Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Homeland: I'm on the outside looking in...

So, I finally watched the second episode of season two of Homeland. After about 5 glasses of wine and sitting through Revolution, Hawaii 5-0, and a few other catch up shows that I barely paid attention to, there was Carrie. Claire Danes, you had me at My So Called Life.

I have absolutely no idea what is going on, but I know that she was right last year. Brody is a traitor and watching Carrie struggle thinking that she was so wrong about him is downright painful. The more I see Brody with his family, the more I want them together.

Saul's lack of faith in Carrie was so disappointing, and certainly not vindicated by what he saw on the micro SD card at the end of the episode. If anything, it made me angrier that after all she had given he had so solidly betrayed her due to her illness. 

If you've ever known someone who suffered similar symptoms as Carrie (artists, musicians and architects are among some of those who do), then you know she more than likely can see far more than the average individual because her brain doesn't let her see the emotional side first. It's initial reaction, her gut and then the wishy washy rethinking of your own thoughts. 

The best season two would be Carrie going rogue. Taking her illness and leaving the bureau. Taking on Brody on her own. After all, she's already proven he's willing to take chances with her he might not normally take with others. Thinking she's a nut would only let his defenses down; defenses that are already compromised in his own head as he struggles with his newly developed loyalties from his severe case of Stockholm Syndrome and the reintroduction of his family to his sensory input. 

Simply put, he has no fucking idea what he's doing.

That's bound to get him in trouble. Carrie, at the very least, knows what she's in for, being aware of her condition. Brody, the poor bastard is completely blind. 

My Homeland has Carrie going rogue, enticing and engaging Brody and trying her damndest to get him to flip and share information. Of course, in the middle of this, she will suffer her own condition and a constant battle of wills will ensue. That would mean unending desire to watch and rewatch the show to find the intricacies of their relationship and the mind-fuck that is Carrie and Brody. 

As an American, I can't side with Brody. I don't give a shit about Issa. I can't. My people come first. But who are Brody's people? His family lives in his own target zone. As time progresses and the farther away he is from Abu Nazir, his loyalties will have to become fuzzy. No amount of pretty reporters whispering nothings in his ear can replace his family. Can they?

Homeland is and will be one hell of a ride. Long may it live.

As-Salamu Alaykum

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