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SEASON FINALE RECAP & REVIEW: Homeland “The Choice” S2 E12

The Choice.  What a perfect title for the finale.  So many choices had to be made in this episode.   Do you do the right thing or the wrong?  Do you follow your head or your heart?   Do you stay or do you go?  Do you kill or be killed?   All of these conundrums were up for grabs in the season finale of Homeland.

Let’s start with an easy one…Brody and Jess.  The writing has been on the wall for a while with these two.  You could argue ever since Brody came back they were doomed to fail.  But I give them both credit for trying.  After betrayals on both sides and two annoying kids, Brody and Jess gave it the best they could, but it wasn’t enough.  They weren’t enough for each other any more.  So they officially ended their relationship and decided to part ways.  Jess gave Brody her blessing to be with Carrie, and Brody did the same for her and Mike.  Brody even went as far as to go have a beer with Mike and tell him to go be with Jess and the kids.  I thought it was fascinating to see, and I thought the show did a very good job of showing how hard it is for soldiers when they come back from war, to go back to their old lives.  On the flip side, you also see how hard it is on the family they are coming home to.  And even though what happened was no one’s fault and they did still love one another, it just wasn’t the same.  That has to be what makes it even harder.  They didn’t hate one another or become intentionally disrespectful towards one another.  They just couldn’t take a tragic situation, that changes everyone to the point they couldn’t go back, and make it work.  It’s really sad to see and I’m sure happens more often than it doesn’t.

Then you have David Estes.  He made a deal with Quinn to have him kill Brody as soon as Brody was finished helping them get Abu Nazir.  So once Nazir was gone, Quinn had to assassinate Brody.  He followed Brody and Carrie to her family’s cabin and watched and waited for his opportunity.  When it finally came, he couldn’t pull the trigger.  Later he shows up at Estes house, in his room, with a gun.  He tells Estes that his job his to kill bad guys and in his estimation, Brody isn’t a bad guy.  Quinn confronts Estes telling him that the real reason he wants Brody dead is because Brody knows Estes was linked to the Drone attack and therefore only wants Brody dead to protect himself.  I’m not so sure that’s true otherwise Brody would also be going after Estes as well as Walden but I could be wrong.  Now that I think about it, I’m sure he didn’t know but that’s probably why Estes wants him gone.  If he does find out, he’ll go after him.   But Quinn tells him again, he only kills bad guys and if Brody ends up dead, he’ll be back in Estes room.  Wow has Quinn made a 180.  I hated him at first and now, I wouldn’t hate it if he were back next season.   As a result of this conversation, Estes releases Saul from custody and tells him the hit on Brody is off and Saul can go back to work.   I wonder if Saul will ever learn the reasoning behind his release.

Next we have Brody and Carrie and Saul and Carrie but before we jump into their choices, we have to discuss what happened to alter original decisions and what changed their courses significantly from the middle of the episode to the end.

Everyone gathers for the VP’s memorial.  I did find it odd that Jess and the kids weren’t there considering how close their families had become but whatever.  These are also the same people who had Nazir and Brody skyping without tracking so I can overlook the Brody family not being in attendance.  Estes is at the podium paying his respects to Walden and his time not only as the VP but as the head of the CIA.  Brody and Carrie can’t take their eyes off each other and Carrie motions to Brody to leave the room.   They go to another wing of the CIA offices and She announces to him that she’s decided to leave the CIA and start a life with him.  They are about to get down and dirty in someone’s office to celebrate when Brody notices his car in front of the room where the memorial is taking place and mentioning to Carrie that he never parked his car there.  She drops the F bomb and the next thing you know an enormous bomb explodes taking everyone in the memorial with it, including Estes, the VP’s wife and son and many ranking members of the CIA.

Again I know I have to suspend my disbelief but really?   You are having a memorial for the Vice President of the United States at the offices of the Central Intelligence Agency where not only the head of the CIA but many high-ranking members of the agency are in attendance…and there’s no security outside?  No one notices a car parked in a no parking zone, completely out-of-place, right next to the room where the memorial for the VPOTUS is being held?  Seriously?  That’s another tough one to swallow.

