Well, the good news is that, although the lights flickered on and off a few times, and although it sounded like a tree branch (or ten) was about to come crashing through my bedroom window, the power stayed on last night. Which meant that I made it to Corporate World (relatively) on time this morning without looking (relatively) like an electroshocked poodle.
The bad news is that I probably made about as much sense as an electroshocked poodle, because all I could think about was this week’s episode of Homeland.
Now, I realize that this might not give me a lot of (ok, any) credibility with my boss, but oh my gosh. You guys! This show. THIS SHOW! I can’t even write about it. All caps and exclamation marks seem inadequate, at this point. I won’t talk about plot specifics, in case you’re not all caught up on your current episodes yet, but I will say that the writing and acting in episode five, called “Q&A” grabbed and held my attention so tightly that I couldn’t look away, not even for a second, not even when I really, really wanted to. (If you’ve watched the episode, then you know which scene I’m talking about. Even now, I’m flinching just from typing vaguely about it!)
It was the most powerful episode of television I’ve seen in, well, in a long time, and the thing that made it so powerful for me was words. No special effects. No shocking scandals. Just two people, in a room, talking. Using their words. Raw, truthful, beautiful, brutal, words.
Over at Vulture.com, Matt Zoller Seitz sums up my love and appreciation for this episode far more eloquently then me when he says,
It’s about undoing damage and healing grievous wounds. It’s harrowing, moving, and ultimately inspiring …
Oh, you guys! Watch this episode, if you haven’t already, so that we can talk about it in the comments. This show. THIS SHOW!
(We don’t have to stick to Homeland. Have you ever been haunted by a particular episode of a tv show? What was it? What made it resonate so strongly with you? Tell me all about it!)