This uneven production reveals the misfits who are in charge of American Intelligence. RECOMMENDATION: Do not watch these episodes of fantasy and fancy glued together with cliches.
I approve of one event in Homeland. A tough looking Vice President of the United States with the qualities of Dick Chenny, on the cold side of Mercury. and a blowhard, like Joe Biden, has a heart device. The Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist gets the serial number and sends a message: Shut Down. The Vice President is a goner. I’ve seen this method of death in another TV show.
However, other story points are possible. Man has new knees and a hip replacements. Suddenly the host of that equipment is running down the freeway at 75 miles per hour. CHP can’t catch him. This character will be the basis of a new franchise, a plot for a new type of machine movie/TV show. I hereby claim all copyrights, all trademarks and all trade secrets. My chief character with serial number access is an eight year old kid and his babe girlfriend. He’s doing everything on a Commodore 64. I will sell this high concept platform so everyone in Hollywood can understand: War Games for a younger crowd.
In Homeland main character Claire Danes is a CIA field operative. CIA field operatives are educated and trained to a set of skills which are not turned off, ever. In essence CIA field operatives are survivalists in which ever environment they find themselves. Claire Danes character has all the espionage skills found in a fresh faced journalist combined with a super model.
Episode 10 where I stopped watching, Claire Danes is kidnapped by the Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist who just happens to be in the USA. He arrived unnoticed; bad things begin happening some of which have been interdicted; nobody can find the Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist in and around Washington DC. Claire is driving and gets off the phone with her lover/adulterer/traitor/Marine/Congressman/boyfriend (Damien Lewis). She loves to her his voice, but the sex between them is strictly routine. Swooning and yearning Claire hangs up, and decides to change the radio channel. WAMO! Her car is broadsided on the passenger side by a truck.
Before the accident what does CIA Field Operative Claire know? Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist is in Washington. Be on the look out.( BOLA) [Somebody may broadside my car and kidnap me because I’m in a TV show.] How does Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist know which car to broadside, and how does he set it up? (Details, details.) If Claire isn’t tied up (a woman in jeopardy) and her mouth isn’t taped, we’ll never see her big blue eyes.
A real coincidence developed for viewers who like the expected. Because Claire is kidnapped, Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist threatens to kill her. If Lover/adulterer/traitor/Marine/Congressman/boyfriend does not supply him with the serial number of the device keeping the Vice President of the United States alive. He demands that Claire be released before he hands it over. She is released although any normal, well-balanced Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist would kill her, she being the driving force in one agency that is on his ass. But Claire can’t be kllled because it would end the series at Episode 10. The serial number is supplied and the world is rid of the Vice President, a position James Madison labelled, “An unprofitable dignity.”
I killed the Vice President of the United States because of my love for Claire. Claire looked terrified. She is happier now that she is free. All the characters in this show are acting according to cliches, not inventively ordered.
I can only withstand so many cliches. I’ve stopped watching.
No character is acting according to the roles: CIA Field Operative, Ultimate Bad Guy Terrorist, Senior Desk Jockey in the CIA, Manny Patinkin. Manny best role was in Criminal Minds. In Homeland he’s taking it easy, a wuss and whipped by a wife from India. In Episode 10 F. Murray Abraham eats breakfast while Manny P. talks to him. F. Murray dresses Manny P. down, You’re in the wrong business.
Finally, a character said something significant and truthful about one of the leads. If in fact Homeland depicts American Intelligence accurately, America is in trouble. The previous president liked to watch ESPN and play golf. The current guy likes to watch ESPN, play golf and attend fund raisers. Who’s in charge?