Weekly Round-up (9): September 24 – 30, 2017

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I’m doing weekly round-ups now, which will include any media I consumed for the past week, from Sunday to Saturday. I’d be glad if you end up getting some recommendations but I’m only doing this as a form of a media journal (to make it easy to write reviews later on). And fine, an actual journal too. Here goes! Continue reading “Weekly Round-up (9): September 24 – 30, 2017”

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Help me plan my ‘Stranger Things’ viewing party!

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Probably the only reason I haven’t cancelled my Netflix subscription yet is because of Stranger Things. (Let’s be real though, I will never be able to quit Netflix even if I’m jobless like now because TV is LIFE.) I loved the first season and in fact, I watched it a total of THREE TIMES in a span of two weeks?? Something like that. It was just so compulsively watchable that I remember sleeping at 7AM just to finish it all. (Pro-tip: Do not start watching a series at midnight.) Admittedly, what initially hooked me was these kids playing Dungeons and Dragons because I play D&D myself. But each episode was more gripping than the previous and I was unstoppable as I queued an episode right after the other. IT IS JUST THAT GOOD. What made Stranger Things even more fun for me was watching it again with my friends, most of which also play D&D with me, and discussing it and loving it altogether.

So this October, I am planning on hosting a Stranger Things viewing party!!!!111 YAY!!!! *confetti* And now, you gotta help me with it! Continue reading “Help me plan my ‘Stranger Things’ viewing party!”

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Ten Shows I Love

I posted this in my other blog so might as well post about it here! The prompt was anything about TV but I chose to write about shows I love. Not included are Asian dramas because that’s gonna be so difficult to do HAHA This is in no particular order but I will dividing them into two categories: the 20-minute shows and the 40-minute shows. And I suck at categorizing into genres so I just put what Wikipedia says.

For My Short Attention Span

Scrotal Recall (genre: rom-com)

This gem is only six episodes long so if you have three hours to spare, please PLEASE get on it. It’s on Netflix! Anyway, I discovered this show from Elena‘s newsletter (I will always miss her blog Novel Sounds) and THIS. SHOW. It’s just so full of heart and some crude jokes as well, I mean, look at the title. But I promise, despite the title, it’s not that kind of comedy (although I do dig that kind of comedy as well). So plot! Dylan gets chlamydia and now he has to contact all his previous sexual partners to get them to test as well and we recall one girl in every episode. THE FEELINGS THIS SHOW EXTRACTED OUT OF ME, YOU GUYS. THE FEELS. I rewatch it a great amount and still, FEELINGS. It’s just so sad it looks like it’s not gonna be renewed.

OH MY GOD IT’S GONNA BE RENEWED THERE’S GONNA BE A SECOND SEASON THIS NOVEMBER OHMYGOD THANK YOU, NETFLIX!!!!!!!!!!!1111 And the title was changed to Lovesick so be sure to check that one out. OHMYGOD I’M SO HAPPY AFTER TWO YEARS

 

You’re the Worst (genre: comedy-drama)

There was no way You’re the Worst wasn’t gonna make this list. Sure, it’s a rom-com and we’ve seen that way too many times (but I can watch it forever) but one with such horrible and mean characters as the protagonists? I’ve never seen that yet and that’s why I’m all aboard this one. These characters lie constantly and are brutally honest to the point of assholery but who doesn’t want to be like them, being able to say what you’re really thinking? And despite them being horrible people, you root for them because they’re very human and vulnerable too. JUST WATCH THIS ONE, PEOPLE.

Silicon Valley (genre: comedy)

To the show that saved me from being depressed earlier this year, I love you. You might be repetitive plotwise but I love your characters and your crude jokes and how you make me laugh I sometimes cry. Thank you for being there. I mean, I always love a misfits-get-together-to-achieve-a-goal-while-shenanigans-happen kind of show but make these misfits programmers and geeks and nerds and I’m all aboard. Jared bb, you’ll always be my favorite and the one that makes me laugh the most. I mean, just watch “tip-to-tip efficiency” on Youtube. If you like it, you’ll like this show. HAHAHA

I Just Want My Pants Back (genre: comedy-drama)

This show was cancelled and it’s such a shame. It was an MTV sitcom back in 2011 that completely got me: music tastes, crude humor, quarter life crisis, hipsters in Brooklyn being broke and making bad decisions. It was MY show. I watched this show with my guy BFF and another friend and it felt like we were the only people watching this show. It’s the reason why I love Peter Vack so much despite him being my least favorite character in here. I’m loyal. So if this is something you think you might like, please give it a chance! Then talk to me so I can have someone to talk to about this show. HAHA

Modern Family / The Office / Broad City / Brooklyn Nine-Nine / Happy Endings

I can’t choose for my fifth 20-minute show sorry HAHAHAHA What? I love my sitcoms!

