Homeland Series 3-Episode 9-Warning:spoilers-recommended for those who have watched this episode-on in the UK on Channel 4 or on Virgin TV Channel 104-@ 9pm on Sundays

Homeland Episode 9

Excerpts.

Nb. I missed the first few minutes.

Carrie & Brody are both hospitalised and under armed guard.

Carrie is not speaking.
The Doctor was a bit harsh.  As if she got herself shot on purpose.

The Senator talks the most sense of everybody!

Brody is quite muscley for someone imprisoned x number of months.

Saul & Dar Adal discuss:
“How does the Senator know about Caracas?”
So Alan Bernard is the Senator’s guy..

The Senator & Carrie
The Senator wants to know why he is the bad guy when Carrie has been shot and the CIA:
“still close ranks on each other”.
Good point.
The Senator:
“The CIA are not allowed to do operations on American soil!”
Blimey!   You could have fooled me.

Shocking scenes with Brody flipping out and stabbing himself with a chair he broke.  & Predictably Brody flashes back to a similar scene in Iraq.  & (hallucinates) The stereotyped Drill Sergeant before that:
“You are a US Marine!”

( in Brody’s hallucinations) Abu Nazir is bandaging Brody in a kindly way.  Brody looks like Arrow (from the series Arrow) when Arrow was ship-wrecked on the desert island.

Saul & Brody.
Brody:
“Why didn’t you just let me die?”
“Please, I am done..”
Saul:
“You can be a US Marine again..”
Brody:
“Please, just kill me!”
Saul:
“You wanna die?”
“We will see about that”

Outboard dinghy out on a lake at night.
All alike-looking-to-the-Doctor-Special-Op- guys throw Brody overboard.
Doctor/ Special Ops  guy:
“I am going in”
Other guys:
“No, He will come up!”
Obviously an old tried and tested Marine method..

Doctor/ Special Ops guy to Saul.
“Just push it back 6 months..”
Saul:
“Are you done letting us into your thought process?”

Saul & Carrie.
Saul:
“How are you feeling?”
Carrie:
“I was about to clear Brody!”
“You lied to me”
Saul:
“Don’t you wanna know how he is?”
Carrie:
“What have you done to him?”
Saul:
“You know the assumptions behind that are so misguided..” (BS-bullshit)

Saul:
“I have a play, it involves Brody, I’m hoping you will convince him it’s in everybody’s interest..”
“Darbani Akbari, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard”
“Brody seeks political asylum there..”
Carrie:
“Akbari is better protected than the Ayotollah!”
Saul:
“it is something to break the log jam”!” bla bla…”
“get two countries talking for the first time in 30 years”

(door opens)
(footsteps approach)
Carrie comes to see Brody.
She sits in silence.  Then:
Carrie:
“Hey”
Is Carie gonna tell him she is pregnant?
Brody turns away.
Carrie cries.

Carrie & Saul.
Carrie:
“What happened to Brody in Caracas?”
Saul:
“A world of shit”..
“(He) got hooked on painkillers..(?!)”
“An Iman and his wife were murdered..”
Carrie:
“‘Cause of him?”
Saul:
“‘Cause of him”…”

Saul finds out about Alan Bernard-who is Mossad!
Quinn:
“What shall we do about him?”
Saul:
“Put him in a dark fucking hole..”

Saul & The Senator.
Senator:
“Alan Bernard was interviewing me for an article in Le Monde..”
Saul:
“Do we have a deal?”
Senator:
“We do”.

(door opens)  (door closes)

Oh no, Homeland starts going into the montage!
& Plays montage military music!

Brody is drilled:
“What language are they speaking?”
Brody:
Portuguese”
Special Ops guy holds up a porno magazine.
What is her name?”
“What is she famous for?”
Oh that will come in useful..

Brody is one of the cool Special Ops (operations) guys now.  He might even get to grow a beard!
Like all of them.

In the Mission room.
Sergeant in charge of the Mission:
“Our code name is Nasrudin..”

Carries is having a naughty fag/ cigarette.

Carrie tells Brody about Dana’s suicide attempt-finally.
& Brody and Carrie go to see Dana.

Brody to Carrie in the car:
“I will come back from Tehran, and not just for her..”
He looks at Carrie.

Brody ships out.
Carrie:
“Brody!…”
is she gonna tell him?
Nope.
Carrie:
“See you on the other side!”

Sad violin music plays like a 1940’s movie.

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end of excerpts

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So another humdinger of an episode.  I missed the first few minutes and a bit around the scene when Brody is hallucinating.  But this time, big time on Obagaine and not just cold turkey from heroin.  With Saul watching dispassionately through the glass.  As cold and clinical as any evil scientist in a concentration camp.  I have no desire to re-watch &amp catch up.

Brody broken down to be built up again and groomed for a mission.  Just like in Iraq.  Although oddly as per usual in Homeland, Abu Nazir is portrayed as a kindly semi-Jesus.

 Although there is little difference between the two zealots: Saul & Abu Nazir of course.  That is our necessary teaching moment.  Both men equally deluded and dangerous.  Ruthless too.  In their use of the innocent.  Both taking revenge for the deaths of the innocent & so on.

 Carrie & Brody, the star-crossed lovers are misled by Saul in his grandiose delusion.  Sounds like a lunatic mission for sure..

So I am getting shades of The Unit: a hugely daft but enjoyable series watching this episode of Homeland.  The Unit was about a super duper secret Special Operations (Ops) Unit who flew out to far away places and were parachuted in and miraculously blended in with the locals.

