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thoughts on homeland: marine one

Cryptic Camerawork: If it wasn’t clear what Brody’s part in Abu Nazir’s plan was to you so far then I would think he spelled it all out with his recording. I understand clarifying that he was only trying to make those domestic enemies pay for what they did to all those children but he had to know that his side of the story would never come out anyway. Also, what if someone walked by his storage locker while he was recording that? Fail.

On Deaf Ears: The only person who knows what’s going on with the assassination plot is the only person who keeps getting shut out and restrained at every turn. Add Saul, Dana, and Jess to the growing list of those people who dismiss Carrie’s correct theories. Can you really blame them though? She is unstable – to say the least – and she is the woman who Brody had been having an affair with. Sorry Carrie?

Wardrobe Malfunction?: If anyone thought that Brody was goin to off himself with that vest then you can’t possibly be all that intelligent. Yes, he did flip the switch initially but the vest didn’t work. Without thinking about the plot and all that, he is the STAR of the show! I just wanted to see how his failure to follow through with the plan would play out.

Dana Stalls Terrorism: Maybe I jumped the gun with Dana dismissing Carrie earlier? Her pleading with her father to come home was the only reason Brody didn’t flip that switch a second time and carry out Nazir’s plan. Congratulations Dana, you just saved the world!

No Room for Wild Cards: Since Brody BS’d his way out of a a failed plot he is the only one – that we know of – that is still in contact with Nazir. Sucks for Tom Walker. Everyone thought he was dead then he came back as a terrorist sniper and he’ll be the only one linked to the assassination attempt. But every good terrorist plot needs a solid fall guy I guess?

Quiet Explosions: Now that Saul has come across the redacted documents and videos that show the bombing of Abu Nazir’s son’s school he understands Carrie timeline. It is disgusting that so many innocent lives were blindly taken to bring Nazir out of hiding but is all really fair in love and war? Hopefully Saul doesn’t halt on his investigation into Vice President Walden and Estes because Carrie needs to get back to doing the job she does better than everyone else.

Shock Value: In, perhaps, the most gripping scene of the entire show so far we got to see Carrie have shock therapy performed on her in hopes of helping her psychosis. I didn’t know procedures like this were still performed and seeing it happen – even on a scripted show – is a bit unnerving. I guess to some point I can understand why Carrie would go to such an extreme because everything in her life in crumbling around her. Brody doesn’t want anything to do with her. Saul tried to get her detained. Estes basically fired her from the only constant thing in her life. I don’t know what to expect from Carrie next season because no one is sure what side effects will do to her mind but I just hope they don’t ruin the best character on the show by taking away her drive.

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thoughts on homeland: the vest

So Carrie IS Crazy: We were told early on in the season about Carrie’s condition. We’ve seen her taking medication. Her personality can be seen as a bit obsessive compulsive even when she has her condition “under control” but since the bombing she finally succumbed. Maybe she does jumble all her thoughts together but she still is the most viable source when it comes to figuring out the puzzle that is Abu Nazir.

“Fire someone. I don’t care who it is”: Words spoken by the Vice President to David Estes. Clearly one can understand where he is coming from and Carrie is the obvious “fall girl” but I still don’t think it was her fault. She figured out that the man with the briefcase wasn’t Walker and that something bad was about to happen. Saul and Estes are more to blame but they won’t be held accountable for their roles in the terrorist attack.

Ominous Warning: Whenever you tell someone – in this case your daughter – to take of things when you’re gone and you aren’t going into a situation that is apparently dangerous then one has reason to worry. I know politics can be a dirty little game but it is rarely deadly. Brody clearly has ulterior motives with his campaign for presidency, I just want to know if it coincides with what Walker has planned.

Back Room Deals: Where is a subtitle – or a friend that speaks Arabic – when you need it?! I know the lack of translation is only to add to the suspense of the end game but I was more upset that intrigued when the scene ended. All I know for sure is that Brody wants to decapitate someone with an explosive vest. I guess that’s all I need, right?