Shows I Can Sit through for More than 20 Minutes

 

Suits (genre: legal drama)

I’ve once proclaimed Suits to be my favorite show, to which my friend judged me. Hahaha! I know it’s cheesy as heck but I love the characters and even though I’ve found myself almost quitting it a lot of times, I can’t. I just love the characters so much that I’m still here until Season 6, binging it every time the midseason/season ends. This show just makes me smile and chuckle and panic and also hurt.

Mr. Robot (genre: drama-thriller)

Uhm, hello, I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW. It’s like I spend most of my time on its subreddit and just thinking about it and watching it and rewatching. I’ve never been as obsessed with ANY show as I have with this one. It is so fucking great I do not know how to pitch it. I mean, everyone’s saying it’s great and that you should watch it. I know that sounds like hype and hype is scary but the hype is real, man. It is real. Rami Malek is such a great actor, along with everyone else in this show. Good lord, the oodles and loads of talent on this show, not just from the actors but from the writers, directors, cinematographer, and of course its creator, Sam Esmail. GOOD LORD.

Homeland (genre: political thriller)

Before I got obsessed with Mr. Robot, Homeland was my top show. I was so addicted to this one. Not to the point that I was always on reddit but I discuss it with a lot of friends and just have so much feelings and thoughts about it. I read recaps and reviews though (which I don’t do with Mr. Robot) and I participate on Twitter discussions. It’s such a great thriller and the acting is so great. Hello, it has won all these awards and it is well-deserved. I can’t even explain why and how great it is because it just deserves to be seen. It is soooooooo good. Like I said, I find it hard to sit through more than 20 minutes for a show but I binged the first three seasons of Homeland and have been following it ever since Season 4. GOOD LORD THIS SHOW I NEED IT. I hate that it’s usually a fall show which starts on September and now it’s pushed back for January 2017 for its sixth season. 2016 HAS NO HOMELAND AT ALL HOW CAN THIS BE

Pushing Daisies (genre: fantasy comedy-drama)

So if you know me, I’m quite not into fantasy but boy was this a delight. That’s how I’d describe it: delightful. I love the whimsy, the colors, the characters, the narrator, and its heart. Oh, I remember binging all seasons of this one with the small TV I had in my room. My TV’s screen was so small but I had fond memories of it and this show. Now I wanna watch this again! So plot: Ned the Piemaker can bring back things to life but he can’t touch them again. If he touches them again, they die. Now, he brings back from the dead Charlotte, who he loves. But now they can’t touch because Charlotte AKA Chuck will die again! Oh glorious, glorious trope. Also, if he revives a thing/person for more than a minute, another thing/person dies in the vicinity. So he uses this power to help solve cases. Anyway, from the same creator, I also loved Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me! I should really watch Hannibal. Just you wait, Bryan Fuller.

White Collar (genre: police procedural drama)

Okay, it seems like I do love USA Network shows even though they get flack for being cheesy but WHATEVER MATT BOMER. I religiously watched this one back then and enjoyed every moment of it. Confession: I haven’t watched the last season because I didn’t want it to end yet. 😦 I initially watched this for Matt Bomer because HELLO GLORIOUS but I ended up loving the characters and their chemistry. Basically like what happened with Suits as well. Sigh, I just love banter. AND HELLO MATT BOMER

What are your favorite shows?

