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Homeland Season Finale

19 Dec

Homeland wrapped up an outstanding first season last night, and what a cop out. If you haven’t seen the episode, stop reading now SPOILERS below.

All that build up and no bomb, Brody’s daughter is able to convince him not to push the button. Really!!! And Carrie’s bi-polar disorder causes her to choose electro-shock therapy, one of the side effects is memory loss.  Just as she heads into treatment she remembers Brody said Nazir’s son’s name, Isa when they were together, his death is the catalyst for Brody’s mission.  The last piece to the puzzle falls into place and then it is gone, so lame.

So next season will be about when/if  Carrie will remember, and Brody killing an idea not a man. Saul blackmailing the VP is in play as well as his knowledge that Estes can’t be trusted. I suppose they had to figure out a way to reset the show so it could continue. I think a bigger payoff would be if Brody was successful with the mission, Carrie was right and the CIA blew it again.  The show could have continued without Brody, as much as I love Damian Lewis I doubt he would be out of work for long.

Here is a recap.

The episode opens with Brody making a recording explaining his actions, we find out that his target is the Vice President and his advisors. Their crime is the drone attack that killed 82 children, one was Nazir’s son, the child Brody became friends with. Is the show making a social comment on US policy that kills innocent children?

Saul visits Carrie, who is in a deep depression, this as her sister explains, is what comes after the mania. Carrie is on administrative leave, Saul explains, ” she will never step foot in Langley again”.  Saul tells Carrie to forget Brody, he has destroyed her, she says she can’t and Saul realizes Carrie is in love with Brody.

Brody hides the memory card with his recording in a stonewall. Tom Walker hides in a car, this gets him into the restricted area where the VP will be making his announcement.  The VP and Estes chat, the VP is going to announce his candidacy for president tomorrow, Estes asks him to call it off.

Brody family at home, domestic chit chat. Knowing that Brody may die tomorrow makes the scene bittersweet, I feel bad for his family, innocent victims.  Brody’s daughter, Dana catches him praying in Arabic, he tells her he converted to Islam. This confession turns into a nice father daughter scene, it shows how close these two characters are, and again with the bittersweet, if Brody dies.

Carrie hears the news about the VP’s speech, and starts to put 2 and 2 together. In the meantime, Saul goes to Estes with Carrie’s research about the drone strike that precipitated the time Nazir went silent. Estes’ knows the research came from Carrie so he dismisses it.  He sends Saul off to work the VP’s announcement.

Carrie and Virgil head off to the site of the VP’s announcement, he wants to leave he tells her this isn’t her job anymore. She convinces him to stay, because she knows something bigger then one sniper is going down. He agrees to help her.

Very creepy scene watching Brody put on the suicide vest, and the daughter on the other side of the door asking him not to go.  The daughter pleads with him one more time not to go, but he does. He has to complete his mission.

Saul finds out that the paper trail on the drone strike is gone.  He is putting it together, it won’t be long before he figures out Estes is a bad guy.

Carrie and Virgil are hanging out behind the barricades, she is still acting pretty crazy, but Virgil is hanging in there with her.  Seeing Brody arrive at the event only ramps up the crazy. 

Tom Walker takes the shot, he kills Elizabeth Gains, everyone thinks the VP was the target everyone is hustled into a bunker.  Carrie calls Saul, she lays it all out for him. She convinces him that Walker was Marine 1 and Marine 2 is Brody and Brody is going to kill the VP and his staff.  Saul sends an officer out to get Carrie and contain her.

We see Brody start to play with the bomb trigger, he flips the switch, it doesn’t go off. Carrie takes off before Saul’s men can get to her. She goes to Dana and asks her to call her Dad to prevent him from performing his mission.  She calls the cops, before they show up, she tells Jessica about Brody. No one believes her, but she has planted the seeds. Carrie is led away in handcuffs by the police.

Brody is trying to fix the trigger.  He is about to flip the switch, and Dana calls, she tells him about Carrie and the things she said about him being a terrorist. She makes him promise he is coming home, and in some of the best acting on TV, Damian Lewis decides to abort his mission. You have see the changes his face makes and his eyes to appreciate what a fantastic moment Lewis has created here.

Saul goes to visit the VP, he shows him the drone file. He also shows him a stack of DVDs of interrogation sessions that the VP ordered. He is letting him know he is on to him.

