Homeland, "The Good Soldier": worst bbq ever

Quick Take: Homeland, "The Good Soldier"
"I prefer Coltrane. Not so fussy." -  Saul


Review: Homeland, The Good Soldier"
(S0106) I'm always curious why government agencies on television still use polygraphs. It's widely known that they are unreliable as well as inadmissible in court, so why bother when the liar who is outed by the test will just dispute the findings. I would also think that any decent high level government employee would be able to fool the machine, anyway.

In this case, however, a polygraph is a pretty good idea. If Brody doesn't pass then it will give Carrie (Claire Danes) a solid reason to put cameras back in his house and maybe even get the garage this time.

Homeland is the kind of a show that can give you high blood pressure when you watch it. If the constant question about whether Brody (Damian Lewis) is an enemy agent doesn't get you excited, the young terrorist couple should definitely do it. Just seeing them being watched by that unknown vehicle was enough for me.

I suppose if there was any doubt about Carrie's mental instability, having sex with Brody in the backseat of her car should have solidified that she is is way off her nut. However, as the weeks go on, I'm beginning to think that she isn't alone. All these polygraphs alone are evidence that just about everyone working at the DHS is mentally unbalanced to one degree or another. Seemingly, the sanest person there was administering the test. Ironic, since Larry was played by James Urbaniak, best known for providing the voice of the maniacal Dr. Rusty Venture.

It's getting more and more difficult to review Homeland as each episode brings more questions and less answers. The only thing I know for sure is that I love this show.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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1 Comment
On: Monday, November 7, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

Good question/point about the polygraphs. My guess is that government agencies are like battleships and therefore pivot *very* slowly to the times. Therefore something like a polygraph might be a good "step" in a case like this even if most often it's not all that useful. 

Carrie's stability is definitely going to be an issue going forward. But before we get there, the preview of next week's episode shows things getting pretty hairy with Brody and Carrie at some kind of cabin. 

Agreed - loving this show !


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