Ten Shows I Love

I need genitalia jokes to make me love you, Sitcom*

Friend mentioned in this post recommended Mozart in the Jungle to me, a sitcom about a new conductor for the New York Symphony and an oboist who’s trying to be in the symphony. Ack, I am the worst at pitching things and summarizing them too so whatever, just google it. I was fresh from watching Silicon Valley, which this friend also recommended, along with a couple of my other friends. And as I’ve mentioned before, Silicon Valley features crude humor and THAT IS MY HUMOR, YOU GUYS. I mean, sure, I love sarcasm and dark humor and dry humor and slapstick but CRUDE HUMOR? It fuels this immature, mind-in-the-gutter tiny adult blogging in here. I AM ALL FOR THAT.

But I didn’t know that IT WAS A REQUIREMENT.

I didn’t know that crude humor was a requirement in a sitcom so I can love it.

The realization eureka-ed to me like this:

I was watching Mozart in the Jungle‘s first season and I was so not laughing. I was not even amused. But I kept on watching because I did like the plucky heroine and wanted to see her succeed. There were enough amusing characters I found interesting. Despite winning a Golden Globe for his acting in here, I thought Gael Garcia Bernal played Rodrigo as such a caricature he didn’t feel like a real person and so I didn’t connect with the character. Still, Peter Vack was in the show and while his role was miniscule, I was nothing if not loyal to actors I like in obscure shows that I love (I will forever mourn the non-renewal of I Just Want My Pants Back, an MTV sitcom back in 2011 that completely got me: music tastes, crude humor, quarter life crisis, hipsters in Brooklyn being broke and making bad decisions. It was MY show.) and I actually shipped her with Haley even if I know the show has been building up to the Rodrigo-Haley loveline (LOVELINE? What am I saying? Who am I?) for quite a time now.

I finished the first season feeling nothing. I liked it enough but I didn’t love it. Kinda like how I liked Master of None but it didn’t win me over completely.

Then I had a sobering thought that those two shows didn’t have crude humor in them. Silicon Valley (the most recent sitcom I loved) couldn’t be more green-minded if it tried (actually it could and I would be so into that) and most of the sitcoms I love are so full of genitalia and sex jokes. I started going over the sitcoms that I love and they all have it. There were exceptions of course but they have other aspects going on for them (Baby Daddy had Jean-Luc Bilodeau and a cute baby and I can never resist single fatherhood sitcoms [HELLO, Raising Hope, why didn’t you get renewed?!?!], Modern Family is so full of heart and family, The Big Bang Theory isn’t big on the sex jokes but it has them and HELLO, SCIENCE NERDS, OF COURSE I’M GONNA WATCH IT, and others I can’t come up now). But the list of sitcoms that I love with crude humor is going to be so long and easy to do: 2 Broke GirlsHow I Met Your MotherHappy Endings, basically all MTV sitcoms (Faking ItAwkwardThe InbetweenersUnderemployed, I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK), Broad City OHMYGOD BROAD CITY IT IS THE BEST, You’re the WorstBrooklyn Nine-Nine (it has it but not a lot, I guess), even Scrotal Recall has them, AND JUST A LOT, OKAY. Even shows that have been cancelled such as Breaking InPartners, gah, I love those!

I shared this realization with Sab and she just said: why are you so shocked? All the sitcoms you recommend to me have their scriptwriters’ minds in the gutter. The friend I mentioned earlier judged me. And two other friends as well.

But you know what? I AM OWNING IT. While in Japan, I saw this film called Hentai Kamen and ohmygod, it just might be the funniest and most ridiculous thing I’ve ever watched. I mean, a superhero who dons panties as his mask and gets his power because of it? SIGN ME UP ANY DAY EVERY DAY. Why am I even so shocked about this attribute of mine? I am immature and a ten year-old at heart so yeah, so what?

So yes, send me recs for shows but bear in mind this specification of mine.

*I did end up loving Mozart in the Jungle by its second season. Rodrigo stopped being a caricature to me and thus, I connected with him. I liked the episodes and the seasonal arc and each of the characters plot. And I realized by then that I started caring for the characters, which means I love them, and which means I love the show. It’s now part of the list of exceptions to this hard fast rule of mine and I’m excited for the third season.

I need genitalia jokes to make me love you, Sitcom*

Too rom and not enough com | Review: The Mindy Project Season 1

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Last weekend, I finished the first season of The Mindy Project and I certainly did not expect that I will end up disappointed. Because:

  1. I loved Mindy Kaling’s books: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?So it’s kinda safe to assume that I like Mindy’s humor and I find her inspiring too.
  2. I love Chris Messina as previously established. This is the major reason, probably 70% and the prior reason only cashes in 30%.

