Category: Active Measures

Carrie Mathison and Jessica Jones + snappy one-liners |…

Carrie Mathison and Jessica Jones + snappy one-liners | requested by anonymous

hellyeahomeland: HOMELAND – season seven, par…

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HOMELAND – season seven, part one
one poster per episode [insp]

HOMELAND – season seven, part one↳one poster per episode [insp]

HOMELAND – season seven, part one
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Things Carrie Wore This Week

hellyeahomeland:

…in which Sara lives her best life

OK FRIENDS!! Here we go… I think I chose the wrong week to kick this shiz off because Carrie’s wardrobe was super boring this week. I think she wore four distinct things… and, like, sure, the episode only takes place over about 24 hours but STILL. 

Anyhoozles…

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So the first thing she wears this week is actually what she wore in her last scene last episode, which is this army green button down, an absurdly expensive leather jacket, and THE SAME DAMN BLACK JEANS SHE’S BEEN WEARING FOR TWO YEARS. Does Carrie own other casual pants? Do you think she just bought five pairs because they fit well and she can’t be bothered? Were they on sale? I’m SO flummoxed by this… we are approaching Jessica Jones blue jean territory, y’all. That is, if we haven’t already encroached it, taken over the land and settled, Oregon Trail stylez. 

SIDE BAR: Claire’s delivery of “this isn’t a house” WAS SO ANGELA CHASE IT IS PHYSICALLY PAINFUL TO ME. SASSY ASS CARRIE MATHISON. I see you!! 

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PLAID SHIRT. OH MY GOD WHAT IS UP WITH THIS PLAID SHIRT. Has Carrie ever worn plaid? She does dress a lot in navy and blue. It actually looks pretty good on her, though the shirt is about two sizes too large. 

I totally understand the appeal of an oversized plaid shirt… but never in 470,000 years would I think Carrie Anne Mathison would. 

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(doesn’t she look like a cute lil’ bean up there ^^)

So, yeah, the plaid is also giving me major Angela Chase vibes. It’s just??? So??????? Weird?????????? Who chose this? Every year, I get more confused by Carrie’s wardrobe. I think she owns like ten articles of clothing (five of which must be t-shirts that she wears, in pairs, to bed) and must do laundry constantly.

Though I guess it’s not exactly the right time for her to get a new wardrobe, considering she is drowning in debt. Carrie, WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU????

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This post was getting low on topics because of the aforementioned “Carrie only wore like four things this week” issue so let’s talk for a second about Carrie’s earrings. She wore earrings almost all throughout season one, then did not wear earrings hardly ever in seasons two, three, or four. Then earrings again the last two seasons and this one. It’s usually these small good hoops (whereas in season one it was usually studs). I also don’t understand this. Who can explain it? Also, Claire will forever be the queen of raising eyebrows.

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So Carrie basically just throws that same leather jacket from the first scene over the OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT. Do you think she once read about daytime to evening look transitions and thought that all she needed to accomplish that was a $900 leather jacket? I mean… it’s not terrible, by any means. It gets the job done. She did spend most of the day in the back of Max’s van, after all. 

I’m gonna just say that I’m not a huge fan of the leather jacket here. It’s kinda cut too short on her waist and with this (say it again) OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT it looks weird and awkward to me. 

In conclusion: OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT. EARRING HABITS. ANGELA CHASE.

Is Carrie’s plaid shirt a nod to Saul? Is it foreshadowing they are back in sync? Am I going to far with my conspiracy theories? 🤣🤣🤣

Things Carrie Wore This Week

…in which Sara lives her best life

OK FRIENDS!! Here we go… I think I chose the wrong week to kick this shiz off because Carrie’s wardrobe was super boring this week. I think she wore four distinct things… and, like, sure, the episode only takes place over about 24 hours but STILL. 

Anyhoozles…

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So the first thing she wears this week is actually what she wore in her last scene last episode, which is this army green button down, an absurdly expensive leather jacket, and THE SAME DAMN BLACK JEANS SHE’S BEEN WEARING FOR TWO YEARS. Does Carrie own other casual pants? Do you think she just bought five pairs because they fit well and she can’t be bothered? Were they on sale? I’m SO flummoxed by this… we are approaching Jessica Jones blue jean territory, y’all. That is, if we haven’t already encroached it, taken over the land and settled, Oregon Trail stylez. 

SIDE BAR: Claire’s delivery of “this isn’t a house” WAS SO ANGELA CHASE IT IS PHYSICALLY PAINFUL TO ME. SASSY ASS CARRIE MATHISON. I see you!! 

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PLAID SHIRT. OH MY GOD WHAT IS UP WITH THIS PLAID SHIRT. Has Carrie ever worn plaid? She does dress a lot in navy and blue. It actually looks pretty good on her, though the shirt is about two sizes too large. 

