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RECAP & REVIEW: Homeland…The Season So Far

Holy Crap!!!  Can you believe this season of Homeland???  Talk about going all in on a season.  I can’t remember the last time I watched a show that kept me on the edge of my seat as much as this show has.  I love the way the writers are handling this show.  Many shows have a handful of “wow” episodes that are usually saved for season premieres, mid-season finales, and season finales.   And there is nothing wrong with that blueprint.  It works.  But I think Homeland is showing us the blueprint of “why wait for the wow episode.”  Instead of having a bunch of filler episodes until we get to the “wow” episodes, Homeland is going for the “wow” and the “Holy Shit” episodes every week!!!   Certainly there are people who will then question, “how can they keep that pace up?”   And it’s a valid question.  But we won’t know the answer to that until maybe another season or two down the road.   Until then, I’m completely along for the ride.

Brody is now made and is in the custody of the CIA.  The CIA is trying to break him and get him to admit to who he is what Nazir’s plan is against the United States.  At first I was laughing at this.  I mean come on.  This guy was a POW for 8 years.  Do you really think you can break him with your scare tactics?  Carrie knows this and asks to go in and try to go a completely different route.  The scene between Claire Danes and Damien Lewis was literally a masters class in acting and should be shown in every school that teaches acting across the country.  It was and they were amazing.   What also helps is that the chemistry between the actors is outstanding.

The thing I love most about Homeland, is the chess match that happens between the characters.  In the scene with Brody and Carrie, it’s sometimes hard to tell if they are being sincere or if they are 100% playing each other.  I think it’s a bit of both.  I believe Carrie loved Brody (I believe she still does and it kills her inside.)  I believe Brody fell for Carrie.  But also believe that they want to use those feelings against the other.  It’s incredible to watch.  Because only one person can win.

Eventually Carrie does get through to him and he admits that Nazir is planning on attacking the US.  In order for Brody to not to go jail and ruin his family’s life, he agrees to work with the CIA as an undercover asset to be able to take down Nazir.  Brody doesn’t want to do this but it’s the only way he’ll receive Immunity and save his family.  Once Brody is done serving his country, he’s out and he’ll have to move his family away from the lime light and into boring suburbia.   Don’t know how Jessica will feel about that since she is really starting to like the spotlight of being a powerful politician’s wife.

So the question is, will Brody align himself with the CIA and by extension his family to take down Nazir or will he stick with his allegiance to Nazir and bring down the Vice President and by extension his country?  Normally I would say it’s a no brainer…he’ll pick the CIA.  But with this show, I have no idea…and I love that!

What do you guys think we’ll happen and where do you think this season ends up?  Are you happy with the pace of the show or do you wish it would slow down a bit.  Let me know what you think!

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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime

 

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RENEWED SHOWS: Episodes

This bit of news made me very happy this morning!!!!   Showtime has renewed Episodes for a nine episode Season 3 run.   Yeah!!!  I don’t know why it couldn’t have been more but beggars can’t be choosers.  I’m just happy one of my favorite comedies will be back next year!!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Renewed Shows, Showtime

 

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SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: House of Lies “Pilot” S1 E1

Another 30 minute “comedy” I didn’t like.  I was so excited about this cast and the premise, but it was really not good.  I was so disappointed because I was really looking forward to this one.  They delayed the premiere of Episodes for this?   Ugh.   I felt like I was watching a show about how much sex could Marty and the people around him have while every once in a while touching on the business aspect of the show.  I kid you not, it was almost like I was watching a show that realized it was on cable and therefore allowed to show boobs, so they showed as many boobs as they could as often as they could.  Same with the F bomb.  I’m no prude.  Cursing and nudity don’t really faze me.  Except when it’s done for no other reason than because it can.

