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Quick Take: Homeland, "Blind Spot"
"F--k the CIA." - Mr. Mathison


Review: Homeland, "Blind Spot"
(S0105) Meeting some members of our characters' families is right on time. At this point in the series, it's important to learn more about the main characters so we can understand why they do the things they do. Carrie's (Claire Danes) relationship with her father was interesting in that it was clear that her main reason for visiting him is to see how his illness has progressed, so she can look for the same symptoms in herself. Is that kind of narcissism a side effect of her sickness or just a character flaw?

Seeing Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) wife was a neat treat as well. What a drag it must be to have your husband have to run off to work at a moment's notice. Sure, Saul has an important job, but marriage is tough enough. Can anyone blame her for wanting to make changes?

It might not be as bad as a barbed wire wrapped stick to the buttocks, but deafening, death metal, blinding lights and freezing cold temperatures still equal torture. As usual, Homeland shows us a clear example of how the CIA operates on a system of denial and double standards. The fact that Carrie is spying on Brody (Damian Lewis) while clearly being attracted to him is proof of that.

However, it's not just the CIA. In this world, deception is clearly they key to success. Did Brody slip a razor blade to the prisoner during their scuffle? If so, then the entire meeting was part of a well-thought out plan. A plan that was important enough for Brody to miss another important family event.

Once again, Homeland keeps me guessing and keeps me wanting more. Five years ago, if you had told me that eventually the most compelling show on television would be on Showtime, I'd have laughed in your face and yet, here we are.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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1 Comment
On: Monday, October 31, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

This show keeps getting better each week, and it's a good sign I think when we enjoy (as we both did) going home with Carrie and Saul and learning more about their personal relationships. 

The deal with the death metal, temperature, and lights constitutes psychological "duress" (torture) for sure, and I suppose the CIA would make a distinction between that and outright physical abuse. 

My only mild concern at this point in the series is that we will get some better sense over time of the "multiple" Brody's on display: the devout Muslim, the impulsively violent, the caring dad, the flirty military dude. 


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