Spotting a Blade
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
Blind spots are those annoying little tangents that seem to be damned and ubiquitous, no matter how far you’ve gone to try and notice all of them. There is always something we skip, something that we forget we’re noticing no matter how hard we try and remind ourselves to notice them. They’re lurking about in the shadows, creeping up behind us in the most unpleasant of fashion, raising goosebumps all across our skin, making our hearts beat faster, and installing an austere sense of dread everywhere. In the case of this week’s Homeland, people miss many things, most importantly a blade that cuts right across the veins of a terror suspect, ending his life and all the answers he may have been able to provide.
Carrie gets a notice of Afsal Hamind in custody, the lone survivor of the raid in which Brody was recovered. Carrie, Saul, and Brody arrive for Hamid’s interrogation. Brody remembers him as his guard who beat him severely and then urinated on him. There’s a neat trick where Brody and Carrie feed Saul information through an ear piece, giving Saul an aura of omnipotence. Saul offers protection for Hamid’s family if he talks. Blinking lights, full air conditioning, and blasts of loud heavy metal fill the room and after many hours he provides an e-mail that is traced back to a science professor by the name of Raqim Faisel.
Intriguingly enough, Brody pleads with Estes, wanting to ask Hamid a few questions himself. Knowing full well that’s completely out of protocol but knowing how close Vice President Walden wants to be to Brody, he acquiesces. Guards are provided, but the face to face between torturer and captive turns all too quickly into a physical brawl. Saul calls Carrie, informing her that Hamid is dead, having slit his own wrist with a blade that seemingly arrived out of nowhere. Carrie and Saul are both furious at the reveal that Hamid was allowed to meet Brody, but neither of them is powerful enough to do much about it. Nor does Saul share Carrie’s increasingly erratic concerns about Brody, either, no matter that he did drag Hamid into the blind spot of the camera. Carrie wants the matter investigated, but Saul makes it clear that she’ll be fired if her behavior continues on that track. She cleans out her desk immediately, driving over to her sister Maggie’s home. “I think I just quit my job,” she utters softly, her voice cracking apart.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+Saul not being able to drop Mira off at home and in stead running off to Langley says a lot about their marriage.
+Mike picking up Chris as Brody was unable to. The line of Chris praying for Brody to be alive and now for him to be okay was genuinely sweet.
Title: Blind Spot
Written By: Alexander Cary
Directed By: Clark Johnson
Image Courtesy: Leave Me the White