Terrorism Made Easy: Basically, since the yellow area was so small there had to have been a personal tragedy for Abu Nazir that sparked his purple area revenge. Simple. After helping patch together Carrie’s scrambled work Saul finally can see what Carrie has been trying to explain to him about Abu Nazir and his motives. They still need to figure out what happened to Abu Nazir during that downtime in activity – which was the bombing that killed his son, unbeknowst to the CIA – and what he REALLY has planned for revenge, because Carrie is convinced it’s more than just Walker.

No One Believes a Psycho: I knew Estes was eventually going to find out about Carrie’s condition and relieve her from her duties with the CIA, but I wasn’t expecting it to be brought upon by Brody. Even though she is struggling mentally, she is the closest to figuring out what Abu Nazir has planned and she knows Brody is the most important piece to figuring it all out. Brody had to have sensed that too so that’s why he told Estes about their affair and her illegal surveillance. I felt it odd that Saul didn’t come to her defense but I’m still thinking he may have mole-like tendencies so that could explain his absence.

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thoughts on homeland: representative brody

No Dick Johnson: The Vice President visits the Brody household to ask if he is willing to run for congressman. Brody accepts. Now that I’m not sure who really is involved in the pending terrorist plot I have no idea what Brody has on mind by deciding to run for office. He seems as though this is something he really wants to do but I doubt it’s based solely on his stance on healthcare.

Awkward Agreement: After Jessica doesn’t seem to agree with Brody running for office he goes to Mike for help. Since all parties now know what went on while Brody was in Iraq and Brody recently introduced his fists to Mike’s face in public it would seem he is the last person he would go to for assistance, especially when it comes to his wife. It seems as though Brody is truly apologetic for letting his emotions get the best of him during the brawl but Mike still seems a bit hesitant to completely buy in to it.

Leverage v. Loyalty: During Carrie’s interrogation of Al Zahrani she tells that she will expose his homosexuality to his family and his embassy but Zahrani decides he has nothing to hide and tells her to go ahead. But when Carrie tells him that she will get his daughter deported back to Saudi Arabia he changes his tune. He tells her how he can get in contact with Tom Walker but he doesn’t know what Abu Nazir has planned as an endgame.

Forever Alone: After Brody invites himself to Carrie’s house, for what she believes to be a date, he asks Carrie not to tell anyone about their recent sexual encounters because of his political ambitions. Carrie is clearly crushed by this when he leaves. A few episodes ago she asked Saul if she was going to be alone her entire life because of her job and it seems as though she is. Throw in Saul the next scene with Saul at his office in the middle of the night eating peanut butter with a ruler and one can’t help but feel that her fears are true.

Deadly Doppelganger: After Al Zahrani setup a meeting with Walker in a busy area during the day, a man that looked like Walker approached Al Zahrani with a briefcase triggered to explode by Walker. Nazir and Walker have to have an inside (wo)man in the government because they are always a step ahead of the CIA when they get close to catching them. I’m starting to get the vibe again that Saul may be the culprit but I don’t have the proof yet…investigation pending…

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thoughts on homeland: achilles heel

Walker is Alive: Now that we have proof that Walker is alive and, seemingly, involved in a terrorist attack I have no idea what to think anymore. I’ve gone from thinking it was Brody, then Estes, then Carrie, then Saul, and now Walker. I love having no clue when it comes to a good thriller but it does bruise my ego a bit.

Talking about Mike: I’m SO glad Jess and Brody finally discussed her relationship with Mike. Don’t get me wrong, I loved trouble in the home and all that jazz but all the avoidance and brooding emotions were getting a bit old. Now the family is coming together so the fall at the end will be that much greater…wishful thinking?

Here’s Looking at You Weiner: Anthony Weiner clearly has the best name when it comes to the scandal he found himself in recent news but “Dick Johnson” has to be a close second.  That’s all.

Elizabeth Gaines: I still don’t know how I feel about her character right now but she clearly has an agenda and the Brody family is an integral part of it. She seems like she may have ulterior motives with Saul as well, or maybe that was just me?

