“A Red Wheelbarrow” does a lot of plot moving and shaking. Whatever master plan the writers came up with is starting to take shape, and I’m actually intrigued! There is even some nicely composed shots. An than Carrie had to go and act all dumb in the name of tension and drama. Leaving me wishing Quinn had put a bullet right between her eyes.
Did anyone expect this episode to be good? The whole investigation into “the real bomber” had Brody written all over it and he isn’t exactly the bastion of intrigue. The prospects of a three to four episode investigation with Brody exonerated in the season finale seemed a little too perfect. Quinn even gives voice to this potential by lamenting how they are spinning their wheels in their search. Thankfully the search for the real bomber is just a means to an end and episode writers, Alex Gansa & James Yoshimura, wrap it all up by the end of “A Red Wheelbarrow”. Our bomber, who’s some non-descript guy, gets one to the head and two to the chest before taking a bath In some acid. The Stew Maker would be proud.
When did lawyers become hit men? I guess they could’ve taken a class or something. Suddenly lawyers seem scarier.
Contrived tension is the worst, it dosen’t hold up to thought and just becomes hollow on rewatch. Carrie trying to save the real bomber and exonerate Brody isn’t even that off base. It even plays into the themes of job and personal life conflicts. No matter, it still comes off as really really dumb. Seriously, Carrie is going to blow her and Javadi’s cover ruining ALL THE PLANS just so America has a body to kill? The survallence alone proved Brody’s innocence and letting the real guy sleep with the fishes allows the rest of the great game to be played. It’s sequences like this that make me wonder how Carrie still manages to be in the field. It also makes me believe completely that this show would be better suited without her. Quinn shooting her in the arm was kind of nice.
The Wire built up bugging pagers and sitting and waiting for the “bad guys” to do their things. It forced the protagonist to be non-confrontational until necessary. Season 1 of Homeland also did this really well. That whole sequence above had plenty of great natural tension as they had to resign themselves to letting the real bomber die in the name of greater good. This voyeuristic attitude even has its moments in a couple of nicely composed shots. The very first shot of the episode, Saul making breakfast, was nice and removed you just sat back and watched him move with real verve. The most visually interesting shots come when Carrie meets with her lawyer hitman in an orthodox church. The pair meets in front of or behind some absurdly clean class, not that you’d realize it until the camera pulls out messing with the focus. It’s the little things like this that elevate this insane show to something resembling art.
Speaking of Saul, the reveal that he was in Venezuela to pick up Brody was executed to perfection. The whole thing felt like a dirty drug deal, which it was. Things are starting to weave together into one thick plot rope (which the show could use to hang itself with).
Fara getting the ‘C’ plot seemed was a nice move. It showed that yes, these characters have a life outside of their work. Faras life is taking care of her father. He doesn’t approve of her working with the Company due to family ties back home. It adds a bit of conflict and color to Fara who until now had been mainly a device to dump exposition on. It isn’t a lot but it is just enough.
Whatever Saul’s master plan is, moving Javadi up the chain of command and eventual regime change (haven’t we done that enough in Iran? You’d think Saul would realize that one) all seem to now revolve around Nick Brody. I guess he’ll get to have his chance to go out in a blaze of glory. It’s interesting to see him not actively attempt to stop Senator Lockhart’s approval process, than again he’s never been that overt of a mover.
The Bits At The End
- So is Mira’s lover supposed to be just peeping on her or is he a terrorist? Knowing this show it is likely both.
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