 Not that the men of The Unit didn’t fit in, because they were consummate at disguise.  I always wondered why the small towns and villagers never noticed that the men were strangers.

 Presumably this need for blending in is why most of the Special Ops Unit in Homeland all have ostensible beards.

I will look forward with interest to the next exciting episode set in Iran where this Unit and newbie Brody will do their thing.  & We will find out just how good these guys are on the ground.  Because something tells me Brody is going to need them.

 Since Saul does not seem to have considered that the first line of action or reaction in Iran could be poor Brody ending up in just another hole.

Still, we know that Brody, swiftly and amazingly rejuvenated from several circles of hell both mental and physical just by jogging, drilling and being a band of brothers again with the boys: is really rather good at thinking on his feet.  Lets hope so.  ‘Cause I for one don’t trust Javadi one little bit.  Any more than I do Saul.

Figureheads and heroes whilst temporarily useful for the powers that be, tend to be expendable.

All of this must by why Carries never let on that she is still, thankfully, pregnant.  So as  Brody could stay focused and Special-Ops super duper sharp.

I must say I am enjoying the romantic and classic turn that Homeland took this episode.  The aching goodbye, the words that we wished to be said, unsaid.  The shipping out.  Even, the poignant, worried smoke whilst gazing out into the distant night by Carrie.

(what did i say about the erstwhile non-smoker unearthing a cigarette in times of woe in a previous episode?!)

It’s all so very timeless in movies.  The soldier’s last night before he goes to war.  The womenfolk (& babies) left behind.  This could be any movie, set in any time, in any war.  Deliberate or not as another, irksome teaching moment (or whether it is a manufactured war?) I don’t care.

Homeland has us all waiting and hoping, caught up in the romance.  I half expected a fountain to spurt or waves crash on the beach to signify sex like movies used to.

& I forgot it wasn’t a movie.

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Footnotes

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I do like the eponymous de-bugging scene in spy dramas.  There is something almost amusing yet meditative about the whole thing.  Perhaps it is the mime-like quality of actions without words so rarely seen now since silent movies.

Then there is the mutual unspoken co-operation between the pair of de-buggers.  It is usually two people.  For reasons other than to spies, unknown.  Who invariably in spite of knowing perfectly well the need for silence, put one finger to the lips in warning when they find the mysteriously hidden bug.

The de-bugging scene is like a grown up game of hide and seek dripping with silent unspoken drama:
the mystery, the threat and the reveal.

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Some notes on The Unit mentioned in my review.

The Unit
The excellent American series The Unit featured the grizzled serial beer drinking werewolf Dad of Alcide in True Blood as the Sergeant of The Unit. & Denis Haysbert who were both brilliant as was everybody else, the women included.

The Unit was created and many episodes directed by David Mamet  Which may have been one of the reasons The Unit was so good.  There was plenty of human interest in it along with the fascinating and dangerous missions of the Unit abroad.

Having watched several series of The Unit (now sadly ended) i realise that i now consider myself qualified to comment on such Special-Ops missions abroad!  In a drama..

Homeland episode 9 & Parallels with True Blood.
Watching Saul observe Brody so dispassionately from behind the glass recalled recent similar scenes in the series of True Blood  that has just ended in the UK..

Homeland Series 3-Episode 8-warning major spoilers-recommended for those who have watched this episode-on in the UK on Channel 4 or on Virgin TV Channel 104 Sundays @9pm

Homeland Episode 8

Excerpts.

Saul & Mira.
Saul:
“When this is all over I would like to go to that Island in Su Hulu (?)..”
Mira:
“Can I pour you a cup of tea?”
(bleeuch)

Carrie& Quinn.
They look at photographs..
Carrie:
“Can’t believe all these people are gone..”
Photo of Estes.  Ah.

Carrie:
“Where is Ferah?”
“She was supposed to be here an hour ago!”
Hmm.
Ferah drives away from the car park.

Saul & The Senator & Mike (not that Mike)
The Senator:
“This is bullshit!”
Mike:
“Regime change?”(!)

Mira & Alan Bernard.
Mira:
“We have decided to give the marriage another chance!”
Alan:
I was under the impression you had given up on that, that you had?!”
(so was I)
(hello, Mira, have you seen Alan?!)

Ferah & Baba Joon (her Dad or Grandad)
I knew they would give her Middle Eastern music!

Ferah:
“Don’t worry, my job is safe, at the investment bank”
Baba Joon:
“So why aren’t we rich?”

Dar Adal  & Bennett.
Dar Adal:
“I do terror now, your name has come up..”
Bennett:
“Sounds ominous?”
Dar Adal:
“Co-operate with us, come clean..”
Bennett:
“Ten years ago, I might have fallen for that weak shit..”
“Come after me, I have nothing to hide!”

Carrie has two handbags and two mobile phones.
Text:Red wheelbarrow.

Franklin & Carrie
Don’t tell me, a Catholic Church?  No, Orthodox.  Greek or Russian.
(beautiful Icons on the walls)
Carrie:
“I hear the weddings go on for hours”
Franklin:
“Longer than the marriages”!

