Category: Showtime

Just like McClendon.

hellyeahomeland:

Maggie Mathison in “Enemy of the State” 

Maggie straight up trolling Carrie with her “Life is Good” mug” too. Maggie is the best! 🙌🏻

gabehcoudblog:

This post will be updated and reblogged on a regular basis as we gather new information on the storyline.

Thanks to Cynthia (@lange-c) and Gail @pinkys143​  for summarising what we know so far on season 7. And thanks to all the spies out there, especially @delgadoyv for spoiler hunting!

There’s been plenty of spoilers but no overt mention of Quinn thus far. Here’s what we know. We’ve linked the original spoiler posts and casting videos within the text, however, they often get removed. Let us know if a link does not work.

Spy Plot:

  • McClendon is in a federal prison, alive as the S7 opens. There’s a plot to try to have him killed in prison.
  • A woman sneaks into the prison and pays someone $50K to kill a “decorated soldier” (probably McClendon). It’s made to look like natural causes.
  • Senator Paley is investigating the conspiracy and it’s stalled.
  • There is an effort to tie Wellington to McClendon’s death in the prison.
  • Carrie is trying to get Dante Allen (see “Random BS below”) who she knew from Kabul to testify against… ? likely McClendon.
  • McClendon is likely tied to a foreign government – ostensibly Russia.
  • Carrie is trying to pay “Troll” ransom for information he found by hacking government files from her computer. Max is involved.
  • The feds are after O’Keefe/O’Keefe’s people.
  • Members of the press are being arrested (on Keane’s orders, one assumes) for leaking information about the investigation.
  • And because it’s all about fucking prescience, my friends, meet the Russian Yevgeny while the video is still up. It’s the same yadda, yadda – the foreigner-with-a-mission trope who hates America. The radicalized Muslim terrorist trope has simply morphed into Russian sock puppets and hackers master now.
  • The Russians want to drive Keane out of office
  • The question: Is Wellington working on orders from Keane? Or is he part of the deep state and is eliminating liabilities? Or is he a mole, working for a foreign government and Keane is completely unaware that she is being influenced covertly by another government? This will likely be the point of the spy plot throughout the season.

Carrie…

  • is melting down. Apparently she steals her niece’s Adderall (ADHD drug). “Out of her fucking mind” is quoted. Lithium might be no longer effective.
  • Living with Maggie, Carrie and Franny moved in 3 month ago. The first time after they moved in was good… 
  • believes the country is “under attack” and she needs to help because it’s her duty. 
  • is surveilling Wellington without authorization (haven’t we seen this movie before?).
  • gets obsessed, stays out for hours, forgets to pick up Franny from school.
  • spends only little time with Franny.
  • brought a bad guy near her daughter and used Franny to get evidence against this guy.
  • is doing sexual favours for “Troll” (playing with her nipples on camera) in exchange the return of her computer and not divulging the information. (There are no words, my friends.) Message @lange-c or @gabehcoud to get a private link to the video. It has caused many of us to have a minor melt down. It gets horrifying around 1.50 min in. Here’s a summary of the video.
  • brought strangers to Maggie’s house at night, to her bedroom.
  • asked Josie for help to get into Maggie’s office to abuse it for her operation. She transported Dante in the trunk of her car to the office.
  • an FBI agent was arrested at night who Carrie thought was “dirty”.
  • has been staying in two expensive hotels (ostensibly to track Wellington but maybe for sex… or both).
  • is $100K in debt and lies about it (to Maggie)

Franny…

  • has changed.
  • is afraid to sleep in darkness and cries herself to sleep
  • doesn’t want to sleep alone in her room and joins to Josie’s in bed.

Saul…

  • is out of prison.
  • is the Security Advisor of Keane’s administration.

Maggie…

Max…

  • is involved in Carrie’s business doing the tech stuff. It looks like he supports her to connect Wellington with McClendon’s death.

Dar: No sign of him.

