Nov 232014
 

Holy shit.

Homeland Episode 4.09: There’s Something Else Going On, was kind of a heart-stopper, wasn’t it? All through the prisoner exchange, we were just not breathing. The suicide bomber kid, the Pretty Pakistani Colonel left in the dark, the creepy inquiry after Lockhart–it was all there, leading us to fear a double-cross during the exchange, there at the airport hangar. So much so, that when the exchange was over, complete with tearful moment between Saul and Carrie, we still didn’t relax. So much so, that even when the attack on the convoy happened, we knew that there was still much more to learn. Continue reading »

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Homeland 4.08: Halfway to a Donut

 Posted by on November 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm  Homeland  4 Responses »
Nov 162014
 

Homeland_408_Ambassador_and_husbandIn Homeland episode 4.08: Halfway to a Donut, Carrie finally realizes what Quinn knew all along: Their work has no right answers, no good choices, no moral high ground.

And despite the pleasures of the episode, my overarching reaction is, so what? I mean, really, Carrie? The rest of us knew that all along. Continue reading »

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