You know what else drove me insane?   Marty Kaan (played by Don Cheadle) constantly stopping and talking to us while the story was going on.  It was so distracting and took away from the little amount of momentum the show had going for it.  I don’t need someone explaining to me what a “data dump” is.  And it’s not because I already knew, but because it’s ridiculous.  Do the doctors on Grey’s Anatomy stop in the middle of the show to explain every bit of technical dialogue unique to their industry?  No.  It’s silly and we don’t care.  Unless the dialogue is so technical I can’t even understand what’s going on without explanation, then maybe it would be helpful.  But here, it’s just a ploy.  And a bad one.   It comes across as the writers not having enough material to carry a 30 minute show and they need some filler.  The only time I liked it was during the initial presentation to Metro Capital when Kaan was holding up the flash cards showing how he charms the client and flipping through them when the usual methods weren’t working.  That worked well.  If Kaan only addressed us in the beginning, for that segment, and at the end, I wouldn’t have had a problem with it.  It was just too much.

Overall, watching House of Lies was like watching a Howard Stern radio show…it was shock for the sake of shock (which made more stupid than shocking) with absolutely no substantive value.  You have Kaan and his associates, who are all rich, arrogant, money grubbers hired to rework the image of a bank and it’s CEO who is also a rich, arrogant, money grubber.  Throw in the strangeness that is Kaan’s family and you have House of Lies.  I really have to question the writers on this one.  You choose to have your first storyline be about Marty’s firm going in and repairing the image of a bank who was responsible for putting hard-working people on the street and whose principals took bonuses after needing bailout money.   Basically Marty and his team figured out how to make the bank look like they cared about the people who were struggling but it’s all a sham so they can still keep taking their ridiculous bonuses without feeling guilty.   Really?  That the storyline in the pilot you want to go with?  With so many people struggling right now with that very issue, that’s the story you want to use to entice people to watch this show?   Wow.  Ok.  Can you say…FAIL!!!!   Then add in the storyline with his son.  Is this a real issue of gender identity or is this another one of those “shocking” elements the story incorporated because wouldn’t it be fun to make Marty’s kid think he’s a girl.   I guess we’ll have to see.  Then you have Marty’s ex-wife whose the head of his #1 competitor who’s got a major drug problem, hates and ignores her kid, and has hate sex with her ex.  Wow this show just oozes likable people, doesn’t it.

That’s the ultimate problem with the show…no one is likable.   Not even the amazing Don Cheadle can work his magic here.  And the adorable and delightful Kristen Bell?  She barely made an impact in the pilot so I don’t know what to make of her character yet.  The other two guys, I don’t even care about them.   For a show like this to work, you must have someone you can root for.  To go down the controversial road, you have to believe in the protagonist.  I don’t.  I wasn’t give one reason to like Marty Kaan or understand why he does what he does.  The only thing I know about Marty, is that he likes to have sex…A LOT.  I think the show is trying to make him complex and dark, but it didn’t.  It made him an ass.  An ass who didn’t give me one reason to say “I don’t like what he did, but I can understand why he did it.”  Maybe this show needs a few more episodes to build that complexity in not just Cheadle’s character but in all of the characters.  I just don’t think I’ll be around to find out whether they succeed or not.

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SEASON FINALE REVIEW: Homeland “Marine One” S1 E12

Ok so it took me a little longer to get to this than I would have liked.  So what did I think of the season finale?  It was overall a good, solid finale.  There were some answers I would have liked to have had, but moving into Season Two, I think those answers will come out and it’s always good to have some questions moving into the next season.  Personally, with shows like this, I like it tied up in a neat little bow at the end of the season with new questions arising.  But it certainly didn’t detract from how good this episode or the season as a whole was.

