Category: Anonymous

I have a great romantic movie rec to watch over a lazy fall weekend. “Something New” from 2006. On Netflix. An interracial romance starring Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan. He is very Quinn-like. Dimples. Great hair! Blue eyes. An attitude that says “I don’t give a fuck what people think”. She’s a corporate accountant. He’s a landscape architect. Bonus: written & directed by females. I’ve seen it many times. Flawed, but I always return to it. 👍🏽

I finally don’t feel any grief or hate for this show – I know, it took a while, but hear me out. It seems that the perfect ending for HL would have been that moment in S4, when they sit together talking about Carrie’s father and the letters he wrote to Saul demanding she would be brought back from oversees. I love that scene. There is no unfinished buisiness (kiss never happens), they are sad he’s gone but they all are home.

Well, they
do say that time heals all wounds. They also say that hindsight is 20/20. 

I hope you don’t mind if I use your ask as a jumping-off point to articulate my thoughts re: fandom upset. 

Looking
back, it’s kind of easy to see how it all went off the rails. 

First of
all, Quinn should have died in the season five finale. Like, Quinn got exposed
to sarin gas in 5×09, and it was all downhill for him from there. He was in a
coma, they woke him up, he suffered a brain hemorrhage, and from there he
basically had no chance of recovery. They read the letter. Carrie seemed to be
letting him go, and even like she was prepared to help him along with it. I
remember, after 5.12 aired, I was pretty shocked and miserable and generally
disbelieving. And I had nobody to talk to, because I didn’t know you guys yet.

My friend
messaged me on Christmas night to talk about the finale, which he had just caught
up with. 

Friend: Merry Christmas. I saw the finale.
Though I think I need to see it again to reassess what happened. I like how
Quinn’s story ended (assuming it ended). Not so much Allison’s, though I
wouldn’t mind seeing Ivan again.
Ashley: I’m 99% sure that we will see
Quinn again. I liked Allison’s ending. It was very reminiscent of The
Godfather.
Ashley: Quinn’s ending made no sense
to me, but it does make sense that we’d be on opposite sides of this.
Friend: I kinda hope he’s not back. I
feel like they’ve gone as far as they can go with regard to abusing him.
Ashley:
The finale just pissed me off. It was a stupid cliffhanger, because it’s not
sustainable. Like, if Quinn is dead, then what’s the point?
Friend:
I guess I saw it as them plainly stating that he is dead. She took off the oxygen
monitor because what’s the point anymore, and just wanted a moment alone with
him.
Friend:
I’ll be annoyed if that’s not what they’re doing.
Ashley:
She took off the oxygen monitor so that she could put him out of his misery
without arousing suspicion, but he wasn’t even on life support.
Friend:
Yeah, that’s why I don’t think it was that. I don’t think she was speeding
things along so much as just silencing the room. 

I
had a million billion thoughts about the 5.12 finale, my favorite theory being
one that Dar Adal was just fucking with Carrie, but my friend’s comments really
exemplify why people used to pay him to watch, review, and analyze shit. He was
completely right. That ending for Quinn would have been much more respectful
than what we ultimately ended up with. I think it would have been a fine
contrast with Brody’s death, and I think it would have made for a tremendously
interesting character arc for Carrie in season six. 

In
the aftermath of 5.12, though, I remember how upset people were. I lurked
around the fandom until obviously I stopped lurking, but the impression I got (particularly in the carrie-quinn livejournal community) was irrepressible and universal sadness over his death. I was upset about it,
but not really that upset, because —
as you can see in the conversation above — I didn’t really get it. I also felt
like there were a lot of parallels to Jack Bauer in 24, and Jack had come back from
death a couple of times with few ill effects. Of course, this show is not 24.
But when Howard Gordon announced that Quinn would be returning, I felt very
validated.

And
the more involved I got with the Homeland fandom, the more it felt like everybody felt the same way as I did.
People wondered why we had ever believed
that Quinn had died, and I was just, like… mass hysteria? And I think that’s
true, but I don’t think the fandom ever recovered from that. It just became an
echo chamber. Quinn was our Tinkerbell and if we clapped hard enough, we could
save him. 

Maybe
our indignant cries after 5.12 really were a factor in Quinn’s return. But I
don’t think so. I don’t think we ever had the influence we thought we did. 

But
I don’t know. I really don’t. I can’t understand the point of bringing him back
just to torment him for eleven-and-a-half more episodes and then kill him.

That’s
the part that’s upsetting, I think. I know a lot of people who quit watching
Homeland after season six, but who probably would have carried on with the show
if Quinn had died at the end of season five. His death at the end of season six
was a betrayal in a way that his death at the end of season five wouldn’t have
been. They gave fans room to exhale and an entire year to speculate on Quinn’s
future and what it might mean for Carrie and the show. By the time they put him
out of his misery for real, it was too late.

But
it’s been eighteen entire months since 6.12, and that’s the other thing. Time.

And
the great thing about television is that you really can pretend the show ends
before it gets to a point that makes you unhappy. For me, Buffy ends at the end
of season five (Once More With Feeling is Willow’s fever dream). Angel ends at
the end of season three. (I know that those are both BAD PLACES to end either
series, but what can I say, I love a miserable ending… I’m sure that Homeland
8.12 will be everything my masochistic soul desires.) 

So
keep on keeping on with your happy(-ish) ending. The show is what it is, and
will be what it will be. But thankfully the show is ending soon and, anyway,
none of us (except for Sara) MUST watch.

