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Homeland Series 3 Episode 1

Is that Quinn with his shirt off making a bomb in his basement?

Carrie comes before the Congress Committee.
Senator:
“How can the CIA be expected to protect this country if it can’t even protect itself?”
“You will be questioned by Majority and Minority Counsel..”
What is that?

Minority Counsel:
“What was the aim of this taskforce?”..
Carrie:
“Abu-Nazir”.
“If you’re asking me if he outsmarted ome?
“Yes, he did”
she continues
“If you’re asking me if I’ll ever forgive myself?
“No…
“This is the Department of Justice Exhibit A Document..”

Saul & Other nasty beardy guy.
Saul:
“I won’t thrown Carried under the bus!”
him:
“OK we’ll just jump and down up up and down her really hard!

Carie finally blurts out:
“I don’t believe Congressman Brody planted that bomb!”
Committee Man:
“Yours is a minority view”!..

Dana is in some kind of Rehab place!
Therapist.
“Coping tool?”
“Who else wants to share?”

Mrs Brody.& Therapist
Therapist:
“She’s doing really well..”
Mum:
“You mean for someone who slit their wrists and got in the bath?!”
Mom:
“I have no income, no money…
“We’ve had death threats”

Dana is snogging someone who looks like the son of Quinn.
He has got to be a spy/ undercover.

Mom is plagued by the Press when she comes out.

Saul and his beardy friend:
Saul:
“There’s a lot of moving parts, but i don’t think we’ll get another chance”
beardy friend:
“What about the Iranian?”
Saul:
“We know him as the magician”
Admiral:
“So he was the Shah’s man before the Ayatollah’s?”
Admiral:
“So, do we get the green light?”
Saul:
No, we’re still deciding..”

Saul:
“Javadi is the man we should be getting!”
beardy man:
“You hear about Carrie today?”
“She’s blowing it”
Saul:
“Someone’s leaking documents!”
Saul looks at him accusingly.

Carrie’s Dad & Carrie. (Carrie’s Dad is brilliant i think)
Him:
“What’s all this?”
“map…”
“You’re off your meds, aren’t you?”
Carrie:
“I missed it, it was right in front of my eyes!”

Dana comes home and has a new Grandma and a whole different brother! i mean actor.

Dana:
“I have homework!”
“tell that to Beowulf”
Grandma:
“I don’t know who that is!”

Dana looks at a family photo.  Brody is in it.
She puts it in a drawer.
There is a pink haired troll and a note in her bag.
“Dear Shiva the destroyer..”
Dana reads it..

Then takes a photo of herself topless!
Uh.oh.  This is not good.  Not good at all.

Know that vampirish quinn look-alike guy at the Centre was up to no good.

Mira & Saul
(teaching moment)
Saul
“We’re not assassins Mira..”
“We’re spies..”

Is Saul drunk?
Not sure about Mira undoing his shoelaces for him.

Mira:
“We’re still sleeping in separate bedrooms, it’s been two months”
Saul:
“I’m just waiting for the right answer to present itself”.

Why is Mira still there then?
Why is she acting so obedient and submissive?
Is it meant to be because she is meant to be Indian?

Back at The Committee
“We have testimony that she (Carrie) left the building with the Congressman”

To Carrie’s Lawyer:
“Why is it that you are doing all the talking and your client is as silent as the Sphinx?”
The questiong Committe Man continues:
“Trouble is, I’m not buying it.”
“I don’t believe half of what you and your colleagues are selling”
“Not half!”
“You have done great damage to our country,”
 “you and your colleagues will pay for it one day”..

The Two Beards (Saul & his fellow beardy friend-Quinn’s ex-handler) gather at the window.
Saul:
this maybe the last order we ever do”
he continues
“Take them, take them all!”
including Brody? Oh. No.

The Mighty Quinn is going al Jason Bourne on us.
In a hunky leather-OK sorry scrubb that-he’s on a motorbike with a bomb.  Then spots his target has their daughter with him-we hear her voice.
Quinn turns off his handy mobile bomb.

They are in The Control Room.
“GH3″..stand by..”
“Red 5, I have Wizard..”