Were My Three Main Questions Answered

Yes and no.  Two out of the three were answered…were Brody and Walker working together and will Brody go through with it.   Let’s take the first one.  Brody and Walker were working together….Brody just didn’t know it.  As we saw in the finale, Walker was the sharp shooter set up to distract everyone and break down security so that Brody could get inside with the vest and through security without an issue (the metal detectors were all going off because of all the secret service going through them with their weapons.  Therefore Brody was undetected.)  So it looks like Walker was also turned and working for Nazir but without Brody’s knowledge.  More on this in a minute.   As for the second question of whether Brody would do it or not, it was a yes and no answer…which I liked.  He tried to go through with it, but the vest malfunctioned.  He went to go through with it a second time (after fixing the vest) but then his daughter called and made him promise to come home.  He makes the promise and doesn’t go through with it.  It’s a moment like this that you REALLY have to suspend your disbelief.  There is NO WAY after a shooting involving the Vice President that secret service would allow Brody to take a phone call.  I’m sorry, there is just no way.  It’s too much of a security risk.   But hey, they had to stop him somehow right?  I loved Damien Lewis in this scene.  I’ve loved him all season but the breadth of his emotions was so incredible to watch in this scene.  You see his pale, sweaty, panicked face.  You can tell he doesn’t want to go through with this but he has no choice.   He HAS to and not for Nazir, but for his love of country.   The finale opened with the video he made explaining why he did what he is about to do.  You learn that, in Brody’s mind, he is not turned and he is not a terrorist.  He loves his country and will do anything for it.  As a result, he exposes the what happened behind the drone attacked and who suffered as a result.  So he wants to rid the United States of these corrupt, disgusting politicians because he feels we are better than that.  It’s fascinating!!!!  Now it makes sense why he is doing this.   It also shows you how diabolical terrorist leaders can be.  Nazir knows how good a person Brody is and how loyal he is to his country.   He is able to spin his goodness and loyalty in such a way that he gets Brody to do his bidding in the US.  Words can’t even begin to describe how scary that is.

After the mass murder plot doesn’t happen, he meets up with Walker in what looks like an underground sewage area to discuss what happened.   Brody is still stunned to see his former partner alive and is confused by what has transpired.  He had no idea Walker was in on this but it appears Walker knew the entire plan. When he questions Brody about what happened, Brody tells him that there may be another way.  Unbeknownst to him, Walker his him on speaker phone (there is a cell phone attached to his shoulder) and Nazir is on the other end of the phone listening to every word.  Brody reveals to Nazir that since the VP is in Brody’s corner and wants him to run for congress, he can get at him from the inside, which is much more powerful.  Nazir likes the idea and tells him to move forward with it.   However, there is one big obstacle in their way who knows too much.  Brody give the phone back to Walker and promptly shoots him in the head.  Walker’s really dead now.

I know it’s not huge on the list of questions to be answered, but I want to understand what happened to Walker.  How is he still alive?  Where did he go all that time?   What happened to him?   What made him want to turn?  I read a column by a TV critic who said what this show is about perfectly…it’s 100% a show about the characters and about how what is happening affects them and their relationships.  This is not a who done it show or a show driven by the plot.  Yes the plot is intriguing and captivating, but it doesn’t drive the show…the characters do.   I couldn’t agree with him more.   And as a result, I wanted to learn more about Walker and what happened to him.  So I am disappointed that it seems we won’t get any resolution to that.

I know a lot of people were unhappy that it seemed the show took the easy way out in letting Brody live and having his daughter’s phone call “save him.”  Well I already told you what I felt about the phone call.  But I don’t think the show took the easy way out.  As we have all agreed, since this show is about driving the characters, isn’t a much more interesting storyline watching Brody become a congressman and see how he plans to take down the VP or anyone else involved in the drone attack, from the inside?  To see how it would pull at him and how it would affect his relationship with his family?  I do!  Now I think you can only take this story so far with these characters before you do have to do something drastic and move on, but we aren’t there yet.  There is still a lot of story to tell and therefore, I think it makes sense that Brody lived.   You can tell Brody, while really believing in what he is doing, is very torn about how his decisions will affect his family.  He doesn’t want to hurt them for anything in the world.  Yet this drive to do what his right for his country is strong (even if it is twisted) that he can’t ignore it.  He can’t turn it off no matter how much he may want to.   Add in the Carrie element and there is still SO much more to tell.  And I can’t wait.  Speaking Carrie…..

