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This is one great show. It keeps you interested throughout the series and is awesome to learn about the war and how the CIA operates. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. I feel like it always has a big cliffhanger at the end of each episode. Nick Brodie is a character where sometimes you love him and then at times you don't know what you think of him. Although it doesn't have a ton of action it still has a ton of suspense. I can't wait for the next season. The girl who plays Kerry is a very good actor and really keeps the show going. It doesn't need that much action to be great because it has a very good plot that you cant get to too much detail or it will give it away. I love this show and it kept me hooked all the way through. I felt like I never got bored Through this show. I do not think it is better then Breaking Bad but it is one of my favorite shows of all time. I highly recommend catching up on this to see the next season which is coming soon.
I used to watch many TV series as a child, both cartoon and real image ones: "Scooby-Doo", "Johny Bravo", "The Simpsons", "Spider-Man"; "Smallville", "C.S.I. Miami", "The X-Files", "Hercules: the legendary journeys", "The A-Team" and "Baywatch" were my favorite. I do not follow many of the current ones. I think there are too many of them and most are too long (too many seasons and chapters). Anyway, I decided to begin watching "Homeland" thanks to a flatmate. I have liked it since the first chapter began. I just saw the first season and the first six from the second one. By now, I think the first seasons is a bit better, but they are both very good. "Homeland" is based on another TV series from Israel which I have never seen. "Homeland" is a mix of drama, action and intrigue. It contains good dialogues and a fine acting from every actor even though none is famous. The starring actor is the English Damian Lewis, the most well-known in the cast. He plays a quite believable role. The plot is full of twists and surprises and almost no chapter is empty, so in each one, something relevant occurs. Another strong point is that there are still just two seasons with twelve chapters each with an average length of 50 minutes. That is why I can say that time and direction are well-managed. I will not reveal anything about the plot except that it is about a U.S. soldier who is rescued from Iraqi terrorist in Iraq after several years as a prisoner. Then, the C.I.A. suspects he is on their side. The spectator never really knows what goes on and the plot is as confusing as entertaining. It is true that sometimes, there are too many dialogues and that the acting from some is not the best, but it is excellent anyway. I recommend "Homeland" to all those who like to watch TV series and thrillers. 8.
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SPOILER ALERT: If you watch "Homeland" and haven't seen the Season 2 finale I do not recommend reading this review. Aired Sunday, December 22nd, the Showtime series "Homeland's" season 2 finale was both a success and a disappointment. "Homeland" is the story of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who was an American P.O.W. for 8 years in Afghanistan After succumbing to Al-Qaeda leader, Abu Nazir's (Navid Negahban) bribes of hospitality, Brody begins working for those who saw America as the enemy. Throughout season 2 of the series, Brody begins working as a double agent in favor of his home country and attempts to assist the C.I.A. in taking Nazir down and stopping potential threats to the nation. Taking place directly after the successful killing of Abu Nazir, the season 2 finale of "Homeland" shows Brody finally feeling free of all the pressure that comes from being a double agent. No longer held under Nazir's firm grasp, Brody feels that he is able to start his life over again and can finally be with the love of his life, C.I.A. operative, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). Here lies the episode's disappointing qualities. About 35-40 minutes of the hour long special was about the rekindling of Brody and Carrie's love life. This relationship between the two main characters is not new to this series; in fact it is a major story arc that has been seen countless times thus far. However, the cheesiness of the character's relationship is an element that is new to "Homeland." The Brody and Carrie scenes of Sunday night's episode were almost difficult to watch. The dialogue between the characters is something one would expect to find in a novel by Nicholas Sparks, not in an episode of one of the most exciting series of the year. The major element of the season finale that worked was the huge plot twist, which was a 9/11-esque terrorist attack on the C.I.A. headquarters that killed over 200 people. The attack was a bomb that was planted in Brody's car and left dangerously close to the C.I.A.'s building. Of course making the primary suspect of the attack "former" terrorist, Nicholas Brody. Surviving the bombing and claiming to have had nothing to do with the attack, Brody goes on the run with the help of the only person inclined to believe him, Carrie. While this plot twist did make the episode better and definitely left the viewer in awe, I cannot say that it was entirely unexpected. The episode definitely did not seem to be heading in the direction of a fatal terrorist attack, but ironically enough, the message of "Nothing can prepare you for what is about to happen" that was found in last week's coming attractions, is what prepared me for this plot twist. That, and my personal disbelief that the season finale of a show as great as "Homeland" could be so damn boring (which it would have been, if this attack had not happened). In fact, the best part of the episode's plot twist is that it caused Brody to go on the run and by doing so, allowed for the abysmal love scenes between Brody and Carrie to come to an end. More seriously though, even if the plot twist was a bit predictable, it was still what caused "Homeland's" season 2 finale to not only become watchable, but enjoyable as well. The scene of the attack was exciting and who doesn't love a great cliffhanger? Was Brody involved in the attack on the C.I.A. headquarters? If not, then who was? There are plenty of the unanswered questions that can only be resolved by sticking with "Homeland" and seeing what the writers give us next season. "Homeland's" season finale was definitely not without flaws, however, it successfully left viewers wanting more.
