Season Review-Homeland Season 2

Overall: 9-amazing

Many of the criticisms this season stemmed from plausibility issues. I don't have as much of a problem with those things than some, but I do recognize that this show became a more 24-like thriller this season. That being said, it's definitely one of the most tense and well written shows on TV.still. It's also well acted. The acting is superb, and the dark horse this season was Mandy Patinkin as Saul. He doesn't get much recognition, and I'd like to acknowledge the work he did this season, especially in the finale.

The first couple episodes were great, as we took a trip to Beirut that saw Carrie chased across its streets. However, the first part of the season was leading up to Q&A, one of the best Tv episodes this year. It was just two people sitting in a room, yet it was a masterpiece.

After that episode, it got a little 24-esque, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just, the first season proved that this show could be more of a quiet, psychological thriller. However, that's not to say Homeland can't do tense. Especially, for example, the scene where Carrie is chasing Abu Nazir. It's so ridiculous, yet is one of the most exciting scenes I've seen. Same with the killing of Walden; it was exciting, but ridiculous. That's how I felt about a lot of this season.

I generally liked the Quinn story line, as he is a very interesting character. His story could sometimes get weird, but I still liked it. On the other hand, Dana's story line was just stupid. I love her as a character, but it was totally unnecessary to go through that whole "hitting someone with a car" stuff.

This season, the show also bought more into the Carrie-Brody relationship than I thought was necessary. I never bought that Brody truly loved Carrie that much, and some scenes, while compelling, were a little much.

That being said, I loved the last batch of episodes because of the excitement. The finale was brilliant. It was gripping, and I'm excited for where this show heads next. It'll be interesting to see what the writers do with Brody.

But all in all, another fantastic season.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Smile (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An asset from Carrie's former life comes in from the cold. Freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy. (55 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
2.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Beirut Is Back (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Before she makes it to a safe house, Carrie interviews the wife of a Lebanese official on her own, learning... (55 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
3.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: State of Independence (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Jessica's fund-raising dinner for veterans is tonight, with Brody making a speech and with her also in full view of D.C... (55 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
4.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: New Car Smell (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Jess suggests to Brody that he pack a bag if he won't tell her the truth. The CIA has him under 24-hour... (55 mins.)
“ 9-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
5.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Q&A (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Brody finds himself prisoner again, but this time it's on American soil. Meanwhile, Carrie is forced to play second fiddle after her rash judgment call at the hotel as Estes is busy keeping Jessica off their trail. (55 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
6.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: A Gettysburg Address (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
More secrets. Roya talks to an unknown man in a park: what do they say to each other? Peter takes a... (55 mins.)
“ 8-great ” - whifferrack
 
7.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Clearing (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fearing an attack is imminent, Saul goes to a federal prison to interview Aileen (whom he brought back... (55 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
8.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: I'll Fly Away (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Dana's disgust with dad leads to his shouting at Jessica and then telling Roya and the CIA that he's out... (55 mins.)
“ 9-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
9.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Two Hats (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Where's Brody? Is he compromised? The CIA is about to roll up Roya when Brody gets word to them that he's okay... (55 mins.)
“ 8.5-great ” - whifferrack
 
10.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Broken Hearts (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Brody rejoins his family and Mike takes his leave. Then Brody gets a call that Carrie is in mortal danger - only he can save her... (55 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
11.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: In Memoriam (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Exhaustion all around. Carrie tracks Abu Nazir through the abandoned factory where she had been a hostage... (55 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing ” - whifferrack
 
12.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Choice (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Brody, Carrie, Estes, Quinn, and Dana must make choices. Brody and Carrie repair to the lakeside cabin... (55 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing ” - whifferrack