Saul & Mira.
Mira:
“Is that Carrie?”
Saul:
“Yes”
Mira:
“I can tell by the tone of your voice,”
“You never talk to anybody else like that”

Saul:
“I have to go away, only a couple of days, a week at most”
Mira:
“I’ll come with you”
Saul:
“There is nothing I would like more..”
“but it’s not that kind of trip”

Carrie’s scan.
Ultrasound Technician:
“I’m getting a real clear image here,”
“do you want to know if it’s a boy or a girl?”
Carrie:
“No”.
Doctor:
“Carrie, you’re not on your own any more”

Ferah and IG Officer (dunno-Internal Government?)
IG Officer:
“You sat in the parking lot..then went over to Longhill road..”
“your current state of mind..”
Ferah:
“Tell the Agency not to worry.”.
IG Officer:
“Tell them yourself at work tomorrow”

Baba Joon:
“”What happens when the Secret Police find out in Tehran?”
“Your uncle, his children, they will all be hanged!”
Ferah:
“I’m an American!”

The operation watching Franklin.
Man in charge:
“Stay small, stay cool, stay out of sight..”

Franklin & Carrie.
Franklin:
“Take a breath Carrie”
Carrie:
“Don’t patronise me!”

Carrie & Co listen in on Franklin & Bennett who phone each other.
(a bit dumb of them)

Uh oh-it’s Alan Barnard! He’s doing something to Saul & Mira’s computer.
He’s a spy.

Surely Franklin & Bennett are playing Carrie and the team?
Team:
“We’ll send a tactical team to the Hotel”!
That doesn’t sound like a good idea.

They all watch Franklin.

American looking guy in hotel.
Franklin:
“Do you want your exfil (ex filtration) package or not?”
guy:
“Room 220”
(Franklin is gonna kill him)

Boss of operation:
“I’m authorising force!”
Shit!

In the van Carrie & Quinn.
Carrie:
“Come closer, where the fuck is Saul?”
“Something’s not right”

Caracas.
Man:
How was your flight?”
“You should see the summers here..”
“Perhaps I’ll buy an air conditioning unit with the 4 million dollars..”

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end of excerpts

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Well Lordy, Lordy, Lordy. I nearly swallowed my Garibaldi.
(OK they don’t make them any more)

I asked for a thundering yarn and I surely got one.  Homeland was firing on all cylinders like some turbo-charged boy racers around a multi-storey car park.

OK some hiccups of flat mundanity along the way.  They just have to have Baba Joon, Ferah’s Father or Grandfather playing suitably Iranian/ Middle-eastern music with little tea-lighted officially Eastern lamps.  Last I heard Ikea was everywhere.

People died so many turned up at a new branch in Saudi Arabia.

Yet programme makers demand that ghostly Arabian music shall play in the distance, bathrooms are forever marble and fronds of ferns like fans of mini-palm trees shall decorate Abu Nazir’s house in previous series.

Still, Baba Joon, being older would more likely have traditional nick-knacks from home.  So where is Ferah’s mother and the rest of her family?  A tragic end we can only surmise,  Back in Tehran.

&Poor Carrie’s position and pregnancy become very precarious indeed.  Carrie had high blood pressure and now she is losing blood fast.  Please no, as in demanded dramatic device, don’t let Carrie lose her baby!

I am a supporter of the love story that intertwines throughout.  For me possibly the strongest thread holding Homeland together.  & Always has been.

Somewhat hilarious in the moment was Quinn, thankfully, snatching the sniper’s rifle as if to say, give it here, numbskull, you’ll only go and kill her!..

“Come closer”, Carrie beckons to Quinn as we’re all (well me) silently hoping she will tell him she’s pregnant,but nope.  Carrie as perspicacious and on it as ever has twigged to the absence of Saul..

& Much as I was also, along with everybody else on the scene, count them, i mean there was a whole city of SWAT,  berating Carrie for being wilfully disobedient again: another still small voice was saying, no, Carrie is right, she’s always right.  (and you’re wrong)

& Saul’s grandiose long term plan ain’t worth diddley squat.

As rudely caricatured as he maybe, I’m with the straight talking Senator on this.  Unlike the easily persuaded mysterious other Mike.  Wondering off swallowing hook line and sinker the grandiose Saul-led delusion of “regime change”.  Uh huh.  Surre.  With who in charge?  The evil and ever slippery (i predict) Javadi?  I have my doubts.

Or perhaps Saul could don a merry white turban and a wide smile whilst continuing to hang people by the dozens.

& Finally we have the biggest surprise to date so far.  Because quite clearly, it is:
” not that sort of trip”..
Not that sort of trip at all.

& Just where has Saul come into possession of a cool 4 million we wonder.  & I feel cruelly light-hearted in my ponderings last week as to the pristine nature of Brody’s white T-shirt and longing for some enjoyably uniform gloom.

As we discover the answer to just such questions and my wish is fulfilled.  Homeland, in it’s point-making exercise shows us that Brody has been treated as badly or worse than the hole in Iraq.  Which Brody pleaded with his captors in fear that he could not survive again.

Only difference is that there was no torture.  Just a long term medical variation instead.  & Not even a loo in his room.  As his bleary. blood-shot eyes far too slowly take half a forever to focus: we wonder whether Brody has lost his mind. & He looks up at the man responsible.

In the midst of what 4 million dollars buys you.

I apologise internally, I wasn’t really itching to get back to this, sorry Brody.  I can only hope that the star crossed lovers will be reunited.  But something tells me that there will be no happy ending.

Homeland Series 3-Episode 7-Warnings-spoilers-Recommended only for those who have seen this episode-on in the UK on Channel 4 or on Virgin TV Channel # 104 Sundays @9pm

Homeland Series 3-Episode 7

Excerpts

Police at the scene.