I never thought I’d find too much romance in a romcom-sitcom to be a negative point against it but here I am. I want my romcoms to be funny and The Mindy Project fails to make me laugh.

Moreover, it’s almost all about Mindy’s lovelife. I don’t feel like I fully got a look into her character even though the first season has 24 episodes. Girl, you’re a doctor. And while there have been few plot points regarding her practice, I feel like the show is still too skewed on her lovelife. And I don’t buy that she’s able to date that much, okay. There were so many guys! I sound so bitter here but I just can’t suspend my disbelief.

Sure, there are also female friendships and work relationships and work ethics but nothing grabbed me the whole of the first season. Which was majorly saddening because I never thought that I won’t love this show…

I also know that the title of the show is THE MINDY PROJECT so the focus is on Mindy but I just wish the other characters had more depth. It’s also weird how some possible plot points and/or relationships were not tapped yet. I feel like there were so many wasted opportunities?

I could forgive the show for not being able to make me laugh (ack, I haven’t written my post about Mozart in the Jungle, which is another case of this-is-not-funny-to-me) but it has to make me care. Or since it’s so full of romance, I should feel giddy from the romance of it all. Sadly, I don’t care and I only feel giddy because of Chris Messina (and the little bit with BJ Novak!) but not with the script or the plot. T_T

Ultimately, the more disappointing/disturbing aspect in this whole debacle of mine regarding THE MINDY PROJECT is that I still want to watch it because I WANNA GET TO MINDY’S ROMANCE WITH CHRIS MESSINA. And I even wanna get to the third season because I want to see how leaving Fox and being picked up by Hulu changed the freedom and thus, the liberties the show would take.

And so, I am destined to watch this show because I am putty with Chris Messina and he’s the freaking reason that I’m watching this (seriously, for the first two episodes, I squealed every time he was onscreen, which was ALL THE TIME) but I’m not interested in rushing it. In due time, in due time. Which sounds like never at this point. Gah. We’ll see!

Too rom and not enough com | Review: The Mindy Project Season 1

Tip-to-Tip Efficiency | Silicon Valley

My new favorite sitcom and basically what saved me from feeling down last January. Silicon Valley came recommended to me by people whose opinions I value (heh) so I immediately watched it and I never looked back! I’ve recommended it to a lot of people since then and they’ve been loving it too. I mean, duh, what’s not to love?

We have Jared bb 4eva Richard who strikes gold with his compression algorithm and it all started there for his app and start-up company, Pied Piper. Along with his friends/employees, they trudge along Silicon Valley trying to stay afloat and launch Pied Piper, battling (battling? What now, do we have swords?) with competitors and ALL KINDS OF CONFLICTS.

But seriously, Jared is the best thing about SILICON VALLEY. He’s my favorite character and just, I LOVE HIM.

The second season wasn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as the first season in my opinion because they’ve been dealing with real shit and the season was spent mostly in Conflict and even if they’ve had Triumphs, they were short-lived. But still, the joy those triumphs gave me.

Please please watch Silicon Valley! The finale to the first season is now in my sitcom episode Hall of Fame.

P.S. I love crude humor and if you do, coupled with nerdy humor, THIS IS IT.

Tip-to-Tip Efficiency | Silicon Valley

The problem with Suits (the TV show because suits are fiiiiiine, in general)

*spoilers ahead YOU’VE BEEN WARNED*

Before I kicked 2015 out of the way and into storage, I was able to catch up on Suits. Ever since senior year of college, I’ve been terrible with my shows. Surprisingly, I never ACTUALLY dropped Suits. Sure, I didn’t follow it week per week, but I’m still here, right? I was the one who introduced it (more like forced it upon them) to my friends but I remember needing to be convinced to continue it. (Senior year was crazy busy.) And I did! I finished S2 so I could get to S3 and follow it real-time. Then I ended up too busy for it again sometime in S4 so I binged the second half prior to S5. And now I just binged the episodes before the midseason break so I can follow it weekly come January 27.

