I was so bummed by last night’s Homeland that I expanded on an email I sent to my dad last night, expressing my frustrations, only it was deleted when I tried to post. Probably tumblr worm related. So rather than try to recreate the post, I’m just cutting and pasting my email to my dad which does a B+ job summing up what I wanted to say: Spoilers re: last night’s Homeland.
Yes, the idea that they’d let brody out of their sight AT ALL during this op is unacceptable. They’d have his every move OKd by the CIA. Actually, considering he was kidnapped by nazir days ago, they’d probably have him holed up in his own safe house until it’s over at this point.
I’m more turned off by the process of the show rather than the individual unbelievable moments tho. That they resorted to Carrie Matheson: Damsel in Distress is unacceptable. That everyone got to stare their arch nemesis in the eye and tell them exactly what they’ve been dying to tell them for a decade is just cheap television. That Nazir would conveniently lay out his plan with Carrie sitting right there is so cheesy, my cartoons as a kid mocked that as an obvious super-villain goof, and that Brody went ahead with the plan knowing Carrie knew what was going down is ridiculous. The show suddenly got very lazy in the TV show making department. The logic lapses are a causality of keeping things moving, but they always served something better. No longer.
I like the Quinn storyline, and I can see this show shifting to that in the future in many exciting ways, but they seem to be bored with the plot they’ve set up for the last 2 seasons and impatient to move on. This ep dragged the show down to the level I constantly feared it’d become…which I should add is still a perfectly good show! But it’s lost that special spark, for me.
Oh also, they couldn’t have made it clearer that Galvez was ‘the mole’ by bringing him back from the dead for no other reason. I don’t know a single viewer who would have minded if that mole query from season 1 went the way of the Russians in the woods.
Finally, speaking of things not a single viewer could have possibly been concerned about in that last hour: Dana - Finn relationship closure. But there’s that, too.
Long been a defender of this season despite its lapses in logic, but tonight, Homeland dropped from great show to just a very good show. :(
Here’s the thing about reviewing emails: There are likely a lot of duplicates. In fact, I’d bet the vast majority of the pages are dupes. The word ‘pages’ is key.
To start simple, say you have an exchange of 100 emails over the course of a few weeks, replying back and forth. lets call each email 1 page long, mostly for the sake of easy math, but also consider that, even if there is only a sentence or two written, each email might have extended sig blocks, legal disclaimers, ads, etc taped to the end. This all might get included when extracting to “pages.”
So when an email gets sent in a conversation, each email likely contains the text from all of the previous ones in the chain. The final email in this relatively straightforward chain would be 100 pages long. However, while this would have a complete record of the entire conversation, there are 99 other emails with the exact same language (minus the more recent email) that could also be produced. If you do the math out, these 100 emails would produce 5,050 pages to review. 4 conversations like this gets you into the 20-30k range. It’s not nothing, but it’s not a full-time job of writing dirty emails, either.
It might blow your mind how little money I make from my old band, Soul Coughing (we sold roughly 800,000 records, on Warner Bros, from 1994 to 1998); my income is almost entirely from my solo career. Naturally, I make more because I don’t have equal-partner bandmates, but I gross a lot less than the article’s hypothetical, 125,000-selling, Pitchfork-rock band, and bring home more.
Bands are often unwieldy in terms of making business decisions—one guy wants to fire the monitor tech, the other guy wants to fire a different person, and the default is that nobody gets fired—but, if they scaled back on the stage set, and the crew, and did shorter-driving-distance, regional tours, in vans, they’d take home more money.
I noticed that you photographed them in a type of Prevost tour bus with sides that slide out, when the vehicle is stationary, creating more room inside. This is a very expensive bus to hire.
It’s also worth mentioning that big famous venues like Radio City are often pay less than unheralded venues—sometimes, due to union, organizational, and other costs, shockingly so. If they’re working closely with their booking agent, at some point, somebody might’ve had to say, “Let’s choose to make less money at Radio City, rather than make more playing at a less-glamourous joint.”
There is plenty of ridiculousness to go around with this new Killers album, but the most ridiculous is the inexplicable, two and a half minute long pop country song that sounds like something I heard over the loudspeakers at the Columbia County fair a few weekends ago. This IS a Diamond Rio song.
The only thing missing is a reprise where the instruments cut out and they sing the chorus over nothing but hand claps. I fully expect this for the live version at the CMAs next year.