saul and carrie

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Thank You POI for making us believe in second chances. 

For believing that good does exist in man kind. 

That strength can come in small numbers if the few are couragous, strong and brave. 

Thank you for proving enemies can become allies. 

That hope is painful, but it is what makes us determined to fight for what we believe in.

Goodbye POI.

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“I was trying to figure out a way that she was seeing some big thing that we couldn’t see. There is some sort of a logic or sense to it, even though it’s grandiose. Her little details seem crazy, but after she has charted out everything physically that was in her mind, then we can actually see why it makes sense to her.” –Meredith Stiehm

2017 Emmy nominees that should have been

Best Drama
American Gods
Legion
The Americans
The Leftovers
13 Reasons Why

Best Comedy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Fresh Off The Boat
Speechless
One Day At A Time
The Good Place

Best Comedy Actress
Kristen Bell; The Good Place
Rachel Bloom; Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Minnie Driver; Speechless
Justina Machado; One Day At A Time
Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Fleabag
Constance Wu; Fresh Off The Boat

Best Comedy Actor
Hank Azaria; Brockmire
Jay Baruchel; Man Seeking Woman
Ted Danson; The Good Place
John Lithgow; Trial and Error
Randall Park; Fresh Off The Boat
Andy Samberg; Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Supporting Actor Comedy
Desmin Borges; You’re the Worst
Andre Braugher; Brooklyn Nine-Nine
William Jackson Harper; The Good Place
Micha Fowler; Speechless
Timothy Simons; Veep

Best Supporting Actress Comedy
Lauren Ash; Superstore
Stephanie Beatriz; Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Donna Lynne Champlin; Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Kether Donohue; You’re the Worst
Katie Findlay; Man Seeking Woman
Jane Krakowski; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Actress Drama
Christine Baranski; The Good Fight
Carrie Coon; The Leftovers
Katherine Langford; 13 Reasons Why
Mandy Moore; This Is Us

Best Actor Drama
Dan Stevens; Legion
Justin Theroux; The Leftovers

Best Supporting Actress Drama
Amy Brenneman; The Leftovers
Emily Browning; American Gods
Aubrey Plaza; Legion
Winona Ryder; Stranger Things
Rhea Seehorn; Better Call Saul
Yvonne Strahovski; The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor Drama
Christopher Eccleston; The Leftovers
Giancarlo Esposito; Better Call Saul
Frank Langella; The Americans
Delroy Lindo; The Good Fight
Michael McKean; Better Call Saul
Pablo Schreiber; American Gods

Goodbye, Homeland.

Dear Mr. Gansa. 

First, let me start by saying that I was a huge fan of Homeland. Honestly, the first two seasons were incredible television. Season 3 had some amazing episodes, and Season 4 was a fantastic stand-alone season. My issues, and please bear with me, start after the major reboot that followed. 

I truly wish Homeland would have continued from the end of Season 4 instead of having a two-year time-jump that launched Season 5. It became a very different show after that. Two-years pass and none of the characters work together anymore, and their roles on the show changed dramatically. In hindsight, to me, this fast forward is what caused the show to jump the tracks.

Carrie lost her identity. So many things changed for her, and we lost the heart of this wonderful character. Carrie is no longer with the CIA and has shifted from a proactive character into a reactionary one. She quit going after the bad guys and started responding to what happens around her. I’m not a fan of this version of Carrie because I don’t know who she is supposed to be. She’s surely not the same character of previous seasons, and Carrie’s not grown or matured for the better, so who is she? I want to watch a show about a kick-ass CIA agent who struggles with bipolar disorder but puts all the pieces of some nefarious plot together and gets one step ahead of the bad guys. That version of Carrie seems to have disappeared. It’s a shame because I liked her.

The new Carrie seems lost and is all over the place. Head of private security? Political Advisor? Consultant? Do the writers know what to do with her? It’s frustrating. I’d like to add that Carrie as a mom seems awkward more so than not because of the midseason hand off of Franny the past few years. Do the writers know what to do with Franny? The handoff is becoming a bit tedious from a viewer standpoint. Why can’t Carrie be a mother and a professional? The writers are making a strong female lead much weaker by portraying her as someone who can’t handle parenthood and a career. 

What about Saul? What does he do? I have no clue. Both Saul and Dar are still in the CIA, but we don’t know in what capacity. Does the CIA matter anymore? Saul still has a lot of connections, and he’s in the mix, but his current position is irrelevant? Who Saul is right now is almost as confusing as the decision to transform Dar into a diabolical black hat who sexually abuses teen boys. That was a bit over the top for me. 

Carrie, Saul, and Dar’s ties to the CIA reflect the problem with Homeland right now because their positions, or lack thereof, in the agency no longer matter. The show shifted from a spy thriller to political thriller, so the writers downplay the CIA. A show about the CIA is no longer about the CIA. Think about that for a moment. Can I ask why the show changed course so drastically?

In addition, can I just say poor Quinn? He was a kick ass agent who struggled with PTSD and was turned into a snuff film victim. I have no other explanation for the relentless torturing of this character during the past two seasons. It was disturbing. Quinn was the only character that I had left to root for, and Homeland tossed him out with the CIA plotline. It’s a damn shame. 

If you combine all of these elements, you have the reason why I decided to stop watching Homeland. It’s no longer the same show, and I have no interest in watching another political thriller. 

On an end note, I do want to say thank you for the first four seasons. It was fantastic television. Good luck with the final two, and I hope this new show is what you want it to be. Honestly, it’s a shame there is such a disconnect between the writers and the fans who love what the show used to be. The original Homeland will be missed

Sincerely, 

Melissa (a former fan)

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“Carrie? I’m so sorry. About all this. I feel responsible in a way. ‘Cause when you came back from Baghdad, I knew. I saw something had happened. You were damaged. I left it alone. Other times when you were so out there, I guess I half knew. Maybe hoping it was something else. Anyway, I should have asked. I should have asked if you were really okay.”

So it’s been a while... it’s taken a while...

As I begin to write this, I wonder if there’s anyone there to hear it.

Those who watched and loved Homeland as I did will know that there are a substantial number of people who have a) left the fandom b) chosen to bask in the glory of Season Four or c) are still in mourning over the loss of Peter Quinn and don’t quite know where that leaves them when it comes to Homeland.

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