Here we go again.
Take a deep breath and brace for shock. Then click on this loser link of a television series. I must thank/growl at
Canada’ 2nd Corporal America’s 1st Sergeant for goading me into action by tipping me off to it.
(Observations on Marines: they are generally a peaceful bunch, given to the introspective nibbling of delicate arugula fronds, while sipping mint juleps with extended pinky fingers. So when they get antsy, I take notice.)
Full disclosure: I had heard of the Showtime series, but after initial contact, I ignored it. It made little impression on me other than seeming unrealistic. You tell me what you think of the synopsis:
The series centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson, a driven (and possibly unstable) CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.
Okay, got it. A Marine is possibly a traitor (for Al Qaeda, as it turns out) and the CIA officer is possibly unstable. Likely? Sure, happens all the time.
Get a load of Damian Lewis, playing Sergeant Brody. His sideburns look like a Sailor’s (three months removed from his last barber shop fly-by.) I haven’t seen burns like that since our eighth President, Martin Van side-Buren.
And did the casting agent really have to give the nod to Damian Lewis? He played the heroic Major Dick Winters in the classic mini-series, Band of Brothers. There are few portrayals that captured the leadership and humanity of a wartime soldier quite in the same way.
Claire Danes assumes the role of the CIA officer who is struggling with mental issues. Her challenge: she is bi-polar. Pardon me for my confusion, but is bi-polar the same as bi-coastal? As in, they commute between NY and LA, except in this case, the poles: the Arctic and Antarctica?
Another deep breath. (Try to chill out that pulsing forehead vein.) Let’s read an alternative review:
If you’ve been missing “24” lately, you’re in luck. It may not have any Jack Bauers or Chloes or ticking clocks, but Showtime’s new drama “Homeland” is as close as we’re going to get.
Homeland, starring the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Claire Danes, as well as the incredibly underrated Damian Lewis in a political thriller that plays thoroughly on pretenses of 9/11, the Iraq war, wiretapping, terrorism, and everything else that has Americans freaked out in general these days.
The plot is as simple as you could possibly get with something like this. Nicholas Brody (Lewis) is found alive during a raid of a terrorist camp in Iraq, after having gone missing in 2003, long after he was presumed dead. He receives a hero’s welcome upon his arrival in the US, the source of obvious joy among many Americans. But one CIA analyst, Carrie Mathison (Danes), isn’t exactly convinced that Brody is such a hero.
Everything else that has Americans freaked out in general these days?!? Okay, got it. We are afraid of our own shadow.
Like 24? Sure, exactly the same as Kiefer’s series. . .
I am no pro on Marine uniforms, but get a load of the traitorous Sergeant’s service stripe (on the forearm of his Alphas, the olive dress uniform.) If he was captured in 2003 and it is 8 years later, should he not have more service stripes than the one he has?
Assuming he was a 2 year Marine when he went to Iraq (and it was his first deployment), he would have 10 years plus in the Corps. Or is he just wearing his old uniform in the photos? That is an Iraqi Campaign Medal, right? So the image had to be shot when he returned. I don’t have Showtime and even if I did, I would not watch this piece of shi’ite to check.
Also, in the picture above, our Benedict Arnold Marine is wearing the Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU.) You will also notice that Claire Danes is in the montage (in other photos) with the Sergeant and the old uniform. It is obviously a current picture (and not a flashback to 2003.) Why is he not in the Marine Desert Digis? (Or my preferred label: the Marine Dessert Digis. Leathernecks slurp their creme crème brûlées in them.)
The usual grain of salt: I am not a Marine, so perhaps I jacked-up the teufel hunden grooming and uniform regs in my convoluted observations. One thing I did not fumble is the crème brûlée and the bi-coastal/bi-polar connection.
Showtime’s motto is Brace Yourself. With this one, you betta.
Okay America’s 1st Sergeant, no more sending me these links, no more pushing my buttons. Blood pressure, calming. Forehead and neck veins, relaxing.