Thoughts on Carrie and Where Her Character Goes From Here

I think Claire Danes sowed up her Golden Globe win and Emmy nomination (and possible win) with these last two episodes.  What happened with her is incredible.  Here is this “disgraced” former CIA operative, who has no idea that everything her instincts and experience were telling her were 100% right, finally coming to the realization that she is mentally unstable and that she needs help.  She is even going to the extreme of doing shock therapy to treat her mental instability.  And how about that last scene where right before she goes under, she remembers that Brody knew Issa and that there was a connection.  Hopefully she is able to remember that or her sister heard her.

But looking at next season, where does Carrie go from here?  Let’s assume she comes out of shock therapy in tact.  She is on medication regularly to control her bi-polar disorder.   And she is taking better care of herself physically and mentally.  It all doesn’t matter if she is out at Langley for good.  Let me rephrase that.  It does matter for her own sanity and well-being (which is the most important thing.)   But from a professional standpoint, it doesn’t matter.  If she doesn’t get back into the CIA, what does she do?  Does she go rogue?   Does she open her own spy agency (she should team with Chuck and Sarah at Carmichael Industries!!!!)  What does Carrie do?   Without all her resources, how does she stop Brody?

Carrie is another amazing character.  She is exactly like Brody in that there is NOTHING she wouldn’t do for her country.  It drives her every decision.  To hell with everyone and everything else because protecting her country is second to nothing and no one.   She cannot let 9/11 happen again and she will die stopping it if she has to.  Well, in Brody’s mind, isn’t he doing the same thing?  Isn’t he making decisions to better the country?   I love how these world parallel each other in so many ways but yet are so markedly different at the same time.  It’s probably why they are so drawn to each other.  And while I love Moreana Baccarin, Jess and Brody’s chemistry can’t even touch Brody and Carrie’s with a 20 foot pole.

Ultimately, I’d like to see Carrie back at the CIA in some capacity so she can do what she does best…stopping killers.

What Didn’t I Like…A.K.A. What Question of Mine Wasn’t Answered

Who is the mole?  All season long, I said it was Saul.  Then it was looking like David but it’s not David.  I don’t think it will be Saul because I don’t think the writers would do that to Carrie’s mental state.  Can you imagine what THAT would do to her?  But until I am proven wrong, or find other clues, I have to stick with Saul because there are so many signs pointing toward it.  I just hope it’s not someone like Galvez because that would be really lame.

With so many references to the mole, I really thought he/she would be exposed in the finale.   But they weren’t.  See, I would rather, as the audience, know who the mole is, but the characters on the show have no idea.  It’s still great story telling because we can try to find out why they are the mole and why they are working for who they are working for.  How did it come about?   Were they already part of the CIA when turned or was that person a plant?  What is that person’s end game?  I would have LOVED that going into next season.   But no, I was denied.   So that was my only disappointment.

The only other slight twinge I had with the finale is that I thought it moved slowly at times.  The other 11 episodes had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  This episode did as well but I also thought there were many filler moments.  So maybe Homeland didn’t need 90 minutes for the finale.  Maybe they only needed 75.  Again, not a huge issue, but enough that I had to bitch about it!

So what did you think of the Homeland season finale and where do you think everything goes from here?  Sound off below!

 

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Homeland Season Finale Recap Coming Tonight!

I unfortunately fell asleep before the finale last night..I was so mad when I woke up at 3am!!!   But I will watch it today and have the recap up later tonight.  I’m dying to know what happened!!!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime

 

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RECAP & REVIEW: Homeland “The Vest” S1 E11

I was just able to watch last week’s Homeland.  There were certainly some eye raising things that happened in this episode.  And since we are only two days away from the 90 minute finale on Sunday, let’s quickly discuss what we think is going to happen in the finale and what you/I hope to see in the finale.

