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Glorified Soap Opera. Quite possibly the most overrated TV show I've ever seen
on January 29, 2013
My expectations were extremely high going in. Word of mouth reviews from close friends and acclaim from critics were on a level unheard of since Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Lost.
However, unlike those other shows, this is the only one that failed miserably in coming close to living up to the billing.
Bottom line, this is a glorified soap opera that centers around never ending character development with very unoriginal plot twists. Proponents of the show claim that unlike "24", "Homeland" aims to be much more of a psychological thriller than a cliff hanger heart racer. This is not a problem for dramas like Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire which lack a consistent underlying stressful theme, but for a show that sells itself to the audience as one in which "everyone is in constant danger" the lack of action is disappointing. Instead of daring action sequences, the audience just gets hit with more and more characters crying and complaining about their lives.
Those that like this show clearly become enamored with the personalities of the characters themselves. At no point did I reach this level. I honestly got to the point where I couldn't care less what happened to the characters played by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. The lack of a true protagonist leaves the audience directionless and unfortunately makes the plot twists much less exciting.
Further, the plot twists in this series are not very original anyways. Almost all of these "Pro/Anti American Terrorist Plot" themes were played out by the likes of "24" and "Air Force One" among others. Again, at no point was I on the edge of my seat just dying to see what was going to happen in the next episode.
Trust me I fully get that this show was not intended to be a "24" spinoff, but you simply can't replicate the exact same theme yet ask the audience to have different expectations. "Breaking Bad" had an almost identical theme to "Weeds" but the writers were able to brilliantly differentiate it while still maintaining the same level of excitement. People that are buying into this show should be cognizant of that discrepancy here and adjust their expectations accordingly.
Out of respect for my friends' opinions, I sat through and finished the first season. I passed on the second season and simply resorted to reading the episode recaps on Wikipedia. I am happy I did instead of investing another 12 hours of my life forcing myself to care about what happens to the supposed protagonists.
- Great acting
- Very unoriginal plot lines
- Purported "cliff hangers" and "game changers" did not follow through in terms of resulting excitement level
- Constant character development
- Lack of a true protagonist that the audience can care for or relate to
- Drawn out emotional sequences