“Like Bad at Things” | Directed by Alex Graves
We open on a shot of Wellington’s book shelf in his home. Our eye is immediately drawn to the bright red cover in the center and the book called DISSENT, an ominous foreshadowing of the episode’s bloody ending.
Last week we talked about the tendency for Keane to stand inches away from whomever she’s speaking to. In the episode’s opening scene, however, she’s standing relatively far apart from Wellington. In this case, his betrayal of her when he “hijacked” her presidency is literally driving them apart. Interesting to note that Wellington is dressed in white, Keane in black, an intentional choice made to show just how opposite their views are.
Graves interrupts the argument between Keane and Wellington to show that our favorite resident spy is watching in. Most of these shots of Carrie–both this episode and in recent weeks–are in extreme close-up. It’s an ironic choice: as Carrie listens in and watches these private, intimate moments, her face and expression are magnified for us, so close we can see every wrinkle and pore on her skin. For as often as Carrie lies to people this season, the close-up angles seem to be used to show Carrie’s true emotions. In this scene, she is deeply concerned and knows she is onto something big.
Seriously, such great insight and one of my favorite aspects of joint HYH is working on this piece. Sara @carriemathison is just amaze-balls at it and has a knack for picking up the nuance. So.Much.Fun. 💪🏻💫🙌🏻