Carrie

In “The Vest” Carrie has been put on administrative leave since Brody told David about their affair and the “illegal” surveillance.  I can’t imagine that sticks for very long since we still have the finale and the show has been renewed for a second season.  But what a scene that was and quite frankly, Claire Danes has been outrageously good the last two episodes.  She’s been great all season but she took it to a whole new level the last two weeks.  While suffering a bi-polar episode after the explosion, she’s back at home and on bed rest (sort of) until she starts to “level out.”  So her sister and Saul are taking shifts watching her.  But while in this state, Carrie starts taking all these pieces of paper and begins manically circling and highlighting and crossing out in specific colors (and we learned not to mess with her when she wants a green pen.)   She looks like a crazy person who has completely lost her state of reality.  But when she finally gets some rest, Saul starts to look at what she has done and starts to put the pieces together.

Turns out, Carrie was able to put together a timeline of Abu Nazir’s actions and conversations with each year being a color and having a specific role in the build up to what we are seeing today.   When she wakes up the next day and sees he was able to see what she has been seeing (only in a much more professional and organized fashion) she starts to break down with tears of excitement.  They walk through the timeline and determine that the key is the yellow (2008) in which very little happened.  They come to the conclusion that some sort of event or tragedy happened that triggered everything that has happened following 2008.   Now they have no idea what it is, but we do.  We saw the back story of Brody forming a bond with Nazir’s “son” and eventually watched him get blown up.  But Carrie and Saul don’t know that so they are going to have some people they trust look into it to see what they can dig up.

In the meantime, as Carrie is still recovering, she decides to reach out to Brody because he was with Nazir at the time of this gap they are trying to fill.  She figures if anyone knows what happened during that time, it’s Brody.   Her father tells her it’s a bad idea.  “There’s good gut and bad gut.  Like the time I was 100% sure I needed to empty out my refrigerator and set it on fire….bad gut.”    Very true!   But Carrie tells him this is a good gut.   Weeeeeeeeeeell, not so much.  When she calls Brody and tells him what she knows, he now knows she getting too close to figuring everything out so he has to get her out of the picture.  The best way to do that….tell her boss that they slept together and she had an illegal surveillance running against his family.   Yep, that would do it.  And it did….for the time being.  And while Carrie’s sister and father try to restrain her, David instructs his men to take down all the work she and Saul put together.   It was a tough scene that just sent Carrie even further over the edge.

It’s during these times I can see why people get very frustrated with her character or down right hate her character.  I was talking to some of my family and friends and about Homeland and I was shocked how many people told me they stopped watching the show because of Carrie’s character.  The reasons ranged from her annoyance level being at astronomical highs to hating the way she conducts herself in a professional environment.  I can see what people are saying and since she is the main protagonist on the show, if you can’t stand her, chances are it’s going to be tough to get through episodes where she dominates the story.  But to me, while she can be over the top sometimes, I chalk it up to her character being bi-polar and she is struggling to deal with it.  Add to that fact, she is still blaming herself for 9/11, so much so that it drives everything she does and she will destroy her own life to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.  If I’m being honest, it’s why I love her character so much.  And, I think this show is so riveting that even if you don’t like Carrie’s character, the show is that good that you should be able to put up with it for the sake of a well told story.

Brody

Damien Lewis is incredible.  I am so happy he was nominate for a Golden Globe.  Here truly deserves it!   More on those abominations in another post.  He is the one character I cannot figure out but I think with this last episode, it’s the closest I’ve come to understanding him…..I think.  But before we analyze, let’s review what happened with him.

We start the episode seeing someone creating a bomb in a vest that you are to assume someone is going to wear.   We don’t know who the vest is for but the logical assumption is that it’s Brody.  While that’s going on, Brody and his family are preparing for a quick family get away to Gettysburg.   Can I ask, when did Gettysburg become Disney World?  It’s the second TV show I’ve seen use Gettysburg as a day trip (The Office was the other one.)  Anywho, the Brodys are off and of course Dana wants no part of it.   But she goes and films her father the whole time.

