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This is the first show in a long time that I've watched that's made me
say "Oh my gosh" out loud in my living room. I was always told to watch
"24" but I wasn't able...this show feels a lot like what I think "24"
probably would have felt like. I recently read that it was one of the
best new shows this year so I watched all 12 episodes on demand.
Thankfully I was able to get this show completed in two days. I don't
think I could ever wait to see what happens if I had to wait a week
The entire cast is great. Clare Danes does an amazingly great job with a complex character. Damian Lewis also does a great job with another complex character. Their chemistry when on the screen together is apparent.
This is a well-written, smart, ever-changing who done it kind of show. Not only is it well acted, but I find it keeps the mind engaged. I look forward to more "oh my gosh" moments in the second season.
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I am watching a few new shows this season. I wanted to say this after
just one episode but I was waiting to see if Showtime's "Homeland" is
just one episode wonder. But after five back to back rocking episodes
this is undeniable fact that HOMELAND is the show to watch out for this
season. Homeland is developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, based on
the Israeli series Hatufim(Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff.
The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA operations
officer who has come to believe that an American Marine, who was held
captive by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and
now poses a significant risk to national security.
When this season was starting, Person of Interest was the show I had most hopes from. Why ? Well, firstly it is created by Jonathan Nolan and it featured one of my favorite TV actors Michael Emerson (Lost fame). Also it prompted CBS to move CSI in over 10 years to a new time slot. That is definitely something. This show is also awesome but homeland is on an altogether another level.
As far as Homeland goes, I had hopes but not too much because it had producers from "24". Don't get me wrong, I loved watching 24. Despite that I have to admit the show was quite over the top and had one man saving America over and over again every year. Homeland had a few similarities in terms of one hero (Claire Daines) trying to prove that other guy is wrong etc. etc. but this time they have done that much more subtly. Also she has her own set of problems to deal with and is not the "whitest" person around. The office politics even in a CIA office is done wonderfully. Now if they just let their writers to continue to flex their muscles this show will shine for a long time.
The strength of the show also lies in the superlative acting by the cast. Casting of both Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damien Lewis as Nick Brody is perfect. The character of "Saul", played brilliantly by Mandy Patinkin, plays the figurative father to the hero. Morena Baccarin also plays her part with ease. Other supporting actors are also good. If you are looking to see a gripping thriller with incredible characters, you are at the right place. Enjoy !!
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To make it short. 30+ something hyper intelligent CIA officer with
bipolar disorder (constantly under medication) blaming herself for
9/11, tries to redeem herself by uncovering a returned US marine
captive conversion to Muslim terrorist?.
You pretty much get this clear during the first 2 episodes. Nicholas has been "away" for 8:ish years in some middle east country and is heroically rescued.
Clare Danes is a movie star but i think Carrie Mathison is her best character ever. To quote Craig Ferguson (during a sit down with Clare) "Its a very odd show...". Its hard to the describe it. Its straight forward a simple agency vs bad guys series, but its not.
Clare Danes has always been on my girls-I-wanna-meet-list, she just moved up to girls-I-wanna-marry-without-meeting-list (very short list 3 ;). Her performance is just dead on perfect.
P.S "I sense something, something i haven't felt since...." watching House for the first time.
I'm a big fan of a good pilot, that usually lets you picture what a
series might turn out to be. I am skeptical as to whether such
"terrorist-psycho-thriller" will make it in a TV series (drama). In
truth, it is much more difficult to make it in a 2-3 season drama than
to spin it as a 2hours movie. There is a tendency for such stories to
end up being overly ludicrous. A little bit of controversy excites the
audience, but when it is overly done, it becomes difficult for the
writer to contain - and end it on a high note. Just ask Lost.
However with that skepticism in tact, I believe the pilot shows a lot of promise of what a good series this can turn out to be. From the pilot: I believe the script is brilliant, the acting is as good as it gets, and the premise of what the series is/will be centered on is top class. This is merely derived from the first episode. I wouldn't want to overrate this series, but it has the potential to be the first best "terrorist-psycho-thriller" series, or a nothing worth talking about.
Fingers crossed, and I for one, truly hope this ends well. Breaking bad is my favorite series of all time, and I for one hope this can come close.
24 is junk food. Candy, nothing more. Good for the occasional sugar
But THIS show is so much more than that. It's writing is impeccable, its casting (Mandy, Claire, Damian) is brilliant. All in all this is light years ahead of 24. To make the comparison is crazy.
Homeland follows Claire Danes through the inner workings (and I do mean INNER workings) of trying to stay on top of who is trying at any given moment to infiltrate US security via terrorist threats.
She has problems, big ones, that she strives to keep hidden from those around her. But Saul (Mandy) knows and the two of them keep her secrets just that. There's enough friction between them to keep us on our toes. And sometimes enough that they keep from one another to keep things interesting for the audience.
