Oct 27 2011
The other day I wrote a post about how American Horror Story was the only new fall show that was actually any good, after I was done sifting through the remains of Terra Nova, New Girl, Revenge and the Like. But it was soon pointed out to me that I had missed one, Homeland on Showtime.
I wasn’t too enthused about another homeland security show as 24 had long gotten stale and I never really cared for things like Sleeper Cell. Over the last ten years I’ve gotten so sick of the world “terrorist” and having the threat of them so overblown (you have a better chance of dying in a lightning strike than a terrorist attack in the US) that I didn’t really give a shit about another show in the genre.
But as it turns out, Homeland is interesting enough to make the concept fresh again. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes of all people) is a CIA agent who is tracking down a lead abroad, a terrorist prisoner who has information. At the same time, the US is raiding a compound in Afganistan where they find Sgt. Nicolas Brody (Band of Brothers’ Damian Lewis) locked away, a MIA Marine presume dead for eight years. The twist is that the piece of information Danes Mathison recieved is that an American POW has been turned. As in, turned into a spy.
The show revolves around a vague terrorist plot that Brody is suspected of being involved in somehow. You’re constantly trying to guess if he’s actually turned or not, or if he’s just messed up from 8 years of torture. All signs point to yes, but there’s no definitive proof. Also, he has to deal with the fact that he barely even knows his family anymore, and he has yet to uncover that his wife (Firefly’s Morena Baccarin) was sleeping with his best friend after he was presumed dead.
This is the most clothes she’s ever worn on the show. Let that be further motivation for you.
All in all this is a pretty interesting show, and the ratings are good enough where it’s been picked up for another season already, so you don’t have to worry about it being prematurely killed. The whole “domestic terror threat” thing might be a touch played out, but the performances in the show are such where it puts the focus on the characters more than it does explosive action scenes or uber conspiracies the way these types of plots usually do. Definitely give it a shot, I predict many of you will be hooked by the end of the pilot.
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