What is wrong with this picture? The organization and the ALL
operatives are portrayed as utter incompetents just filling their
seats. You don't need to be even remotely close to the subject to guess
that this is not how things go down in the real world with the real
guys. Also this apparent lack of solid procedures or good judgment of
any kind is in fact the main source of story meat for the series. You
only needed a man with half a brain in the first episode going "wait
just a second here". And BAM, no more series, we can carry one with our
The main two protagonists also seem to go all over the place in the wrong way. There is not even a single instance where Carrie comes off as brilliant agent, deserving of the badge. They try at some point to pull the "rainman" card on her but it comes out wrong, cheap and it gets even more confusing afterward, perpetually rising the question "why is she still around to blew interrogations and generally irritate everyone?". Brody shifts a lot between the omnipotent bad guy that lies at polygraph test like a breeze, lies and uses his family and the good guy with major problems after his 8 year ordeal at the hand of the enemy you should feel for. At the end of season 2 you have long decided that he is a jerk that could get written off at any point without loss.
BTW, where are his flashbacks from his time as POW? Gone before anything good came out of them. But in Homeland there are A LOT of this kind of roads that lead absolutely nowhere but end in disappointment.
But in the end what I particularly dislike is the missed opportunity. You have a very good concept, you have a very solid cast and then you hire what seems to be a crack writing team of fifth graders to fumble around and imagine plots and twists. A job well done sirs, cookies for everyone!
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... and I don't mean a more "mature" audience. I actually mean old
I've only seen season 1 and these are my thoughts on it:
It has half the cast of '24'. It has half the writers&exec. producers from '24'. It even has the musician of '24'. The twists and turns of the plot, on who is who, even the morals of the characters, are from '24'.
I don't know, if the 'Homeland' story development seems more plausible from '24' because it takes more than a day to see it through, but that doesn't necessarily make it better.
I've also read about how "good American TV drama" it is, and I would like to remind the fellow viewers, that it's a remake. It's "good Israeli TV drama", although, admittedly, I haven't seen the original one. But, it looks like an American remake of an Israeli remake of '24'...
The fact that it has less adrenaline-driven scenes and more f-words and sex scenes, doesn't necessarily make it better. And because of that alone, I summarize it as "24 for old people". If it was for a more "mature" audience, it would be half '24'/half 'Rubicon'.
In any case, all this, is my frustration for wanting something new and great and original and gritty and heart-stopping and I was led to believe that 'Homeland' was all that.