They go to the battlefields and Brody begins to tell Chris what they are looking at.  He tells the family the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin and his incredible, daring, and brave decision to save one of the most important hills during the Battle of Gettysburg….Little Round Top.  He tells him how this was a simple man, a professor no less, who was able to lead his men into battle and make a remarkably impactful decision that would change the course of the Battle of Gettysburg (which ultimately led to the turning point in the Union position in the Civil War against Gen Lee and the Confederates.)   Chamberlin decided that instead of gun fire, they were going to charge the Confederates with their bayonets.  And charge they did.  The Confederates were so stunned and unprepared for this maneuver, that it saved Little Round Top and changed the course of the battle and therefore the war.  Brody ends by saying he was so amazing because he was an everyday man willing to do whatever it takes for a cause he desperately believed in.    Hhhmmmmmmmm.  A little foreshadowing going on here?  I think so.

When they go to get something to eat, Brody says he needs to buy a toothbrush because he forgot his.  We then see him go into a men’s clothing store and into the back room (where the store clerk inside didn’t even blink an eye at this) and we see speaking arabic to the man we saw in the beginning of the show.  He brings out the bomb vest and Brody tries it on.  It was such a disturbing scene and it just made me sick to my stomach.  As he’s trying it on, he talks about what happens to the person wearing the vest…that the impact blows up and cleanly severs the head leaving it in tact while every thing is blown to smithereens.  He walks out with the wrapped package and Dana sees him putting it in the car and asks what it is.  He tells her it’s a present for mom and it’s a surprise so don’t say anything. Dana isn’t buying it and presses him more on the issue but he talks his way out of it.   Her suspicions have definitely been raised, especially after Brody tells her to look after her mother when he is gone.  Dana probably had the same thoughts I had..you’re running for Congress not going back to Iraq so why are acting like we will never see you again?

When they get back home, Jess has told Brody how incredibly happy she is and how things are finally starting to move in a positive direction.  Meanwhile, Dana is gone into the car, retrieved the package, and begins to open it.  But just as she gets the tape off, Brody come and grabs her arm and tells her to leave it alone.  Now if he hadn’t been acting so strangely, it might not have been that big of a deal to say “Hey, it’s a surprise for your mom but it’s none of your business and you need to respect that.”  But since he’s been weird, Dana doesn’t believe him.  She takes her video to her boyfriend to show him how odd her dad was behaving at Gettysburg.  You see the video where people are everywhere and Brody is just staring off into space.  He tells Dana that she is right, it is weird.

Ok, so what does all this mean?  Here is what I think.  I can’t take credit for this realization but after reading what someone said about Issa I agree.  I don’t think Issa was Nazir’s son.  I think he was part of the collateral damage from the drone attack and a plant to get Brody attached to him so Nazir could get Brody to do his bidding.  Brody was in such a weak mental state during his captivity and here was Nazir’s chance to use that to his advantage.  So he set Brody up to connect with Issa so that when he died, Brody would be willing to do whatever Nazir told him to do.  Here’s the hard part to understand, at least for me.  Brody is really going through with all of this because of a few months connection with a kid?  He is willing to sacrifice his wife, his kids, his friends, his career, HIS LIFE because Issa died and he didn’t like how the VP handled it?  You could see that Brody look a bit timid in the men’s shop when trying on his bomb vest.  I’m sure he has to be having second thoughts.  But it seems like regardless, he is moving forward with this.  I don’t get it.   But maybe that’s part of the story so far, we aren’t supposed to  get it.

On the flip side, trying to understand this, this all comes down to Brody’s mental state.  We saw some parts of his captivity and what that did to him but we still don’t have a clue as to the whole scope of what a USA POW in Iraq goes through.  I can imagine the mental anguish in addition to the physical.  And that’s probably what terrorists do.   They find the person they want to use, they break them down, then show kindness, create a tragedy that will break them again, and then make them feel like there is no one else in the world who could bring a right to this wrong the way you can.  It’s sick and perverted.  But I have to believe that’s what is happening to Brody.  So deep down is Brody a bad guy…no.  Is he an incredibly damaged individual who has been brainwashed and tricked into believing what he is doing is the right thing…yes.   At first I didn’t think Brody was involved at all and it was all a red herring.  Then I thought he was involved (or at least had knowledge) but was going to back out.  Now, I don’t think he is backing down.  But it’s not for the awful reasons we thought.  It’s awful, don’t get me wrong, but not in the way the show set it up initially.  It’s awful for a different reason.

