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  •  Homeland-- (4+ / 0-)

    First let me say that I totally understand not being able to like a show if you don't like the representational politics of that show.  This fact has ruined basically every prime time TV show about gay folks that Ive ever seen, even the ones that I was supposed to love because they were breakthroughs, or something.

    But not to digress, I was recently sick with the flu and stayed home and used the the time to watch season 1 of Homeland, and I think the show has some real weaknesses which you have pointed out, though I wouldn't go as far as calling it rubbish.  I found some of the story lines compelling, like Brody's wife and how she dealt with having her husband return after 8 years alone.  I liked that they gave us a look into their sex life once he got back, and how the confusion and disconnect that he was experiencing was also manifesting there as well.  Yes, it helps that she was beautiful.

    Carrie and Brody's story was the most difficult for me to believe.  She thinks he is a terrorist but falls in love with him and fucks him anyway -- and later we are supposed to believe that she fucked him cause she really loved him, not for information.  OK, interesting, confusing, and I guess they are both pretty messed up from their war experiences.  I just didn't believe it.

    That said, In light of the current Petraeus scandal, I'm not so sure that it's all that far fetched that a women would use a sexual relationship to gain info.  That seems to be what his biographer was doing to try to get access to his emails, so, to be honest sex does seem like a legitimate tool that a woman could use to pull info from a target.  People let their guard down during intimacy, not to mention that it provides situations where one could gain access to devices like blackberry's or laptops.

    The difference between the real CIA and the fictional one in homeland seems to be that the fictional one everybody is attractive and driven by lust and animus, they are all lying and having affairs and getting away with it.  In the real one, if you have an affair its considered black-mailable and you have to resign.

    Few other notes/spoilers -- the engineer actually was not the terrorist using the American woman as cover, the woman was the terrorist and she got him involved in the whole thing.  The Saudi prince with the Harem was actually not funding terrorism, he just had a lot of money and liked women.  his chief of staff of whatever was essentially stealing jewelry from him and using this as the means to move money around.  

    So anyway, Homeland for me is an above average TV show, but one that's hard for me to really get into because the main story line centers around this relationship between Brody and Carrie that I find unbelievable.  But if you are sick with the flu for a few day and have on demand it's not so bad a way to pass the time.

    We have the elite, smart people on our side.

    by fearisthemindkiller on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:07:38 AM PST

    •  I didn't make it quite far enough to get all (1+ / 0-)
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      the story threads unravelled, the engineer / terrorist (?) thing was interesting and whether the wife was a ride along or the real instigator was still up in the air when I got off the bus, but I didn't see him as the innocent victim.

      For flu-related viewing I would recommend Breaking Bad, which is at least concerned with pharmaceuticals.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:17:01 AM PST

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    •  Good points, especially your corrections- (1+ / 0-)
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      and yes, I find Carrie's attraction to Brody puzzling too.  But that's actually one of the more interesting elements for me.  It stretches credibility on the one hand- on the other hand, falling in love with the absolutely wrong person happens in real life, all the time.

      As embarrassed as I should be to admit this, I would find it more credible if Brody were played by someone totally hot.  I'm looking at you, Hugh Jackman.

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