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4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked 24, you'll like this show better, January 14, 2013
This review is from: Homeland: Season 2 (DVD)
**May contain spoilers**

I would give Season 1 of this show more stars since it was more plausible. Both Seasons, however, had me twisting in angst - and I liked it. I detest waiting for next week or next season. But Season 1 of Homeland sucked me in. Only the audience and CIA agent Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) know that returned POW Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is a closet terrorist. He shot and killed his friend without batting an eyelash, wore a C4 vest to kill the vice president of the U.S. (only to back out) and began an affair with Carrie. The audience does not know if Carrie is really in love with Brody or just trying to gather more information. As Carrie frantically attempts to derail Brody's terrorist quest, Brody takes out a restraining order on her and warns her to leave him alone. She cannot and appeals to Brody's daughter to call her father on his cell phone just as he is trying to get the C4 vest to work in an underground bunker. For her efforts, poor Carrie is arrested and hospitalized. Defeated and with nobody believing her, Carrie is booted out of the CIA and checks herself in as a patient for her bipolar disorder where she undergoes shock therapy and loses some of her memory including the name of terrorist Abu Nasir's (Navid Negahban) son that Brody had shouted out one night in his sleep.

In Season 2, Brody is now a Senator and is planning to run for Vice President. Carrie is teaching English classes and living with her stable but bipolar father. The CIA needs her expertise to try to turn a former female contact overseas to capture terrorist Abu Nasir. Just at the last second Nasir receives a text message warning him of the trap. Carrie returns to the U.S. and continues to work on the Nasir case (unofficially) and an older recording of Brody explaining his bomb vest attack on the Vice President is discovered in some items that Carrie steals from a contact of Nasir. Carrie's mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), lets her know what was found and a new CIA agent Quinn (Rupert Friend) works with her in a surveillance sting on Brody. Finally, Carrie is vindicated but not reinstated to her former job due to her bipolar disorder. She confronts Brody, he is tortured and agrees to help the CIA. For some unknown reason, Carrie resumes the affair with Brody. The season ends with a bang with Carrie wondering if Brody was just manipulating her the entire time.

There are many more plot twists, characters, and nefarious deeds than I have mentioned, and although the premise is not as plausible as some other shows of this genre, it is, after all, entertainment that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Recommend!
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2013 9:40:15 AM PST
I loved the first season of Homeland and looked forward to the 2nd season eagerly. I did buy the 2nd season. I was very ok with it until 'Carrie' and 'Brody' rekindled their love affair. It was a great turnoff to me. I think that love relationship which appears real after it being a ploy the first time around is BS, hardly believable, and it has, at this point, kind of ship-wrecked this series for me. Carrie, a very key CIA operative, was the first one to have very strong suspicions that Brody was a turn-coat American on his return to the U.S. and actually lost her job because of it. I am not buying this love affair AT ALL. Its disgusting to me. And how it conveniently disintegrates Brody's family relationship.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2013 2:13:09 PM PST
R. Eye says:
I agree that the 2nd love affair between Carrie and Brody was difficult to swallow. Remember Carrie is bipolar so her choices may not be in keeping with the social mores of others. In Season 3, we are seeing little of Brody and the beginning started out with a bang and continues to be a shocker each episode.
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