This show has fallen so far, it's almost hard to imagine that this is the same show that produced that incredible season one.
This first episode is so poorly written and executed that I'm just staggered, almost speechless. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume the episode is littered with glaring errors, rather than having an ulterior motive. But just to name a few of the worst ones:
- American troops are portrayed as whiny, insubordinate, and incompetent. They also constantly question orders. All in front of a civilian while on mission.
- Head of Pakistani intelligence isn't just a woman (hard to imagine right now, but not impossible at some point), but an Indian woman (yeah... no, that's definitely not happening).
- CIA agent who is recovering from months of torture at the hands of foreign agents, and who is giving unreliable testimony, is put back into the field.
- Apparently said agent, who is a white woman, is the only person on the American side who 'alpha' (Carrie's word) higher ups in Afghanistan will respect and listen to. Sounds realistic.
This first episode bodes very poorly for season eight as a whole, but I'll stick with it just because I've invested seven seasons already so I may as well see it through to the end.
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