Quinn: (calling in)
“I had to abort, there was a kid in the car”
“What do you what me to do?”
Saul:
“He has to be part of the kill”
“Otherwise he will crawl back into the woodpile”..
“He has ten minutes!”

Quinn.
Now he is doing his Bourne thing.  Ten minutes. Seems like a suicide mission to me.

Quinn disables the alarm and then shoots a cupboard which turns out to have a man behind it.  He takes the photo ofthe dead man.
Shit.  Quinn as killed a child by mistake.
Oh. No.  In his pyjamas.

Control Room.
“Here comes Tel Aviv”..
“Toto is down”
“Cowardly Lion is down!”.
(so they’re all Wizard of Oz names)
“Yes!”
Saul walks away.
(he doesn’t know about the child yet)

Brody’s Family.
Grandma:
You have a case!”

Dana to her family.
“What did the optimist say as he jumped off the building?”
“So far so good!”
Saul & Beardy guy.
Saul:
“We are not keepers of the flame”
him:
“No. we’re meant to stamp it out!”

Carrie comes and accuses Saul,with the newspaper.
Beardy guy:
“It wasn’t me Saul!”

Dana rips down her posters.

The Grandma talks complete shit about suicide:
“It was a cry for attention”
“If she really meant to kill herself”
“She’d be dead!”

Saul gives a televised address to the congress & the nation:
“three separate strikes. terrorist strikes..”
“Meticulously planned, text book”
“planned”..

Senator At The Committee:
“So they were curious as to the timing..”
“frankly this..
“if the information is correct, the Agency brought this down on i’s head

Saul:
“The information was flawed”
“It wasn’t entirely an agency matter”
“She was diagnosed as Bipolar”
Senator:
“So did she conceal from you the fact that she was sleeping with the Congressman?”
Saul:
“Yes, yes she did…”

Carrie cracks up weeping, watching Saul at home, on the news.  Sitting on the sofa.

Oh no.  Her best friend and mentor and Uncly friend.  That she trusted.  He shafted her.

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So there was so many teaching moments hammered home in this episode,as there has been before in Homeland, that it virtually flattened it for me.

If there was a metaphorical hammer banging this message into uor heads we would have a headache by now.

I do find teaching moments very irksome.  Yes we get it.  Gosh, how terrible.  But really, i just want to have some fun watching a drama.  Not the living news.

So we are deliberately shown Quinn as the mirror image of the original bomb maker.  In his basement.  & yes, just as with Abu Nazir, we are taught that every act, however noble in orientation has collateral damage.

 Cute little children.  someone’s son or daughter.  Someone’s Daddy.  Yep.  We really did know all that already thanks.  Yes, we get it.  The good guys are acting like the bad guys & Abu Nazir was nice to his son.  All that and more.

The memories of the Bin Laden photo-op of the war-room was written all over this episode.  A thousand fold.  & likely other stuff too.

More shadows played over Homeland Series 3 of other, more recent things, possibly post-dating it a little.

Instead of all this lording urgency and bite, it only felt like murky platitudes swimming in an ever muddier sea.

This first episode was strangely uninvolving.I missed Estes and his ever interlacing long fingers and his hot pink shirts.

Saul grumbles along gruffly.  Always failing to convince.  His new beardy best mate who i think was the mysterious handler of Quinn in Series 2, was much more convincingly sinister.

Saul’s new beardy mate half looked like he might have a magical orb or sceptre somewhere and preferred to wear a cloak.  i swear he had black eyeliner on.

Carrie, as ever, manges to be electric on screen by not doing anything much in particular but charging around from here to there.  With her giant Manga saucer like eyes.  & often trembling lips.
( Oh yes and they have given her an officially mad scribbling notebook.)

Of course all this is nothing without Brody.

He and Carrie literally fizzle off each other like static shock on screen.

The first two episodes are sans/ minus Brody.

We will have to leave Brody, safe and peaceful in our imagination in the eponymous log cabin in the Canadian outback forest.

Building log fires. chopping wood, reading his Qur’an and praying on his little red prayer mat in the sunrise.

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