Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's not all about you.

Are you following Homeland?
It's only like, the 2nd most acclaimed TV series at the moment. (Breaking Bad is well, taking a break.)
Channel 10 has pretty much spoiled it for everyone so far, but I'm issuing a warning here anyway.

Spoilers ahead. Turn back. 

So the whole of season 1 was about how the CIA mistrusted Carrie's judgement on Brody.
Her mentor didn't trust her, her boss was entirely dismissal, and to make things worst, they then discovered she was hiding a psychotic disease.

Fast forward to episode 5 of season 2, the cat got out of the bag.
Carrie was correct, after all. She went through brain zapping, demotion, and a lot of self doubt. But she was right. And redeemed.

If you rewatch the beginning of the episode, you can observe how upper management deal with guilt and remorse: very straight forward.

David and Saul basically just sat there and went: 'Ah crap, what do we do now?'
Oh well, get her back, and get her back on the job.

Because we've been watching the show from Carrie's perspective, it's hard to not feel angry. She deserves more that a pat on the back. She needs maybe a pay rise, for collateral damage, a statue, an apology from the president, even.

Yet, from the CIA's point of view, this is merely one of many fuck ups they have to deal with on a daily basis.

Even when David met Carrie again after the realisation, after he told her just 2 days ago that despite her good work in Beirut she will never be reinstated, he could only say: I don't know what to say.

And Carrie understood.

We want Carrie to be better, because for a whole season she's been the victim. But it's difficult to see things from management's perspective. The agency took a huge risk to ask her to go back to Beirut again, and in turn gave her an opportunity to find the SD card.

Compared to Carrie and Brody's relationship, I find Saul and David's interaction more intriguing.

And that's probably the attitude we should have in a professional working environment.