If anyone out there is watching The Romanoffs, let us know! I hate the idea of signing up for Amazon Prime, but if you all love this show, I’d like to know. Maybe I’ll just pay for one month in the future and binge watch it. I’m a big fan of John Slattery. Anyone else? Has he ever been in a bad movie or TV series? I watched Mona Lisa Smile for the 20th time yesterday. He plays Julia Roberts’ fiancé. This is one of my favorite all time movies! I digress. What was my question? The Romanoffs!

I’ve had an icky feeling about Matt Weiner since Mad Men was airing and everything fell in line last year when it was confirmed that he is just as much of a creep as I thought. The level of self-importance that dude has is nearly unfathomable. 

All of which is to say no, I’m not watching The Romanoffs. 

P.S. Betty Draper deserved so much better. 

I saw Colette 🙋🏼 !! If anyone is having trouble with insomnia, may I give this advice? Don’t waste your money on pills. Have a glass of red wine and buy this DVD. Yes, it’s in theaters now, but trust me, the DVD release is imminent. This is the most boring movie I’ve EVER seen! The lack of color alone will put you to sleep. There are only 4: black, white, ochre, and LOTS of beige. Dialogue is also colorless. Characters are numbing. I was on my phone throughout; (continued)

As I was saying, I was checking my phone the entire time, just reading the headlines. And no, I don’t think it was bothering the other 10 people in the audience in this major American city on a Saturday night. Fuck, I had such high expectations for this movie. Don’t waste your money y’all!!

How was Apologia? (The play featuring Claire Danes’ husband Hugh Dancy.) Any Claire sightings? Other celebs? Did you hang out by the back door for a selfie with Hugh? 😂

It was really good. I went by myself and it was the first time I’d ever done that. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Stockard Channing is a goddess and the play is funny and smart and melancholy. 

Also, Hugh Dancy is like… a very good actor. I’ve seen him in plenty of movies and TV shows but there was something about seeing him on stage where I was like… shit. Also he is so handsome.

Claire was not there as she was off at some event looking flamazing for having a baby about 6 minutes ago. I did see Woody Harrelson as I was leaving though! I didn’t recognize him at first. 

Also also two of the seats in my row had placards that said “In honor of Jake Gyllenhaal” and “In honor of Blythe Danner.” So cosmically, we were connected. 

I did not stage door for Hugh as I had other plans involving a gin martini and a steak. 

Just curious. We’re any of the HYH’ers invited by their sisters at FMRF to attend the opening of At Eternity’s Gate in NYC? Did you go? Or, since you saw Rupert at Nina Hoss’ play, was it a polite “No thank you. Been there, done that”?

So here’s the dealio: Ashley and I had plans to go to the Berkshires this weekend but since Ashley was sick-ish when she was in NY last week and then got a flu shot and then got sicker AND since I suffered from LEGITIMATE, HONEST TO GOD 

V E R T I G O 

this past Monday, I was hellaciously frightened of getting sick again, so we canceled last-minute. By that time, I imagine all the tickets to the film were sold out. 

So we did brunch instead. 

Hi Ladies. Recently, you (Ashley?) commented on Anons’ asks and HYH’s replies written when tipsy or drunk. So group ask: what percentage of your replies have been written while drinking? While having had too much to drink? And do you have a favorite or memorable reply that you perhaps wouldn’t have written without having had a few drinks? Any that you regret? Any that are over the top? One that you can’t believe or even remember that you wrote? Take your time on this one. For you too, FMRF!!

I think you’re asking how many asks I’ve written while flat-out drunk and the answer is not that many. The percentage would be ridiculously low, and declining as I’ve gotten older, because I know when to walk away from the computer (also I’ve written a LOT of stuff on this blog). 

I’m much more likely to tweet after having a few drinks because for some reason in my brain Twitter feels much more casual and less official than this stupid blog. 

That said:

  1. This is prob one of my favorite drunk Sara replies: 
    http://www.hellyeahomeland.com/post/129547274221
  2. I readily and freely delete shit that is embarrassing or that I later regret so who knows what I’ve written here, deleted, and then promptly forgotten about (I mean, I guess some of you might…).
  3. This tweet has aged well:
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Did anyone (everyone) watch Kany West’s rant in the Oval Office? Is he or is he not bipolar? Did anyone have the patience to watch the entire thing? Did anyone imagine what Carrie, off her meds, would say to the president? Was Gansa inspired for a future S8 scene?

I’m gonna take a cue from Keep It and announce that we are not going to talk about… him on this blog. We shall refer to him as… Mr. Kardashian. 

ANYHOOZLES, no I did not watch that. I have no time for Mr. Kardashian’s bullshit and even less for Mr. Cheeto’s. I really hesitate to buy into the whole ~it’s a DiStRaCtIoN~ line from the media about various antics from Mr. Cheeto, but y’all: 

IT

IS

A

DISTRACTION

Please don’t waste any more time thinking about Mr. Kardashian and Cheeto wearing their fucking ~MAGA~ hats in the Oval Office and make sure you are registered to vote on Nov. 6

Has anyone seen Colette? Thumbs up? Down?

I don’t think officially anyone here has but several friends of the blog have and give it a resounding THUMBS UP.

Anyone have plans to see Mandy in concert?

Probably not. I’m the only one who’d really be interested in that sort of thing, and a) none of the dates are really compatible with me and b) even if they were, they’re mostly sold out.

Sara and I are going to see Claire Danes’s husband onstage this week, though!