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Claire Danes is the best actor in the best series on TV, thus she is
outstanding and unparalleled. She has always totally inhabited her
characters, and she is a worthy successor to Meryl Streep's esteemed
title as World's Best Chameleon actor. She is absolutely believable in
every scene. She is Carrie, CIA agent extraordinaire, and no one else.
Mandy Patinkin, as her boss, is also at the top of his game here.
Yes, this so dangerous, foreboding and often creepy CIA tale about terrorism and its horrible personal fallout is wonderful TV and shows what can be done in a quality cable TV series with a complex tale that cannot be unwound in a 2 hour movie. It takes many hours of story to unpeel all the layers of the strange onion that is the CIA, or at least the entertainment version of it. Red herrings abound throughout, moving from "is it that guy?" to another guy in a flash, keeping us guessing who is doing all that national security damage that this CIA says is always critical and crucial and deadly, and always consumes the full life of any agent at the expense of all else, and even makes some of them ill or crazy or even traitors.
No opinions are stated here on whether the story is realistic and whether the events and personal interactions depicted truly happen in the real CIA. Of course the story is dramatized, as much of real CIA work is numbingly boring and mundane, but of course who would watch that?
The story, supporting cast, mood lighting and soundtrack, locations, and camera work are so outstanding that they rival the best feature film work. Of course, odd story twists, dramatic effects, and chew the scenery acting also abound here, but so much of it is necessary to propel the story for a full series and keep it threatening and scary with no comforting let up, ever.
This level of TV quality is what everyone always thought TV could be if it really tried. And, after watching this accomplished series, you will never again trust that strange neighbor of yours. You know, the one who comes and goes at such odd hours. Hmmm.
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Annoying characters, meaningless drama and absolutely no attention to
This show would have you believe that the major CIA operations are based on the whims and fancies of an out of control, emotionally unstable over grown child. What a joke! The whole series is characterized by painful stupidity and unbelievable laxness on the part of both terrorists and CIA operatives.
There is one scene where a terrorist lies down ON TOP of the backseat of a car with a blanket over himself and the driver never notices. Even when she is stopped at a police check point by a cop with a torch (security for the vice president) no one notices anything!!! Really?
In addition to all the stupidity, the show is also borderline offensive to Arabs.
I wish I had not bought the whole damn season on amazon.
THE WIRE still reigns supreme as (by far) the best drama ever.... ...is there no one else?
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Claire Danes is awful for this part. the show concept is overrated and she is too scripted. Ann Hathaway did a good job on SNL mocking her. I loved her in My So called Life but that is it. She has not impressed me since. Damian Lewis is great and I almost think he is the only good part of the show. I have not seen any of season 2 so hopefully i will see some improvement in her acting and the shows actual core. It must have some thing that is getting peoples attention. I still need 3 more lines and have nothing more to say about this show. So I will just type until I have 10 lines and I hope someone thinks that this is funny and interesting.
You watch the show and learn nothing at all. In fact, it is a mediocre series disguised as good TV but filled with subtle racial profiles that feed into false generalizations. It is nowhere close to winner series like Mad Men. It's actually surprising that the whole premise of the show was given thumbs up in view of the vain message behind it. But again, who says the masses crave less superficial plots. In my opinion, Homeland is barely a notch above the senseless production that caused riots around the world a few weeks ago. One is just more subtle than the other, but the subliminal messages behind both of them are similar. They're meant to sow misunderstanding and establish certain stereotypes. One hopes the public is smarter than that.
Homeland is not the super hype that it is being made out to be. It is
an average show that tries to present itself as an original idea, but
it is a long winded TV version of The Manchurian Candidate. Unlike the
Manchurian Candidate (the original, not the bad Denzel Washington one)
there is a lack of good structure and acting. Take a two hour movie and
add a LOT of junk fill-in that is unnecessary, repeated dialog that
goes on and on and says the same thing and the standard cable T&A and
you have Homeland.
I am surprised that Morena Baccarin lowered herself to nudity scenes now. Has her career hit that bottom already?
total waste of TV time. if you want viewers for next season give us some meat....i hate when producers think if they leave you hanging you will automatically turn in to next season. if your series is good you will want to watch the next. people wont remember you left them "hanging on the edge" too much life happens and too many TV show to tune in too. OK shes crazy OK they don't believe her. seen it before. let me guess they are going to find the black dude, she's going to wake up and eventually remember what she hoped to not forget, she's not going to get her job back but go on to do something "roge copish" but show them all she was right by season 3. but season 2 he is going to inch his way closer and closer to the president episode by episode with a "days of our lives feel" please............. on to the next one..............................................
WARNING: Viewers are getting tricked into watching the series for
following reasons 1. The plot seems very interesting. 2. The fact that
it swept the board at Emmy awards.
The series is filled with massive loop holes, unjustified story-line and ultra-slow pace. It also has the most anti-climactic and outrageous finale which will leave you fuming for putting up with a whole season of annoying smirk faced Sergeant Brody.
Most overrated series ever.
For people who still wanna watch it and get frustrated- I cannot think of anything but saying "I told you so"
I don't really know what all the fuss was about. I found the whole thing predictable and formulaic. Each episode was stretched out and meandered along so much that I never felt any tension whatsoever and the ending was, quite frankly, a major disappointment. Six hours could easily have been taken out without any damage to the plot or storyline and it would have been better served as a 4 part self-contained drama; you know, the kind of thing the BBC do really well. It was like a cross between "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Day of the Jackal", but not as good as either. It's a shame because I like all three of the main actors. Claire Danes' bi-polar character was just another gimmicky cop/FBI agent/CIA agent/Detective that you've seen a thousand times before. I took a break from "Breaking Bad" (wich is anything but predictable and formulaic)to watch this and wish I hadn't wasted my time on it. I don't think I'll bother with the second series.
Finally a captivating series for my generation. 22 years old and LOVE
current events/military. I actually found myself glued to this series
just by seeing the trailer. I can't wait for next weeks episode. This
is a psychological-thriller to the T. I feel that the series wouldn't
be as captivating if it wasn't for Claire Danes' character and the
question of her mental stability. The script and characters really
provide a great cat and mouse game.
In response to ScapegoatsOfTheEmpire, The Marine Corps does not salute when indoors and are to remove their covers upon entering anything indoors. They are only required to salute a CO if they are under arms. Which he was not. I just wanted to clarify that, to prevent anyone from thinking otherwise.
The BEST TV drama on TV...period! Showtime has joined the ranks of HBO
with this one. I was a huge fan of Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, and
The Killing. This show is like watching a Bourne movie every episode.
It's that good.
I have been searching for a new show and found it. I can't believe the budget Showtime has for this series. Watch this! You will not be disappointed. If you want to see what bipolar type I is about, the lead character does a good job. She has similar energy to "Deb" from Dexter.
What makes this so good is the space between the notes. The director/writer/whomever has the confidence to allow for space rather than pull an Aaron Sorkin and dialog you to death. This really is art.
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