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a total mess of a show,
This review is from: Homeland: Season 2 (DVD)
In some ways this show does represent the current climate in the United States: Its equal combinations improbable, irrational, paranoid and crazy while depending on the shock value of the unpredictable to entertain. Preposterous is a good word to describe the show and its writing.
In its second season, the show moves away from its initial mental illness theme (all fixed up by shock treatments) and turns into a rather preposterous love story. To make it work, they have to clear the decks of the entire extended plot of the previous season, characters and all. So goodbye Evil Vice President. Goodbye Abu Abu....I sure wish I knew what your master plan actually was. Goodbye little Vice President too.
When the writers reach the plot's figurative "corner", the literally blow it up to allow them to start anew. Now the guity are innocent and we are sort-of replaying the fugitive while we track down the new terrorist hiding in the shadows who is 1000 times worst than good old Abu Abu.
I think this thing has finally run its course. Running on shock value always ends with the plot running out of fuel. Thats where this is now.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012 10:26:56 AM PST
XRAY ED says:
It is still a very entertaining and involving show even though it has become more or less a slick bigger budget soap opera . If it takes wiping the slate clean of some of the old characters from time to time to keep the stories coming, why not? That's how the soaps have survived. That's entertainment.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 7:46:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2012 7:47:01 AM PST
Robert Hunt says:
Idiot. There's always one person who has to put everything down. Do not listen to this guy, he doesn't know what he's talking about. This is the best show that's been on TV that I've ever seen. The drama will keep you on the edge of your seat and just when you think you've figured out what's going to happen next, they change things up and surprise you with something new. I give it 5 stars without a doubt.
Posted on Dec 24, 2012 7:29:07 AM PST
Pen Name says:
I always appreciate an oppopsing point of view to make be think deeper about my own opinions. Upon consideration of Mark's comments, and deeper reflection on why I find this series so enthralling, I have to disagree with Mark. The plot elements that resolve the second season and set the stage for season three are brilliant. If you liked Season One, Season Two will not dissapoint.
Posted on Dec 26, 2012 11:07:25 AM PST
Bruce Anderson says:
You nailed it. They should have stopped after season 1. I don't mind suspending disbelief, but don't insult my intelligence and don't use lazy writing gimmicks to get yourselves out of the corners you idiotically wrote yourself into.
Basically, Homeland loves cliffhangers. So there's a cliffhanger (something "shocking") at the end of every episode. Well, in order to set the table so the show can go on and they all can continue to get paid, they write something totally outrageous, improbable and unbelievable as the anecdote to the massive problem introduced at the end of the last show. This is the 24 effect, which is why I stopped watching that silly show after a couple of seasons. Come to find out that the same "creative team" behind 24 is now running Homeland. Gee, what a shock. This show is now nothing more than a renewed 24 with new actors.
Posted on Dec 29, 2012 5:51:30 PM PST
I just finished viewing season 1. Other than a fantastic cast, excellent writing, and a terrific and original story you're right-this show hasn't got much going for it.
Posted on Jan 4, 2013 9:47:03 AM PST
Samuel Clemens says:
"...run its course." LOLOLOLOL Riiiiight.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 10:45:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2013 2:08:55 PM PST
Mark bennett says:
They certainly can sell a Homeland that looks more and more like new seasons of "24" to a showtime-sized audience. But homeland as launched in its first season will be over.
Posted on Jan 11, 2013 2:13:57 PM PST
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C. E. Wilson says:
Carrie annoyed me to distraction with all her hysterical antics and improbable attitudes. got through season one but was not interested in season two
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 10:59:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2013 1:30:24 AM PST
24 eh... that show lasted for 8 seasons... I think Homeland may be able to have as many shows as them. But I completely disagree that they're similar. That's like apples and oranges.
Also "The Americans" is Homeland meets 1980's Cold War (it's a good show but an appetizer between seasons of Homeland). So even Fox FX is trying to capitalize from Homeland.
Posted on Mar 10, 2013 1:43:02 AM PST
Spoilers all over this review btw.