Homeland 4.08: Halfway to a Donut

 Posted by on November 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm  Homeland, Slideshow  No 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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Homeland 4.07: Redux

 Posted by on November 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm  Homeland  12 Responses »
Nov 092014
 

homeland-407-Redux-11 With Redux, for the first time in Season 4 of Homeland, we have an episode that is entirely personal. In many ways, it’s a “traditional” episode of Homeland, in which the backdrop of world politics and CIA espionage is the theater in which Carrie Mathison’s mental illness gets enacted. I’m not entirely thrilled by this development, but I am fully on-board for now.

It’s remarkable the sexism with which Carrie is constantly treated. Not surprising, given the real world, but remarkable. Carrie “sulks,” she is emotional, she is shrill, she is not emotional enough, she talks too fast. The level to which ordinary sexism can be exploited by the ISI is nearly infinite. The medication switch alone is not enough; she has to be seen as a little untrustworthy to start with, and being female is what does that. Continue reading »

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