Homeland

They say there are three telltale signs of ageing: the first that you can no longer eat pizza after sundown, second that you invariably go ‘oof!’ every time you sit in an armchair. And I can’t remember what the third one is.

It is those memory lapses that will do for me yet. I often complain that I can’t think of anything to write about when the truth is that I have thought of things and then promptly forgotten about them.

Like Homeland. This much acclaimed series arrived on UK television on Sunday and I made a point of watching it since it sounded like my kind of plot and to give me something to write about. But by Monday morning, it had gone clean out of my head.

That is no criticism of the production or the plot, just my failing memory.

It was quite an eye-opener with its soft-porn sex scenes and industrial language which isn’t something I normally associate with American television, but the script was a good one, as you’d expect from Alex Gansa (X-files and 24).

Claire Danes was convincing as flakey CIA agent Carrie Mathison, even if it is disquieting to imagine the security of the west in such unstable hands. And Damian Lewis did a lot of brooding as returning hero/terrorist Nicholas Brody looking not unlike Steve McQueen without the smile.

If I have a criticism it is that most of the characters were far too pretty or handsome to be believable, particularly Morena Baccarin as Brody’s wife.

I also wonder how they’re going to keep up the plot for twelve hours and only hope it doesn’t go the way of 24 where the good guys would switch to being the bad guys from one week to another for no readily apparent reason before switching back again the week after.

Given my memory, that is going to get very confusing.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Reader Wil 21st February 2012

    Memory lapses! Oof! I suffer from both, but memory lapses are the worst!
    Thanks for your visit. Where were the photos taken? In the northern arctic regions I guess. Anyway I didn’t take them. I did this post because I haven’t got much time at the moment.

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  • Roger Green 21st February 2012

    I make a case of e-mail myself blog ideas. Otherwise, it’d be lost on me too. And another thing…whoops, what WAS that other point I was going to make?

    Oh yeah, I also call my house and leave messages there too.

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  • Owl Wood 21st February 2012

    Whenever I forget who I am and where I left my clothes those nice people on the desk in reception can usually tell me. Of course, there are days when reception can be a bit difficult to find…

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  • Barry Norman Pudding 21st February 2012

    I watched “Homeland” too and I enjoyed it but perhaps not as much as “Inside Men” on Thursdays. I don’t like having to make mental notes to remind myself to watch episodic programmes. In that respect, it’s bad enough being an “EastEnders” fan.

    P.S. industrial langauge (sic) – language!…. “Could do better…”

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  • JOHN 21st February 2012

    I forgot to bloody watch it!

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