I totally understand the appeal of an oversized plaid shirt… but never in 470,000 years would I think Carrie Anne Mathison would. 

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(doesn’t she look like a cute lil’ bean up there ^^)

So, yeah, the plaid is also giving me major Angela Chase vibes. It’s just??? So??????? Weird?????????? Who chose this? Every year, I get more confused by Carrie’s wardrobe. I think she owns like ten articles of clothing (five of which must be t-shirts that she wears, in pairs, to bed) and must do laundry constantly.

Though I guess it’s not exactly the right time for her to get a new wardrobe, considering she is drowning in debt. Carrie, WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU????

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This post was getting low on topics because of the aforementioned “Carrie only wore like four things this week” issue so let’s talk for a second about Carrie’s earrings. She wore earrings almost all throughout season one, then did not wear earrings hardly ever in seasons two, three, or four. Then earrings again the last two seasons and this one. It’s usually these small good hoops (whereas in season one it was usually studs). I also don’t understand this. Who can explain it? Also, Claire will forever be the queen of raising eyebrows.

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So Carrie basically just throws that same leather jacket from the first scene over the OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT. Do you think she once read about daytime to evening look transitions and thought that all she needed to accomplish that was a $900 leather jacket? I mean… it’s not terrible, by any means. It gets the job done. She did spend most of the day in the back of Max’s van, after all. 

I’m gonna just say that I’m not a huge fan of the leather jacket here. It’s kinda cut too short on her waist and with this (say it again) OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT it looks weird and awkward to me. 

In conclusion: OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT. EARRING HABITS. ANGELA CHASE.

hellyeahomeland: “Active Measures” | Directed…

hellyeahomeland:

“Active Measures” | Directed by Charlotte Sieling

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“Active Measures” opens with a shocked and silent Saul in the backseat of a car in Richmond, heading to see Brett O’Keefe. The scene is eerily reminiscent of many we’ve seen over the last few years of characters entering war zones or violent protests, from Keane driving through Manhattan last season, to Carrie arriving in Iraq in “All About Allison” to Saul himself driving through a pack of angry protesters in Beirut in “The Smile.” Saul’s face starts just barely lit by the city streets.

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As the protests turn violent, his face is illuminated in the rich orange glow of fire and then the cold blue of police sirens.

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The next scene between Saul and O’Keefe, which may be their last, was a remarkable reversal from their picnic table meeting just two episodes ago. Again, they’re shown on opposite sides of a table. This time, however, their demeanor and stature have changed. O’Keefe is defeated, handcuffed to a conference room chair, and dealing with the guilt of so much blood on his hands.

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We talked a lot in the “Standoff” Director’s Chair about the use of long or medium shots depicting both O’Keefe and Saul in the same frame. The device isn’t used in the same way here, but astute viewers will note Saul’s ghost-like reflection hovering in the background.

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So much nuance in this episode! Kudos to the amazing women behind it, Episode Director Charlotte Sieling and Writer Debora Cahn. 🙌🏻

“Active Measures” | Directed by Charlotte Sieling“Active…

“Active Measures” | Directed by Charlotte Sieling

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“Active Measures” opens with a shocked and silent Saul in the backseat of a car in Richmond, heading to see Brett O’Keefe. The scene is eerily reminiscent of many we’ve seen over the last few years of characters entering war zones or violent protests, from Keane driving through Manhattan last season, to Carrie arriving in Iraq in “All About Allison” to Saul himself driving through a pack of angry protesters in Beirut in “The Smile.” Saul’s face starts just barely lit by the city streets.

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As the protests turn violent, his face is illuminated in the rich orange glow of fire and then the cold blue of police sirens.

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The next scene between Saul and O’Keefe, which may be their last, was a remarkable reversal from their picnic table meeting just two episodes ago. Again, they’re shown on opposite sides of a table. This time, however, their demeanor and stature have changed. O’Keefe is defeated, handcuffed to a conference room chair, and dealing with the guilt of so much blood on his hands.

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We talked a lot in the “Standoff” Director’s Chair about the use of long or medium shots depicting both O’Keefe and Saul in the same frame. The device isn’t used in the same way here, but astute viewers will note Saul’s ghost-like reflection hovering in the background.

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Later, Keane meets with her advisors in the White House to discuss their various failings in Lucasville. Keane sits at the head of the table, her no-bullshit attitude commanding the room. She asks questions and then directs orders. At the end of the scene, she brings both hands to the table, as the camera centers her in the frame, the Presidential Seal over her head. The message is clear: the buck stops here. In her words, “We broke it. We bought it.” 

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In a mirroring scene, Carrie holds her own version of Keane’s debrief in Maggie’s kitchen with her newly-assembled ops team. It’s a much different dynamic though. The guys are eating snacks from the fridge and everyone is dressed casually. She’s standing at the counter, rather than seated, and collaborating with the team instead of dictating action.