“So what are we looking at here?”
“A 22, the top half”
“Some kind of peach wine”
“thought Muslims didn’t drink?”

Shit.  They let Ferah question Javadi directly?  Is this safe for her, for him to see her face?

Ferah has a go at Javadi in Farsi.
So she is Iranian.

Javadi:
“So this is it, is it?
“I was brought down by two girls?!”

Javadi & Saul:
Javadi:
“There’s a deal to be made, or I would be in prison by now..”
“I want a compound in Miami and all of my money, unfrozen!”

Saul:
“I have other plans, you’re going back”
“I’m your new Case Officer!”

Quinn takes a shower.
(that will make all his fans on the forums happy)

Dar Adal comes to visit Quinn.
Dar Adal:
“I understand it was a damn slaughter..”
Quinn:
“Fuck you”
Dar Adal Shows Quinn his own photo..
Uh oh.

So Javadi has to have a third bleed from his nose whilst he sits there with his blood spattered shirt..

Saul:
“Why did you kill her?”
Javadi:
“She was unfaithful”
Saul:
“She was your ex-wife”
Javadi:
“In the eyes of God, we’re still married..”
(like the Catholics eh)

Javadi makes a Shar’ia joke
“I should have stoned her to death,”
“If you had given me more time!”

Police Captain & Carrie.
Carrie has to go throw up.

Javadi & Saul.
Saul:
“You and me, we toiled in back rooms,”
“while shallower men held the stage..”
he continues
“Who was responsible for the bomb?”
“Brody?”
Javadi:
“It wasn’t him,it was one of Abu Nazir’s guys,”
“who exactly, I don’t want to know..”

Saul & Mira on the Mobile.
Mira:
“Saul?”
Saul:
“Mira?”
Mira:
“Where are you?”
Saul:
“Driving”
Mira:
“Home?”
Saul:
“No, back to work.”

Mira is dishevelled, she’s in bed with Alan..
In their house?
Saul:
“I wanted to tell you..bla bla”
Mira:
“When are you coming home?”
Saul:
“The usual, not till late.”

Hasn’t Mira head of having an affairs or whatever err, not at your own house or Saul’s?

Javadi finally puts on a new shirt.
(sigh)
(he exhales)

Uh oh. Ferah is hanging out in the kitchen now with Carrie & Javadi!
So Javadi’s henchmen see Ferah now!

But Ferah looks glaringly at Javadi and reaches for the scissors..

Javadi & Carrie.
Javadi:
“You never told me whose idea it was to hang you out as bait”
“don’t tell me, its classic Saul”
“the abuse you went through..”

Carrie:
“Not Brody?”
(don’t give yourself away Carrie)

Police Detective& Quinn.
“Your compadre..”
“actually I’m just trying to understand the shit you people do”
he continues
“So you killed the daughter?”
“with what?”
Quinn:
“Walter PPK”
Detective:
“The mother?”
(the Detective answers himself)
“plum wine..”

Senator & Saul.
Saul:
“Javadi, bla bla, corruption IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Council-i think)
Senator:
“So in Iran, that is Tuesday!”

Javadi & Carrie in cosy chat in the car.
Javadi:
“Almost there and you still haven’t asked me..”
“who moved the bomb?”
“who gave the keys?”
(hmm good point)
If it wasn’t Brody then it has to be the mole.

Senator & Saul.
Senator:
“Every time I ask you a question and get a big gaping nothing,”
“it reminds me of your relationship.”

Saul:
This is a once in a lifetime operation,”
“that can transform everything!”
Senator:
“You sound like you’re fucking high!”!

Saul locks in the Senator.
Saul:
“Make me!”
Senator:
Saul-you’re dead!”
Senator to Dar Adal:
“Darl-you’re dead!”
“what the Fuck?”!
( ha ha ha)

Javadi & Carrie
“The man who built the bomb and moved the SUV,”
“he didn’t die in the explosion”
“he’s still in the country”
“ask the man who brought us together.”

Dar Adal & Saul.
“Plane has left airspace”
Dar Adal:
“An audacious operation..”
they clink glasses.

Quinn & Carrie.
Quinn:
“What do they say, confession is good for the soul..”
“Wrong crime, right guy”
he continues
“I’m done with this, the CIA,”
“nothing justifies the damage we do..”

Carrie:
I can prove it now, I need your help”

Mira & Saul.
Mira:
“How as your day?”
(it is the same bedroom, i hope Alan Bernard isn’t in the cupboard)
Saul:
“I had a really good day..”
Mira hugs him!

That infernal Jazz plays.

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end of excerpts
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Oh Homeland.  Homeland, Homeland, Homeland.  What are we to do with you?

Like an old, eccentric and endearing companion. Or a comfortable yet crassly battered old pair of trainers worn fondly around the house and maybe outside on Sundays: Homeland may not pass public muster.

It is interestingly unclear whether Homeland takes itself supremely seriously or not.  One hesitates to apply unfair stereotypical shades of satirical innocence, an immunity to irony or even just a sense of humour default.  Just because it is American.

Is a drama about terrorism allowed to be funny?  & Is it likely that an American production would deliberately do so?  It seems unlikely.  However as much with Homeland, who knows.

Homeland has metaphorically been languishing on ludicrous Lane at intervals recently.  Then one might say it took a turn into ridiculous Road and somewhere along the way: veered off all roads completely into the optimistically as always named (since there is no forest left in evidence) into the Forest Rise of farce.
 French farce if you like.