I think one thing the writers of Homeland have always done a fantastic job with is making you doubt Brody…is he a good guy or a bad guy?   I was watching the finale waiting for the bomb to drop.  Not literally of course the way that it did, but because of the false security that I and Carrie had been led into thinking Brody was a good guy under the manipulation of a horrible terrorist, only to find out that Brody was on the dark side the whole time.  I was so waiting for that to happen and then the bomb went off.   For a split second, like Carrie, I thought “damn it, he is a bad egg after all!”   But, again like Carrie, I realized that wasn’t the case.  I think the show, while playing with our emotions towards Brody during the first season, made a decision that Brody was going to be a good guy and stuck with that through the end of this season.  Ever since Brody had that vest on and decided not to blow up a bunch of innocent people, the show really did make it clear which side Brody was on.  And we saw all throughout this season with his conversations with Roya, Carrie, Quinn, Nazir, and others, that he wasn’t on the terrorists’ side.  Did he want Walden dead?  Absolutely.  But did he want to destroy the lives of innocent Americans?  Absolutely not.   Brody wanted a normal life.  And he wanted it with the woman he loved.  And Carrie, who was very torn on what to do, made the decision to leave her job at the CIA and live a peaceful life with Brody.  And then the bomb went off.

As to be expected, all breaks loose.  Saul comes rushing back (he was on a naval ship overseeing the burial of Abu Nazir at sea) only to find out he is now the highest ranking CIA agent.   He’s trying to find out of Carrie is alive and since they hadn’t found her body, she was presumed dead…as was Nicholas Brody.  Once Saul heard Brody was also unaccounted for, he knew she was alive.  Well, his gut was telling him she was alive but he couldn’t be 100% sure.  Brody and Carrie are on the run and she gets him a new passport, ID, money and tells him of a contingency plan she had set up for her in case she ever needed it and now he is going to use it.  While this is all happening, the national news releases a very interesting video.  It was the video Brody made when he was planning to blow up the VP last season.  Somehow, someone got their hands on it and released it to the press and now Brody looks like the terrorist he was feared to be and he is being set up.  Only problem is, his family is seeing this video and in order to protect himself and them, he can’t contact them to let them know that he’s being set up.   So Brody is on the run.  Of course he wants Carrie to go with him but she can’t.  She needs to stay behind and not only find out who’s responsible but to clear his name.  He understands completely and they have a heartwarming and tearful “see you later” instead of good-bye and we watch Brody take off into the darkness to his new life without Carrie.   I’m glad it ended that way instead of having Brody killed (which I would have bet my right arm was going to happen.)  Now we can have Brody return to the fold, if it makes sense, or he can stay off the canvas and in his new world.   Smart choice by the writers.  Carrie goes back to the scene of the crime and sees Saul praying over the victims.  She calls his name and he tearfully turns to her with a smile on his face as we fade to black.

So early when I brought up the choices for Brody and Carrie and Saul and Carrie, there really weren’t choices at all for the men….just Carrie.  Brody was clear he wanted to give their relationship a chance and Saul was clear she was a lunatic if she decided to leave a job she loves and is good at to go make babies with a known terrorist.  “He’s a man who put on a suicide vest Carrie.  That’s who he is, that’s who he’ll always be”  warns Saul to Carrie.  He also states one of the greatest lines I’ve ever heard in the history of TV “You are the smartest and the dumbest fucking person I’ve ever known.”   No truer words have ever been said about Carrie Matheson.  In Saul’s mind, there is not choice.  He knows Carrie so well that he knows she can never be with a man like Brody.   But you know how women can be!  Sometime it takes a national disaster to change our minds.  And that’s what happened for Carrie.  She was ready to leave her CIA world behind.  But then two things happened, a new threat emerged and her man was being framed for it.   She’s not going anywhere!  In fact, she probably prime for a huge promotion since half of the CIA was wiped out.

I like the fact that we have wrapped up the Abu Nazir/Brody storyline and are moving on to another phase of the show.  The tough part about a show like Homeland (similar to 24) is that it can get very stale very quickly.  But keeping it fresh with new faces and stories, while still maintaining a strong core, should be the key to longer term success.  I still don’t see Homeland as a 10 season show…more like 5 or 6…but since I’m always wrong, it will probably run longer than Law & Order!

