11 November 2012 8:00 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week fellow critic Tim Goodman said of Homeland that he hoped his fears of the series turning into 24 weren't coming true.  Yes, "A Gettysburg Address" did have the distinct tone of a show turning from a complex emotional drama into a CIA spy fest, and admittedly that episode was not the series best (not to say it wasn't good, it just wasn't quite to the standard to which we've grown accustomed).  "The Clearing," another strange episode, didn't feel like 24, but did feel for the first time like Homeland is just buying time.  There's a difference between a building-block episode that starts moving key players into place and a filler episode, though "The Clearing" seems to belong somewhere in between -- some interesting general points were raised, but our characters remained fairly stagnant.  Hit the jump to join my prison wine and cheese party. Before everyone's blood pressure and ire rises to dangerous levels, »

- Allison Keene

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