But see, the problem is, I always have the urge to drop the show and be done with it forever. It’s so clunky after the second season that I’d get episodes I couldn’t care less about then a fuckin’ great episode comes on and I’m in love again. I can’t seem to quit it because just as I’m about to, it reels me back in. Dammit, Suits. S3 was j’abore (and don’t get me started on fuckin’ Hardman because I fuckin’ hate how he never leaves) but then it ended with Mike being a banker. COLOR DIANNE EXCITED. Yes, something new! We’ve been going in circles in this will-someone-find-Mike-out charade!

So I was a happy camper during S4, until the banker stint ended too soon for my liking and it’s another round of IS SOMEONE GONNA FIND OUT ABOUT MIKE. I mean, I love Mike, and I don’t want his secret out but I also want it to be out so we can deal with that fallout. WHEN ARE WE GONNA DEAL ABOUT IT? I started this show right from its pilot (and been pining for it since it was announced IMAGINE HOW LONG I WAITED FOR THAT PILOT) and I persevered during midseason breaks that I hate AND I NEEDED TO FEEL SOMETHING NEW. Don’t get me started at how they made Louis a caricature villain in this season.

Color me giddy then when S4 ended with Donna leaving Harvey because THIS IS SOMETHING NEW HALLELUJAH THANK YOU WE’RE GONNA FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HARVEY! And good lord did S5 deliver. I love love love this fifth season, despite Daniel Hardman coming back. I’m willing to forgive that even though I admit to stopping my marathon because I’M SO SICK OF DANIEL HARDMAN. AND NOW HE’S HERE AGAIN.

I love how Mike basically partnered up with everyone for a task or a case. Mike + Robert Zane, Mike + Rachel, Mike + Donna, Mike + Katrina, Mike + Louis, Mike + Jack Soloff, and of course, Mike + Harvey. Love Gretchen, Harvey’s new secretary. Love all the Harvey scenes with his therapist. Jessica losing her shit. Donna and Harvey fighting and making up. Rachel + Donna, Rachel + Louis, Rachel + Harvey, Donna + Louis, Louis + his sister Esther, everyone! And by the end, bawling and drowning in my own tears with Mike and Grandma. And that’s how I realized I COULD NEVER QUIT THIS SHOW.

Because I love the characters too much. I once called Suits my favorite show (that I was currently following) and that was for a reason. It has such amazing characters and not only are they amazing, the relationships are amazing. I could watch Harvey and Mike being bros to each other forever. I could watch Donna sass everyone out for a lifetime. I could never quit this show because while the plot leaves a lot to be desired and I couldn’t care less recently about their cases (I long stopped being excited about them but I do find it awesome how they close cases), I care about the growth of the characters and what’s gonna happen to them in the future. Hello, they’re like my babies. I’ve been watching them for years!

So that’s the problem. I’m on a seesaw with this show. I’m already dizzy from spending too long on it but I enjoy it still. But I won’t worry about it yet (again) because that motherfucking cliffhanger S5 left makes me so excited and yell out with relief that FINALLY MIKE AND THE FALLOUT OF THIS FRAUD. I am beyond ecstatic to see how the ~family~ will get him out of this.

Now, I know S6 is confirmed and I’m bummed about that because I’m afraid that this show is gonna be dragged out to its death. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

(USA Network, you now have Mr. Robot. Don’t force Suits to extend and extend and extend, please. Or else we’re gonna see Patrick J. Adams’ hairline recede even more.)

The problem with Suits (the TV show because suits are fiiiiiine, in general)

Of What I’ve Seen of Homeland

As of starting to write this post around two weeks ago, I have watched the first season of Homeland. And this post will contain my unbridled thoughts about it so yes, tons of spoilers will be here. I need to let all of these crazy-making brain vomit out of my system and it would make this supposed comeback in my blog seem real-er. Haha! But as of publishing this post, I’ve already watched half of the second season but my thoughts on that would be on a separate post, if time permits. Feel free to comment later but for now, here I am!

When people ask me about Homeland, here’s what I say. “Homeland is fucking amazing. But honestly, it’s also quite boring. And I think in there lies its brilliance.” Of course, I say that in Filipino when asked in Filipino. Heh.

Picture this: I had dinner with a friend the day I finished the first season and he kept on having to tell me to focus and listen because yes, I was so lost in my thoughts about Homeland. I was staring off into space with so many ideas. So why is it both amazing and boring?

