Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thoughts and a Theory: 'Homeland' Takes Down a Terrorist...

I have pretty high blood pressure. It's about 25% genetics, 35% what I eat, and 40% Homeland.

I never thought about taking anxiety meds before this season of Showtime. It probably doesn't help that characters on both Dexter and Homeland pop those kinds of pills effortlessly and easily. But the way my heart pounds, and I find myself stress-eating and stress-picking-at-my-lip during the latter is unreal. I consider myself a scholar of television, and therefore I often read too much into what I see on-screen, which at times allows me to see so-called twists and turns coming. But Homeland doesn't give me a chance to think about what's to come while watching the episode. Each second sucks me in, keeping my attention so stoicly on the screen-- for fear I might miss something otherwise-- all I'm focused on is watching what unfolds.

That's not to say that I don't think long and hard about the episodes after they end, though. And "In Memoriam" is certainly one that is going to sit with me and irrationally worry me for a long, long time. 

"Getting" Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) is not a solution. Carrie (Claire Danes) certainly knew it-- even though "getting" him meant an answer to the very personal problem that there was someone out there who could expose just how far she and Brody (Damian Lewis) would go for each other. She could barely smile seeing him with blood leaking from the corner of his mouth. Just because he's been taken down doesn't mean anyone's safe. Far from it. In fact, taking him down is just going to unleash other terrorist rats out of the woodwork, and resources will be run rampant trying to figure out who the next biggest concern should be.

See, "getting" the terrorist just stops the man, not the movement. In fact, "getting" the leader often adds fuel to the fire, causing more anger and uprising from those underlings who are now looking to avenge. The look on Brody's face when he first heard the news truly said it all: on the one hand, there was a touch of relief that his secret might be safe, but on the other hand, he was grieving a loss-- not just of Abu Nazir himself but of the man he was before he joined ranks with Abu Nazir. Brody wanted to get justice for Isa so badly, but will the drive to finish Nazir's plan be even greater? What if he's the next in line to take over Nazir's plan? What if he doesn't even know it?

Didn't Nazir, just a short while ago, tell Brody that if all went well and according to his plan, they wouldn't see each other again? Nazir knew what he was doing, not only in not running but in taking time to beat Carrie again while in the tunnels. It was the extra little push those agents needed to shoot to kill, regardless of what he was reaching for. Brody didn't seem to know what he meant then, nor did he seem to know what to do next when he learned the news about Nazir's killing. He has been kept relatively in the dark about a lot of details lately, but it seemed a bit naive that he thought he could just walk into Carrie's arms like they no longer had any cares in the world.

I've always been very vocal about the fact that as much as I love Brody and don't want to see him sacrifice himself for his cause, I want him to go through with it in a non-fatal (for him) way. Sure, there's been some back and forth about whether or not he still wants to be apart of things and in what capacity. I've also always been of the mindset that you can do more damage by taking apart from within, which is why Brody as a Congressman seemed so perfect. But because Brody proved a loose cannon to Nazir more than once, it certainly seems like Nazir's plan has been tweaked to use Brody as more of a pawn-- potentially even an expendable one-- which will end up putting him in more danger. And which makes me want that plan to fail so Brody can stay safe. It's such an emotion-f*ck.

Quinn (Rupert Friend) is the least of my concerns at this point. 

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