transcript of my comments on Rebecca Nicholson’s Guardian Homeland Blog:Episode 8:Spoilers:Do not read unless you have seen this episode

  • 11 April 2012 12:00AM

    reply toTheNorthRemembers
    &@ALL

    Yes, a poster pointed out that Mera left all her suitcases on the pavement! hadn’t spotted that..if so, very funny. Well about as funny as Homeland gets..Good point about the taxi and why Saul didn’t get in it, guess he had given up? kind of like me on the whole Saul scenario in that episode? Oh pleeez make it stop already..

    There surely must be some significance to having had to suffer through these scenes? later perhaps? i keep telling myself that about many of the scenes in Homeland..but an awful thought occurs that no, they were there for Meaningful Moments.

    i tried to liven up the tediousness by pretending that the cab driver and Mera were in cahoots and she is a deep deep undercover something(well the cab driver knew everything thanks to Saul anyway!) that’s why perhaps she didn’t need the suitcases, ’cause you don’t need suitcases where She’s going! Yes, Mera could be behind the mysteriously suspicious carpet cold call! it did, as a poster pointed out, bounce off India..

    Aha, i hadn’t spotted Brody “tearing up” up his return home and seeing the daughter’s bandages. i was looking for some reaction and thought he must have missed it. Then they were magicked away anyway..

    Yes it is a Drama but why should it be “only” a drama? Feels more like soap opera to me. The feeling of the enforced balance of themes just in case of appearing unfairly ‘unbalanced’ in it’s treatment of these themes and intermittent necessary ‘resolution’ is annoying. Cloying even.

    Why can’t it or dramas generally just go for it:art for art’s sake if you like? i started to wonder what the original was like and getting that feeling of it having been bent to the will of this transposition much like other remakes. Betcha the original is much better?…

    i dunno about the whole Carrie being watched possibility. i agree that it seemed just like that was her on her monitor at home. It was other posters who pointed out that this could mean she was being watched. You could take it either way. We don’t know for sure that what we are seeing is fully objective?

    ie.you could postulate that for us to see her on her own bug is only possible if someone is actually watching her? or it as just a theoretical reflection of her on a lone screen at home? Although a physicist would say that you can’t be seen without someone seeing you…

    the long shot of Carrie crying? good point. Could be. That achilles heel:again!

    n.b. best turn & line of dialogue in this episode after his Dad in the opening sequence and best spy so far was young Lucas: (to Estes)

    “Is this your office? i thought you were a spy. How are you supposed to spy on anything in here?”
    Exactly! how Do you spy on things then Estes?…

    Misogyny count:
    add one for the cruel and ludicrous line given to The Single Woman Carrie with her “epiphany” about how she was going to be: Alone For The Rest Of Her Life

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