I don't know where to start,as a Muslim i'm fully aware that western media can't resist to show us as a terrorist, but once i watched Homeland, i realized that days are finally over.. I must say, the people who worked on homeland prepare for it very very well, it's obvious that they look up about what really Islam is ,islam's doctrine, i must thank them from my heart "at least for now " The show in unbelievably awesome, great cast, i bet if that was a movie, at least 6 actors\actresses will get nomination for academy award, and damn yeah claire danes will win for sure.. i must take the opportunity to praise Mandy Patinkin for his great performance, he really touch you as saul berenston.. the other people i want to praise are Damian Lewis,Morgan Saylor, David harewood and rupert friend, these people made great impression on the screen that is not easy to get over.. I love This Show and i can't wait till Season 3 get start, Because it get it all in one show,as life lessons: love, sacrifice, betrayal, it shows how it is hard to start over your dirty past, how the community you live in response with that ... etc As a show: homeland is thriller, suspense, romance and drama .. what the person seeks more in a TV show ? waiting for season 3 on fire...
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Claire Danes breaking new territory as a convincingly psychologically broken field agent... She is simply great.
Damian Lewis comes through again. He always does, but the last couple of times he got some tough breaks... most notably the new style cop program Life, which was very good but doomed by not selling quite enough commercial time on network TV.
A new twist on the post 9/11 WOT drama genre.... internet haters come out, but their criticisms are weak and overreaching.... Homeland is riveting from the start.... can't wait to see where it goes.... highly recommended.
If only network TV could keep up with SHO, HBO, and all the other cable guys who are kicking creative tail every time.
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.
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At first, I was utterly repulsed by the over-Americanized, patriotic and self-righteous plot of the show and given my low tolerance for these kinds of "we are the good guys" gimmicks, I would have stopped watching immediately. However, I was unable to stop watching which ultimately meant that it was worth watching. While the show most assuredly carries typical patriotic undertones it also exposes the vulnerability of each character's convictions. Claire Danes does an outstanding job playing her role as a mentally unstable women with self-damaging convictions ( and lets be honest, a total nut job). It is difficult not to notice the overt stereotyping, whether it be the all American secret spy fighting for justice or the radical illogical terrorist fighting for vengeance. The writing does take effort in order to create a depth into its characters but undermines obvious parallels drawn between what is shown as good and bad, or ethical and unethical. It also takes far to many liberties with hard justice. In simple terms, the show overly idealized the natural disposition of individuals (primarily the protagonists) to save the world-- far too altruistic. This tends to result in far to many cliché scenes with "black-sheep" agents refusing to abide the book. There are also far far too many emotionally saturated scenes, making some part unbearable to watch simply because of the overly-meaningful looks and tears. The acting for the most part is exceptional. As the show progresses there is definite movement towards the unexpected thriller scenes and less predictable drama.
When I first watched this program I was enthralled with the characters, the complex nature of both leads is well conceived and well written. But after a few episodes the idea of Muslim "terrorists" became more about perpetuating the lies and stereotypes that have created the problems we have in the real world. Knowing that this was originally an Israeli program adapted to to American television made it very clear to me as to its real purpose, and although it's fiction the message it screams out is loud and very clear. Make sure you don't forget about the Muslims, they are always trying to kill us for no apparent reason but because we have a culture based on greed, banality, overt sex, stupidity, lies and so on. Absolute NONSENSE. This show is more political and full of propaganda than people realize. How many films and documentaries are there about the "holocaust"? Over 350...?...How many about the Russian genocide that most don't even know about? Zero..over 30 million were starved to death and murdered by Zionist "fake" Jews who were the creators and leaders of Communism. Media, whether fiction or non fiction is PROPAGANDA. This show is propaganda! Now, I assume there will be those who shout, "You anti Semite bigot", blah, blah, blah. I expect that, because hearing the truth is painful and I don't glorify knowing these facts, nor do I hate Jews, I hate Zionists and since they are believers in the Talmud which states that all non Jews are sub human and are meant to only serve the Jew. Nice Huh?, I don't feel they have the right to call anyone a racist. I can't believe that these assholes who cry out ANTI SEMITE are mostly non Semites but of European origins. Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, etc. are ALL Semites so why isn't it anti semitic to demonize, displace and murder these Muslim and Christian people? So go ahead and enjoy the show for what it is but don't ever forget that it is Us/Israeli propaganda 101, so watch it with a clear perspective, from both sides.
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