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'Homeland' Recap: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Quinn

December 15th, 2014 9:04am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 11: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth
Previously - What? I don’t know. I’m wrapped in a blanket and trying to talk myself down. I think Fara’s dead.

It’s pretty much an impossibility to sustain tension across multiple weeks of episodic television. When you overinflate the balloon, it’s got to pop cuz’ physics or something. If they had opened this ep. with Carrie trying to defuse a bomb (that’s foreshadowing), it might have devolved into later seasons of 24 i.e. totally ridiculous. Hence, it was nice that we were given a sort-of breather this week. We needed it. Otherwise, my cheap-ass IKEA couch was going to finally bust from ...
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'Homeland' Recap: You Need A Muscle Relaxant To Watch This Show

December 8th, 2014 8:21am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 10: You Need A Muscle Relaxant
Previously - AAAIIEEEEHHHHHH!!!!!

This isn’t even hyperbole - Homeland is melting my face off. My face is currently oozing on the floor in front of my couch. That’s some pleasant imagery, eh? The show is that good this season. It’s a little less talky, and a little more feminist 24 but that isn’t a bad thing.

When we last left Carrie, Saul, Redmond and the US Marine equivalent of a Star Trek redshirt, their convoy had gotten all blowed up. Carrie is bloodied but alive. There was some talk that they might actually kill her or Saul off this episode and break the Internet in half. They ain’t...
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'Homeland's' Latest Is Very Intense

November 24th, 2014 8:35am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 9: Latest Episode Is Beyond In
Previously - Everyone had a heart attack and died because this show is too intense.

You know how the ABC marketing team promos Scandal’s winter finale as this big deal where pulses will be pounded and none of us will ever be the same? Well, I’ve pulled this chair out for them so they can have a seat. They are the generic brand of suspenseful TV drama when compared to Homeland. I’m probably more into this show right now than my marriage (To the other Mr. Harvey: I kid, I kid!) because this “Brody who?” season 4 is killing it. Last night’s “winter finale” had me literally BELLOWING at the TV...
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'Homeland' Recap: Save Saul

November 17th, 2014 10:06am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 8: Save Saul
Previously - Saul and his captor Haqqani debated world religions. Carrie’s bipolar meds were switched out by Prof. Boyd and Tasleem which drove her completely around the bend. All the way around. She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes? She came around that mountain. Wow, was she tapped. She ended up at Khan’s house, and hallucinated he was Brody.

The best episodes of Homeland are physically uncomfortable, if not outright painful. Your chest tightens. You get hoarse from screaming at the TV. Honestly, it's the only television show that leaves me a little nauseated from the adre...
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'Homeland' Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger...

November 10th, 2014 8:52am EST
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger
Previously - Aayan’s dead, Saul’s a human shield, and Carrie’s cracking. SPOILER ALERT - the med switch this episode isn’t going to help her with that.

What’s a classic and shifty way in modern literature and storytelling to get an enemy out of the way when you have to be all circumspect about it? DRIVE THEM CRAZY. Evil people have been making our heroines look kazoo since they did a number on Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944). Nowadays, though, you don’t have to bother with spooky noises and moving the furniture around to mess with their heads. In 2014, you just switch out their bipolar m...
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'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Love You

November 3rd, 2014 10:07am EST
'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Lov
Previously - Saul was kidnapped. Quinn didn’t love that Carrie seduced Aayan. AAYANN finally admitted to Carrie that his terrorist uncle is alive. Everyone at home fell back in disgust at Carrie’s behavior.

Guilt is a terrible thing. For the person feeling it. The rest of us are just looking at her and screaming “it’s not like you didn't see this coming, you weirdo!”

Carrie and Aayan are spending a lazy Islamabad Sunday in bed, She’s grilling him on his cover story for when they “go to London.” That’s a euphemism for “reveal that I used and betrayed you.” She lies her awful lies about the...
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10 Superheroes Who Won’t Get Their Own Movie

November 1st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
10 Superheroes Who Won’t Get Their Own Movie
Like em’ or leave em’, we are living in the Age of the Superhero. Never before have the heros and villains of comic books been more prevalent in our pop culture. 2008’s Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. proved that super-heroes could be bright and flashy, in addition to being introspective and complex. Primary colors are OK to shoot now that CGI is everything. And all this time, we thought a hero could only handle a movie if he was wearing black rubber and hanging out in the shadows.

And you ain’t seen nothing yet. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has pretty much been cornering the market o...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Here's To You Mrs. Robinson

October 27th, 2014 8:46am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Here's To You Mrs. Robinson
Previously - Ambassador Martha’s husband Dennis was the deceased Sandy’s intel source, and now he's being blackmailed by the ISI. Fara discovered the deceased Haissam Haqqani is actually undeceased. Carrie’s morals remain deceased as she seduces Aayan to bring him into the fold.

In this episode, Quinn asks the dumbest question that has ever been asked on this show. I’m talkin’ Nicholas Brody’s son-level dumb (No offense to the actor, but man, did they make that kid look clueless). “Go to your room, Chris.”

Quinn asks Carrie if there is any line she won’t cross to get what she wants. *wild...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Do It For Your Country

October 20th, 2014 8:22am EDT
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Previously - Quinn tried to leave the CIA but you don’t leave the CIA unless Carrie says you can leave the CIA. Fara and Max are working with Carrie to acquire Aayan as an asset. And Quinn is SSSSOOOOO in love with Carrie, It’s, like, totally obvious. Jenn saw him, like, STALKER-LEVEL staring at her in Trig. It was totally pathetic. He’s kinda cute, though, if you don’t mind the PTSD stare.

How far is too far when it comes to your country? Is there such a thing? It doesn't look like it for Carrie Mathison. She used her body in service to her cause this episode, and it didn't require clothe...
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'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie Loves Herself

October 13th, 2014 11:16am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie
Previously - Having taken a position as the CIA station chief on the Afghanistan border, Carrie orders a missile strike on a Taliban target. Unfortunately, the target was attending a civilian wedding. Medical student Aayan survives the bombing and his smartphone video of the incident goes viral. Carrie and Quinn investigate the source of their bad intel - CIA station chief Sandy Bachman. Sandy is killed by an angry Pakistani mob, and it's later discovered he was trading intel for intel. A situation of which CIA director Lockhart was aware. Carrie blackmails him into installing her as Islama...
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