Brody goes to the police station to see Carrie. She apologizes, he tells he will drop the charges if she will leave him alone and get some help. She promises to stay away and they say good bye. As Carrie gets into her sister’s van, we see her completely break down. 

Saul and Estes view the tape of the VP ordering the drone hit that killed Nazir’s son. Saul tells him he is going to the New York Times, Estes says you can’t because it would endanger every one of your agents in the field.

Brody goes back for his video, but its been picked. He goes to his house, gets a gun and meets Tom Walker. Brody tells him maybe it was a good thing the bomb didn’t go off. Because they would have just put someone else in his place, and now Brody is. He can be right next to the VP, and possibly the next president.   Nazir has been listening on Walker’s phone to the conversation. Brody and Nazir get on the phone, Brody convinces him this is the way to go. Nazir says “why kill a man, when you can kill an idea”, then he asks him to kill Walker. He does.

Brody goes home, he locks things down with Jess so he can continue the mission.

Saul is charging into the hospital, he is trying to stop Carrie from having shock treatments. She says she wants this, it will help her. Saul tells her about the drone strike and she was right about Nazir’s missing time and now they know why.  He tells her Nazir’s son Isa was killed in the strike.

As Carrie is going under to the treatment, she remembers Brody said the name Isa in his sleep, she realizes he knew Nazir’s son, she made the connection and then her memory is wiped clean by the shock treatment.

Sunday 12/18 What you should watch

18 Dec

Big Night Tonight

Both Dexter and Homeland are airing their season finales tonight.

Homeland is the breakout critic favorite of the fall. I can’t wait to see how it ends. Since this is from the people who brought us 24 I would not put it past them to kill off Brody.

Over on Dexter rumor is someone finds out his secret, most people think its Deb, maybe its LaGuerta

Survivor Finale on CBS

Once Upon A Time is repeating the Snow Falls episode.

Of course there is Football

Homeland

Episode: Marine One
S01, E12

Saul investigates Carrie’s theories; Walker secures a perch for his mission; Brody makes final preparations

Dexter

S06, E12

Dexter and the Homicide team race to catch the Doomsday Killers before their final act; Deb copes with a new emotional reality

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Snow Falls
 Emma talks Mary Margaret into reading to an unidentified coma patient in the hospital; Prince Charming and Snow White meet for the first time

Once Upon A Time, Homeland, The Amazing Race, Sunday 11/27 What You Should Watch

27 Nov

Top Spot

Once Upon A Time

Second

Homeland and Boardwalk Empires, both shows are building to climatic season finales. Who will live, who will die, who is a spy watch and find out.

Hallmark Hall of Fame is back on CBS with Mitch Albom’s ” Have a Little Faith“, starring Bradley Whitford, Laurence Fishburne and Martin Landau. Albom is the man responsible for “Tuesday’s with Morrie’s”. 

Once Upon a Time

Sheriff Graham makes Emma a deputy; a sinkhole appears at the edge of town; in fairytale world, Jiminy wants to leave the family business.

Homeland

Episode: Crossfire
Brody relives his captivity; Carrie is in the middle of a public relations nightmare.
 

Boardwalk Empire

Jimmy tries to cultivate a new revenue stream; the Commodore’s crew must deal with the city’s striking workers; Nucky gets a new lawyer; Van Alden’s future is uncertain.
 

Dexter

Episode: Get Gellar
Dexter gets help from an unexpected source; Debra learns something about herself in therapy.
 
 

The Amazing Race

The contestants take a thrilling test drive and try to make traditional Belgian waffles.
 
Cleric Henry Covington and Rabbi Albert Lewis profoundly affect the life of writer Mitch Albom. Based on a book by Mitch Albom.
Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Whitford, Anika Noni Rose, Martin Landau, Jon Avnet
Listings courtesy of Zap2IT
 

Homeland – “Achilles Heel”

21 Nov

Last nights episode of Homeland, “Achilles Heel” made it very clear that everything you think you know about this show is wrong.

The last five minutes of last night’s episode turned the show again in a new direction or is it back to the same direction it was before Brody’s “confession”. I really believed everything Brody told Carrie in “The Weekend”, boy do I feel stupid.  What a great liar Brody is, I already thought Damian Lewis‘ performance was fantastic, tonight’s reveal sealed it.  Mr. Lewis we will see you at the Emmy’s.

