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"I'm more alone than I was in the bottom of that hole in Iraq." - Nicholas Brody,
This review is from: Homeland: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
I was worried about season 2 of Homeland; worried that they would not be able to re-capture the atmosphere and intensity of the first. In a way, I was a little right. I personally think the first season is quite a bit better, but being in one of the top 5 television dramas currently on television, it's easily a 5/5 stars still.
It's really hard to say too much without giving away spoilers. The best way to put it - things change...and they change A LOT. The whole dynamics of the show are different this season. A startling revelation is discovered early on and turns the show completely on its head. The formula is different, but for the most part, the outcomes are the same. It is still one of the shows best at creating tension and suspense and is a true CIA thriller.
CAST - the actors are superbly cast. Mandy Patinkin as Saul is incredible as ever this season, and even gets almost a whole episode dedicated to his acting talents. Claire Danes is perfect as the emotionally unstable, yet brilliant Carrie. Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody has a lot of emotions to balance, obviously, and does it well. The supporting cast is also pretty talented. Homeland also garnered a lot of attention when they practically stole the Emmys with Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama (Lewis) and Best Actress in a Drama (Claire Danes).
STORYLINE - things are definitely different this season. Does Carrie get her vengeance for what Brody did to her at the end of last season by telling Estes? Do her and Brody get romantic again? You'll just have to see, but things are shaken up and are very different from last season. And they happen quickly. It's incredibly difficult to give away much without spoiling, but there's always a black cloud over everything, and you never know what will happen next. Sometimes it's surprisingly predictable, and other times it's really out of nowhere.
BELIEVABILITY - okay, things get a little murky here. On one hand, this *is* entertainment, not a documentary. On the other hand, viewers and critics tend to value at least some semblance of realism in their dramas these days, especially on premium cable channels. There was one episode in particular this season ('Broken Hearts') that really upset a lot of critics and many viewers due to how far they stretched the realm of the possibility. Forgivable? Definitely, for a show like this. But they *were* somewhat resorting to cheap plot tricks to make stuff happen like a B terrorist movie instead of clever writing, so hopefully it was a fluke.
FUN FACTOR - lots of fun! It's a high quality action/thriller/terrorist show, so you can expect plenty of drama, chases, near-deaths, plotting, deception, character moral ambiguity....there's definitely so many fun aspects to it that make it worth watching.
If you want to be in the loop of the best shows on television, you should definitely be watching Homeland!
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Initial post: Feb 1, 2013 9:58:36 AM PST
Gregory N. Perkins says:
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 9:20:20 AM PST
Yes, Gregory. Correct. The character Nicholas Brody said that statement. So, D.C. is correct! :)
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2013 8:45:50 AM PST
Gregory N. Perkins says:
At the time of my initial post, the credited quote in the review title was to 'Damian Brody.' I was not wrong, just unacknowledged.
In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2013 1:14:45 AM PDT
D. C. Obraztsov says:
What are you talking about?
Posted on Jun 23, 2013 1:29:38 PM PDT
Manx Lover says:
This review seems to be well balanced. Much better than those reviewers (you know who you are) who are just too effusive in positive reviews as well as negative reviews.
Posted on Oct 15, 2013 10:42:25 AM PDT
okay, things get a little murky here. On one hand, this *is* entertainment, not a documentary. On the other hand, viewers and critics tend to value at least some semblance of realism in their dramas these days, especially on premium cable channels.
Really? Sometimes, the truth is even more perplexing than fiction. Just examine the court case of De Sousa v. Clinton......and Judge Howell's decision on the case, particularly the final paragraph, then revisit the concept of believability in these matters. The series is quite realistic. People really do get thrown under the bus for discovering the truth, and reporting it.
The concept of mental illness diagnosis as a tool for foreign policy is really not bizarre at all. Ref: Ambassador John Guenther Dean/Frank Wisner Jr. And many, many others. It only means that the Senate will not/cannot investigate the case in question. The question of what really constitutes mental illness can sometimes be a bit vexing.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 4:24:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2013 4:39:26 AM PST
Richard L. Swanson says:
As long as we realize that this is entertainment and not a documentry we need to leave our brains outside and just enjoy a very good, well presented movie based on the currrent terrorist threat we face today. General Pershing had the right idea for countering Moslum terrorists years ago and it worked for forty years. Damion Lewis gives a preformance every bit as good as he did in Band of Brothers and the rest of the cast are just as good. Having just finished Season 1 I am looking forward to watching season 2 when it arrives on the 11th and I have pre-ordered season 3. Rather then watch episode by episode I prefer to purchase the whole season and watch it all at once. Every time I think the producers can't go any further with the story, they do.
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