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Homeland’s Big Twist Shocks

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Homeland’s Claire Danes

Originally, I was going to title this post as “Oh Crap It’s Dana” but decided against it as the actual plot twist thrown at us at the end of 3×04 was so much OMG that it’s all I could really think of, I mean, did anyone, ANYONE see that coming?

I don’t claim to be all foreseeing and knowing of plot twists coming our way, and some are so blatant it hurts, but this, this totally side swiped me and that, to me, makes for great TV.  I mean sitting there, at the end of the episode, seeing Carrie and Saul walk inside together, I just…i just…I’m pretty sure I looked like I had lost a chromosome sitting there mouth agape.

Funny though, after last weeks Brody themed episode, everyone threw their hands up and went “How can we fix Homeland?” now it seems (me included obviously) we’re all applauding the show.  So among all the long and unpronounceable names involved with money laundering, Dana finally running away (and never coming back?), Saul throwing Carrie under the bus to save face, Carrie’s complete and utter melt-down and subsequent meeting with someone who wants her to reveal confidential CIA information, it turns out Carrie and Saul were working together all along.  Talk about perfect timing for a show that had everyone worried.

That said, with this season pointing out Javadi as the big bad guy (worse than Abu Nazir) it’s hard to actually feel excited for Carrie and Saul’s plan if the only time we have seen Javadi is via a photo.  We have no connection to him, no feelings, we are working with what is being conveyed to us via conversations between Saul and Fara.

Oh, Dana was in this episode, but as noted, she ran away.  She wasn’t really that annoying this episode.  I think we actually got to see some real depth behind her character, especially when she noted that when standing outside the army base, she pointed out that this was where her father had said the very last truth to her, which was “goodbye” and that everything after that was a lie.

Hopefully Homeland shines a little more light on Javadi and the plan Saul and Carrie have set in place to keep us going on this roller coaster of a ride that is Season three!

Homeland – We Need To Talk About Dana

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Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody

I’m just going to put it out there…When you have a show focused on terrorism, counter intelligence and the C.I.A and the one character that seems to annoy almost every viewer is the teenage daughter of one of the main characters, you know, as a writer, you must be doing something wrong.

Homeland had it’s third season episode two last night on channel 10, and just a heads up, for all the Dana Brody haters out there, there’s a lot more of her coming, and you’re not going to like it.  We’re beginning to wonder why a side character such as Dana Brody is being given so much screen time and literally her own feature story-line (a suicide attempt between seasons two and three) compared to other characters like Brody’s wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) or even lead character Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) himself, who is still rather absent even in this second episode.

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Between Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) constant tears and Dana’s moody and angsty attitude, there’s not much left in between to counter the two and suddenly Homeland is beginning to feel like a teenage drama that no one wants to watch.

Apparently the decision to focus more on the Brody family more prominently- while leaving viewers in the dark about the whereabouts of Damien Brody was a conscious one for the creators.

‘There are all these families that are the victims of somebody in the family doing an act of violence. Whether it’s Sandy Hook, whether it’s Columbine, the Boston Marathon bombers, these people all have families who suffer the consequences of these psychopathic actions,’ show-runner Alex Ganza told New York Magazine. ‘It was interesting to think about what would happen to the Brody family.’

Homeland airs Monday nights, 8:30pm on Channel 10.