What Is Going To Happen In The Finale

So it all comes down to Sunday night.  What is going to happen?  One of the big things I want to find out (and from the promo it looks like we will) is what happened with Brody and Walker and what is currently happening.  Are Brody and Walker working towards the same goal?  I don’t think so.  I really believe Brody didn’t know he was alive.  I wonder if Walker knew Brody was alive.  Is Walker on his own trying to stop Brody?  I don’t know.  It looks like Walker had some terrorists connections but has he gone rogue at this point?  And if he hasn’t, who is he working for and what is his end game?

I have to wonder if Nazir hedged his bet.  Maybe he set up both Brody and Walker separately both with the goal of doing exactly what he wanted (it looks to be, kill the VP and anyone who happens to be around him at the time) that way if one backs out, he still has someone else in his back pocket.  What will be interesting is if after they meet up, they talk it out and realize what is going on and turn the tables on Nazir.  I can’t imagine that happening, but it would be fun to watch.  Regardless of what goes down,  I would really like to know what Walker is up to and how he connects to all of this.

Of course the other big thing we all want to know…who is the CIA mole?  My money was on Saul the whole season and I would be a snake if I backed out now.  So I am still sticking with Saul.  But it could be David.  I just hope it’s not the guy we’ve met a few times that answers phones and does menial work for the department.   That would suck.  I think it needs to be someone big.  And if it’s anyone less than Saul or David, it just would seem a waste.

Ultimately, the #1 most important questions we need answered….will Brody go through with it?   I can honestly say, I have no idea because I can see this play out so many different ways:

  1. He goes through with it, mission accomplished and his family leaves Virginia with Mike in ruins.   Speaking of Mike ( and not to get too off topic) does anyone think he has ANYTHING to do with what is going on?   I would love some Mike theories!
  2. He goes through with it, misses his target because he is redirected but he still dies, the truth of what he was planning to do comes out, and his family leaves Virginia in ruins.
  3. He plans to go through with it but he is found out in time and is stopped.  He’s arrested and his family leaves Virginia in ruins.
  4. He plans to go through with it but changes his mind at the last-minute.
  5. He and Walker develop a plan to appear to be going through with it but then turn the tables on Nazir and destroy him (I have no idea how plus this is more wishful thinking than anything else.)
  6. He doesn’t go through with it because Dana, Jess, and Chris find out about the plan and stop him.
  7. He doesn’t go through with it because he changes his mind and wants to move forward with his life and family.
  8. He doesn’t go through with it and asks Carrie for help.

See, lots of possibilities.  And there are probably 30 more that I didn’t think about or care to write down.  But I have no idea what’s going to happen.  I just know that I will be in front on my TV at 10pm ready for an explosive (pardon the pun) 90 minutes of TV and I am looking forward to the conclusion of the BEST new show of 2011!

What are your predictions for Sunday night?  Let know your theories below!

 

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RECAP & REVIEW: Homeland “Representative Brody” S1 E10

We only 2 episodes left in Homeland’s amazing first season.  There are still lots of questions to be answered.  I have to wonder, since the show has been renewed for a second season, if some of our questions will remained unanswered and moved into S2.  I’m not sure.  I don’t know if Homeland is planning on doing season long arcs and wrapping them up in 12 episodes (like Dexter) or if they plan on answering some questions, but opening up others that stem from the core story.  That’s why I am very curious to see how these final 2 episodes play out.  And I’m ok with either.  This isn’t a situation like The Killing on AMC where the promotion of the show was about solving the murder of Rosie Larsen and when the season wrapped, they didn’t solve the very case they promoted (angering many fans.)  Homeland was never promoted that way.  It was always about CIA agent tracking down an alleged turned POW and the question of whether or not Sgt Brody is a bad guy or a good guy.  That could be a season long or series long premise depending on how the writers choose to spin it.  As long as the writing remains compelling and the characters still fascinating, I’m on board with however they choose to unveil the secrets of this show.

