Look, I love Homeland. It’s great! Does Carrie cry an awful lot even just for a civilian much less a top-ranked CIA analyst at the very heart of the US intelligence community’s most desperate mission? Yes, but this is TV not HBO. Does the show spend too much time talking about Chris Stevens’s athletics schedule as if a teenager’s suggested karate practice is a worthwhile substitute for an actual character? Sure, but who cares about Chris, he’s useless. Dana for days. But it’s a great show, lots of fun, very tense and exciting, strong acting, topical, all of that, and I’m worried that it’s the new The Killing. The second season was pretty scattershot. Oh, there were very good episodes. The interrogation episode? That was a good episode! But I was always a little hard-pressed to swallow that a middle eastern terrorist organization in the vein of Al Qaeda had a SWAT TEAM embedded in the United States that was capable of surprising and wiping out an entire team of armed CIA officers. And I do not remember the part in real life when Osama Bin Laden SINGLE-HANDEDLY kidnapped a CIA analyst and held her captive in a Metallica video. I’m just saying, there were some problems this year. And that brings us to the finale, which, again, same thing. Were there parts that were interesting and/or exciting? Yes! There were! Do I have any idea what we are supposed to be anticipating in season 3? Not really! Are we really supposed to wonder whether or not Carrie will be able to clear Brody’s name so that they can fuck with abandon at a cabin in the woods? Are we really supposed to be nervous that he has ruined his relationship with his children who already hate and/or distrust him and/or are Chris who we have already pointed out is worthless? Considering the season 1 finale in which Carrie had an important breakthrough memory about Brody’s ties to Abu Nazir right before getting electroshock therapy, there is no way to think of the season 2 finale as anything other than a disappointment. “Oooh! I hope Saul’s wife has some ideas for how to renovate the townhouse with his new salary!” Nah. “Oooh! I hope Finn comes back as a ghost that only Dana can see and they start dating again!” Nope. I don’t know, guys. I just don’t know. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Homeland season 3 writers during this difficult time.

Comments (16)
  1. There’s talk that season 3 will take a more micro look at the CIA with a John le Carré-style mole hunt a-la Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which I’m looking forward to if only to see how Clair Daniels looks with really big glasses.

  2. not gonna read not gonna read not gonna read…watching tonight watching tonight…don’t look don’t look

  3. I hate this show, only watched first few episodes of first season, they kill off that hooker lady and I was like “yawn saw that one coming a mile away” and it was done in such cheap ass tv crappy show fashion I hated it. Saw part of season two’s first episode and just turned it off. Its so lame. Very soap opera-ish.

  4. I was teetering on the idea of just being done with Homeland since this season was so bizarre (and the first half of the finale, woof) but then again I’m probably a liar since I’m still watching awful Dexter.

    But I’m genuinely confused. Are we supposed to be rooting for these two crazy kids to make it in the world? The episode was engaging and interesting but then he’s telling her what they had was real and I’m just puking everywhere. Did the writers expect me to swoon there? Feel bad that the star crossed lovers were going to be separated yet again?

    Barf barf.

    This needs to be renamed the Saul Show and just be Saul all the time. His character was off the charts this episode.

    • Can Saul Goodman and Saul Tigh be on the Saul Show too?

    • I actually hate everyone in that show so much that I was yelling at my TV last night that everyone should just die already. And then a bunch did, but not enough. Literally everyone should die except Saul.

      Or maybe Saul could also die but then instruct a group of grimm reapers on what they should do every day in a similar gruff fatherly character way. And maybe those grimm reapers should meet in a pancake shop and there should be a super cute British one.

      Dead Like Me was a much better Saul show.

    • There’s no way they can realistically expect us to root for that relationship. I have to assume that they want us to see it for the craziness that it is. This show has drifted so far from realism at this point that I almost see it as some wild, fever dream of right-wing paranoia. Just like 24. And I can’t wait for the next season!

  5. so how Islamophobic is this show really? I’ve never seen it, heard it’s really good but then I also hear things like how they showed al-Hamra street in Beirut as some sort of terrorist rat’s-warren of evil Arabs where the heads of al-Qaida and Hezbollah conspire together (which is already treading dangerously close to some RILL stupid Saddam-Hussein-and-9/11-plus-Iran Axis of Evil type shit) when it’s actually full of chichi espresso bars (and actual bars?). Personally, I would prefer to have the terrorist leaders walk into an actual Hamra bar, order a couple of basil mojitos, and complain about how the wi-fi connection is too slow. So, I guess my question is: yo, is this racist?

