December 1, 2013 § Leave a Comment
“He’s not what we expected. But he’s what we’ve got.”
There’s always “one last time” in Homeland in the same way that there’s always that next place. This week, Brody wakes up and that’s where he is—that next place, a hospital bed, somewhere in Virginia.
There’s yet another next place for us viewers too. It turns out that after hate comes—what, love? Well, maybe love is too strong a word. But ‘One Last Time’ was definitely one of the stronger hours of this third season, one of the first in a while that has me anticipating the future. I still think Brody should be dead, if not from the suicide vest then at least for his being the Langley Bomber.
But Brody isn’t dead. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 23, 2013 § 1 Comment
“You know you don’t have to promise anything. Really. I understand.”
Increasingly, Peter Quinn has come to symbolize the typical Homeland audience—us viewers were #AllIn at first, but that enthusiasm has slowly been curbed. These days, we want nothing more than to leave but we can’t. Like Quinn, I stay on for a weird sense of dedication and duty to see through to its end my mission of bringing moderately funny recaps to my readers.
But I’m not Quinn. Had I been in his shoes in ‘A red wheelbarrow,’ I wouldn’t have shot Carrie because I was following orders. I probably would have been the one suggesting it to Dar Adal. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 17, 2013 § 2 Comments
“…Which, in Iran, just means it’s Tuesday.”
Now in its third season, Homeland is a show that hasn’t aged beautifully—or maybe that one is too easy. Let’s try a different one. “You started this,” Saul tells Javadi. “I think you’ll want to be there when it ends.” But do us viewers want to continue on that journey to the next place? I’m not so sure.
In this new episode, Lockhart is but the latest victim to fall for the show’s Triangle of Wood, but surely he will not be the last. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 6, 2013 § 2 Comments
“You may have me over a barrel, but I’ll never be your bitch.”
Prior to ‘Still Positive,’ all of us viewers had been detached just like Saul had been in his conversation with Mira. For the better part of the last season and a half, we had every reason to get mad at showrunner Alex Gansa but we had preserved face. But by the end of this sixth episode, we finally flipped. Just like Saul did.
Or maybe I was alone like that. M’eh. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Welcome to the second season of A gentleman’s best, where A man must have a code tackles long-form journalism.
In A gentleman’s best, I will present my favourite feature of each issue of GQ and Esquire. I don’t work for, or on behalf of, either magazine (though I would love to)—I simply enjoy reading features and explaining what works, or doesn’t, for each of them. The hope is that my readers will share this fascination of mine, or might be compelled to read each magazine. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 30, 2013 § 1 Comment
“Dana’s in love, who knows what she’ll see.”
In ‘The Yoga Play,’ all of us viewers were all duck hunting and we finally shot one down, our Leo “Romeo.” With him out of the way, showrunner Alex Gansa can finally move us along to the next place in the Homeland journey. Because he was the problem. We always knew the next place was the pursuit of Majid Javadi, but the teenage love story kept taking us out of the dark. We could only look at Javadi from 17,000 feet above, because that’s how high Dana and Leo were flying.
Mercifully, the showrunners decided to put that duck down and out of its misery this week. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 24, 2013 § Leave a Comment
“It’s up to you to draw the line you won’t cross.”
It turns out that the cabin in the woods that showrunner Alex Gansa had been building this season may have been made of straw or wood, but that it was by design. There are still plenty more trees in the forest—the key is for viewers to see it.
The “next place” in Homeland’s journey, after an excellent ‘Tower of David’ episode, is one that’s full of grass that’s green, but not greener I’m afraid.
But first, ‘Game On’ had ghosts. « Read the rest of this entry »