Back to the episode, Brody and his family reconciled, Carrie will always be alone, Saul and his wife officially broke up, the CIA is on Tom Walker’s trail and Brody is being courted to run for Congress.  The last bit is a little to Manchurian Candidate for me, this show is too smart for that, so I am sure it will turn again.

Tom Walker, is alive, turned and on the run with a gun. His wife let him know his call was being traced and he was able to escape. Due to a communications screw up, two innocent men where shot in a Mosque while they were praying.  There is going to be some fallout from that I am sure.

I have no idea which way this show is going, which is fine by me. I like smart TV that you can’t figure out, it keeps you guessing and builds on itself every week.

This was another stellar episode with great performances. I am sure we will also see Claire Danes at the Emmy’s next September. Not sure if Mandy Patinkin will make the cut, but he should.  I have followed his career since he was on Broadway as Che in Evita. What a voice!!

Here is a sneak peek for next week

Stay Tuned Later on this Channel

21 Nov

Hey fellow TV aficionado’s stay tuned I am working on my write up for Homeland and The Good Wife.

If you saw either of these shows last night, then you know I am not kidding when I say. DAMN!!!!

Hope you will come back later for my humble opinions.

Sunday – What you should be watching

13 Nov

It’s Sunday which can only mean one thing, my new favorite show Once Upon A Time is on, YEAH!!!  It helps soothe the pain of going back to work on Monday BOO!!!!

The Good Wife and Homeland also look like they are going to kick butt tonight.

Once Upon a Time gives us more details on Mr. Gold and his wheeling and dealing, and introduces us to Cinderella. Emma gets a job offer from a surprising source.

Here is the first ten minutes of tonight’s episode “The Price of Gold”

The Good Wife

Episode: Death Row Tip
In order to keep a client from being convicted of murder, Alicia must obtain a stay of execution for a guilty man; Eli tries to stay ahead of a client’s possible scandal.
 
 
 

Homeland

Episode: The Weekend
Carrie and Brody’s relationship becomes complicated; Mike and Jessica face the fallout; Saul makes a catch.
 
 

Dexter

Episode: Nebraska
Dexter takes a trip to Nebraska to tie up loose ends; Deb deals with complications of her new position.
 
 

Boardwalk Empire

Nucky solicits advice; Eli is suspicious of his brother; Angela makes a new friend; Jimmy flexes his muscles at Mickey Doyle’s expense.
 
 
 

Homeland “The Weekend” Sneak Peaks

12 Nov

Last week’s episode of Homeland was crazy, between the backyard brawl between Brody and Mike, the polygraph tests everyone took, Carrie and Brody having drunk sex in the back of his car to Carrie jumping in his car at the end of the episode.  Where could they possible go this week

Here are two sneak peaks to help us figure that out

Homeland – The Good Soldier

7 Nov

The Good Soldier, who is the good soldier tonight on Homeland.  

Is Carrie (Claire Danes)  the good soldier for arranging the polygraphs, so she can trap Brody in a lie, or is she a good soldier for sleeping with Brody(Damian Lewis)  in order to create her own very creative control question. Is Brody the good soldier, for delivering the eulogy at Tom Walkers memorial, the man he beat to death when they were being held captive.  Or for sleeping with Carrie all in the name of his “mission”  Is Aileen Morgan the good soldier, who is a homegrown terrorist who has recruited Fazel in her plot, he is the perfect cover after all.

Tom Walker’s memorial was certainly moving, as Brody called out each member of the unit, they stood and said “here”, when he called out Tom’s name the silence reverberated thru the church echoing the hole left in everyone’s life.

Well this show definitely kicked it into high gear last night.  Who’s zooming whom, I am convinced that Brody and Carrie know what each other is up to and all their actions are to keep ahead of the other. Since we know the show has been renewed for second season the show can go in one of two directions, they do not reveal Brody’s status, or we find out he is not the turned soldier and becomes part of the mission to find out who is.

The cookout after Tom Walkers memorial certainly gave us plenty of options, it could be anyone of them, heck it could be best buddy Mike. Brody finally let him and Jessica know he knows about the affair with his fists.  Whether or not the couple break up remains to be seen.

