Dealing with fallout, constantly reacting, is something Homeland is always doing. If it isn’t continuing to deal with the fallout from the Langley bombing it’s the fallout they create for themselves. Even the action they take is based on reacting to a situation. “Uh...Oh...Ah” (worst title since Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has more spurred action, thanks to mentally and emotionally unstable characters acting erratically. Spurring everyone to get past the funk of the Langley bombing.
Claire Danes “understated” performance in “Tin Man is Down” makes a lot more sense as she descends into another often seen bout of mania. Claire Danes acts the shit out of this episode. Her face is in constant motion but always returning to a frowny face. Carrie’s mania, something they have shown two or three times, is still a card that is surprisingly affecting. It was really tough to see Carrie be her own worst enemy. In an episode that adds a new character that just made you want to see Carrie rejoin the team.
The mania was supported by directing producer Lesli Linka Glatter use of offset close up shots, giving the framed face the psychological point a view of Carrie. The handheld camera moved with an urgency that could only be from Carries frantic mind. Glatter didn’t limit the use of hand held close ups to just Carrie’s mind. She kept the camera on many characters faces as they reacted or tried to keep a good face to the reacting world around them. It’s a melodramatic tool that doesn't come off as overdone melodrama. Most of the time the reaction shots are more a moment of relief or breaking. Going through Glatter’s work it turns out she directed “Q&A” which had minutes on end of these types of shots.
Carrie might be the main character and played by a fine actor but Dana Brody played by Morgan Saylor has to be a sentimental favorite. The two characters mirror each other now with their mental states and intimate real connection with Nick. “Uh...Oh..Ah...” plays into this by showing each act erratically with differing outcomes. Where Carrie’s mania is turning her into her own worse enemy, that fixates on how EVERYTHING is Saul’s fault. Dana shows a greater understanding and self knowledge by admitting to her mother that yes she wanted to die. Following that up with what it is that makes her want to live. In this case her mental ward housed boyfriend, Lee. Now if that’s actually healthy ...well....uh...im...not a psychologist. But as an avid consumer of media this type of action never seems to end well. Dana may know what her actions entail but her emotional barometer is completely out of wack. Her whole excursion with Lee was a bit hamfisted outlandish and wanting to be something out of The Notebook. It didn’t really work for me. However, it pushed Dana and Jessica to the scene in the bathroom. I’ll take well executed moments of emotional truth every night, even if it means putting up with insane plotting.
As much as I loath The Notebook that little scene wasn’t the craziest scene in tonight's episode. Saul’s outburst to the new financial analyst Fara and her head scarf makes no sense. This is a Saul who is run down and forced to deal with every single situation and asked to move mountains with no resources.That doesn't make his outburst about Fara wearing her headscarf, which he admits is her right, play. Saul has been shown to be empathetic and culturally understanding in way only a former outsider could be. Fara with her dress is an instant outsider. Glatter spends more time showing the various white people walk around and look away from Fara than actually showing Fara walk into the CIA building.
With Carrie seemingly excommunicated and locked away Homeland has started to fill out the cast. A CIA run by Saul working with and against Dar A Dal and training new agents like Fara makes me want Carrie to disappear for most of the season.
The Bits At The End
This was the dumbest episode title I think I’ve ever scene. What does it even mean?
Anyone else let out a groan as the credits sequence ran? Thankfully I watched mine on a bit of DVR so I got to FF
Looks like Brody comes back in episode 3, well it isn’t episode 9 but it’s more restraint than a network would give.
Morena Baccarin cry face is really bad.