Oh lovely readers, I am so sorry to have been silent this long. This past week was a bear at work and rather busy otherwise and this whole month, in fact (typical for this time of year) has simple overwhelmed me. But I haven’t forgotten about you. Quite the opposite; sitting down to write a little something here on this blog is a favorite pastime of mine and it feels so good to finally get back at it. We have a great many things to talk about, so let’s dive right in, shall we?
First and most importantly, like all others in this nation and probably the world over, we here at rms are mourning those lost and wounded in Newtown, Connecticut during the recent atrocity. There have been so many conflicting reports in the media that we won’t try to speculate on what led to it. We’ll simply say that like all of you and countless others, our hearts are broken and we’re hoping for brighter days for the families and friends of those who’ve suffered such tremendous loss.
Homeland has completed its second season, and what a season it has been. You know I’ve been a fan of Rupert Friend’s Peter Quinn from the start, but his stand against David Estes wherein he called Carrie the “best intelligence officer” he’d ever known and promised to target Estes should anything happen to Brody was one of the most powerful scenes the show has given us. I didn’t know if Brody would live or die or if he’d turn completely and swear vengeance for Abu Nazir’s death but I did think this whole not knowing where his loyalties lay thing had to end. How could they plausibly keep it going? Silly me. They found a way, and a good one. Did Brody have anything to do with the bombing at Langley? Was he willing, once again, to risk his own life in order to slaughter those chiefly involved in the drone bombings that killed Issa? He told Dana he’d changed, that he wasn’t the same man who wore that suicide vest. But his body language seemed to contradict his words. He didn’t move to hug or touch his daughter – he was rigid and cold, keeping a reasonable distance. He spent the night with Carrie and appears genuine in his interactions with her but we know he hasn’t abandoned his faith in Islam, not in itself an indication of guilt but perhaps a sign that he is still the man he became while imprisoned by Nazir. Does he love Carrie or did he use her to find an escape route? Estes is dead, which puts Saul in command and Carrie the youngest station chief in CIA history, which is where season 3 will likely pick up. I cannot wait.
Speaking of Saul Berenson, my thanks to the gods of the Golden Globes for nominating Mandy Patinkin for his truly exceptional performance in the role. He consistently exercises controlled restraint in his portrayal of Saul, quietly and calmly commanding your attention while allowing his facial expressions to say what his mouth doesn’t. Patinkin is a total pro and I have no reservations in championing him for the win.
Speaking of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler are hosting this year and you can tune in here as we liveblog the event, Jan 13, 2013.
I know this was made and released last year on Christmas but I love it so much, I thought I’d post it again. (Note to Donald Faison: if I weren’t already married, I’d want to marry you and call you Turk in the boudoir.) Seriously, I want to hang out with these guys ALL THE TIME.
And finally, the world did not come to an end yesterday, as anyone with even half of a functioning brain could have guessed, but the media’s determination to willfully misinterpret and misrepresent the Mayan calendar did give us this fantastic gem, courtesy of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling and probably more. Basically, the majority of the most talented comedic actors currently alive. Enjoy.