Aileen, who is part of a US terror operation escapes execution when Fazel’s cover is blown. She is on the run, and if the previews are to be believed will be picked up by the CIA next week.  Also based on the previews Carrie and Brody are hold up in a cabin somewhere having marathon sex.

What about Saul, he failed the polygraph the first time thru, and wiggled through the second one. Whats that old saying about hiding in plain sight. Overall the polygraph was a nice tool used by the writers to get more information about these characters.

This show has built the tension, and gone in a very different direction then I thought it would. It will be interesting to see how the Brody Carrie relationship develops, and if this show explores US based terror which all experts predict is the next threat not foreigners.

Check out back episode at sho.com, this show is worth your time.

Sunday – What you should watch

6 Nov

Thanks to Zap2 it for the listings

Top Spot – The Amazing Race

I am not a big fan of this show, its nothing against the show, I am just not a big fan of reality/competition shows. When I have watched it, its been fun, the challenges are crazy.  I understand why it is has won so many Emmys.

I watch it because my BF loves it. And since I love him, it gets the top spot this week .  Next in line Once Upon A Time,  then Homeland, followed by The Good Wife.

The Amazing Race

A puzzling roadblock in Malawi delays a team; contestants consider sabotaging other racers.
 

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Snow Falls
Emma talks Mary Margaret into reading to an unidentified coma patient in the hospital; Prince Charming and Snow White meet for the first time.
 
 
 

Homeland

The CIA orders polygraphs on everyone who was in contact with Nazir’s key players; Carrie hopes to learn the truth.
 
 

The Good Wife

The Treasury Department forces Alicia to report on her latest client; Peter looks into Will’s past transgressions.
 
 
The Rest

Pan Am

Episode: Truth or Dare
Sparks fly when Laura meets an intriguing sailor on a wild flight; Kate’s government mission clashes with her love affair
 
 

Boardwalk Empire

Episode: Peg of Old
Jimmy faces a decision with long-term consequences; Margaret has a family reunion; a new prosecutor; Owen settles a score.
 
 

Dexter

Episode: Just Let Go
Dexter is caught up in a very personal case that awakens the needs of his Dark Passenger; Debra feels overwhelmed by her new Lieutenant duties, made all the more complicated when she finds out Quinn slept with a witness in the Doomsday case.
 
 
 

Sunday What to Watch

30 Oct

Listings courtesy of Zap2it

New episodes of The Good Wife, and Once Upon A Time tie for the top spot.

Showtime has Dexter, and an excellent new show called Homeland.  Boardwalk Empire continues to improve on its impressive first season.

What Halloween would be complete with The Simpsons’ annual treehouse of horror special, this year is # 22.

And as always I want to hear from you. What are you watching?

Once Upon a Time

Regina tries to push Emma out of Storybrooke and Henry’s life; information about the Evil Queen’s curse comes out.
 
 
 

The Good Wife

Alicia defends a Taiwanese national; Eli’s ex-wife approaches him about a potential political campaign
 
 
Honorable mention:
 

Allen Gregory

Episode: Pilot
When pretentious 7-year-old Allen Gregory begins the first grade in a public school, he struggles to fit in with his peers; Allen has in interesting first meeting with his principal.
 

The Simpsons

A boulder traps Homer’s arm when he takes a drive through a canyon; a spider bite paralyzes Homer; Flanders becomes a vigilante by night; Bart and Milhouse travel to a distant planet to obtain an extract.
 

Pan Am

Despite being close to losing her job, Maggie manages to make it onto a flight to Rio de Janeiro; Kate is unsure of herself after getting a difficult mission involving a Yugoslav diplomat; Ginny’s games don’t sit well with Dean.
 

The Amazing Race

After falling behind, a dismayed contestant is encouraged by spirited locals; contestants participate in an intense foot race.
 

Boardwalk Empire

Nucky arranges a risky liquor delivery; complications arise in Nucky’s federal case; Jimmy finds a new mentor; Margaret makes a confession; Lucy struggles in solitude; Van Alden wrestles with his conscience.
 

Homeland

Episode: Blind Spot
Brody confronts his surviving jailor; the agency is on the trail of Aileen and Faisel.
 
 
 
 
 
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