2 items from 2015
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you have not seen “A False Glimmer,” the Dec. 20 season finale of Showtime’s “Homeland.”
The fifth season closer of “Homeland” takes us to a place we’ve never been before — deep into the emotional heart of Carrie Mathison’s darkness.
The action that threads through this season finale is not the ticking time bomb of a sarin gas attack — that threat is neutralized in the first 10 minutes of the episode. Carrie runs into the path of an oncoming train and unloads her gun on the terrorist hell-bent on destruction. All in a day’s work for our super-spy. But she’s not done running head-first into danger.
The cliffhanger this time is where Carrie’s heart will take her after yet another traumatizing series of save-the-world events. “Homeland” deftly avoids feeling too »
- Cynthia Littleton
Fargo, Season 2, Episode 4, “Fear and Trembling”
Written by Steve Blackman
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Airs Mondays at 10pm Et on FX
The inevitability apparent in Fargo‘s second season have driven a lot of its tension so far. The last two episodes have certainly proved there are interesting stories being told in the here and now of 1979, but a lot of what’s driven Fargo in early episodes – besides the fantastic character work by the entire cast – is the ominous feeling of bad endings awaiting characters, be it the Blomquists’ growing set of problems, or Betsy’s experimental cancer drug trial. Like Lou Solverson notes about the look on a man’s face when he’s in the middle of dying (or to return to last week’s metaphor, how Sisyphus feels on his way up the hill), there’s nothing but darkness awaiting our characters in Sioux Falls, and they, »
- Randy Dankievitch
2 items from 2015
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