeland, and not matter what I will always watch this season.

**** MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD *****

So starting of with the first episode, which is 2 years ahead from the events of Season 4 Final. Carrie is out of the CIA for working for The During Foundation located in Berlin. She seems to have her whole future figured out, she is a great distance from Langley in Berlin with her daughter who is 3 years old a new boyfriend. However her new post at the Foundation is Head of Security. So despite the fact that we can say that the girl is out of the CIA, but maybe we can say she’s still in the business.

Also Saul Berenson is now the CIA European Division Director, and he along with Dar Adal are sill moving the assets, around on their turf. Peter Quinn  also back for another season, he is recalled from Syria where he has been stationed for the last 28 months performing the duties that only the sharp end of the stick can do. He’s questioned about his work and he fires back at a room of powerful CIA suits when he tells asks them – What strategy?

Peter is assigned to Berlin, where a situation has developed where I’m sure that he will also bump into Carrie. Some idiots in Berlin have decided to prank a Jihadist recruiting site by posting a doctored but inflammatory video.

However they didn’t realise that this would come to the instantaneous attention of the watchers at the CIA Berlin station. The CIA and Germany had a non-public agreement. Due to restrictions of the German constitution, the German domestic intelligence service was prevented from ‘spying’ or surveilling their own citizens. So the deal was that the CIA would do it for them.

Once this prankish video hit the net, the bells went off in the Berlin station. So using probes and pings the CIA began to trace the source of the video. However due to a security flaw that had gone unnoticed, this poking around by the CIA had made them vulnerable to a return probe.

Long story short,1361 files were stolen from the CIA servers containing, you guessed it  all the data involving the CIA efforts for the Germans. A serious security breach to be sure.The hackers reach out to a journalist and she’s considering publishing the news of the breach. The Germans have already backed away from their agreement. If the news gets out that Germany is using the US CIA to spy on their own people that won’t be good. And that journalist has already told those concerned that she’s publishing.

Meanwhile Carrie Mathison’s employer Otto During says that he and Mathison have to head out to the Middle East. It is kind of a business deal regarding charitable donations for humanitarian refugee relief. A number of big time philanthropist billionaires are willing to write huge checks however only after During has gone abroad to check it out. The problem is that this means heading into Hezbollah territory.

So that’s why During wants Mathison to go along. Security measures are needed. Carrie visits a Berlin mosque and asks to speak to the Imam – a Sheik Hafiz. She asks him to contact Al Amin, the Hezbollah leader and arrange a meeting so she could explain the why and the who.

Before you know it, she’s grabbed up on the street, a hood is tossed over head, and she’s taken to an unknown location.

She meets Al Amin who hates her. Al Ami was part of Abu Nazir’s crew once upon a time. Al Amin’s son was a victim in the CIA’s take-down of Abu Nazir.

We are just one episode into the fifth season of Homeland, already there is so much going on, the producers differently have our attention.

I am differently looking forward to watching more of Homeland. If you haven’t seen Homeland then I would differently suggest that you watch it!

Thank you for reading my post 🙂 Let me know what you think in the comments. 

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