I just started this show after Breaking bad finished and yes, I'm
emotionally empty and still attached to breaking bad. So after it
finished I wanted a series that could at least measure up to the AMC's
dark drama. Sadly, Homeland does not measures up.
I'm not saying homeland is a bad TV show, it's good. Actually, it's really good; I may say is one of the best TV shows that are airing nowadays. It's catchy, really catchy and I think they have really good characters (complicated, twisted but most of all every character is HUMAN) The problem I have with Homeland is that I'm concerned for the long run, I don't think this will be a good show in the long run, I think it will decrease its quality. I hope I'm mistaken because I really like it. The first season was great but still, there's something missing.
I hope the producers don't prolong this TV show with nonsense plots because it could be a memorable show if it's handled the right way.
My Fabulous Wife and I like to watch an episode of something each night
on Roku or Netflix. Lately we've been watching Season 1 of Homeland,
and I've noticed some homages to a few of my favorite movies.
The first homage I recognized is based on this line from 1974's Chinatown: "When Mulvihill here was sheriff of Ventura County, the rum runners landed hundreds of tons of booze on the beach and never lost a drop. He oughta be able to hold on to your water for you." (Jake Gittes) In one of the first couple of episodes of Homeland, Carrie (IIRC) makes a similar snide remark about a cop she thinks is corrupt, or at best, incompetent. She paraphrases the Chinatown line into a reference to illegal drugs.
Next is from 1972's The Godfather: "Hey, listen, I want somebody good - and I mean very good - to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands, alright?" (Sonny Corleone). In Homeland, Carrie and an FBI agent are arguing about a SWAT team fiasco. One of them uses the same vulgar imagery as Sonny to describe the hapless shooters.
In Episode 9, "Crossfire," a scene opens with a sniper in the woods. I pause the show, and tell Janet, "This is going to be an homage to Day of the Jackal (1973). He's going to set up a target on a tree, then zero in his scope. He'll take two shots, adjusting his scope after each one; then take a third shot which will hit the bull's eye." I press Play, and- he does just as I expected.
Later on the sniper fires another shot, this time with his rifle held steady by resting the barrel on a knife he has stuck into a tree. This is yet another Jackal homage, when the assassin steadies his rifle by tying the barrel against a tree.
Always fun to see that movie makers and I like the same movies.
I was waiting to catch up with this show,then i would have written the review.But the dialogue as the title of this review forced me to write it NOW.This is seriously one of the best TV shows ever.What's amazing about it is,being a Muslim,i never felt offensive through out the show.That is very appreciable because usually they don't care about it.Islam is very much respected in it.The actors are doing a terrific job,specially the leads.But then again it would seem that everyone is a lead actor.The locations are beautiful,it shows how effort the director has put to make this drama.Every episode has something which you can hold on to for the rest of the week.Claire is beyond awesome in this.The management at Oscars should include another category,which should be for the TV programs.I'm sure this show is going to win every single category.A must-see!
When first watching the series It does not make me much interesting but
after watching it on 1-2 episodes it made me very interesting.I thought
while watching the series characters my be real but after completing
two seasons I came to know these are compared to real incidents and
taken,but truly series had wonderful drama and thriller master piece.i
imagined second season last episode would be end of series but some
things ends in unexpected way.The writers and directors of every season
are creating very interesting for each episode.Cast of the series are
doing well.Every series will have flaw,but till know it is very minor
in my opinion.
Finally homeland till know is excellent hopping till end of series will be as interesting thriller.so I had given 9/10.
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I quite like this show despite glaring flaws, but the amount of times I
have to try and ignore unlikely scenes due to poor writing and bad
acting by Claire Danes makes me cringe and at times want to stop
As one example of many, the frequency of which the Claire Danes character just runs her mouth off to everyone about classified CIA operations is completely ridiculous, telling Brody that she thinks he is working for Abu Nazir - doesn't get any more unbelievable. Despite her illness, which was controlled at the time, no CIA operative would go around spouting their mouth off like that.
The first 80% of the first season, I quite thought Danes' acting was good, having disagreed with what others wrote about her being awful. Now that her mental illness has come out, I have to say I wholeheartedly agree. Her character is already so unlikeable that you just can't get behind her being mentally ill. It is so frustrating to watch. I say this in contrast to the likes of Kelsey Grammar in "Boss", where his character is so awesome, that watching him becoming increasing mentally ill just keeps you on the edge of your seat.
How she won any best acting awards is beyond me. Am I watching the same show here?
PS - I know it's Kelsey Gramm"e"r with an "e", but IMDb for some reason auto-corrects the word without the option to keep it with the correct spelling.
Update: Also wanted to point out that the show's title sequence is the worst I've ever seen.
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