I will admit, I really didn’t think that bomb was going to explode in the park.  I thought Carrie was going to overreact and blow the cover.  Although I have to say, I don’t think their cover was all that strong to begin with.  Really, how obvious were those agents standing around the fountain area?  At least have them reading a newspaper or checking an iPad or drinking coffee with another agent.  Something to make it look not so obvious that they are just standing around staring at Al Zahrani.  Not that I think that had anything to do with what happened…Walker was already tipped off.  But if Walker wasn’t, he would have been considering how perceptive a man he is.

So who is the inside person who tipped Walker off?  I go back to my previous post and I’m sticking with my guess…Saul.  With every episode that goes by, I am more and more convinced that Saul is involved.   Which of course means I will be completely wrong…ha!  But I don’t care.  I’m staying with that prediction.  The only reason (and there is only one) that keeps nagging at me that it won’t be him, is because if it is, Carrie will need to be committed and she is the lead in the show.  I can’t see Homeland going on without her!   Carrie is still beating herself up for not being able to stop 9/11…and that was 10 years ago.  Can you imagine if her closest ally and friend in the CIA turns out to be involved and he was right under her nose the whole time?  It would be great TV, I just don’t know if the writers are going to do that to her.

Here is one question I have and I am really curious to other people’s opinion on this…is Brody really looking to plot revenge on the United States (more specifically it seems the Vice President) because he lied about what happened in Iraq with the drone and the explosion killed Abu Nazir’s son Issa?  Are we to believe this all over the accidental killing of the son of a known terrorist and the cover up?  Because that blew me away.  If Brody was turned, I thought it would have been something much more significant than that.  Although maybe he was so far gone mentally that any sort of kindness towards him (even if it is coming from his captors and his son) would sway him to their side.  In present time, you can still see times where mentally, he just isn’t 100% there.

I’m just not ready to believe that Brody’s a bad guy yet.   Maybe it’s because I don’t want him to be, but I am still leaning towards there being more behind the story.  Maybe he is playing Abu Nazir and his team, not only to save himself, but to get on the inside so he can give his intel to the US government and therefore stop him.  It still seems as though if he takes the congressman’s seat, he can go after the VP.  While I’m sure he’s not happy with how the VP handled the situation, I don’t think he’s going undercover as a politician to kill him.  It just appears too obvious to me.  And there have been so many times I’ve been swayed one way or the other, that I have to believe, there is more to this than meets the eye and therefore, Brody is going to end up being a true hero.

Does anyone know what the deal is with Walker?  Is it safe to say he is working with Nazir but maybe for a completely different mission that what Brody is allegedly working on for Nazir?  That is the one part of the show, I haven’t been able to put my finger on.  How did Walker survive?  How and why did he turn?  Did he really turn?  What is his end game?  Are Brody and he in on it together or did the they have no idea about what each other is up to?  I can see this storyline going either way and I’m really not sure which way to lean.

That’s why Homeland is still so great.  It keeps me guessing the whole time.  I have no idea what I am watching I should take at face value or if there is so much more to what I am seeing but just don’t know it yet.  I love shows like that!   Probably why I loved Lost as much as I did.  But like Lost, I don’t want to be in the dark all the time.  At some point I will need some of my questions answered.  Not right away and not all of them at once.  But I would like a little peek behind the curtain so I don’t lose interest.  But I am not at that point yet.

What do you guys think?  Who is the insider who tipped off Walker?  Do you think Brody is a hero or terrorist?  Do you think this season will get wrapped up in the finale or are we trickling some of this over into next season.  Let me know because I want to hear from you!

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime

 

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