Yes, Homeland is lost in the Forest.  In amidst the thickets and the trees.  Where perhaps we can’t see the wood for the trees.  Which is what spy-craft is all about.

Perhaps Homeland is lost and wondering in the dark and enchanted wood where one is never supposed to venture in Fairy Tales.  Because bad things happen if you do.

Instead of making it to the Woodcutter’s cottage and his buxom smiling wife with a large pot of bubbling hot stew on the fire.

Or is it that Homeland, along with the viewer has become tangled in the dark wood and clawing branches and bushes.  That are pulling at  clothes and poking us painfully in the eye.  To be suddenly released with out warning to stumble and near fall, down a sudden dip in the ground. Unexpectedly emerging back into sunlight and sky.

A forest thick with farce and nonsensical situations of intermittent hilarity like sunlight needlepoints glimpsed above.
Such as Saul locking the Senator, somehow, in the Conference room. & The Senator not knowing how to use the phone.  Well it is difficult if you don’t know which number dials out.

Possibly this was all so daft that it really happened.  In Spy-land.  & Saul has nothing to lose.  With some pretty amazing electronic gadgetry, & Saul showing a previously unnoticed mastery of such.

Then we are meant to believe that Ferah, whose cover as a back-room agent was already wilfully blown by Saul in front of the shamefaced but presumably powerful banking men.

Yes, Ferah is then doubly risked by being left in a cosy kitchen of the safe house with plenty of sharp objects to hand to question and berate a man whom they know to be a homicidal maniac.

Along with Carrie of course, who is later employed alone, to drive aforesaid murdering maniac in a long and leisurely trip to the airport.

Whilst Carrie & Javadi have almost therapeutic and intimate chats on the subject of Brody, bombings and the ever mysterious mole.

& The soap-opera element i referred to last week that so lent itself to my fantasy of Ferah being the long lost daughter of Nassir Hejazi the goalkeeper for Iran or someone else entirely: rears up again as a possibility.

Otherwise just why is Ferah getting quite so aerated?  & wasn’t it annoying that they didn’t subtitle the Farsi?
Or is Ferah just offended on behalf of Iran and it’s loss through Javadi’s embezzlement?.  Whatever the reason, Ferah’s emotional outbursts are most un-spy like and uncool.  As in risky.

 Javadi could have easily killed them both, Ferah & Carrie, in the blink of an eye without pausing for breath.  With just another subtitled sigh.

Yet it is Ferah we see in Super 8 soap opera style, reaching in slow motion, for the scissors.

Go on, Ferah, do it, I silently urged her.  Pretty sure the world would be a better place.  As Saul once said.

Perhaps Javadi has killed somebody in Ferah’s family?  Way back in Ian.  & She is out for revenge-Du na du na..

Yet Javadi s such a smooth talker and quite charming all in all.  if it wasn’t for his penchant for blood and blood spattered shirts.  Such a well spoken man, so polite.  Yes the trilogy of imagery of falling blood they gave him, completed by the nose bleed.  Started with the hamburger sauce.  Could it be a religious allusion?  Who knows.

Oh and just who is the mysterious mole?
Still deep and underground in his hole?  My first thought was Estes but he was speaking when the bomb blew.  We saw it.

Saul?  Who was off overseeing Bin Laden’s burial (mostly) wasn’t about. (however see footnotes)
 That just leaves Dar Adal who is too obvious and the mighty Quinn.  Could it be him? Quinn seems to obviously principled. yet Quinn is officially jaded and he knows how to build bombs..

Or could the mole by mostly mysterious Mira? Was she around then in the CIA building?  & Conceivably have gained entry as Saul’s wife? although it’s not clear if they are married.

Mira is certainly being shown as some kind of plotting Lady Macbeth, filling up the screen with her extreme beauty and dark negligée’ ensembles.

Thing is, I’m interminably bored of both Saul and Mira now and almost itching to get back to Caracas.  To check up on poor Brody. The state of his ever pristine T-shirt, Levis look-alike jeans and possible heroin habit by now.
  & Just some enjoyably uniform gloom.

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Footnotes

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Nb. Although a thought occurred that even Javadi, his recruitment by Saul in his unnervingly zealous like zeal pronouncing that this operation could:
“Transform everything!”.

 That this all rests on the rather dubious and shaky idea that Javadi:
“will want to see it through to the end” rather than just escape to sunny Miami.  All of this could be art of the long play..The long con by Abu Nazir.

& It will shortly all blow up in their rather too smug too early, satisfied faces..

& yet & yet..
another possibility is that Saul, who was indeed bustling about the CIA building just before the bomb could be:
 “The man who brought us together” as described by Javadi to Carrie.

Beware of zealous pronouncements, since they are usually uttered by zealots..

Quick Note to My Readers-New Series of Borgen tonight BBC4 @9pm-two episodes back to back-Saturday 16th November 2013

New Series Of Borgen tonight!
Series 3
Have notes on this with potted previews and links which i will post when i can find it..
Sorry couldn’t find them to hand in time  however BBC4.co.uk has plenty of information and clips from previous series plus a small trailer for this opening episode..

Also:
Following on from Borgen-on BBC4-by my calculations when it ends making it the next Saturday: 25th January 2014 or thereabouts:
New Series-2-of the Scandinavian: The Bridge-yey!.

Homeland Series 3- Episode 6-Warning-major spoilers-Recommended only if you have watched this episode-On in the UK on Sundays @ 9pm Channel # 4 or on Virgin TV Channel #104

Homeland episode 6

Excerpts.