Going into the pilot episode, I already knew that Carrie will watch Brody via surveillance and that it will make you crazy at the end that Brody is lying his ass off to everyone. So I wasn’t all that surprised and hooked with the first episode, in all honesty. Because I was expecting it. It also didn’t help that I hate Jessica and Mike right from the start, those cheating asses. But two things kept me watching yet another episode (and another and another) and those are:

1. When will Brody break and show his hand that he’s a terrorist? He was lying during his interrogation because we see that he killed his sniper partner, Tom Walker, back when they were in captivity and torture. WHEN WHEN WHEN?

2. When will Carrie break and show that she has a psychological disorder (schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, I was not sure yet)? We see her take Clozapine and while it’s mostly used for schizophrenia, it’s also used as an off-label treatment for bipolar disorder. WHEN WHEN WHEN?

I realized I was hooked when in the second episode (Grace), it was revealed that Brody is now a Muslim. OH HOLY SHIT I WAS SHOUTING AT MY SCREEN. Yes, I did that. I was cussing (in whispers of course, folks are home) oh shit oh shit oh shit he’s a Muslim oh shit oh shit oh shit. Because of course, this is the proof that Brody is an effing terrorist!!!! He even converted! Which of course was very wrong for me to think at that time because in that episode where Dana catches Brody praying, he admits that he converted to Islam because he had nothing. And there was God, there was Allah. I pretty much swallowed my previous thoughts in there. It was also at this point where I wondered if Brody is really a terrorist. I mean, sure, he killed Tom Walker, but he did it thinking it’s his only way to survive. To obey the people taking him prisoner. He hasn’t made any action yet that is a direct act of terrorism, or an acts toward one.

But, I was wrong again. Because in the episode with all the devastating flashback to Issa, we see how Abu Nazir got Brody out of this hole he now treats his home for the last five years and made him Issa’s English teacher. Issa was so cute and so it broke my heart when the monster that is VICE PRESIDENT FUCKING WALDEN ordered a drone strike that killed 83 children in their madrassa, including Issa. Here we see what tipped Brody to go work for Abu Nazir. They are not in it for terrorism per se but for revenge.

Wow, Homeland. Way to fuck with my mind. In all the chaos that is terrorism and homeland security, you’re geared to root for the USA. You’re geared to think and act against the terrorists. But in here, Homeland gave Abu Nazir HUMANITY. He loves his son dearly, and Brody too. The Vice President killed him. Here’s revenge. Because anyway you look at it, that drone strike should not have happened. They bombed a school. Sure, Abu Nazir has killed thousands of people too but it begs the question: was it all retaliation? It begs the question: who fired the first shot? It begs the question: WHY ARE WE EVEN AT WAR? WHY ARE THERE WARS?

This show demonstrates sides to this shit that is the war. And terrorism.

Another example is Raqim and Aileen’s relationship. Everyone thought Raqim was the terrorist who got Aileen, the sweet, rich American girl who lived in Saudi Arabia, to their side. But it was the other way around. Raqim loved Aileen and so he went with it. Aileen loved Raqim that’s why she hates the USA. Homeland shows so much humanity in every character, even the guest characters, that you can’t help but see all the shades of gray.

Let’s backtrack a bit and talk about the fourth episode, Semper I. Knowing that Carrie will be watching Brody via surveillance even prior to starting the show, I thought she’ll just do that forever. Of course I was wrong. In Semper I, Carrie’s FISA warrant expires and so her illegal-at-first surveillance on Brody’s house needs to end. (Oh and by the way, I loved how the one room where Brody prays, his garage, wasn’t included in the tapped rooms. Haha!) So, Carrie takes matters into her own hands and MEETS BRODY.

OH HOLY SHIT I WAS THROWN IN FOR A LOOP

I didn’t know that was gonna happen. Okay, I know it will happen at some point, that Carrie and Brody will meet, but just in the fourth episode??????!!!!!! Definitely did not expect that. Here’s how Homeland shocks you too, it throws you in for a loop and brings its guns when you least expect it to.