What did you think of the Homeland finale and of Season 2 as a whole?  Are you on board for next season or are you out?  Let me know what you think!

 

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Recaps Coming Soon….Season Finale of Homeland and Winter Finale of Scandal

Sorry guys but I have been beyond busy with work and on the road for the last two weeks!  I swear I need some down time!

I have seen the season and winter finales of Homeland and Scandal and I promise I will post my thoughts this week.   Just make sure you check back.

I should have Homeland up tomorrow and Scandal soon after that.  In the meantime, post your thoughts in the comments sections or read up on some of my posts leading up to those finales!

 

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NEW PODCAST: Episode 34 Covers Scandal, Homeland, and Parenthood

While this may be one of the longest podcasts I’ve recorded, it only covers three shows:

  • Scandal
  • Homeland
  • Parenthood

Fortunately and unfortunately, there was so much to talk about with each show that I couldn’t go past three!   But I’m hoping to squeeze another one out sooner than later so we can get to some other shows.

Click here for the link or head to iTunes and download.  And if you like, leave me a nice review!  And if you don’t, you know what they say…if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your trap shut!  🙂

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Podcast

 

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RECAP & REVIEW: Homeland “Broken Hearts” S2 E10

We are certainly building to something major in the last two episode of Homeland this season and did we just find out who the mole was all along?   This episode really asks you to suspend much disbelief but when it comes to Homeland, I don’t care.  I trust the writers and I am completely along for the ride.  So I don’t care how unbelievable it is that Brody would be able to Skype Nazir on his cell phone, right outside his safe house door without SOMEONE knowing about it.  It doesn’t matter to me.   What does matter to me, is how this story is going to wrap up.

Let’s start with the VP.  This all went into motion back last season, when the show premiered.  Brody was brain washed and manipulated into killing VPOTUS Walden after Nazir’s son Issa was killed in a drone strike orchestrated by the VPOTUS and David Estes.  I’m not sure if Brody and Nazir are aware of Estes involvement. Signs indicated they are not, but other actions might indicate it’s possible (more or that later.)  After several failed attempts to kill Walden, an opportunity arises out of a pretty scary situation.  After Carrie hangs up the phone from talking to Brody, she is broad sided by another vehicle.  Turns out the maestro behind that was none other than Nazir.  Nazir has Carrie and he is using her as leverage to get Brody to do his bidding.  He tells Brody he needs the serial number for the VP’s pacemaker so he can attack him by making it appear as though he had a heart attack.  Nazir tells Brody exactly where to find it and that if he wants to see Carrie alive again, he will do as he asks.  Brody takes a pretty hard-line with Nazir, knowing how driven he is by revenge, and tells him that he’s going to kill Carrie no matter what so he refuses to give him the number until he sees that Carrie is free and alright.  Nazir acquiesces and Brody sends him the number.  A remote tech dude starts doing something with it and when the VP shows up in his office (where Brody had to get to, to get the pacemaker) Brody tells him he’s not running with him and he slowly starts to watch the VP, die.    At one point even telling Walden “You still don’t get it.  I’m killing you.” He then runs to the top of steps and screams for someone to get a doctor because the VP is having a heart attack.  But it’s too late, Walden is dead.

Where to begin.  I guess the first thing is that the show has basically come full circle in one sense.  Brody’s mission upon returning to the US was to kill the VP.  I think Nazir would have liked it better if he killed him and someone innocent American’s as well, but I digress.  So Brody’s mission is complete.  He did what Nazir set in motion for him to do.  And did it in a way in which no one else got hurt.  I think what we learned about Brody is that he is certainly not a terrorist.  And I would go out on a limb and say that the writers have done an excellent job of presenting Brody as a character you can empathize with.  This was a man tortured and brain washed into doing what he thought was right.  Is it right for him to take matters into his own hands?   No.  Did he help rid the country of really bad, corrupt, and vile politician?  Yes.   Not to mention, we have seen many instances where Brody wouldn’t do certain things because he doesn’t want to hurt innocent people.  To him, there is no collateral damage.  The only person he wanted to pay for his crimes, was Walden.  And now it’s happened.  The thing I loved about the first season, is that we were never really sure if Brody was wearing the black or white hat.  Even up through a few episodes ago, we still weren’t sure.  But I think we learned that Brody’s hat was a very pale grey.  He was by no means innocent, but he was not the insane, diabolical terrorist that was certainly possible.   Brody is a broken man who has, for all intents and purposes, been driven insane by everything that’s happened to him.  I know I would be!   And now it’s time for him to put the pieces of his life back together…or not.