The Irahhnians. (American pronunciation)
Javadi:
” Carrie Matheson”!

Ferah:
“Trying for the drone feed..”
Saul:
“So we lost her”
(he sighs)
“Fuck”

So: no microchip then.

Javadi & Carrie.
Javadi:
“Firstly I must apologise..”
(sigh)
“If we are to establish a relationship we must have trust”

Mira & Saul (We Were On A Break!-Friends)
Mira:
“His name is Alan Bernard”
“He didn’t spend the night”
Saul:
How un-French”!
“Do you love him?”
Mira:
“he makes me a laugh, we have fun,”
“the day is better with him in it”
Mira:
“Get angry, get angry at something”
“get angry at me”
(no, why don’t you get angry?)

Carie fails a lie detector Test.
Javadi:
(sigh)
(long sigh)
“The machine says you’re lying”
Carrie:
“It’s time we talked about Nassir Hejazi,”
“the Iranian goal-keeper..”
“You used his name to embezzle 43 million dollars, you are now an enemy of your own state!”
Javadi:
“Bravo, Miss Matheson”!
“So when did you and Saul hatch this plan?”
“Saul Berenson, still putting people’s lives at risk”.
(true)

Javadi taps an un-tipped cigarette..

Carrie:
“I just changed it”
“(we meet at) Raffi’s coffee shop”

Saul to Ferah:
I watched the man i thought i knew turn into..”

Is it really wise of Saul to be showing Fera all these photos?

Ferah:
“So this operation is revenge?”
Saul:
“No, revenge was when I got his wife and son out to the West,
“look, Fariba”..
(more photos)

??So why does Carrie have a million pregnancy testing kits in her drawer?
& didn’t it say pregnant?
Uh oh..a wee Brody on the way..

Dar Adal (nasty beardy guy) & The Senator.
Senator:
“May I speak plainly?”
“The agency is a mess..”
Dar Adal:
“”The hope is that you are the reformer..”
“Past is past,I’m more interested in what happens next”
Senator:
“No more skeletons, no more Sergeant Brodys, no Carrie Matheson..”!
Dar Adal:
“God forbid!”

Dana at The Court House.
Dana:
“L-A-Z-Z-A-R-O”..
Official:
“I can’t imagine what Y’all are going through..”
“Would you permit me to pray for you?”!

Saul:
“(Javadi) “He’s making a point”
“You may have me over a barrel,
“but I’ll never be your bitch!”

(tyres screech)

Ferah:
“Racial profiling a neighbourhood?”
Max:
“The CIA calls it Domain Management”!

Javadi goes all baby talk.
Sheeete.  So that was who Javadi was watching when he was eating his hamburger.

Chris speaks!
“Dana Lazzaro-it sounds pretty cool”.

Angela:
“Hi, I’m Angela”..
Dana:
“I’m moving”

How old is Dana meant to be and where is she getting her money from?!

Dana:
“I can’t live this life any more, it nearly killed me,”
“I’ve gotta leave”

Ah, I hate to see Jessica cry.
(Dana has developed freckles since her escapade)
Dana just leaves, she hasn’t even given an address!
“Bye”.

Black van man:
“Somebody must have called it in, we have got Police Homicide here..”
(who called it in, the Mole? or Carrie, for the baby)

Saul watches moodily from behind the tree as they bring in Javadi with his blood spattered shirt.

Quinn to Javadi:
“Hands”.
Quinn to the rest of them:
“This is just the fucking beginning”..

Nb.  As Homeland likes to do-the blood now is the echo of the hamburger sauce stains on Javadi’s shirt in the previous episode.
***
end of excerpts.

***

So a thundering episode of Homeland.  Mind you they all are to me.

Also horrifically violent and shockingly graphic.  & No usual warning of: Scenes of a violent nature that some viewers might find disturbing.  For sensitive souls like me.  So i can get ready with my handy baseball cap. ready to pull it down, one handed over my eyes.

Or even a vertical forest of fingers and hands .  Truth be told, i am a bit disappointed in having to now add Homeland to my shrinking list of trade-offs and increasing omissions. Of dramas so horrific yet good enough to decide to keep on watching like The Walking Dead & True Blood.

 However i have reached a saturation point for  gore.  Murder most horrid, most vile.  So lately this means rejecting any thing more on top in a similar vein.  All dark and disturbing dramas.

So in spite of Ripper Street having grown on me and a well reviewed drama The Escape Artist being on recently: i have rejected them both.  Since i just can’t watch any more murder, dreadful disfigurement and death.  Mostly of women.  So I am keeping it in the very low numbers now.  Oh and I’m watching The Tunnel.  Enough to be going on with I would say.

Keeping the horror in numbers countable on the fingers of one hand.

So now Homeland has to be counted, great.  & Here was i just hoping for a thundering yarn.

Carrie is as impressive as ever.  Quinn as reliable and steady.  Saul, purely on the grounds of uttering at intermittent moments: “trust me”, should, of course, not be trusted.

Not in the same way as it is looking like Dar Adal cannot be trusted or even the ever mysterious mole.
 (so quiet and forgotten now, he may well be in his long and winding hole, waiting for the flood)

No, Saul cannot be trusted, as Javadi rightly pointed out, “with other people’s lives”.  & Especially with the life of Carrie.

Saul is at present. too emotional.  He is not thinking straight.  Odd that Saul only just has admitted that he knew Javadi personally after all this time and has a score to settle, past bitterness, and has carried out acts of revenge on Javadi.