Carrie’s Epiphany: I’m staking my claim on this one: Carrie loves Brody. I’ve been on the fence about it before but now I know it’s true. I’ve blamed her actions with him on her medical condition and her just trying to learn more about him because of her job but after her conversation with Helen Walker, her epiphany about being lonely forever, and then…

That Awkward Moment When: You show up to Brody’s house to tell him that Walker is alive and that you didn’t have sex with him just because of your job when his wife comes outside. I honestly feel  sorry for Carrie. She has become my favorite character on the show and I can tell that she wants someone outside of work but her job just demands too much from her. Maybe she should try match.com or something like that.

?!?!?: Why does Brody know where one of Abu Nazir’s associates lives? Why does he tell him that he is done dealing with Abu Nazir? Why am I never going to understand who is working with who?!?!?

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homeland recapping: grace

One of Sgt. Brody’s flashbacks is the opening scene. He is digging a grave in a desert-like area. His captives carry a dead POW  to the hole Brody is in and throw the body in. Brody is then put on his knees with a gun at his head until the trigger is pulled and he is woken up from his nightmare; subsequently waking up Carrie who is watching via surveillance. Jessica is doing her morning routine with the kids (making sure they eat breakfast, getting ready for school on time) when Brody enters. She tells him that he grabbed her while they were sleeping and started speaking in Arabic. She has the bruises to prove it. Jessica offers to stay home with Nick but he says that he was “alone for eight years” so one more day won’t hurt. But as soon as his family leaves he spends the whole day sitting in the corner of his room.

Saul manages to get a warrant from a judge that he has some dirt on. It gives Carrie four weeks to find some substantial evidence that there is reason to keep an eye on Sgt. Brody. Carrie tells Saul that Brody has been acting weird by sitting in the corner all day and that he is struggling with what he has to do since he has been “turned”. Saul says that if he had been turned he would be in front of the cameras playing the “hero card”.

We then are introduced to Lynne Reed. She is giving women some…uh…thorough interviews to become part of Prince Farid’s harem. After telling a girl that she needs to wax her lady parts for the Prince, Lynne calls to set up an appointment for herself. Instead she calls a CIA operator to arrange a meeting with her handler Carrie.

Estes and another military official await Mike in his office and tell him to convince Sgt. Brody to reenlist. They say that Brody will get a promotion and more money to help his family. I think that Estes knows about Mike’s relationship with Jessica while Nick was assumed dead and he is using that as his advantage against Mike.

Carrie and Lynne meet up and Lynne shows Carrie a video on her phone; it’s a meeting between Prince Farid and Abu Nazir. Nazir hasn’t been seen in seven years. This is a huge breakthrough for Carrie but Lynne is terrified of what will happen to her if they find out she is a spy. She says they “stone women like her” when they are caught. Carrie tells her the she will get her some protection. When Estes gets hold of the information he congratulates Carrie but is not going to give Lynne any protection. He tells Carrie that Lynne is her responsibility. Saul tells Carrie that Estes isn’t going to be too happy that Carrie is trying to prove Brody is a terrorist.

Nick punches a reporter in the throat, in front of his son, when he sees him on his property taking pictures. After that Nick leaves through a wooded area in the back of his house. Carrie demands that Max follow him. He ends up in a hardware store inside of a shopping mall looking at a variety of tools. When he returns home Mike is there for dinner and to convince him to reenlist. Brody is furious about that notion and says that he won’t fight anyone’s war. Brody apologizes to his son for hitting the reporter in front of him and Jessica tries to convince Nick to talk to the media as well. It didn’t seem as though he paid too much attention to her.

As Lynne is about to meet up with Prince Farid Virgil spills tea on her. She doesn’t know who he is though. When she goes to the restroom to clean up Carrie is there. Carrie gives Lynne a device to download information from Farid’s phone. She assures her that she has a team watching her at all times.

Brody has another flashback of captivity and then he goes to the garage – a blind spot from Carrie’s surveillance – and begins a Muslim prayer. He then comes back inside and gets in uniform then heads outside to address the media. Carrie calls Saul and tells him to “turn on (his) TV” because Brody is doing exactly what Saul said he would do by “playing the hero card”.



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