Here's my review of the first: Obama's speech was ok, but could have been stronger and with more specifics, in the first part, about what we would do to fight terrorism. It was excellent in the second part, about what we shouldn't be doing, and who were as Americans.
Here's my review of Homeland on Showtime - dynamite, easily the best in this season, which has so far been not the greatest.
But kudos to the show for having Allison actually saying we don't want "another Paris" - her back was to the camera, so that was dubbed in. I have to hand it to Showtime and the producers of Homeland for having the guts to put that into tonight's show.
The rest was outstanding too. Claire Danes gave one of the strongest performances in the series - finally reminiscent of what we saw in the first few seasons - as Carrie reacting to what she thought was Quinn's death. And Miranda Otto as Allison was excellent, too.
The plot was suitably tense with some nice twists - the best being the guy who saved Quinn being saved, surprisingly, by his cousin. This gives the forces of good a continued possible hand on the inside, and it looks as if we'll need all the help we can get.
And that's true in real Homeland as well, where the convergence of what we see in drama on our screens and what we in news on that same screen is all too close. Indeed, Homeland on Showtime had an especially frightening clout tonight because, so far, in our real world, an attack by chemical weapons is about the one thing we have not been subject to in the past few months.
See also Homeland 5.1: Moving into the Age of Snowden ... Homeland 5.2: Who Wants to Kill Carrie ... Homeland 5.3: Carrie and Kerry ... Homeland 5.5: All Quinn ... Homeland 5.6: Saul Wises Up ... Homeland 5.7: Tough to Watch ... Homeland 5.9: Finally!
And see also Homeland on Showtime ... Homeland 1.8: Surprises ... Homeland Concludes First Season: Exceptional
different kind of espionage