I admit though that there definitely was chemistry between them. I found myself giddy when they interacted! And then it happened so fast because woah, fucking in a parking lot! Then in a cabin. Uhm, okay. But then, just when we think that they’re in lovey-dovey land, it becomes an interrogation and Brody admits stuff to Carrie. MIND STOPPED WORKING…

And while I kinda shipped Brody and Carrie, it was really sad for me to watch Carrie pine over Brody because, believe it or not, I want Brody’s family whole. I actually was able to forgive Jessica for cheating on Brody. Because I understood her and her relationship with Mike. Brody was gone for eight years and he was presumed dead. Tom Walker’s wife already remarried. For six years, Jess waited. But here’s Brody’s best friend, Mike, always being around to help and be the guy of the house. Chris even sees him as his father figure and in the pilot episode, it actually broke my heart a little when Chris couldn’t even recognize his dad (he was 4 when he left) and just shook his hands in greeting. Moreover, it wasn’t as if Jess and Mike were just in it for the fuck. I actually think they have feelings for each other and that, hello, Mike gave her companionship and everything Brody wasn’t there to give. But I still want Brody to have his family back and I loved that Mike backed off, after Brody talked to him, and Jess was 100% into finding their way back into being a family.

WHO KNEW I’LL SYMPATHIZE WITH JESS? Homeland even makes me accept one of my dealbreakers! I think that’s proof that this show is brilliant.

So with that, I still haven’t said why Homeland is actually boring. It’s this: Nothing seems to happen then at the end of each episode, it will blow your mind and make you crave for the next episode. Homeland is a spy show, with not much action. Charlie was asking me if it’s like Chuck and Nikita, and I’m like, no. It’s not flashy with gadgets or its action scenes because it’s really about how you get the intel. Most spy shows ALREADY have intel going into a mission but Homeland actually shows us how they get that intel, which is most of the time, sitting on chairs. Sure, they go to the field but as we saw, Carrie spent so much time just watching Brody. And it can bore you and MAKE YOU CRAZY AT THE SAME TIME, because the audience is waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW? WILL WE FINALLY KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON? It’s pure agony waiting for something to happen but even if nothing seems to happen, your heart rate is still in overdrive, ANTICIPATING at every corner. And even though you anticipate like it’s your job, Homeland still pulls the rug right under you. And for me, that’s brilliant.

At this point, I’ve written 1500 words in this essay and uhm, I think I need to wrap it up soon. Let’s get to the second reason why I kept watching the show: Carrie going cray. When it happened? HOLYFUCKINGSHITCLAIREDANESWOW. That chin tremble. Those manic episodessss. Wow. Pure acting talent. Damian Lewis is also great as Nicholas Brody and while his role and acting style isn’t flashy or loud like what Claire’s character Carrie needs, he has this raw feel to him that he really imbibed that character. It feels like he’s not acting. I even texted Cel awhile back asking how can Damian Lewis make his muscles have that orgasm tremor. I mean, yeah, right? Just props to Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

So we now know that Carrie has a bipolar disorder and seriously, her manic episodes were such a thing to watch. So good. So cray. Now, it begs the question: Is she just crazy with all her theories??? We know that is not the case but to everyone else, that is the case.

As for the season finale, I was sure that Brody will not blow himself up because Homeland’s fourth season is coming up this year and of course, he’s still alive. That didn’t really made my heart throb in excitement but THAT ENDING THOUGH, UGH. Carrie’s out of the CIA, Brody a Congressman of the United States working with terrorist extraordinaire Abu Nazir, and Carrie resigned that she’s wrong with Brody, undergoes ECT. Then that last scene — Carrie remembering Brody having a nightmare over Issa and Issa being Abu Nazir’s son, which she may forget due to the therapy. OH WHAT THE HELL GAAAAAAAHHHHH HOMELAND YOU SLAY ME

When Abu Nazir said: Why kill a man when you can kill an idea?, I HAD GOOSEBUMPS YOU GUYS.

Because Homeland just took an extraordinary turn because we’re sure as hell that Brody’s gonna be a Congressman and he’ll keep rising up the ladder. THE FUCK!!!!! A politician working with a terrorist. All the good TV that will emerge from that makes me so giddy.

So that’s it for my season one thoughts! I know, they are all over the place but now that I’ve let them all out, I can continue ogling Rupert Friend, oh I mean, continue watching the second season. Haha!

Bottomline: WATCH HOMELAND.

Of What I’ve Seen of Homeland