All of which means Saul probably should be taken off the case.  Carrie had no idea Saul & Co did not have eyes on her at all.

All most outrageous and outlandish a risk really.  Pimping out Carrie alone, to walk into the lion’s den with Javadi and multiple henchmen in a house with iron fencing all round in the middle of nowhere with nobody but a few distant golfers in sight.

The prime plan being to blurt out all their intelligence at once, in an insulting declaration of Javadi’s embezzlement/ crime.

Well insulting to Javadi.

Great plan Saul.  it was a miracle Javadi left Carrie alive.  She clearly believed that she was toast on the long winding country drive afterwards, as I did.

Yet, luckily, Carried only has to lightly jog many unspecified miles home.

Yes, Javadi seemed almost nice for a minute.  Chatting amiably on the verandah, tapping his untipped cigarette on the rectangular, sliding box.  Old school style.

Guess Javadi saves the homicidal murdering mania with practised use of household object to hand for family members only.

Women included. Kerblamm or rather plop, and fast action pumping of a once beautiful pale peach hand blown glass bulbous vase smashed to half handy size with cylindrical jagged edges.  All the better to puncture that jugular with.
 Over and over and over. Far too many times.

In more comparatively light-hearted news, Chris finally gets a line and speaks!

& Dana sulkily skulks off. using her own suicide attempt as emotional blackmail on her own mother.  Nice.

& I had so hoped Dana might go on some solitary, soul searching quest. But mostly confined to the garage, the little red prayer mat and the Qur’an still hidden wrapped up in  it’s silken cloth,in the garage.

I suppose that idea wasn’t really logical, all things considered. Since Dana still believes that her Father is guilty.

However who the hell is Angela?  & Why on earth did Jessica let Dana go with out a shred of information as to her whereabouts, how Dana was going to make a living and anything else sensible?  is Dana finished with school now?  it’s all inexplicably unclear.

Still, Homeland is sphinx-like and inscrutable of countenance in such earthly matters mundane.  We must, it seems, necessarily,suspend all disbelief and logic.  & Just go with the flow.

Oh and in a scene of sublime slithering horror based on the very ordinariness of the circumstance and the security that we have been lulled into assuming: we are shown the casual contents of Carrie’s bathroom drawer.

As if we had, very rudely and naughtily opened it up ourselves in somebody’s house.

The contents of which are revealed in their multiplied munificence and numerous identical rows.  In the midst of the pristine and ordered surroundings, the scene seeps with horror at this unexpected hidden secret.

Carrie is more than a little mad.  In fact a little bit bonkers.  Hospital corners on the bed she may have.  Carrie has the sort of drawer arrangements shown as usually belonging to serial killers or psychopaths.

If you had glimpsed into this drawer whilst unforgivably peeking as a visitor, a swift and short exit would ensue.

That said, I could completely, well mostly, understand it. Hey, i like to have duplicates of things. That way you never run out when it’s inconvenient.  You almost believe that you will never run out of anything at all.  Just like the magic pot of beans that is never empty.

& Saul & Mira finally have their showdown.  & Mira finally gets just a little bit angry with Saul.  & He, inexplicably, doesn’t at all.  Poor Saul.  But then how could he compete with the death-knell words of Mira describing Alan Bernard:
“He makes me laugh”
“I’m happy when I’m with him”.

Yes, that’s what life is supposed to be like Mira.  When you’re not playing second fiddle and eternal Stepford wife of the all important saviour of the world who is barely home.

Who you’re officially not supposed or allowed to get mad at because his job is just so very important.  It would almost be unpatriotic of you not to complain.

***

footnotes

Of course Carrie (and her drawer) is more mundanely and in a concrete and visible way: keeping record.  Perhaps diaries or making notes are not her thing.  & She has been really rather busy.

Carrie is also checking.  Checking that she still is or maybe isn’t.  & By just how many days, or times that she has tested herself.

I feel rather mean describing a swift exit upon such a discovery.  Since I would probably stay.  Carrie is alone with no one to talk to about this except her super duper efficient sister and recently disappeared Dad.
(from Carrie’s Hearing at the Hospital-so he must have known she wasn’t getting out)

***

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My random thoughts-not posted: On a discussion of Dana leaving home.

It also left me wondering:
is Dana over 18 then?
and if so, thank goodness we haven’t really been forced to watch her having under-age sex. (pretty much)

So Dana wasn’t there mainly for prerequisite perving.as most dubiously aged teenage girls seem to be in dramas these days.
(see selfie for ex. and icky scene in the laundry)
Hence the complete lack of screen time for Chris.

i mean, wasn’t Dana at school at one point?
has she and Chris just stopped going now?

& If Dana is under-age then her mother did not have to let her go, nor did the mysterious Angela have the right to turn up at her door and just take her?

Not to mention, as rightfully pointed out here, with no details whatsoever of Dana’s whereabouts at all-except possible contact via mobile phone which she could easily throw away.

I mean, how is Dana going to live?  by working at Burger King?

Plus, as sympathetic as i am to Dana, felt it was a bit of a low blow to dangle her suicide attempt over her mother to get what she wanted, emotional blackmail or what?

Don’t think that is in the book of healing/ therapy speak somehow..

Oh and in the real world, wouldn’t it be much more likely that the family of a known
(well they think they know) terrorist who blew up 200 people have had to go into witness protection or similar for their own safety by now?
Or even just to get away from the Press..