    • Kind of Islamophobic. Not particularly racist. Terrorism is portrayed as categorically evil, in that civilian casualties are bad, bad, bad, and all the terrorists on the show are Muslim (though not necessarily Arab), so chalk one up for Islamophobia. Also, especially in season one, early depictions of Brody (the possibly brainwashed, former POW, maybe-terrorist) praying in Arabic feel like they’re meant to be chilling, so that’s a little anti-Islam too.

      BUT, the deaths of Arab civilians during US black ops drone strikes are also portrayed as categorically evil, as is the Vice President who authorized them, so that tips the scales back in the other direction. And, not only does the representation of Brody’s Muslim practices become more nuanced and less “frightening,” but a couple of non-terrorist Muslims pop up here and there – one of them a CIA agent.

      That said, most of the protagonists are westerners trying to foil Islamic extremists. And, while the show trades on moral grey areas, and we’re sometimes meant to sympathize with individual members of terrorist cells, and occasionally their motives, we’re rarely meant to root for them. So, you know, Muslim terrorists are the bad guys, and the War on Terror is justified. A few good apples on the terrorist side, and a few bad ones working for us, but on the whole, we’re right and they’re wrong. Up to you as to whether that’s Islamophobic. It’s certainly much less of a right-wing fantasy than, say, 24, sensationalized though it be.

      As to whether the show is racist or inaccurate in its representation of the Arab/Muslim world, it’s hard for me to say. Beirut was definitely not right. The show does seem to take place in a slightly alternate reality where terrorist threats are more serious than they are in the real world, with multiple successful attacks on American soil and a more aggressive Israeli/Iranian conflict, so some liberties seem justified – but Beirut was still a little ridiculous.

      As for terrorist leaders plotting over craft cocktails – do they do that? But I get your point, and in the show the terrorist cell comprises the security chief of a nightclub-loving Saudi prince, a college professor, his caucasion, rich-girl, wife/girlfriend, a gay, westernized, middle-eastern ambassador, a tv journalist, etc. Wi-fi is most definitely used. Very few terrorists of the sandal-wearing, cave-dwelling persuasion are depicted.

      So, in summary, given the subject matter, this shit could be way more racist. The larger problem is that the show can’t shake the Showtime Touch. It’s almost big boy television, but ultimately feels like it’s been created by a teenager who loves HBO, but isn’t quite mature enough to reproduce it. It lacks, among other things, a unifying perspective, and gets caught up in some stupid soap opera shit, without enough control over its tone, or consistency of character psychology, or mastery of narrative structure, to pull it off. It’s not crap, it’s just not quite there. And, though on occasion excellent, it’s more frequently middle-brow, and sometimes fucking stupid.

      • Thanks for the (surprisingly detailed) reply … doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea. It’s just frustrating, first of all, that a show that is supposed to be a hard-hitting, realistic examination of the War On Terror ™ would get so much wrong about the Middle East. But there do seem to be some pretty problematic things there. Actually, the idea that a whole cross-section of the Muslim population (even the supposedly ‘liberal, Westernized’ ones) is part of a terrorist sleeper cell is almost worse than having it just be cave-dwellers. IT COULD BE ANYONE! I think that, plus what you are saying about inconsistent tone, soap-operaness, etc. could make it just too frustrating too watch. PS Don’t know what someone downvoted you before.

        • “Personally, I would prefer to have the terrorist leaders walk into an actual Hamra bar, order a couple of basil mojitos, and complain about how the wi-fi connection is too slow.”

          Well I dunno: literally a week after the Lebanese government complained about Homeland a Lebanese intelligence chief (+ others) was killed in a car bomb not too far from Hamra, as a result (basically) of the country’s nightmarish relationship with Syria. It’s not all chi-chi bars, nor is it all being-destabilized-by-one-of-the-worst-regimes-in-the-region I guess.

          The show is kind of dumb — I agree with everything carlhollywood says — but it isn’t meant to be hard-hitting or realistic. More so than ’24′ but that isn’t saying much. It’s about the CIA’s hunt for terrorists so I dunno who it ought to portray as terrorists.

  6. fuck this weird hate S2 was a great ride!

  7. I predict Saul sighing a lot at Carrie in S3.

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