Bewildered, confused, distraught, struggling to control their feelings of nausea, the firement extracted from the mangled remains wretched human bodies that, according to the mathematical logic of the collisions, should have been well and truly dead, but which, despite the seriousness of the injuries and lesions suffered, remained alive and were carried off to hospital, accompanied by the shrill sound of the ambulance sirens.
If Homeland functions as a spy thriller, an in-depth character study, a critique of post-9/11 paranoia and the War on Terror, and occasionally a smushy star-crossed love story, this episode had the high-octane, 24-esque element back in full force (and maybe a tiny bit of the bathetic romance as well).
As always after a great episode of Nashville, I’ve got whiplash. So many decisions made, unmade, then remade! So many fights and makings-up! I love it.
Also, a PSA: I skipped recapping 4×04 because I was so woefully behind. From now on I will be doing every week. Now, on to the recap!
We open on Alison waking up alone in Noah’s bed, right after her perspective is introduced as “Part Three,” which establishes this episode as a direct companion to the premiere. I wonder if this season will continue to tell four-part narratives, or whether some stories will only be told from two characters’ perspectives. In spite of the lackluster quality of this episode, I thought exploring this day from four different viewpoints allowed for richer and more challenging storytelling, especially since several scenes in this episode dropped hints about whether Noah or Helen’s accounts were closer to the truth (hint: it’s literally never Noah), but we’ll get to that.
Here are two pieces of short-form artwork from the last six months, which are each wonderfully executed:
a video (very NSFW, but why are you watching music videos at work?)
Don’t go on to the rest of the article until you’ve read and seen both.
Seriously though don’t.
This week’s The Good Wife made me kind of disappointed, as entertaining as it was. Why did it seem like Alicia was making so many incredibly obvious mistakes? Did this bother you?
On the other hand, a healthy dose of Stockard Channing in top form and a couple of fabulous Diane scenes may have more than made up for it.
“What really expresses people? The things, I’m sure, that they have obsessions about: keep wearing or using, or fuss when they lose, or can’t go to sleep without. You know, a person’s only a person when they have some really raging peculiarity…”
–Dinah, The Little Girls (by Elizabeth Bowen)
I liked this episode a lot. Very exciting and funny, too. I also felt it really provides a nice rebuttal of the whole “Carrie is the worst spy evah” theorem that so frequently floats around the internet, by having Quinn do even more absurd things.
ASSEMBLY LINE LAW
Alicia and Lucca are back playing the numbers game at bond court, and Alicia has fully embraced being the kind of lawyer that provides living proof for Marx’s alienation theory. That is, until Lucca passes off a case involving a nice-looking young man with big brown eyes, and I get Serial flashbacks. Continue reading →