But nope: Just: bye by,& manyana, maybe?!

***
Transcripts of my comments on the Guardian online Homeland Blog

On Dana leaving home:
Exactly! Dana is a security risk.

Agreed-it was all quite ludicrous really..
& is Dana of an age to leave home (officially) in the first place?

I was wondering whether Angela was some kind of spy?
& There was a reason that they wanted Dana…du na du nah..

***

Carrie and Quinn not really drinking coffee back at the safe house:

My take on that was it was a wee bit of medicinal in there?

Yes, they mostly never do drink invisible liquid in ostensible coffee cups on TV though, do they?

if this had been a European or British Drama a usual non-smoker would have unearthed a hitherto fore hidden packet of fags and puffed, moodily whilst staring off into the near distance!  their colleague may well then turn to them and say:
“give me one of those”!

However this being an American Drama that would be tantamount to jacking up there and then so they have to make do with imaginary coffee.

Not really the first thing that would come to mind after having seen two absolutely horrific murders, here, have a bit of old, flat coffee, i could really do with one & or a nice cup of tea!

Still, this is, i felt part of Quinn’s rather endearing care and compassion lately for Carrie perhaps?

***
In reply to the question: Why did Javadi kill those women?

Because Saul, as earlier tells Ferah, was friends with Javadi (well sort of) Saul knew Javadi back in the day in Iran in

the time of the Shah and before the revolution when Ayatollah Khomeni replaced the Shah.

Saul was an intelligence agent and Javadi summat similar. Anyway-when the revolution came, Saul arranged for 4 close

agents/friends to meet him at a safe house. With a view to getting the out of Iran i think.

But somebody, Saul believes Javadi, shot and killed hem all. Saul shows Ferah the photo of them all lying in a row.
“So, this operation is about revenge?” Ferah asks Saul.
“No”, Saul replies,
“Revenge was when I got his wife and daughter out to the West, look, Fariba..”
(Javadi’s wife in a photo)

That was when i started thinking-Ferah, Fariba, similar names, i wonder if Ferah is her daughter? and all sorts)
So now that Javadi is back in the West, we see him in the previous episode gazing at child’s toys in the front yard of a

house and eating a hamburger and getting dripped red sauce on his shirt.

“First, I have to change my shirt”! he says when he returns, to his henchmen.

So this week , i guess having saved up this murdering spree for his revenge and mainly to P** Saul off,
Javadi goes to the house, his son’s house i believe, & shoots his daughter in-law who answers the door.
& then does the dreadful deed on his ex-wife Fariba, who is there visiting her daughter in law and her new baby, Feriba and Javadi’s Grandson.

Mainly this is revenge taken on Saul. Plus i guess Javadi took Fariba leaving for the West as a betrayal.
“You betrayed me! he says . Before he most horribly glasses her..

This means this daughter is still about somewhere…
Could it be Ferah? du na du nah..
Hope this helps.:)

Nb. It does seem odd that Javadi would kill his son’s wife.

The moral of this story, i couldn’t help thinking, was not to leave the door open out of politeness, but to close it and then come back, (however rude you may feel that to be)
when you have an unknown and unexpected visitor and are going to check them out..

Correction:it was Javadi’s wife and son who were spirited to the West and not his wife and daughter.

Fair enough, thank you:)

i couldn’t bring myself to watch it again, not after that dreadful scene..
i mean whatever happened to the usual warning of:
“graphic scenes that some viewers might find to be disturbing”
(that would be me)
or is this sorta thing not considered to be so any more?!

I was quite enjoying my mysterious and mistaken plot though!
Oh well.. This makes things a lot simpler.
cheers for that.

Who reported the crime to the Police?

*I could really have done without seeing someone get bottled to death.
err.

*But on second thoughts i think Javadi used a silencer?
“plop” sorta sound..

Saul & Carrie’s Plan:
*I was surprised that the plan was to blurt out all they knew about Javadi up front?  Wouldn’t it have been likely Javadi just arranged Carrie’s demise forthwith?  Rather than chat amiably on the terrace whilst tapping his untipped cigarettes on the box!

I mean wasn’t it a bit early in the game for that play?

Still loving Dar Adal’s eyeliner but sadly waiting in vain for him to cackle, swirl his long black cloak and bring out a glowing sceptre from the folds.

On the contents of Carrie’s drawer:
*Good point, I think it had a plus sign for positive.  Although i thought it was meant to be a blue line or summat.  They even tell you how many weeks now apparently.

On the question of Ferah being privy to so many secrets and could Alan Bernard be a spy?

*Agreed, about Ferah, whilst i have had to drop my mysterious sub-plot about Ferah possibly being the long lost daughter of Javadi and Feriba:
 i still wonder at her emotional reaction as you say, to the events in Iran as related by Saul.

Remember how she gave an impassioned speech to the Banking guys?

As mean as it may sound-i too did wonder if Ferah is cleared to be privy to quite so many details including the photos shown to her by Saul?
 Wasn’t she originally brought in just as a translator?

Now Ferah is hanging out in the safe house monitoring top-secret missions and intoning about incoming drones!

I am still holding onto the hope that she maybe the long lost daughter of somebody?
How about Nassir Hejazi, the long dead Goal-keeper?!

I realise that this is all quite soap-opera-however what’s not to love about soap?!

Also agreed about the mysterious yet deletable Alan Bernard, i even question his name: doesn’t it mean fox in French?!

Or is that Reynard?