Homeland Season 4
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Gripping suspense escalates to a fever pitch in the brilliantly reinvented fourth season of this Emmy Award®-winning thriller. In her new role as a CIA station chief, Carrie (Emmy® winner Claire Danes) convinces Saul (Emmy® winner Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn to help her hunt down one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. But when Carrie recruits a young Pakistani as an asset, the lines between right and wrong blur and the operation spins out of control. Facing unclear loyalties at every turn, Carrie must take extreme measures and risk everything to protect her country.
**The Drone Queen
**Trylon and Perisphere
**Iron in the Fire
**About A Boy
**From A to B and Back Again
**Halfway to a Donut
**There's Something Else Going On
**13 Hours in Islamabad
**Krieg Night Lieb
**Long Time Coming
**Homeland Character Profiles: Peter Quinn: The Assassin, Aasar Khan: The Lieutenant-Colonel, Fara Sherazi: The Analyst
**Script to Screen: Caught in the Crosshairs: Aayan s Journey, Brody s Return, Storming the Embassy
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Unbelievably, the creators - writers, directors, producers - managed to pull it off. As others have also said, Homeland reinvented itself. With an entirely new and different storyline, we now find the characters in the Middle East, actually fighting the "bad guys", as most of us expect the CIA to be doing. The first few episodes were slow, as the show struggled to find itself and pull the audience back in and along for the ride. By the 4th episode, I knew I had to stick with it to see where it ended up. I'm glad I did. Episodes 4 though 11 kept me on the edge of my seat. There were enough twists and turns to surprise me and keep me hooked.
I was truly disappointed with the final episode where most of the characters are back stateside, after action, struggling to figure out where they belonged. SPOILER ALERT: I still don't get why Carrie's mom shows up in the final episode. I can't remember her ever being mentioned in any of the previous episodes and her sudden appearance (along with learning that Carrie has a half brother), did nothing to advance the storyline. Even if they bring "Mom" back in the 5th season, I can't see where she would fit in with anything that's gone before. The other puzzling event at the end of episode 12, is Quinn jumping into a special ops team after first saying "no". Did I miss something? It wasn't apparent to me, why he would do this after his final phone conversation with Carrie, while she's off in Missouri meeting with her mom. The final episode didn't tie up any loose ends. As far as teasers for the 5th season, this episode seemed to fail. I didn't pick up anything compelling enough to make me wish season 5 were already available.
Other than the final episode, though, I would highly recommend this season. There's enough action, intrigue, and adventure to satisfy anyone who loves this particular genre.
I could not write this review of course without metioning and applauding Claire Danes immaculate performance of Carrie. Her acting is so subtle, so second-nature that it is at times frightening to consider the possibility that Carrie Mathison does not really exist. I am in awe of her talent, who Carrie has become because of her, and truly consider her to be one of the finest actors in the industry.
This is a series that really expands the possibilities of a drama, opens your eyes to the harshness of the world, and is downright addictive at the end of the day. Every character in the show that is given the time of day I become invested in, and the writing for each one is never less than spectacular. Not for the faint of heart but quality television that I believe will stand the test of time for many years to come and that is just season 4!
Ever in search of redemption, Mathison passes up an assignment in "safer" Turkey to be CIA station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan. Of course, there would be no story if Mathison stayed in a more peaceful location. This time her terrorist target is Haissan Haqqani (Numan Acar made up to look particularly scary and ominous). Mathison makes a decision that results in the loss of dozens of civilian lives. The fight for her redemption suddenly becomes more imperative.
HOMELAND is an often overwhelming and confusing swirl of plot lines and characters. Season 4 often veers off course with irrelevant side stories or ones that have potential that is never fulfilled. Rupert Quinn returns as Peter Quinn as Mathison's CIA black ops cohort. His character and his devotion to Mathison are more clear in Season 4, Quinn, always the lady's man, begins a relationship with the gorgeous overweight manager of his apartment building. Here is a lovely and tender story where the woman is not a "traditional" beauty but has an inner and outer beauty that lights up the screen. Then the subplot is over leaving us wanting more.
Several new characters are added this season and always expect the unexpected as to who will leave the series and who may or may not be the person they appear to be. Mathison is ready to use her beauty and looks to seduce and possibly betray men who cross her path. And there is plenty of betrayal in Season 4. No one can be trusted.
Be prepared to accept story lines that are implausible and sometimes portray a whole nation in bad light. It seems like everyone in the Pakistani government is supporting terrorism except for one brave soul. HOMELAND doesn't always provide a balanced picture of good and bad and people just desperate to survive in unpleasant circumstances.
The story lines at time can be overwhelming. Just try to keep track of it all. Mathison leaves her infant daughter in the care of her long suffering sister and father. A long missing relative turns up in another storyline that seems to be just filling up time and offering no substance. Mathison jumps from Afghanistan to Pakistan to various US locations and back again with the ease of a trip to the local shopping mall. How does she find time for all of this.
In the end, few can disagree that this remarkable cast of actors is one of the best on TV. The settings and photography are wonderful. Despite all the flaws in the stories, HOMELAND is addictive and riveting. I can't wait for Season 5.