I have to say though, there were some pretty questionable things that happened that led to all of this.  First, there is no way in hell an accused terrorist and traitor to his country (Brody) wouldn’t have a tap on his phone.  Someone would have heard/seen that conversation between himself and Nazir.  Second, how did Nazir know where Walden kept his pacemaker?  Didn’t that seem awfully convenient?  Third, why isn’t Carrie being tailed?  Estes doesn’t trust her so you would think he would have someone on her.  Especially after the surveillance showed how “close” she’s gotten to Brody.   Fourth, how was a known terrorist like Nazir able to rent a car, smash into a CIA operative’s car, and leave the scene without a trace?   Again, very convenient.  Unless he had computer boy do it all for him.

As for what’s happening within the CIA?  That might juicier than what’s happening with Brody, if you can believe it.   Saul tracks down Dar Adal in a diner where he has his weekly waffle lunch.  Before we dissect this meeting, I have to say, really?  One of the men in charge of Black Ops who is so hard to find because he changes his address every few days goes to the same diner every week for waffles?   Seriously?  It had to be said.  Anyhoo, Saul wants to know why Quinn was sent into run his operation…he’s a soldier, not intelligence.  Adal basically questions Saul’s backbone and tells him that when tough decisions need to be made, Saul is too soft.  Quinn can take care of the hard stuff.  Saul’s not too happy about that so he leaves.    He confronts Estes about Quinn’s presence.  What Quinn was originally tasked to do has happened…they thwarted the terrorist plot…so why is Quinn still around?  He bluntly asks him if it’s to keep Brody from talking about the drone strike.  But as this conversation is progress, the man himself, Quinn, comes racing over to tell Estes and Saul that Carrie was in an accident and that she’s now missing.  When Saul takes off, Estes tells Quinn that Saul knows.

Later when Carrie is freed (see above) she tracks down and truck and steals the guy’s cell phone to call Saul and let him know where she is so they can go get Nazir.  Once Saul and crew have the plan in place, they head out to where Carrie is.  But before they leave, Quinn and Estes exchange a glance and Estes picks up the phone.  Flash to the CIA lobby where security grabs Saul and ushers him upstairs, no wait downstairs, no wait…those guys don’t know…they just know one thing…get Saul.

So here lies the big question…is Estes the mole?  Are he and Quinn working with Nazir?  It would make sense since they are trying to kill Brody because I can see Nazir wanting to silence Brody after his bidding is complete.   The big question would be, why Estes and Quinn?   But if it’s true and Estes and Quinn are working with/for Nazir, that would set up a monster Season 3!!!!

I think at this point, it’s a given conclusion that Brody is going to die at the end of the season.  I’m not sure what they would do with him at this point since his storyline has basically come to an end.   Other than the Jessica/Carrie triangle.   But I guess that’s one question I have looming…do Carrie and Brody love each other or are they still playing each other?  The romantic in me says they love each other.  The skeptic in me says I’m not sure.  Carrie seems very black and white with her convictions so I can’t see her building a life with Brody.  I don’t think the government’s deal with Brody would allow for it even if she wanted to.   And now that Jess has pretty much solidified the idea of going back with Mike, what does that mean for Brody?  Dana has no interest in her father anymore.  It’s really just Chris.  And if Mike, who raised him practically his whole life, is back in the picture, Chris will have his father figure.   So I think Brody, sadly, will be a goner at the end of the season.    If I had my choice, it would be the most annoying teenager ever in Dana but I don’t think that will be the case.  I mean really, have you ever seen a stranger, more annoying person in your life than Dana Brody?  Because I haven’t.

Only two episodes remain.  What will happen?  What do you think and how do you think Homeland will wrap up this season?  Sound off below!

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Recaps and Reviews, Showtime

 

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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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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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