Other stuff…

  • A war/bomb/special forces scene has been filmed.
  • A memorial service scene was filmed. (for a female character)
  • The filming will move for 4 weeks to Budapest for a stand-in as a Russian city (probably for the last 2 episodes).
  • Bloody hospital scenes have been filmed (probably for episode 9).
  • An actor who auditioned for Dante Allen – former military/CIA of course -looked like a poor man’s Quinn. (Cynthia: Watch, Carrie will fuck him.) He worked with Carrie when she was station chief in Kabul. Allen was the fall guy for something bad that went down there. Lots of Quinn-like anger and “what the fucks”.

The fantastic @gabehcoud has put together an updated spoiler summary for the upcoming season of Homeland!

– I think the “bad guy” referred above is the character “Dante”, played by Morgan Spector. I think he starts the season appearing to be on Carrie’s side. I don’t think that’s actually the case and it’s a big reveal in the middle part of the season. This could be one of the inciting events that lead Maggie and Bill to petition the court for custody of Franny.

– It seems apparent that the writers want to free Carrie up from parenting to set-up Season 8. They’ve been laying the groundwork for Carrie to lose custody since season 6.

– Last season Carrie lost Quinn, which the show has long referred to as the person reminding her of humanity. Without him, they have reset her emotionally to a dark and lonely place to begin season 7. By the time Season 8 begins, I think she’ll be in an isolated place…distanced from Franny, Maggie and the non-work related side of herself. Her only connection may be to Saul. Which would make some sense if the show is aiming to get her back into the spy game this year. All just speculation on my part.

Maybe a spoiler thread on LJ is in order? Anyone interested?

Thanks again to @gabehcoud and @lange-c ! 😘

Should we send along our congratulations? 

… Didn’t think so.

ETA: Thanks to @lorenabender for finding the tweet. We’d screen shotted it before Graham deleted it but none of us could find it.

Dude, if you’d told nine-year-old Ashley that Starz was still going to exist in ~20 years, she’d have been like “dude, you’re on crack.” Actually, I don’t think nine-year-old Ashley knew what crack was.

Showtime needs to take a major step back and reevaluate their strategy. There are so many excellent things on television and I feel like Showtime just think they are above the competition? 

Dexter was awesome for the first few seasons, but I think I stopped watching after my fave character died. Four seasons later, I hear he went off to the woods to be a lumberjack or some shit, like, what the actual fuck. 

Television is meant to entertain. Shows can live in their genre, that’s fine, but they need to evoke something in the viewer. And Homeland did a pretty good job of that for the first few seasons… but fury at the writers? Disgust? Disappointment? Is that actually what they want?

notourhomeland:

Join our letter-writing campaign! We have been compiling testimonials to send to Alex Gansa and Showtime to let them know what’s happening is not ok. We are accepting submissions through Monday, September 4.

Click here to send a letter or send an email to letters@notourhomeland.com.  You can submit anonymously as well.  We will post letters received to Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook.  

Thank you to all who have already submitted letters! 

Join our letter-writing campaign! We have been compiling testimonials to send to Alex Gansa and Showtime to let them know what’s happening is not ok. We are accepting submissions through Monday, September 4.

Click here to send a letter or send an email to letters@notourhomeland.com.  You can submit anonymously as well.  We will post letters received to Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook.  

Thank you to all who have already submitted letters! 

That’s not been lost on us. 

If #NotOurHomeland’s efforts to be heard help land Mandy or Lesli an Emmy, we’re okay with it. If either win it will be for their body of work after long and lauded careers. 

However maddening Saul’s character has been written, I’d argue Mandy’s acting is pretty damn pitch perfect. Lesli winning for 6.12 is a jagged pill to swallow, but… she directed some of the most fantastic Homeland episodes of the series’ history. 

Let’s just all be happy that Gansa wasn’t nominated for single a fucking thing.

frangipaniflower001:

wittybyrd:

notourhomeland:

#NotOurHomeland has banded Homeland fans together from across the globe to amplify and bring light to an already large segment of #Homeland’s disappointed viewers, their voices, concerns and outrage.

Unfortunately for Executive Producer and current Homeland showrunner, Alex Gansa and Showtime boss, David Nevins – the criticism of this past season of Homeland doesn’t begin or end with the current fan response.  Here are a few snippets of Season 6 reviews from television bloggers, critics, reporters, etc.

From The Hollywood Reporter:  

“…Alex Gansa and the executive producers of Homeland, who made a cottage industry out of torturing Quinn, putting him in near-death positions and then stringing the character and the audience along, refusing to just take him off narrative life support and let everybody (including Friend) move on.”

