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Last week fellow movie critic Tim Goodguy shelp of Homeland that he hoped his fears of the series turning right into 24 weren"t coming true. Yes, "A Gettysburg Address" did have actually the unique tone of a display turning from a complex emotional drama into a CIA spy fest, and admittedly that episode was not the series finest (not to say it wasn"t excellent, it simply wasn"t fairly to the standard to which we"ve grown accustomed). "The Clearing," an additional starray episode, didn"t feel like 24, however did feel for the first time prefer Homeland is just buying time. There"s a difference in between a building-block episode that starts moving crucial players right into place and also a filler episode, though "The Clearing" appears to belengthy somewbelow in between -- some exciting basic points were raised, but our characters remained reasonably stagnant. Hit the jump to join my prichild wine and cheese party.
Before everyone"s blood pressure and also ire rises to dangerous levels, let"s look at what Homeland did really well this week. Picking Aileen"s story back up offered us even more time with Saul, which we haven"t had a lot of this season, and also really made some great comments around solitary confinement. The New Yorker"s Atul Gawande created an exceptional item in 2009 about whether or not solitary confinement have the right to be interpreted as torture. As he claims to start, we people are social creatures, and also to deprive us of interaction and, as Aileen brings up, also something prefer sunlight, have the right to have actually destructive impacts on the brain.
Homeland draws a parallel below in Aileen / Saul"s interaction and also that of Nazir / Brody. Saul constantly played Good Cop through Aileen, from their cross-country journey to the wine and also cheese he lugged to their prison interview. Like Nazir, Saul proved compassion and offered hope as soon as there appeared to be none. Also prefer Nazir, Saul was hoping to turn Aileen away from her deepest ideas and also come over to his side, to help his reason.
Aileen"s arrangement from the start though was to uncover a way to kill herself. She planted the seed early about just how her eyes were poor, leveraging Saul"s sympathy right into loaning her glasses. It was a riskies relocate and one not especially likely to succeed, but that"s the type of coincidence we buy into through Homeland, and there"s nopoint wrong through it. It was a neat trick as well that she had actually bargot her method right into gaining a day by the home window as "a wonderful last day."
At the pool at the fundraising event, a dim-witted womale asks Brody suddenly if once he was tortured he had ever before wanted to kill himself. Brody"s desire to live was solid (he did, after all, "kill" Tom Walker the first time in order to survive), but any desire he had to die because of his torture or bereason of his guilt was cultivated by Nazir into making him a suicide bomber, somepoint that wore off as soon as Brody was represented to his family members (and also most especially thanks to Dana"s phone call in an important moment).
Even though Brody downplays his hero standing later saying "all I did was not die," that in and of itself is very large. He didn"t die as a POW, no, yet he also didn"t die as a suicide bomber. And eincredibly time he cheats fatality, his life becomes infinitely more complex.
Here is wright here points started to break dvery own in "The Clearing," though. Carrie being the one referred to as in to handle All Things Brody felt too convenient Talking to Mike Faber was fine (also though he is plainly not going to ago dvery own one little except possibly in talking to Jess about what he finds, until tbelow is more evidence), but to have Carrie be the one to sheight Brody and Dana from going to the police? Carrie introducing herself to Dana was a weird minute - did the ECT make Carrie forobtain their all-essential bomb-stopping conversation? Additional, one of Brody"s essential lies to Jess is that Carrie no much longer functions for the CIA. It would certainly be exceptionally feasible that Dana could mention to Jess having actually watched Carrie at the police station, was there really no one else accessible to make that intercept?
In any kind of instance, bad Dana is currently wrapped up in her very own Guilt Quilt just prefer her dad, though kudos to her I guess for being the most moral perchild I"ve maybe ever viewed in trying tough, really difficult, to get an Accessory to Manslaughter charge lugged versus her. On the various other hand, the concept that Dana checked out the funeral was ludicrous, wasn"t she afraid of the daughter recognizing her? How did she even discover out around it? The part around the arsenal plate containing $12 was also a particularly Dickensian moment. It felt prefer too much -- much less is even more, Homeland, and also Dana"s guilt was plainly eating ameans at her (as it was Finn, though he was likely more came to about getting caught) without those flourishes.
Similarly (and also ago to Carrie), Carrie and also Brody"s meeting in the clearing at the party felt compelled in a method elements of their connection hasn"t in the previous. Maybe, prefer Dana"s funeral attendance, it felt unimportant. We recognize they have complicated feelings around each other -- no episode did better at establishing the perfect structure for that than their weekend getameans at the cabin. More interestingly, is this connection affecting Carrie"s mood? We haven"t had any type of cite of her bipolar in awhile, or shots of her at residence coping through her emotions, among the strongest facets of the display.
What "The Clearing" put up for the weeks to come is that the CIA is earlier to learning virtually nopoint around Nazir"s next plans, which suggests Brody will be pressed right into functioning overtime. That, along with the campaign stresses and Dana"s rebellion from The Way Things Are need to make for some explosive (perhaps literally) next few episodes.
Episode Rating: B
Musings and Miscellanea:
-- Brody is exceptionally great at pushing Roya for information. Those scenes are so well-written and also perfectly executed.
-- "Cease and fucking desist, understand?" - Carrie to Mike
-- From Twitter, "Claire Danes just being normal in Homeland."
-- Damien Lewis was on the Jonathan Ross" display in the UK this week, and this happened. Bury me at sea.
-- Glad Peter Quinn is alive. Worried for Alvarez though.
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-- Brody"s finest character minute in "The Clearing" was his (beauticompletely shot) evening swim. He"s a guy alone, in limbo, over his head.
-- The Dead People board has a lot less real estate on it than the Still Alive one ...
-- Estes gave some great deals with in this episode.
-- "This one is a spitter, a hitter and also a shitter" - prichild guard.
-- It annoys me as soon as world say "I simply want the fact, I deserve to manage it" and also then can not. You can not manage the truth, Jess! (or at least, Brody"s version of it).
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