Homeland Recap: 8×09 “In Full Flight”

Previously on Homeland: Max was shot right before Carrie’s eyes, and Saul convinced her to come in, but Mike thought she was a defector because of the whole running-off-with-a-Russian-agent thing; Jalal Haqqani claimed to have killed the President and President Hayes vowed to invade Pakistan if they didn’t turn him over; Carrie got a lead on the black box, and demanded that no one question her loyalty; when the soldiers who were with Saul tried to handcuff her, she ran off with Yevgeny again and told him she knew where the black box was.

Spoiler alert: I am a BIG FAN of this episode. If you have been reading my previous recaps you’ll probably guess why!

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Homeland Recap: 8×7 “F**ker Shot Me”

Previously on Homeland: Hayes told G’ulom not to execute 300 men in a stadium, but then gave up; Haqqani turned himself in in exchange for G’ulom freeing the men; Carrie asked Yevgeny for help finding Max; Saul sent Carrie home for lying to him about Yevgeny–but she snuck off the jetway and made her escape in a getaway car driven by Yevgeny.

Side note: It’s so interesting hearing soundbites from as early as season 2 (Carrie telling Brody he’s a traitor) in the credits. So much has happened in these 8 years. And there’s a snippet of Carrie saying “This whole country went stupid crazy after 9/11” shortly after the classic snippet of her saying “I missed something once before” specifically about 9/11, to justify spying on Brody.

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Tasneem, in a bright white outfit, and G'ulom stand in a corner looking cranky.

Homeland Recap: 8×04 “Chalk One Up”

Previously on Homeland: Carrie got a tip to pursue Samira Noori, and that helped her secure peace with the Taliban by blackmailing G’ulom; Saul made a ceasefire deal with Haqqani; a brash young soldier whose name I still don’t know thought Max was a lucky charm; Beau Bridges realized that his Republican VP was probably running against him in the next election; Jenna and Mike let Carrie meet with Yevgeny to incriminate herself, and when Carrie met with him she discovered to her horror that she and Yevgeny had apparently been rather intimate in the asylum; and she lied to Mike about the meeting, knowing he hadn’t been able to hear her. Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 1, Episodes 4-6

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 1, Episode 4: “Teacher’s Pet”

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We meet Buffy’s nerdy science teacher, who is completely different from any other authority figure we’ve seen thus far, in the sense that he’s caring, attentive, and respectful of personal space. So of course, he immediately gets dragged away in the dark of night by some mysterious tentacled creature, and Cordelia finds him decapitated in the school kitchen. RIP. Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 1, Episodes 1-3

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 1, Episode 1: “Welcome to the Hellmouth”

Buffy is seen in a darkened balcony, looking below her.

In this episode we meet Buffy Summers, a Normal Teenaged Girl with Flippy Hair and Barrettes who has just moved to Sunnydale–because she burned down the gym at her last school and got kicked out. Unfortunately, Sunnydale is majorly infested with vampires. Which is coincidentally why Buffy got kicked out, because she’s actually a vampire slayer, which her clueless mother hasn’t figured out even though Buffy basically gives it away in every conversation (more on that later). Buffy meets Xander, a lovestruck skateboarding dweeb; Willow, an eager nerd who has an inexplicable crush on Xander; Jesse, Xander’s creepy gross friend; Cordelia, the mean and popular jerk; and Giles, the librarian. Only it turns out Giles already totally knows about how Buffy is the One Girl In A Generation with the skill and strength to fight vampires.

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