“…To me, the monkey thing was a nadir of a performance that could never feel grounded because the writing never let it feel grounded. The whole season’s arc became analogous, as far as I was concerned, to the show’s general failures with Quinn. He was a great character and Friend was giving a great performance when Quinn was a cold-hearted, badass killer, when he was the kind of operative who might even give Jack Bauer nightmares. When they tried to force romance and pathos and near-death after near-death after near-death on him, Quinn worked less and less. Although he was somewhat correct to blame Carrie for his weakened condition, he was also right when he tried reverting to the ruthless figure he was before, when he tried claiming he was too far gone to be changed. If only the writers had respected that a few years ago.”

From Entertainment Weekly:  

“…Homeland took a long, winding, and at times bewildering path…”

“…I’m disappointed to see the show couldn’t keep its emotional ball in the air long enough to make [Quinn’s] sacrifice sink in. Did we need an entire, drawn-out episode of Carrie just crying over his death? Of course not — and that wouldn’t have felt right for the character. But did her crying over his copy of Great Expectations (a novel with a classic, absolutely appropriate story of love and loss) six weeks later resonate the way her drawing a star for Brody did? To me, it just missed the mark.”

“And it missed it because it raced ahead to set up the next season. Homeland has always kept a fast pace, but the time jump, combined with that chilling, sinister shot of Keane shut in inside the Oval Office, felt like it came out of nowhere. Yes, we’ve seen Keane’s steely resolve slowly torn down over the course of the season, and yes, we’ve seen how she had been hurt before by those around her, especially when she had been kept at the compound, but we spent barely a minute with her after the assassination attempt to understand her thinking. The new chief of staff is also a question mark, and the new status quo feels too extreme, too bleak to be real.”

From IndieWire

“[Peter Quinn] who inexplicably survived a debilitating attack last season only to perish while trying to protect the President-Elect from the people who were supposed to protect her. Quinn was a beloved fan favorite, and his role in the show cannot be overstated. His death, however, felt anticlimactic and almost too blunt to be believed. After agonizing over his fate at the end of Season 5, a quick and inarguable resolution was appreciated. (Carrie immediately said he was dead, and his memorial was referenced after the time jump.) But it felt like delayed punctuation for a fate resolved a year ago.”

From The Atlantic:  

“The sixth season revealed a TV show trying desperately to keep up with the news, and sacrificing coherence as a result.”

“Part of the issue, too, is that Homeland is always waging an internal war between the erudite political drama it aspires to be and the extravagantly ludicrous and enjoyable thriller it actually is…”

“…trying to knit together fiction and nonfiction seamlessly means sacrificing something from either category.”

From AV Club:

“…more than anything, “America First” is such a deeply implausible and phony episode, a radicalized Carrie wouldn’t be any harder to believe than the crimes committed by Dar Adal and his treasonous “deep state” co-conspirators.”

“Quinn gets a send-off that would be fitting and poignant had it not grown out of such a profoundly silly plot. As much as Quinn will be missed, the decision not to write him out at the end of season five is more confounding than ever.”

“The grossest thing about this finale to me is how it returns Homeland to the neo-conservative fantasy it’s always threatening to become. If the president watched this show, I shudder to think what he would take away from a story in which a newly-elected Interrupter-In-Chief becomes a literal target of deep-staters intent on usurping his power. The ending seemed to condemn Keane’s actions, but there was, in fact, a far-reaching conspiracy to assassinate her. I don’t know that her arrest spree is that unreasonable a response under the circumstances.”

“I, your humble reviewer, will not be back next season. This season finally pushed me away and I feel comfortable parting ways with Homeland. Good luck and godspeed.”

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Gone is the series’ original vitality, replaced with predictable politeness.”

Not so small

Not small at all. I’d say, relevant…

If Gansa could’ve put his ego aside and said anything remotely sincere, he could’ve tempered this fan outrage. It’s pretty pompous to think that he can completely disregard the people who choose to consume his product. Someone should tell him that you get more bees with honey. ???

(Sharing that advice with the casting director might be wise too. #ShesClassy #NotReally)