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One of the best scenes of the entire episode was Keane coming to Jackie Goodman’s house under (presumably) the pretense of consoling her in her grief. And from the minute she greets her, Keane is in full presidential mode. She opens her hands to her, palms up, radiating warmth and sincerity.

The real power of the scene is how it contains multitudes though. Keane does know her loss, having been through it with her son. At the same time, once she gets through the condolences and logistics of the next few weeks, she gets right down to business, and perhaps the real reason she was here today in the first place.

Keane’s 180 at the end of last season was confusing and questionable. Wasn’t she supposed to be different? Weren’t we supposed to trust her? What the show is doing this year, with a surprising degree of subtlety, is expose the machinating, political side we were sorely missing last year. This extra layer–conveyed through her ruthlessness, lack of candor, and “buck stops here” mentality–all of which are on display in this episode–has added previously unknown depth to the character. Color us surprised.

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This week on Let’s Ogle a Gorgeous Kitchen and a Meticulously Arranged Cheese Plate… We are basically drooling over this Wyoming house. Is this what happens when you move to Wyoming? Do you have to be a Russian mole as well? Can we get this house with only one of the two?

REAL TALK: We love the light wood accents, open cabinetry, counter-to-ceiling tile backsplash, and glass light fixtures. Also that cheese board does look really good.

Let’s Ogle a Gorgeous Kitchen and a Meticulously Arranged Cheese Plate is brought to you by Sara falling asleep to HGTV whenever she stays in a hotel, her love of cheese, and support from readers like you.

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Last week we mulled over whether the twin vests worn by Franny and O’Keefe were significant. This week, we’re not ruminating. Saul and Ivan are basically dressed like twins here, from the gray beards (not a wardrobe choice but Ivan was almost always clean-shaven in season five…), black beanies (#hat), black gloves, and dark jackets (with very similar pocket details).

So what does this mean? Gail thinks the show has always been showing that they’re two sides of the same coin, both old-school spies who have long-standing relationships with assets of their own (Ivan with Allison, Saul with Carrie). Here, they look it.

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The choreography of their walk through the woods is also interesting. Ivan is a step ahead at times, then Saul is, then they are side-by-side. It’s a close race as they circle each other and feel out the situation.

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Sara thinks the scene at the church was one of the most affecting–at turns disturbing and uplifting–of the season, certainly of the episode. Dressed all in black, Goodman’s face–and especially her uncertain eyes–commands the frame. Homeland is not really a show with a lot of symmetrical framing (a Wes Anderson film this is not), so when Goodman stands in the center of the frame, between the other two FBI widows, it feels more weighty than usual.

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The subsequent shot, though, of Mary Elkins, shows her slightly off-center. It’s a version of the standoffs from the previous two episodes, but with all the conflict and aggression drained from it. They’re not foes, ultimately. And their encounter ends quietly, hopefully even, hands clasped together.

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PAUSE for a moment and let Sara examine the contents of Carrie’s bag.

  • An old crumpled tissue (Carrie… that’s gross)
  • A pink pen (WHY ISN’T IT GREEN I’D HAVE DIED)
  • Two hard candies (Carrie, are you a 78-year-old woman?)
  • A keyring with three keys and a key fob (so… none of these are car keys. And what does the key fob open?)
  • A phone (Carrie, can you clean that please? I will do it for you)
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Carrie and Max’s simple text exchange is weirdly reminiscent of Carrie’s non-delivered texts to Quinn at the end of “Long Time Coming” but we love the way this reveals their op inside the op. OP-CEPTION.

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This show really does have ~a thing~ about two people having sex on camera–whether knowingly or otherwise. Wellington and Simone going at it reminded us a lot of Allison and dude whose identity we forgot going at it in season five. I mean… Allison was a Russian mole. Simone may be one too. The PARALLELS just write themselves, people!

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And, of course, the episode ends on Carrie, a continuation of a storytelling device they’ve been using throughout the season. After all, we see the true Carrie up close–and the concern, fear, and incredulity written on her face. Curiously, she narrows her eyes right at the end–is it an expression of confusion, or has she just figured something out? Think we’ll find out next week…

hellyeahomeland: “New Normal” || “Active Meas…

hellyeahomeland:

“New Normal” || “Active Measures” – requested by @pincushionproteas

Astrid 😭

“I despise Saul. He has a stupid little walk, kinda fast because…

“I despise Saul. He has a stupid little walk, kinda fast because of his little legs. I’d like to request a gif set of Saul walking, preferably in fast motion so I can have a few laughs.” –@unguarded-thoughts

“New Normal” || “Active Measures” – requested by…

“New Normal” || “Active Measures” – requested by @pincushionproteas